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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s father died
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s father died

13th Sept 2019- Former bureaucrat of India & father of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, B N Yugandhar died today. He was 82. Yugandhar had served in the Prime Ministers Office during late PV Narasimha Raos regime and also as director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Mussorie. He died in the afternoon, sources close to him said. Yugandhar had not been keeping well for some time now, they said. His wife predeceased him and Satya Nadella is their only child, the sources said. Yugandhar, a 1962 batch IAS officer, had also served as secretary in Union Rural Development Ministry. As a member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, he was instrumental in getting an entire chapter on disability issues included in the Plan, official sources said. Condoli...
NVIDIA beats Intel and Microsoft, acquire Mellanox for $6.9 Billion
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NVIDIA beats Intel and Microsoft, acquire Mellanox for $6.9 Billion

Tech-based company NVIDIA will acquire Mellanox for approx $6.9 billion beating other tech giants like Microsoft and Intel in the acquisition race. As per the report, NVIDIA will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Mellanox for $125 per share in cash. The deal will complete in the end of 2019. In the media report, Microsoft was interested in the acquisition of Mellanox. Then Intel came into the picture, looking to buy it for around $6 billion but in the end, NVIDIA emerged on the last day offer higher bid a $7 billion+ all-cash and seal the deal. The acquisition will unite two of the world’s leading companies in high performance computing (HPC). Together, NVIDIA’s computing platform and Mellanox’s interconnects power over 250 of the world’s TOP500 supercom...
Microsoft Surpasses Apple & Becomes World’s Most Valuable Company
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Microsoft Surpasses Apple & Becomes World’s Most Valuable Company

The technology giant Microsoft has Corp surpassed Apple Inc to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company with a $300 billion rout. After becoming the top company in the world, Microsoft shares rose 0.6 percent Tuesday, pushing the company's market value to $828.1 billion at the close. The last time Microsoft's market capitalization was bigger than Apple was in 2010. Microsoft fell behind Apple as computing shifted from desktop machines to mobile devices like iPhones, making Microsoft's PC dominance less relevant. However, the company has made to the top spot and proved to be the topmost. The rise of cloud computing changed Microsoft's fortunes about five years ago. Under Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, the company invested majorly in data centers and other in...
Amazon Introduces Skype Calling to its Echo Devices
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Amazon Introduces Skype Calling to its Echo Devices

Amazon has introduced a new feature to its device Alexa, and now, it would be able to even make Skype calls. Your Echo/Plus/Dot, et al. will be able to do so via voice using a command like, “Alexa Skype Mom.” Echos with displays, meanwhile, will offer up the full video Skype experience. Users can also ask Alexa to dial a phone number via Skype. It’s a solid partnership for the two companies. Amazon could use better chat support and Microsoft hasn’t made much headway with Cortana-enabled devices. This is also a bit of a blow for Facebook, whose Portal devices are built almost entirely around the idea of offering a standalone home product for video chat. That’s the best and practically only killer app on Facebook’s offering at present. The feature can be set up through the Alexa ...
Microsoft Shuts Down the HockeyApp from Today
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Microsoft Shuts Down the HockeyApp from Today

Microsoft has announced its plans to shut down HockeyApp and replace it with Visual Studio App Center. The company had acquired the startup behind HockeyApp back in 2014, and if you’re still using the app, you must know that the service will officially shut down on November 16, 2019. HockeyApp was a service that let you distribute beta versions of your app, get crash reports and analytics. There are other similar SDKs, such as Google’s Crashlytics, TestFairy, Appaloosa, DeployGate and native beta distribution channels. Last year, the company called App Center “the future of HockeyApp”. The company has also been cloning your HockeyApp projects into App Center for a while. It doesn’t mean that you’ll find the same features in App Center just yet. Also, let’s hope that Microsoft has ...
Microsoft Acquires an Austin-based Software Developer
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Microsoft Acquires an Austin-based Software Developer

The international technology giant Microsoft has reportedly acquired an Austin-based software developer called Xoxco. This acquisition has marked the fourth AI-related company Microsoft has purchased this year. Founded in 2009, Xoxco has raised $1.5 million. It began working on bots in 2013, and is credited with developing the first bot for Slack to help schedule meetings. However, the financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. “Today, we are announcing we have signed an agreement to acquire Xoxco, a software product design and development studio known for its conversational AI and bot development capabilities,” Lili Cheng stated. With this move, Microsoft is continuing to realize our approach of democratizing AI development, conversation and dialog, and integrating conver...
ZEE5 to Host its Content Library in Association with Microsoft Azure
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ZEE5 to Host its Content Library in Association with Microsoft Azure

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.’s digital entertainment platform ZEE5 along with Microsoft Azure is all set to host a library of multi-genre and multi-language content. Through this continued association between both the companies, ZEE5 is planning to leverage Microsoft Azure solutions to empower its platform on an international stage in the near future. “Ensuring consistent performance for a seamless customer experience and security are of paramount importance to us, and we are extremely happy to partner with Microsoft for this. The elasticity and security they provide have been key to deploying our new service, and in building a more scalable platform,” said Amit Goenka, CEO, Zee International and ZEE5 Global. On-demand video streaming platform ZEE5 makes use of a fully-manag...
Microsoft Surpasses Amazon to Take the Spot of Second Most Valuable US Company
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Microsoft Surpasses Amazon to Take the Spot of Second Most Valuable US Company

The software giant Microsoft has reportedly reacquired its position as the second most valuable US company on Friday. This happened after Amazon showed a disappointing quarterly report as the company wiped $65 billion off the online retailer's market capitalization. The company that tops the list is Apple with over $1 trillion after crossing that threshold in September. Microsoft's market capitalization was Wall Street's highest in late 1998 through early 2000 before the dot-com bubble burst. The shares of Amazon reduced 7%, the most in nearly three years after its holiday season sales outlook missed targets. Microsoft fell a more modest 2% in a broad technology sell-off that was also driven by a weaker-than-expected report from Google-parent Alphabet, leaving the Nasdaq down 2.1% at...
Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Passed Away at 65
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Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Passed Away at 65

The co-founder of software giant Microsoft Paul Allen has passed away in Seattle at the age of 65. Along with Microsoft, Allen also founded a privately held company in 1986 called Vulcan. It was two weeks ago that Allen tweeted and disclosed that the cancer, for which he was successfully treated nine years ago, had returned. He also mentioned that his doctors were “optimistic that I will see a good result.”   Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned. I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge. https://t.co/ZolxS8lni5 — Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) October 1, 2018   Vulcan released a statement t...
Microsoft May Launch Xbox Game Streaming Service
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Microsoft May Launch Xbox Game Streaming Service

Microsoft is gearing up to fight with Google and start its own game streaming service, basically, an Xbox game streaming service, designed to bring the console’s titles to a slew of different platforms. The service is the latest offering to offer gamers the promise of cross-platform autonomy. The public trials of the service will be done next year. For now, the company is busily recruiting developers to bring content to the service and testing in private beta. “Cloud game-streaming is a multi-faceted, complex challenge. Unlike other forms of digital entertainment, games are interactive experiences that dynamically change based on player input,” said Microsoft. “In addition to solving latency, other important considerations are supporting the graphical fidelity and framerates that pres...
Microsoft Suspends Latest Windows 10 Due to Data Loss Reports
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Microsoft Suspends Latest Windows 10 Due to Data Loss Reports

Windows 10 was made available to the users only a few days ago and has the update has now been suspended citing various reports of user data loss. “We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating,” the company stated. Though the company hasn’t officially started pushing the update, some users who’ve downloaded the OS refresh have begun reporting the deletion of documents, photos and other info on a variety of different forums. The company opened up the latest version of the desktop/laptop operating system as part of its big Surface event this week. The company is still investigating what is going on and how widespread the issue is. Plans to begin pushing it to us...
AI Startup Netradyne Raised $21 million in Series B Funding
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AI Startup Netradyne Raised $21 million in Series B Funding

Artificial Intelligence startup Netradyne that is concerned with driver and commercial fleet safety has reportedly raised funds amounting to $21 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Microsoft’s corporate venture arm M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures). It also saw participation from backers like Reliance Industries and Point72 Ventures. Following the funding round, M12 will join the company board and "bring additional resources and expertise focused on scaling the company". The funds so raised by the company are being planned to be used in making a sizable investment in the application of AI and deep learning in new industry segments. This includes areas like Dynamic 3D or HD Mapping, Data Analytics and Insurance. "We’re excited about our investment in Netradyne, an innov...