Category: Microsoft

Security bug allows anyone to spoof Microsoft employee emails

A researcher has found a bug that allows anyone to impersonate Microsoft corporate email accounts, making phishing attempts look credible and more likely to trick their targets.  As of this writing, the bug has not been patched. To demonstrate the bug, the researcher sent an email to TechCrunch that looked like it was sent from […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Enveda raises $55M to combine ancient remedies with AI for drug discovery

For centuries, people chewed willow tree bark to relieve pain, but scientists at chemical firm Bayer didn’t isolate its active ingredient until the 1800s and eventually patented its modified version as Aspirin. Aspirin is just one example of a medicine derived from natural sources. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that around 40% of […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Bill Gates shares the Warren Buffett-inspired scheduling tip he wishes he had learned earlier

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images; Insider Bill Gates said he learned an important scheduling lesson from fellow billionaire Warren Buffett. The Microsoft founder used to schedule his day down to the minute. But Buffett’s intentionally light calendar helped him ditch the overbooked schedule.  Microsoft founder Bill Gates says you should stop overbooking your calendar. The billionaire shared a scheduling tip in…

Microsoft just announced AI computers that start at $999 — check out the Copilot+ PCs

The Surface Pro and Surface Laptop Copilot+ PCs. Microsoft Microsoft unveiled its new AI-powered Copilot+ PCs at a press event. Copilot+ PCs offer up to 20 times more AI power and 22 hours of battery life, according to Microsoft. Pre-orders start today at $999, with availability from June 18 from brands like Microsoft Surface, Dell, and HP. Microsoft’s AI-powered PCs are here. Microsoft just unveiled…

Microsoft bans U.S. police departments from using enterprise AI tool

Microsoft has changed its policy to ban U.S. police departments from using generative AI through the Azure OpenAI Service, the company’s fully managed, enterprise-focused wrapper around OpenAI technologies. Language added Wednesday to the terms of service for Azure OpenAI Service prohibits integrations with Azure OpenAI Service from being used “by or for” police departments in […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet are doubling down on AI for the cloud — and it seems to be paying off

Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet reported earnings that exceeded Wall Street expectations. AI’s impact on their cloud divisions may be fueling that growth. Noah Berger/Getty Images Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet‘s first quarter earnings surpassed Wall Street’s estimates.  Execs credit some of the gains to their AI efforts, which they say help boost cloud revenue.  These cloud providers see AI as a key growth opportunity despite concerns…

Microsoft’s going to keep spending big as AI continues to boom

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Microsoft plans to boost spending on AI and cloud services as demand rises. The company made $26.7 billion in revenue this quarter from cloud products, including Azure. Microsoft’s spending commitment follows leaked plans to acquire 1.8 million AI chips in 2024. Microsoft won’t slow down its artificial intelligence spending spree anytime soon. In its third-quarter earnings call on…

UK probes Amazon and Microsoft over AI partnerships with Mistral, Anthropic, and Inflection

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching preliminary enquiries into whether the close-knit tie-ups and hiring practices involving Microsoft, Amazon and a trio of AI startups falls within the scope of its merger rules — and whether the arrangements could impact competition in the U.K. market. The announcement comes amid growing scrutiny of […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Oh look at that! Now Google is using AI to answer search queries.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, whose company is racing to figure out AI. Justin Sullivan/Getty Google is testing AI-generated answers in regular search results. The experiments are labeled as “AI overviews” and began about a month ago in the US and the UK. Remember when Google’s purpose was to compile lists of sites that had the information you want? That was a long time ago. Sure, you’ve…

Hackers from China and Russia are finding cracks in Microsoft’s security

The Microsoft logo. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Russian and Chinese hackers have been getting past Microsoft security. In the latest attacks, Russians compromised the emails of multiple federal agencies, watchdog group says. Another watchdog group published a report last week detailing Microsoft’s “inadequate” security culture. China and Russia keep finding ways to get past Microsoft’s security systems. In an emergency directive made public on Thursday, the US…

These New Tablet Deals Save You Up to $150 on Microsoft, Samsung and Apple Devices

Tablets are one of the best back-to-school deals to jump on come September, but retailers are also starting to offer tablet deals year-round. That makes sense, considering the portable smart devices aren’t just a genius product for students — who can use them to record and take notes in class, download textbook materials and draw […] Go to Source

Microsoft AI gets a new London hub fronted by former Inflection and Deepmind scientist Jordan Hoffmann

Microsoft has announced a new London hub for its recently unveiled consumer AI division. It will be fronted by Jordan Hoffmann, an AI scientist and engineer Microsoft recently picked up from high-profile AI startup Inflection AI, which Microsoft invested in last year. The news comes some three weeks after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled a new […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

China behind fake accounts polling US voters on domestic political issues: Microsoft

The Chinese government appears to be operating fake social media accounts impersonating U.S. voters and polling followers about their views on domestic political issues, according to a new report from Microsoft.  “The Microsoft Threat Analysis Center (MTAC) has observed a small yet steady increase of additional sockpuppet accounts that we assess with moderate confidence are run by the [Chinese Communist Party],” Microsoft wrote. The accounts…

Microsoft really blew it, says government report on Chinese hacks

A government report found Microsoft needs to make a security “overhaul.” Toby Scott/Getty Images Microsoft’s security systems are inadequate and need an “overhaul,” a government report found. Security flaws in Microsoft’s systems let Chinese hackers breach the company’s networks last summer, DHS found. Microsoft needs to seriously improve its systems for the sake of national security, the report says. Microsoft’s security culture needs work, a…

As Microsoft unbundles Teams, it might not have the impact on Slack you think

One of the primary reasons that Slack joined forces with Salesforce in 2021 in a $28 billion deal was to give the communications company the clout to compete with Microsoft. For years, company co-founder Stewart Butterfield railed against Microsoft bundling Teams with Office 365, calling it anti-competitive and saying at one point that Microsoft was […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Microsoft to unbundle Office and Teams globally following years-long criticism

Microsoft will introduce a new version of Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscription service that excludes Teams, unbundling a suite following scrutiny from the European Union regulator and complaints from rival Slack. The move follows Microsoft agreeing to sell Office 365 suite sans Microsoft Teams offering in the EU and Switzerland last year. The company […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Microsoft and OpenAI plan to build a $100 billion supercomputer to power artificial intelligence: report

Sam Altman (right) is CEO of OpenAI, nearly half-owned by Microsoft, of which Satya Nadella (left) is CEO. Does Microsoft’s soft influence constitute anticompetitive co-opting? Barbara Ortutay/AP Microsoft and OpenAI are working on a $100 billion supercomputer, according to The Information. The project could launch as soon as 2028 as part of the companies’ five-phase plan. The US-based supercomputer, known as Stargate, would far exceed…

LinkedIn targets users caught between TikTok and what used to be Twitter

Two weeks ago, TechCrunch broke the news that LinkedIn was getting into games, helping users “deepen relationships” through puzzle-based interactions. And on Wednesday, TechCrunch reported that the Microsoft-owned social network was experimenting with short-form videos. It’s as if LinkedIn is targeting a whole new “type” of user — one caught in limbo somewhere between two […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

A lot of what you’re hearing about AI is pure hype

iStock; BI Maybe AI will kill us all. Maybe it will steal our jobs. Maybe it will be awesome and improve our lives beyond our imaginations. Or, perhaps, this is all hype, and it’s doomed to go the way of the metaverse. Amid all the unknowns that surround artificial intelligence, one thing is true: Almost everyone is a little bit lying about it at the…

Here’s how Microsoft is providing a ‘good outcome’ for Inflection AI VCs, as Reid Hoffman promised

Exactly how much Microsoft is paying all the investors of Inflection AI as part its oddly structured deal to abscond with the co-founders, much of the staff and the rights to use the tech hasn’t been publicly revealed. And Microsoft declined comment when asked. But unnamed sources tell The Information that it’s plunking out approximately […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Microsoft’s new Adaptive accessibility accessories include an Atari-style joystick

Microsoft has long garnered plaudits for its focus on accessibility. It’s a large segment of the population that is too often disregarded as an afterthought when it comes to product design. The company has offered accessibility-focused Xbox peripheral for some time and has introduced the Adaptive line of computing peripherals roughly this time last year. […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…