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From: Don Green9/28/2019 4:12:53 PM
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Microsoft is seriously hyping its October 2 Surface event and we can’t wait
Chris Smith | September 27, 2019 9







Microsoft is actively stoking expectations for its Surface event on October 2, promising “new and innovative things” are on the way.

The sentiment underscores Microsoft’s supreme confidence in what it is preparing to announce next week at the showcase in New York City. It also gives us, avid onlookers, greater reason to believe we’ll be seeing more than just new takes on existing products.

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To: Don Green who wrote (19496)10/2/2019 11:52:40 AM
From: zax
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Microsoft shows off Surface Duo, an Android-powered phone that will launch next year

marketwatch.com

Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -2.07% rounded off its fall product launch event Wednesday by showing off the Surface Duo, an Android-powered phone. The device has two side-by-side 5.6-inch displays, making the Duo similar to the the Neo tablet that Microsoft previewed earlier in the day ahead of its launch next holiday season. The Duo, which also launches around the 2020 holiday period, will enable users to do two tasks at once across the two screens. The company said it worked with Alphabet Inc.'s Google to bring "the best of Android" to the Duo device. Microsoft shares were off 2.1% at the close of the company's launch event in New York, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -1.90% down 1.8%.


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To: zax who wrote (19497)10/2/2019 12:02:52 PM
From: Don Green
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Microsoft Hardware Event

microsoft.com

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From: Don Green10/18/2019 8:07:15 PM
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Bill Gates Met With Jeffrey Epstein Many Times, Despite His Past

By Emily Flitter and James B. Stewart

Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who committed suicide in prison, managed to lure an astonishing array of rich, powerful and famous men into his orbit.

There were billionaires ( Leslie Wexner and Leon Black), politicians (Bill Clinton and Bill Richardson), Nobel laureates (Murray Gell-Mann and Frank Wilczek) and even royals ( Prince Andrew).

Few, though, compared in prestige and power to the world’s second-richest person, a brilliant and intensely private luminary: Bill Gates. And unlike many others, Mr. Gates started the relationship after Mr. Epstein was convicted of sex crimes.

Mr. Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, whose $100 billion-plus fortune has endowed the world’s largest charitable organization, has done his best to minimize his connections to Mr. Epstein. “I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him,” he told The Wall Street Journal last month.

In fact, beginning in 2011, Mr. Gates met with Mr. Epstein on numerous occasions — including at least three times at Mr. Epstein’s palatial Manhattan townhouse, and at least once staying late into the night, according to interviews with more than a dozen people familiar with the relationship, as well as documents reviewed by The New York Times.

Employees of Mr. Gates’s foundation also paid multiple visits to Mr. Epstein’s mansion. And Mr. Epstein spoke with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase about a proposed multibillion-dollar charitable fund — an arrangement that had the potential to generate enormous fees for Mr. Epstein.

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From: zax10/25/2019 7:57:43 PM
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Pentagon awards controversial $10 billion cloud computing deal to Microsoft, spurning Amazon



The Pentagon awarded its controversial $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Friday evening, spurning a bid from Amazon after President Trump expressed opposition to giving the lucrative award to a company led by Jeff Bezos, one of his longtime rivals.

The announcement comes after an intense lobbying effort and a lawsuit filed by some of America’s biggest tech companies, who accused the military of favoring Amazon in a process that has dragged on for more than a year. During that time, Trump and other administration officials also made it clear that they did not want the contract to go to Amazon. Federal acquisition laws forbid politicians, including the president, from influencing contract awards.

The award is so large that it could tip the lucrative cloud computing business away from Amazon, which has long been the industry leader, in Microsoft’s favor. Amazon was openly described by competitors and industry analysts as a clear front runner to win the massive award, due to its years of experience handling classified data for the CIA. The company this year chose to build a massive second headquarters, a few miles from the Pentagon’s campus.

... washingtonpost.com

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From: Investor211/4/2019 4:56:43 AM
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This is interesting: Microsoft Japan trialed 4-day workweek seekingalpha.com $MSFT

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From: zax11/10/2019 11:40:42 PM
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A couple of funny headlines:

Microsoft is bringing Edge to Linux, for all the Microsoft fans running Linux*

Hell freezes over as Microsoft Edge comes to Linux



I've tried the beta. It it a big improvement over original Edge, which was inferior to Firefox and Chrome.

Microsoft Edge, Chromium, and Blink FAQ: Everything you need to know

windowscentral.com

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From: Don Green11/12/2019 1:21:31 PM
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Paul Allen Shows It’s Hard to Give Away $10 Billion The Microsoft co-founder was one of the most prolific philanthropists in the world—but he still died with $20 billion.



theatlantic.com

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From: Don Green11/18/2019 11:05:46 AM
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Microsoft: Say 'Goodbye' to Cortana App in 2020



Microsoft says it'll discontinue the Cortana app for iOS and Android devices starting in January. The digital assistant will shift to operate as a built-in feature on Microsoft's existing services.

  • By Justin Herrick

  • Cortana will exit iOS and Android next year. Microsoft has confirmed in a support page that it'll pull the digital assistant as a standalone app from both platforms on January 31, 2020. Not all countries will lose Cortana immediately, however.

    When the aforementioned date hits, Microsoft will no longer offer the Cortana app in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, and India. The entire list of countries doesn't appear on the support page, but Microsoft confirmed all of them to The Verge. It should be a sign that additional countries will lose support throughout next year.

    The standalone app lets Cortana listen to voice commands and respond through its knowledge graph or integrated third-party services. It tried competing with Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android, but Cortana failed to gain traction. Now, it'll be transitioned to a built-in feature on Microsoft's other products.

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    To: Don Green who wrote (19504)11/21/2019 7:36:42 AM
    From: Logain Ablar
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    fyi:

    Microsoft's Office 365 suffers global outage

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