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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (19514)4/1/2020 2:40:47 PM
From: Don Green
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Glenn

This does surprise me and in fact earlier this week I saw Bill Gates being interviewed on CNN and he made sure to state he was using Skype. This is a big missed opportunity lost for MSFT

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To: Don Green who wrote (19515)4/1/2020 3:06:55 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Don,

I used to be a fairly frequent user of Skype, even though I did not always find it user friendly. In recent years, a lot of my business collogues – particularly the techies – started scheduling meetings on Zoom, and I have just gone with the flow.

You are right about the missed opportunity. There were a lot of unhappy users when MSFT acquired Sykpe that hoped that MSFT would fix it. MSFT is generally good at fixing things. For whatever reason, they dropped the ball with Skype.

Glenn

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (19516)4/1/2020 3:14:10 PM
From: Don Green
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I was at Microsoft when they made that purchase which surprised many inside the company.

Another Ballmer blunder wired.com

Back then I knew a lot of people who used Skype to talk with family and friends but over the years most seem to have moved to Whats app and they never use Skype anymore.

Now the business market has decided Zoom is easy to use and is getting a lot of favorable testing everywhere with little visibility of Skype.

Honestly I think the present management needs to held responsible for this failure.

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To: Don Green who wrote (19517)4/1/2020 3:34:05 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Honestly I think the present management needs to held responsible for this failure.

I am in complete agreement with that statement.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (19518)4/5/2020 1:48:48 PM
From: Don Green
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Forget Zoom: Skype unveils free 'Meet Now' video calls
By Mark Spoonauer a day ago

Skype has rolled out Meet Now video meetings that are free and don't require downloads or signups




(Image credit: Skype)
There's no question that Zoom has quickly become the leader in video meetings and video calls during the coronavirus pandemic. It offers free, 40-minute conference calls with up to 100 attendees, and lots of people are using this tool to stay in touch and have fun with features like swapping out Zoom backgrounds.

But there's also serious questions about Zoom's security and privacy issues, only some of which the company has addressed thus far. In order to capitalize on Zoom's troubles, Skype has rolled out Skype Meet Now calls that don't require a sign-up or installation.

Here's how it works. Meet Now allows you to host conference calls by generating a free unique link with one click. You then share that link with participants to enjoy unlimited meetings via Skype. According to Microsoft, which owns Skype, your meeting link does not expire and can be used at any time.

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To: Don Green who wrote (19519)4/6/2020 9:51:31 AM
From: Sr K
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Reuters today says

Some school districts in the U.S. have started to ban the (Zoom Video Technolgies) app for online learning from home because of growing security concerns, while the New York City Department of Education said teachers should instead work through Microsoft Teams, Washington Post reported on Saturday.

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From: zax4/14/2020 9:45:01 PM
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GitHub Is Now Free For All Teams

GitHub today announced that all of its core features are now available for free to all users, including those that are currently on free accounts. TechCrunch reports:

That means free unlimited private repositories with unlimited collaborators for all, including teams that use the service for commercial projects, as well as up to 2,000 minutes per month of free access to GitHub Actions, the company's automation and CI/CD platform. Teams that want more advanced features like code owners or enterprise features like SAML support will still have to upgrade to a paid plan, but those now start at $4 per month and user for the Teams plans instead of the previous $9, with the Enterprise plan starting at $21 per month and user.

via SlashDot

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From: zax4/15/2020 12:32:44 PM
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Pentagon Watchdog Clears Microsoft's $10 Billion Win Over Amazon

The Defense Department's watchdog found no evidence that the Pentagon's controversial decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft was the result of interference from President Donald Trump, though it said its probe was limited by the White House.

From a report: The 317-page report issued Wednesday by the inspector general also found that giving the JEDI contract to a single company -- Microsoft -- rather than dividing it among competitors was "consistent with applicable acquisition standards." While the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project was hotly disputed by rival technology companies from the start, the project gained broader attention when Trump publicly expressed concern about the assumption that the contract would go to Amazon.com.

via SlashDot

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From: Don Green4/21/2020 5:15:13 PM
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Tear down this wall
Microsoft embraces open dataThe world’s biggest tech firm wants to liberate information. That was once unthinkable


Apr 21st 2020

TWO DECADES ago Microsoft was a byword for a technological walled garden. One of its bosses called free open-source programs a “cancer”. That was then. On April 21st the world’s most valuable tech firm joined a fledgling movement to liberate the world’s data. Among other things, the company plans to launch 20 data-sharing groups by 2022 and give away some of its digital information, including data it has aggregated on covid-19.

Microsoft is not alone in its newfound fondness for sharing in the age of the coronavirus. “The world has faced pandemics before, but this time we have a new superpower: the ability to gather and share data for good,” Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, a social-media conglomerate, wrote in the Washington Post on April 20th. Despite the EU’s strict privacy rules, some Eurocrats now argue that data-sharing could speed up efforts to fight the coronavirus.

But the argument for sharing data is much older than the virus. The OECD, a club mostly of rich countries, reckons that if data were more widely exchanged, many countries could enjoy gains worth between 1% and 2.5% of GDP. The estimate is based on heroic assumptions (such as putting a number on business opportunities created for startups). But economists agree that readier access to data is broadly beneficial, because data are “non-rivalrous”: unlike oil, say, they can be used and re-used without being depleted, for instance to power various artificial-intelligence algorithms at once.

economist.com

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From: Don Green5/20/2020 7:50:41 PM
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Microsoft Windows is getting an Apple-like upgrade

By David Goldman, CNN Business

, Wed May 20, 2020

cnn.com

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