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Microsoft dismisses Consumer Reports’ Surface complaints – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Microsoft says it respectfully disagrees with Consumer Reports’ findings on its Surface range of laptops and tablets. Consumer Reports has removed its “recommended” badge from Microsoft’s entire lineup of Surface PCs because the hardware was found to be less reliable than other PC brands. In a surprise report, Consumer Reports surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found roughly 25 percent of Surface users have encountered issues by the end…

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Microsoft today announced a new version of Windows 10 that’s specifically geared toward professional users that use high-end hardware to support mission-critical workloads. As rumored, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will feature Microsoft’s server-grade file system (the Resilient File System), support for persistent memory (NVDIMM-N), faster file sharing with SMB Direct and support for high-end hardware with up to 4 CPUs and 6TB of memory. As the name implies, the…

Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn? – NPR

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Harvey Mudd College students Ellen Seidel and Christine Chen work on a summer research project in computer science. Harvey Mudd College hide caption toggle caption Harvey Mudd College Harvey Mudd College students Ellen Seidel and Christine Chen work on a summer research project in computer science. Harvey Mudd College A Google engineer who got fired over a controversial memo that criticized the company’s diversity policies said that there might be…

Microsoft wants to make blockchain networks enterprise-ready with its new Coco Framework – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Interest in blockchains is at an all-time high, but there are still plenty of technical issues to solve, especially for enterprises that want to adopt this technology for smart contracts and other use cases. For them, issues like throughput, latency, governance and confidentiality are still major stumbling blocks for using blockchains. With its new Coco Framework, Microsoft wants to solve these issues and make blockchains more suitable for the enterprise….

Consumer Reports stops recommending Microsoft Surface PCs over reliability concerns – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Consumer Reports is stripping its “recommended” badge from Microsoft’s entire lineup of Surface PCs because the hardware was found to be “significantly less reliable than most other brands.” In a survey of 90,000 tablet and laptop owners, Consumer Reports found that roughly 25 percent of Surface users have encountered “problems by the end of the second year of ownership.” Those problems include freezing, unexpected shutdowns, and touchscreen response issues. Reuters…

Kaspersky drops Microsoft antitrust complaint thanks to new Windows 10 changes – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kaspersky is withdrawing its European antitrust complaint against Microsoft today. The software giant has agreed to make changes to the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that have appeased Kaspersky and help its anti-virus software provide notifications and alerts to renew virus definitions. Kaspersky originally filed its complaint back in June, claiming that Microsoft disabled its anti-virus software during Windows upgrades and that the software maker was using its dominance…