For the first time in three years, Microsoft is more valuable than Google and its parent firm, Alphabet. This makes Microsoft the third most valuable firm on earth.
With a market valuation of £566bn, Microsoft is now ahead of Alphabet (£556bn). The two companies have been vying for the top position since 2012 when Google first surpassed Microsoft. It seems that Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, has finally managed to restore the company’s growth path. Read more >
In May reports surfaced about Microsoft To-Do receiving an update that introduces a variety of interesting new features. The list here included subtasks support, which brought To-Do a little bit closer to offering the same range of functions as Wunderlist, which Microsoft of course bought three years ago, but stopped supporting after that. Read more >
According to new projections, the numbers of consumers who use smartphone apps to do their banking could surpass those who use computers as early as 2019.
Industry analysts revealed that in 2017, 22 million Britons managed their bank account via a smartphone, and predicted that this number will increase to 35 million by 2023. Read more >
Microsoft has finally given users a preview of the Surface Hub 2, its new mega-tablet which replaces the Surface Hub released in 2016. The latest version was designed for conference rooms and will go on sale in 2019.
The Surface Hub 2 is, for all intents and purposes, a huge Windows PC with a touchscreen. It boasts a 50.5-inch screen and can be rolled around – much like a blackboard – or mounted on a wall. It also has high-res cameras and speakers. Read more >
Microsoft has revealed high-tech meeting room hardware and software that not only identifies everybody present, but also provides a real-time record of what they said.
The company showed off the prototype of the cone-shaped device at a conference in Seattle. Read more >
A poll conducted among IT managers in the UK found that the strongest competitive force behind digital decision making in this industry was changing client expectations.
The report with the title “Putting data properly in its place” polled 130 UK IT bosses. One of the questions they had to answer was: “Which competitive forces driven by digitalisation are currently impacting your business?” Read more >
More than 50% of British organisations view convincing their organisations to commit as the single biggest hurdle to switching to digital. This is according to a new Computing research project.
The company posed the following question to 130 IT decision makers: “What do you consider to be the biggest challenges in moving digital business in your organisation”? Read more >
In an attempt to catch up with Google’s Gmail, which underwent a huge redesign recently, Microsoft recently announced its own updates for Outlook. The focus is on smarter features that will help users to save time.
The updates include new components for the Outlook mobile app and changes to mail and calendar. Read more >
In an attempt to help Microsoft users who have a problem with all the distractions that come with modern technology, the company has launched a free Windows 10 update with features to keep them in a zone that is (at least temporarily) free from distraction. Read more >
MIT researchers are playing around with a totally novel way to utilise small water droplets as an interface for various things, including gaming and interactive data. The ‘programmable droplets’ they have created use a technique which they call ‘electrowetting’ to navigate along a grid-like surface. Read more >