Microsoft in talks to acquire messaging platform Discord

Microsoft is in talks to buy Discord Inc, a messaging platform for gamers, for more than $10 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the prospects of gaming companies as people stayed at home and turned to video games for entertainment during lockdowns. Discord, which was valued at… Read More Microsoft in talks to acquire messaging platform Discord

EU gives new search ranking guidelines for Google, Microsoft and other tech giants

Alphabet unit Google, Microsoft and other tech giants will have to be more transparent in how they rank online search results, under European Commission guidelines out on Monday. The guidelines, which take immediate effect, will be followed up next week by the publication of draft rules that could eventually impose further restrictions on the tech… Read More EU gives new search ranking guidelines for Google, Microsoft and other tech giants

Microsoft in talks to acquire TikTok as parent company faces forced breakup

The White House is preparing to force Chinese internet giant ByteDance to shed the U.S. operations of TikTok, as potential buyers, including Microsoft Corp, are already in talks to buy the popular short video app, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The move would be the culmination of U.S. national security concerns over… Read More Microsoft in talks to acquire TikTok as parent company faces forced breakup

Microsoft says it will not sell facial recognition technology to police

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would not sell its facial-recognition technology to police departments until there is a federal law regulating the technology. “We do not sell our facial recognition technology to U.S. police departments today, and until there is a strong national law grounded in human rights, we will not sell this technology… Read More Microsoft says it will not sell facial recognition technology to police

Microsoft introduces new tools for artificial intelligence and blockchain tech

Microsoft Corp on Thursday announced new tools for software makers aimed at making technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain easier for businesses to use. Microsoft released the tools ahead of its software developer conference next week in Seattle. Once known mostly for its Windows personal computer operating system, the company now relies on revenue… Read More Microsoft introduces new tools for artificial intelligence and blockchain tech

Israel set to end licensing contract with Microsoft

​The Israeli government will not renew a contract for various Microsoft desktop software at the end of the year, it said on Tuesday, citing a change in license terms it said would double the price. Under its current framework agreement with Microsoft, Israel pays more than 100 million shekels (an equivalent of $27 million) a… Read More Israel set to end licensing contract with Microsoft

Microsoft to partner with InMobi for provision of marketing insights to enterprise customers

​Microsoft Corp on Tuesday said it will partner with India-based mobile ad tech company InMobi, seeking to provide Azure cloud customers artificial intelligence-backed marketing insights. InMobi, which has around 40,000 to 50,000 enterprise customers, enables companies to gather insight on its customer base thereby helping them gauge marketing possibilities. Under the partnership, InMobi will expand… Read More Microsoft to partner with InMobi for provision of marketing insights to enterprise customers