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Microsoft said to halt new orders from Huawei

The two major areas of business between Huawei and Microsoft – Windows operating systems for laptops and other content-related services – have both been suspended.

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Microsoft and Sony form cloud gaming and AI partnership

Microsoft and Sony are announcing an unusual partnership today, allowing the two rivals to partner on cloud-based gaming services.

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The Most Valuable Company (for Now) Is Having a Nadellaissance

Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has more subscribers than Netflix, more cloud computing revenue than Google, and a near-trillion-dollar market cap.

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Microsoft launches a fully managed blockchain service

Microsoft didn’t rush to bring blockchain technology to its Azure cloud computing platform, but over the course of the last year, it started to pick up the pace with the launch of its blockchain development kit and the Azure Blockchain Workbench.

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走出中年危機 微軟

八十年代,微軟擊敗蘋果統一個人電腦市場版圖,蓋茨此後曾有一段時間,長期雄踞全球首富寶座,微軟成為「美國夢」的代名詞,是一整代人的楷模。

及至九十年代末,喬布斯回朝,蘋果返生,再加上Google崛起,遭左右包抄的微軟被外界批評創新力欠奉,彷彿尋常人遇上中年危機,從美國夢淪為「最冇型」。

總部質樸低調

事實上,蘋果氣勢近年走下坡,微軟早已奪回市值全球第一寶座(此刻微軟仍落後於蘋果,市值全球第二)。時至今天,記者走進微軟西雅圖總部,感覺質樸低調,雖有4萬多名員工、園區內設125座大樓,既沒有「免費飯堂」,建築物外表亦不起眼。何以這般Low Key?

上世紀,微軟視窗系統及Office軟件稱霸天下,生意似印銀紙。縱使iPhone抬頭,Android系統降世,曾嘲諷Linux為「癌症」的微軟前任行政總裁Ballmer曾公開說:「iPhone沒有機會取得市場份額。」

當時的微軟仍以軟件巨擘自居,後來揮金85億美元買下Nokia,期望重奪市場話語權,得來卻是殘酷的回應,市場並沒有為第三名(Android和iOS之後)預留任何位置。

摒棄敵我矛盾

5年前,繼任的行政總裁納德拉(Satya Nadella)上場。同年,微軟把總部其中一幢大樓改建成硬體實驗室,針對人類視覺、聽覺,以至於觸覺等感官,不斷地研發產品。

「實驗室可模擬不同光源,例如室外陽光,辦公室燈光等。以正午沙灘為例,約是3到10萬瓦之間。基本上怎樣的光度,我們都可以做出來。」微軟工程樣機部門總監Bill Maes介紹。

新官上場後,微軟推出Office for iPad,又以開放的態度讓Linux進入雲運算平台Azure的框架。雖然,該公司歷年葬送的產品不少,例如音樂播放機Zune,軟件方面Vista和MSN Messenger稱得上「代表作」,惟懂得承認失敗,摒棄敵我思維,今天的微軟已不再畫地為牢。

成長較成績重要

奉行軟硬合一,微軟需要代表作,比如Microsoft Surface。

經歷逾8年研發時間, Surface上市迄今6年多,當年全球首發地正是中國的蘇寧。Surface之父、微軟首席產品官Panos Panay在總部接見傳媒時提到,「中國人現在追求奢侈品,強調品牌,也是為什麼微軟在中國推出了灰粉金配色的Surface Laptop 2。」

若以個人電腦出貨量計,Surface去年才首度打入美國五大,成績不算突出。但Panos明顯有謹遵老闆的教誨,「納德拉一直強調成長(Growth Mindset),在我職業生涯的每天,我都在學習新事物。」中國市場至今,仍是Surface增長速度最快的地區。

失敗中研發HoloLens

剛過去的2019世界移動通訊大會(MWC), 微軟發布了HoloLens 2,屬科技界期待度最高產品之一。

其實 ,HoloLens技術也包含失敗產品:遊戲周邊設備Kinect。在推出首60天,迅速售出800萬套,締下當時的健力士紀錄。然而新鮮感過後,Kinect續航力不繼,終在17年宣告停產。

納德拉入主後,微軟強調「Fail Fast」,即失敗要快,並從中抓緊進步的機會。他們把Kinect的體感技術應用在HoloLens身上,讓產品的生命得到延續。

負責開發的首席項目經理Charlie Han在總部見記者時形容,HoloLens適用於各種日常工作流程,它既能作為遠程技術支援,也適合企業用作員工培訓。

HoloLens 2設有眼球追蹤傳感器,例如閱讀文章,就能移動眼球來滾動頁面上下。

由於混合了現實跟虛擬場景(Mixed Reality),HoloLens能突破地域界限,讓身處不同地區的人員,以虛擬軟件協同工作,推動未來虛擬辦公模式。

目前為止,HoloLens在中國有20家合作企業,分布於醫療等不同行業。

「我要贏,就要有人輸」是九十年代大美國文化縮影。最具代表性的人物要數透過電視節目「入屋」的美國總統特朗普及他當年在節目中的金句「You are fired!」

微軟昔日的管治和考核機制,恰能反映這現實。由小撮員工追逐大部分紅利,極少數人獲擢升,員工之間競爭激烈。微軟人工智能項目總經理Tim O’Brien,曾以「狗咬狗」形容這文化。

要求員工有人性

納德拉來到微軟後要求員工「有人性」(be human),發揮團隊精神,他向每位員工分配一個小盒,內藏公司新格言──賦能地球上每個人和組織,盒內還有一些金句,例如Be Relentless、 Fail Fast,這些金句還會印在員工證背面,以至公司每隻紙杯,實行密集式洗腦。

可以說,微軟5年來的變化始於納德拉,而他自己的變化是來自得了腦癱的兒子。他的兒子從小便須入住ICU,出入要坐輪椅,他最初怨天尤人,冷靜下來後明白受苦的人是兒子而不是自己,納德拉自此對同理心有了第一身了解。而微軟後來的一切改變,皆由這份同理心而起。

後來有次受訪,煞有介事地被問到,微軟比起其他科企,還是有點不夠有型?納德拉就一句輕描淡寫,「你加入微軟,不是要自己有型,而是讓其他人變有型。」

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Microsoft acquires Express Logic for its real-time internet of things operating system

Microsoft today announced that it’s acquired Express Logic, a San Diego, California-based developer of real-time operating systems (RTOS) for internet of things (IoT) and edge devices powered by microcontroller units (MCUs), for an undisclosed amount.

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Microsoft’s more portable Surface Hub S2 ships in June for $9,000

We’ve known Microsoft had something new and Surfacey up its sleeve for this week. Turns out the company’s finally ready to unveil the long promised Surface 2S. The successor to 2015’s Windows 10-based interactive whiteboard is all about making things more portable.

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Microsoft is overhauling how it investigates HR disputes

Microsoft employees have been telling executives in recent weeks how workplace harassment and discrimination has pervaded unchecked throughout the company, as Quartz originally reported April 4.

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從微軟CEO 推介Growth Mindset 說起

微軟CEO Satya Nadella 透過改變公司文化 -growth mindset,帶領公司迎戰Apple, Google, Amazon,成績有目共睹,尤其是商業的雲端服務。他推介Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential ,書中提及兩種mindsets:

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This Is the Book That Inspired Microsoft’s Turnaround, According to CEO Satya Nadella

By encouraging a mindset of growth, Satya Nadella has made Microsoft cool again.

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那些年,微软葬送的产品〡清明特辑

在微软关停的众多产品或服务中,有的满是情怀,有的叫人惋惜,而有的则让人恨得咬牙切齿。

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Skype now supports up to 50 group call participants, topping rivals

Skype is capitalizing on Apple’s struggles with Group FaceTime to attract attention to its own group calling features. Today, the company announced it’s doubling the number of people who can simultaneously participate in a group audio or video call.

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Microsoft plans to make its Kaizala group-messaging service part of Teams

Microsoft’s Kaizala messaging service for large-group communication is on its way to becoming part of Microsoft’s Teams group-chat product. Kaizala is phone-number based and includes mobile app versions for iPhone and Android phones.

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Amid employee uproar, Microsoft is investigating sexual harassment claims overlooked by HR

In a far-reaching email chain within Microsoft, women have shared stories of sexual harassment and discrimination, gaining notice from the company’s senior leadership team, according to more than 90 pages of emails reviewed by Quartz.

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Microsoft unveils new Surface Book 2 model with Intel’s latest quad-core processor

Microsoft is quietly refreshing its Surface Book 2 base model today. The software giant is introducing Intel’s latest 8th Gen quad-core i5 processor for the 13-inch Surface Book 2 model, and keeping the existing dual-core 7th Gen model at a discounted price of $1,299.

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探访微软总部,观摩大象起舞

功能介绍 独立撰稿人,国内数十家媒体专栏作家,曾供职于《南都周刊》《华夏时报》《财经》等媒体,致力于持续提供文字优雅的原创科技文章。

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微軟宣布與李飛飛「以人為本 AI 研究院」建立合作關係

去年 10 月,李飛飛宣布史丹佛大學啟動「以人為本人工智慧計畫」,目標是創建「以人為本 AI 研究院」(Stanford Human-Centered AI Institute (HAI)),李飛飛與史丹佛大學前副校長、哲學家 John Etchemendy 共同擔任 HAI 研究院院長。

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Microsoft Teams is now used by 500,000 organizations, promises 8 new features

Microsoft Teams, which launched worldwide in March 2017, turns two years old this week. To celebrate, Microsoft is sharing some news: Teams is now used by 500,000 organizations, including 91 of the Fortune 100.

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Microsoft venture arm leads GO1’s $25m funding round

Australian professional development platform GO1 has raised over US$25 million in series B funding, it announced today.

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Microsoft venture arm leads GO1’s $25m funding round

Australian professional development platform GO1 has raised over US$25 million in series B funding, it announced today.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2HuQh2W

Microsoft demonstrates xCloud game streaming a week before Google’s ‘future of gaming’ event

Microsoft has provided a live demonstration of its upcoming Project xCloud game streaming service. The software maker originally unveiled xCloud last year, promising a cloud gaming service that streams games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices.

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Microsoft’s App For The Blind Called A Kid ‘Contemptuous.’ Here’s Why That Matters

My neighbor Katina does not fit the description of an early adopter of technology. She is a 75-year-old sculptor and for much of her adulthood has been completely blind. But technology sets the rhythm for her life. A handheld glucose monitor reads a patch on her arm to manage her diabetes.

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微軟告鴻海 郭台銘斥詐取不當專利保護費

微軟控告鴻海集團未遵守2013年的一項專利授權協議,未支付權利金。鴻海董事長郭台銘於社交媒體回應稱,凌晨才接獲起訴書,微軟告集團顯然心虛,意在敲山震虎,詐取不當專利保護費。

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Amid ‘idiotic blockchain phase,’ EY and Microsoft tout smart contracts

In an effort to demonstrate there are actual uses for blockchain technology, global professional services biz EY and Microsoft have teamed up to offer companies a way to manage rights and royalties.

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Microsoft finally releases its secret weapon in the cloud wars with Amazon and Google

Microsoft has long maintained that it has a secret weapon in the cloud wars against the Amazon Web Services juggernaut. The weapon is Microsoft’s existing inroads into the business software market.

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Microsoft goes all in on VR

Less than two years ago — seemingly out of nowhere — Microsoft reveals the very first manufacturing prototype of Hololens. No one had heard anything about Hololens before Microsoft’s premiere, and it certainly took the tech world by storm.

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Microsoft Boosts Its Chatbot Future By Acquiring Wand Labs

On Monday, Microsoft made headlines by plunking down $26 billion for LinkedIn.

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Here’s Microsoft CEO’s letter to employees about the $26 billion LinkedIn acquisition

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella just weighed in on why the company decided to buy LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion in cash—and no, it had nothing to do with spam email.

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Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices – Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon

As we near the one year anniversary of the availability of Windows 10, we’re excited to share that Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world. We’re pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than a year.

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LEAKED: Microsoft has a new tool to help automate your life

You can have your Dropbox files automatically copied to a OneDrive account. You can have your Tweets saved to a spreadsheet. If you’ve ever used the mega-popular IFTTT service, it’s exactly like that, with user-created “flows” for shunting data from one service to another.

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