If Privacy is a Human Right, Windows 10 is a Crime Against Humanity

· Andrew Orr · Link

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says privacy is a human right. But Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare.

My own point of view is that it’s a fantastic start in treating privacy as a human right. I hope that in the United States we do something similar, and that the world converges on a common standard.

Microsoft Privacy Statement.

Office 365 Launches in Mac App Store

· Andrew Orr · News

Microsoft just released its suite of Office 365 apps in the Mac App Store. New apps include Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Cortana no Longer an Alexa or Google Home Competitor

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Google Home smart speaker

Microsoft no longer sees its Cortana digital assistant as a competitor to the more popular Alexa and Google Home. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, said that it should be further integrated with its rivals’ platforms instead, The Verge reported. Microsoft and Amazon already partnered for some Cortana/Alexa integration, and this is clearly where Microsoft intends to take the product next – more of an app or service across multiple platforms, not hardware to be sold.

CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant. “Cortana needs to be that skill for anybody who’s a Microsoft 365 subscriber,” explains Nadella, referencing Microsoft’s new consumer subscription push. “You should be able to use it on Google Assistant, you should be able to use it on Alexa, just like how you use our apps on Android and iOS so that’s at least how we want to think about where it’ll go.”

Office 365 for Mac Gets Dark Mode

· Charlotte Henry · News

Microsoft upgraded Office 365 with Dark Mode in Mojave and compatibility with the Apple’s Continuity Camera tool, plus some smaller changes.

Minecraft Interactive Adventure Now on Netflix

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The first three episodes of a Minecraft interactive television series are now available on Netflix. Yes, that’s right, the game’s maker clearly decided that it is not quite addictive enough and we needed a TV version too. Telltale Games even retained a team to finish the series when many staff were laid off. The Minecraft program follows in the tradition of ‘choose your own adventure’ books. Viewers can decide whether to have a female or male star (called Jesse) and are given choices over how to develop the story. The final two episodes will be on Netflix from 5 December.

Minecraft Interactive Adventure Now on Netflix

Microsoft Demos Surface Hub 2 [Video]

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Microsoft demoed the Surface Hub 2 this week, and Tom Warren of The Verge posted the video (below). My initial take is a mix of “Huh?” and “Huh.” I don’t give regular, live presentations, but I can the value of a device like this for those who do. On the other hand, I can’t see the value of the bit at the end where someone wanders by, sees some data you put together, and then wants to drop that data into her own PowerPoint stack. Get your mitts off my computer, hey? And manipulating everything seemed really slow, or maybe it was just Excel that was slow, as someone commented on YouTube. All that said, I absolutely see the value of a large, touch screen device for creative work. It doesn’t look like Microsoft has made such a device that really works yet, but this is a company that usually required multiple iterations before nailing it. In any event, it’s a little over 2 minutes long. Check it out.

Why I Hate Microsoft Word

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Thank you very much, Microsoft, for wasting half of my morning. Even with a deadline looming, there’s nothing I like more than troubleshooting issues that should never have existed in the first place. You ought to be ashamed.


Apple User's Guide to the Microsoft Surface Family

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Microsoft Surface Pro

Apple product users often work cross-platfom. So it’s good to know what’s going on over on the Microsoft side when it comes to Surface PCs. John provides a quick guide to the Surface family of products.

There's an Original Mac on Display at Microsoft's Headquarters

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

There’s an original Mac on display at Microsoft’s headquarters commemorating the fact that Microsoft Office was released first for Apple’s computer platform, and not the PC. That’s pretty cool because the company could’ve easily chosen to not recognize that bit of history and most people would’ve been none the wiser. Apple played a significant role in Microsoft’s early growth, so seeing a Mac with Office installer floppy discs, as Business Insider notes, next to Bill Gates’ original business card is great. You can check out the ancient Mac at Microsoft’s visitor center in Redmond, Washington.

There’s an Original Mac on Display at Microsoft’s Headquarters

Microsoft Buying AI Firm Bonsai

· Jeff Gamet · News

AI company Bonsai now part of Microsoft

Microsoft is ramping up its stake in the artificial intelligence market by buying the AI and machine learning startup Bonsai.