Topic: microsoft

Bad CrowdStrike update takes down Windows machines around the world, highlighting importance of gradual roll-outs and software quality

This morning, a number of major systems suffered an outage due to a bad CrowdStrike update. CrowdStrike is an endpoint protection system that runs in the background of a lot of enterprise computers to secure them, and the update caused Windows machines running the updated software to crash.  The software update only affected Windows operating … continue reading

GraphRAG – SD Times Open Source Project of the Week

GraphRAG is an open source research project out of Microsoft for creating knowledge graphs from datasets that can be used in retrieval-augmented generation (RAG). RAG is an approach in which data is fed into an LLM to give more accurate responses. For instance, a company might use RAG to be able to use its own … continue reading

Microsoft gives up its observer seat on OpenAI’s board

Yesterday Microsoft announced that it was giving up its observer board seat at OpenAI, a company it has invested over $10 billion in and whose AI models are heavily integrated across the Microsoft product line. Microsoft’s board seat was a nonvoting seat, meaning they were only on it to observe what the board was doing. The … continue reading

Microsoft’s Fluid Framework 2 is now production ready

Microsoft has released Fluid Framework 2, the latest version of its platform for building collaborative experiences across the Microsoft 365 suite. Fluid Framework 2 includes four major updates, the first of which is a new SharedTree Distributed Data Structure (DDS) that provides a programming interface for working with data. It supports many different data types, … continue reading

Microsoft hit with antitrust violation warning in EU over bundling of Teams

This morning the European Commission issued a Statement of Objections to Microsoft for violating antitrust rules by bundling Teams into its SaaS subscription platform Microsoft 365, which also includes products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneDrive. “The Commission is concerned that, since at least April 2019, Microsoft has been tying Teams with its core … continue reading

.NET MAUI extension for Visual Studio Code now generally available

Microsoft has announced that the .NET MAUI extension for Visual Studio Code is now generally available, allowing developers to now build cross-platform apps using .NET MAUI within their editor. Microsoft created .NET MAUI in 2022 to be a replacement for Xamarin, which reached end-of-life last month. A number of new features were also announced alongside … continue reading

Antitrust investigations may be on the horizon for Microsoft, OpenAI, and NVIDIA

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are reportedly starting the process of antitrust investigations for Microsoft, OpenAI, and NVIDIA, according to the New York Times.  While the DOJ and FTC have yet to officially announce their plans, several reputable publications have reported that this information comes from verified sources familiar … continue reading

OpenAI .NET library – SD Times Open Source Project of the Week

Microsoft has announced that OpenAI has created an official library for .NET for the OpenAI API. It includes full support for the OpenAI API, including Assistants v2 and Chat Completions, as well as the latest model, GPT-4o.  With the release of this library, developers will now be able to build their own libraries on top … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Phi-3

Phi-3 is a family of open source small language models developed and made available by Microsoft.  “Small language models are designed to perform well for simpler tasks, are more accessible and easier to use for organizations with limited resources, and they can be more easily fine-tuned to meet specific needs. They are well suited for … continue reading

.NET at Microsoft Build: AI innovations, cloud-native development improvements, and more

At Microsoft Build, Microsoft unveiled updates across the .NET ecosystem, including AI innovations, new features for cloud-native development, general availability of .NET Aspire, and more capabilities in the upcoming .NET 9. Microsoft and OpenAI’s ongoing partnership has resulted in the creation of an official OpenAI .NET library, which will be available in a few weeks. … continue reading

Microsoft Build: Real-Time Intelligence in Microsoft Fabric, new GitHub Copilot extensions, and more

Microsoft’s annual developer conference, Microsoft Build, kicked off today in Seattle, WA. This year, the theme of the announcements is improving developer productivity with AI.  Today’s announcements build on yesterday’s announcement of Copilot+ PCs, which is a new generation of Windows computers designed for AI. Copilot+ PCs are capable of over 40 trillion operations per … continue reading

Microsoft adds four new entry-level certificates to Coursera

Coursera and Microsoft are partnering to offer four new Professional Certificate courses designed for entry-level tech job seekers. The four courses include: IT Support Specialist Professional Certificate, which teaches IT support skills, such as data backup, cloud computing, and mobile device management Cloud Support Associate Professional Certificate, which teaches skills in Microsoft Azure solutions and … continue reading

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