NIWA: The week it snowed everywhere

NIWA: The week it snowed everywhere. “NIWA and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up to make artificial intelligence handwriting recognition more accurate and efficient in a project that will support climate research. The project aims to develop better training sets for handwriting recognition technology that will ‘read’ old weather logs. The first step is to use weather information recorded during a week in July 1939 when it snowed all over New Zealand, including at Cape Reinga.”

TechCrunch: Microsoft adds Māori to translator as New Zealand pushes to revitalize the language

TechCrunch: Microsoft adds Māori to translator as New Zealand pushes to revitalize the language. “The benefits of machine translation are easy to see and experience for ourselves, but those practical applications are only one part of what makes the technology valuable. Microsoft and the government of New Zealand are demonstrating the potential of translation tech to help preserve and hopefully breathe new life into the Māori language.”

BetaNews: Microsoft rolls out Gmail, Google Drive and Google Calendar integrations to Outlook. com

BetaNews: Microsoft rolls out Gmail, Google Drive and Google Calendar integrations to Outlook. com. “Microsoft seems to have started rolling out new integration options to Outlook.com, making life easier for anyone who uses both Microsoft and Google services. As well as offering Gmail integration to allow people to read emails from their Google accounts within Outlook online, Microsoft is also in the process of adding support for Google Calendar and Google Drive.”

The Register: Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don’t expect Google to follow suit

The Register: Microsoft embraces California data privacy law – don’t expect Google to follow suit . “Microsoft has said that not only will it embrace a new data privacy law in California, due to come into force in the New Year, but will extend the same protections to everyone in the US.”

Neowin: Microsoft is discontinuing the Skype Translator bot

Neowin: Microsoft is discontinuing the Skype Translator bot. “Today, Microsoft announced that Skype is getting an update to version 8.54, which Skype Insiders have been testing for a couple of weeks now. As has been the case with most recent Skype updates, the list of changes is very small, but there’s something interesting, a new feature Translated Conversations. Skype has been able to translate conversations for a few years, but the feature was called Skype Translator, and that’s changing now.”

Lifehacker: Seriously, Update Your Old Windows 7 PCs and Windows Servers Right Now

Lifehacker: Seriously, Update Your Old Windows 7 PCs and Windows Servers Right Now. “We’ve made several posts over the past year about “BlueKeep,” a serious exploit present in Windows 7’s remote desktop protocol (RDP) that could allow a hacker to take control of someone’s PC. Hell, we even covered recent news about the first successful use of BlueKeep attacks earlier this week, wherein hackers remotely installed cryptocurrency-mining software on vulnerable systems via RDP. And just yesterday, Microsoft’s internal security team posted a new warning saying they expect BlueKeep attacks to not only continue, but increase in sophistication (and severity) as time goes on.”

Neowin: Here’s what’s new in this month’s Patch Tuesday for Windows 7 and 8.1

Neowin: Here’s what’s new in this month’s Patch Tuesday for Windows 7 and 8.1. “It’s that time of the month again when every supported version of Windows gets an update with a bunch of fixes. This week, in addition to cumulative updates, we saw the release of the Windows 10 November 2019 Update. Windows 7 and 8.1 haven’t been forgotten just yet, and there’s a couple of updates for these older versions of the OS, too.”