ARC: Microsoft And Google Are At The Start Of An Epic AI Arms Race. “Artificial intelligence, driven through the increased power and ubiquity of the cloud, is poised to change how all human business and behavior are performed. Two companies—Google and Microsoft—are poised to dominate the era of artificial intelligence and over the past few years have built nearly identical portfolios of machine learning and artificial intelligence products they are selling to developers and corporations across the world.”
Neowin: Microsoft announces new Bing features following Build 2017. “Following Microsoft’s annual Build event last week, which was thoroughly covered by Neowin, the company has now announced some new features arriving to Bing. The search engine will now support bots, eSports coverage and search for hiking and camping places.”
Neowin: Microsoft announces major redesign for OneNote, “rolling out over the coming weeks”. “Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its OneNote app for iOS with a significant overhaul of its user interface. Today, the company formally announced details of the new design, and revealed that it will also be rolling out to OneNote across Windows 10, Mac, Android, and the web, ‘over the coming weeks’.”
Putting this up top in case you’re in a situation where you have to use Windows XP: Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP. “Microsoft Corp. today took the unusual step of issuing security updates to address flaws in older, unsupported versions of Windows — including Windows XP and Windows 8. The move is a bid to slow the spread of the WanaCrypt ransomware strain that infected tens of thousands of Windows computers virtually overnight this week.”
PC World: Hands on with Microsoft’s Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop. “Arriving with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Story Remix allows you to stitch together photos into ‘stories’ with music, inking, transitions, and even make-believe 3D objects to liven them up—or Story Remix might just do it for you automatically. Custom music supplied by Microsoft’s Groove Music service syncs to the transitions, and you have total control over filters, transitions, and more.”
TechCrunch: Microsoft’s Presentation Translator translates presentations in real time. “A lot of what Microsoft is showing at its Build conference this week is squarely aimed at developers. But in the barrage of news about Azure, Visual Studio and .NET, the company also showed off a preview of a new add-in for PowerPoint that is aimed at everyday users. The Presentation Translator can automatically provide real-time translated subtitles or translate the text of their actual PowerPoint presentation while still preserving the original formatting.”
ThreatPost: Microsoft Plugs Three Zero Day Holes As Part Of May Patch Tuesday. “In total, Microsoft released patches for 55 unique CVEs for Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Windows and the .NET Framework as part of its May Patch Tuesday release. Fourteen of vulnerabilities were rated critical.” This does not include the Google Zero Day which I mentioned a couple days ago, because that was already addressed with an emergency patch..