The Surface Pro 7 is a competent upgrade with USB-C, refreshed processors, but little else that’s new

Source: The Surface Pro 7 is a competent upgrade with USB-C, refreshed processors, but little else that’s new I’ll be the first to admit that when the first generation Surface two-in-one launched, I wasn’t sure this was a device that people actually wanted to use. But Microsoft was clearly on to something, as the proliferation of Surface Pro’s among coffee shop dwellers clearly shows. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced both the seventh generation Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro X. The X is probably the most interesting update in the Surface Pro’s recent history, with a slimmer profile, larger ...

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Microsoft acquires Mover to help with Microsoft 365 cloud migration

Source: Microsoft acquires Mover to help with Microsoft 365 cloud migration Microsoft wants to make it as easy as possible to migrate to Microsoft 365, and today the company announced it had purchased a Canadian startup called Mover to help. The companies did not reveal the acquisition price. Microsoft 365 is the company’s bundle that includes Office 365, Microsoft Teams, security tools and workflow. The idea is to provide customers with a soup-to-nuts, cloud-based productivity package. Mover helps customers get files from another service into the Microsoft 365 cloud. As Jeff Tepper wrote in a post on the Official Microsoft ...

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Microsoft launches new open-source projects around Kubernetes and microservices

Source: Microsoft launches new open-source projects around Kubernetes and microservices Microsoft today announced two new open-source projects: Dapr, a portable, event-driven runtime that takes some of the complexity out of building microservices, and the Open Application Model (OAM), a specification that allows developers to define the resources their applications need to run on Kubernetes clusters and which Microsoft developed in cooperation with Alibaba Cloud. As Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich told me ahead of today’s launch, OAM very much solves a problem that a lot of developers and ops teams are facing every day. “If you take a look just ...

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Microsoft accessibility grants go out to companies aiming to improve tech for the disabled

Source: Microsoft accessibility grants go out to companies aiming to improve tech for the disabled The tech world has a lot to offer those with disabilities, but it can be hard to get investors excited about the accessibility space. That’s why Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility grants are so welcome: equity-free Azure credits and cash for companies looking to adapt AI to the needs of those with disabilities. The company just announced ten more, including education for the blind startup ObjectiveEd. The grant program was started a while back with a $5 million, 5-year mission to pump a little money into ...

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Straight Up Conversation: Can Outschool Bring the Gig Economy to K-12? – by Frederick Hess

Source: Straight Up Conversation: Can Outschool Bring the Gig Economy to K-12? – by Frederick Hess Amir Nathoo is CEO of Outschool, a marketplace for live online classes connecting over 30,000 students with over 1,000 teachers in 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and 35 countries. Amir previously worked at Square, founding the Square Payroll product, and before that he was CEO and co-founder of Trigger.io. I recently talked with Amir about Outschool and virtual classrooms, and here’s what he said. Rick Hess: What is Outschool? Amir Nathoo: We’re a marketplace for live online classes for kids taught via video ...

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