Teacher in Ghana who used blackboard to explain computers gets some Microsoft love

Source: Teacher in Ghana who used blackboard to explain computers gets some Microsoft love Teaching kids how to use a computer is hard enough already, since they’re kids, but just try doing it without any computers. That was the task undertaken by Richard Appiah Akoto in Ghana, and his innovative (and labor-intensive) solution was to draw the computer or application on the blackboard in great detail. His hard work went viral and now Microsoft has stepped in to help out. Akoto teaches at Betenase Municipal Assembly Junior High in the small town of Sekyedomase. He had posted pictures of his magnum ...

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Microsoft advances several of its hosted artificial intelligence algorithms

Source: Microsoft advances several of its hosted artificial intelligence algorithms Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft Cognitive Services is home to the company’s hosted artificial intelligence algorithms. Today, the company announced advances to several Cognitive Services tools including Microsoft Custom Vision Service, the Face API and Bing Entity Search . Joseph Sirosh, who leads the Microsoft’s cloud AI efforts, defined Microsoft Cognitive Services in a company blog post announcing the enhancements, as “a collection of cloud-hosted APIs that let developers easily add AI capabilities for vision, speech, language, knowledge and search into applications, across devices and platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows.” These are ...

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Microsoft will buy out existing cloud storage contracts for customers switching to OneDrive for Business

Source: Microsoft will buy out existing cloud storage contracts for customers switching to OneDrive for Business Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft is targeting its cloud storage rivals including Dropbox, Box, and Google today by offering to essentially buy out customers’ existing contracts if they make the switch to OneDrive for Business. The company says that customers currently paying for one of these competitive solutions, can instead opt to use OneDrive for free for the remainder of their contract’s term. The goal here is to attract customers who were interested in trying out OneDrive for Business, but are locked into other ...

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Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview

Source: Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview Begin: WordPress Article Content At the Microsoft Ignite Conference in September, Microsoft let it be known it was going to be a player in the future of quantum computing, and today the company took another step toward that goal when it released a preview of its quantum computing development kit. The kit includes all of the pieces a developer needs to get started including a Q# language and compiler, a Q# library, a local quantum computing simulator, a quantum trace simulator and a Visual Studio extension. This is a preview, so it’s ...

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Microsoft’s Edge browser is now available for Android and iOS

Source: Microsoft’s Edge browser is now available for Android and iOS Begin: WordPress Article Content Last month, Microsoft announced its intentions to bring its Edge Browser to iOS and Android, as it works to broaden its reach on third-party mobile devices. After being made available in preview form for roughly a month, the app officially hits iOS and Android’s respective app stores starting today. The followup to the once ubiquitous Internet Explorer has been blossoming on Windows 10 devices (most notably the Surface line, where it’s learned some neat tricks) for a while now. The new mobile version of the ...

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