October 22, 2008 |
You can thank prudent network censors that we don't hear any of George Carlin's so-called "Seven Dirty Words" on broadcast television. But live television broadcasts can sometimes foil even the best of censors. They only have a seven-second delay to bleep words. But thanks to Microsoft , censors may soon be getting a new tech tool to bleep blunders and zap foul language. A patent filed by Microsoft describes a technology that makes it possible to censor, in real-time, an audio stream.
July 7, 2008 |
Until today I've largely been a big supporter of Microsoft 's efforts to acquire Yahoo. A couple of days before Microsoft placed its initial $44.6 billion bid for the company, I told Fox Business Channel that a Microsoft merger had to happen to save Yahoo (and I certainly wasn't the first to say this, I just had magnificent timing). Throughout the ups and downs and stupendous drama of the negotiations, I held firm that a deal was in the best interests of both companies.
February 27, 2008
Microsoft today acknowledged a problem that is preventing Hotmail users from accessing their accounts. "The issue is purely impacting the log-in process for customers and largely does not impact customers who were already logged in," Microsoft said in a statement. "We have made significant progress in decreasing the number of customers currently affected since initial reports, but the issue has not yet been completely resolved. Microsoft is working quickly and aggressively to resolve the issue and expects to restore...
September 12, 2008 |
Microsoft announced that it has improved its Mediaroom IPTV service to bring more show producers and IPTV networks to its platform. According to Microsoft, its plan for increasing the value of Mediaroom IPTV contains three parts: increase advertising opportunities, make it easier for IPTV networks to port shows to the platform, and make IPTV more interactive. The improved Mediaroom platform will let service providers using the service offer targeted, interactive advertising spots and have access to better data in order to...
February 11, 2009 |
I guess it had to happen: Microsoft is opening retail stores with the help of some guy named Dave Porter who used to work for Wal-Mart. Super synergy. I can see it now: these stores will be the exact polar opposite of the Apple Store - brightly lit, overstocked, and oddly jarring (kind of like Windows - ZING!!!)No real information on these stores just yet, but Dave is going to start planning a slow and steady roll-out. Will they have Smartie Stations with crack technicians? Weekly training in Windows Paint?
March 24, 2013 |
Microsoft executive vice president and general counsel Brad Smith leads a legal department that is larger and more multinational than many corporate law firms: The software giant has a 1,100-member legal team that includes 480 lawyers in 51 countries. Smith is an advocate of using business incentives to diversify the legal profession, which lags behind industries such as medicine and business in terms of minority representation. He sat down with Capital Business to discuss the...