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Yes, this is Microsoft's entry into the world of internet connected devices It is using a customised linux kernel as this is designed for low powered chips to be included in things like fridges and washing machines rather than full power computers https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/azure-sphere/details/ A custom Linux kernel enables silicon diversity and ...


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Yes. Actually, Microsoft has supported Linux for business consumers for some time, so this is not all that big a shift. When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the job in 2014, one of the first things he did was announce that "Microsoft Loves Linux." Since then, Microsoft has added robust support for Linux in its Azure cloud platform, while letting ...


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It's clear that from a legal point of view, the are obliged to do so. The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) wiretapping law was passed in 1994. requiring that telecommunications carriers and manufacturers of telecommunications equipment modify and design their equipment, facilities, and services to ensure that they have ...


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Ars Technica reported on the change in infrastructure on May 1st 2012. Microsoft has drastically overhauled the network running its Skype voice-over-IP service, replacing peer-to-peer client machines with thousands of Linux boxes that have been hardened against the most common types of hack attacks, a security researcher said. The change, which ...


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Unfortunately, I could not find any world-wide data. However, the reputable German IT news site Heise says they have a report of the German Credit Association dated November 2013, which "seems to imply that almost all ATMs in Germany run on Windows 2000 or Windows XP". Germany might not be typical; it is a developed country, which could either mean that ...


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Microsoft Canada did some research in the Spring of 2015 which resulted in the following report Attention spans - Consumer Insights, Microsoft Canada It included this info graphic The research is quite in-depth, specifying This study breaks attention into three parts because we don’t think that attention can be simply characterized as how long people ...


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That is incorrect. It might be true that Microsoft pioneered commercial applications of Deep Learning though, which is what I suspect Bill was getting at. Li Deng, who works for Microsoft Research, took the Deep Belief Nets (DBNs), devised by Hinton and his team at the University of Toronto, and applied them (successfully) to the TIMIST dataset for speech ...


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The story referenced in the OP ends as follows: The man replied: ' I don't have an email.' The broker was dumbfounded. "You don't have an email, and yet have succeeded in building an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an email?," he exclaimed. The man thought for a while, and replied, "an office boy at Microsoft!" ...


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These claims are the end of a long chain of poorly sourced chain. The Uberfacts meme vaguely attributes the claim to "Microsoft". Microsoft Canada does make the claim (Huge hat-tip to @JamieC), and vaguely attributes the claim to "Statistic brain" Statistic Brain does make the claim: The average attention span in 2015      8.25 ...


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Steam reports the following statistics for Windows 7 and 10 (they split 32 and 64 bit) for July 2016: 64-bit 32-bit Total Windows 7 30.03% 6.30% 36.33% Windows 10 44.67% 1.58% 46.25% StatCounter shows Windows 7 at about 40% (daily variation of 37% to 42%) and Windows 10 at about 25% over that period. It comes down to ...


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Microsoft has released a Linux-based system before (though not as an "operating system" product): https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-demonstrates-its-linux-based-azure-cloud-switch-operating-system/ Microsoft's Azure system is very Linux friendly and hosts many Linux instances. At one point, Microsoft was the largest contributor to the Linux kernel. ...


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The story that Chen claimed it is true. But he was most likely joking. Above all it would be impossible to check because Chen — in this supposed joke story — claims the encryption key was created by just mashing the keyboard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Bob Also the "slowdown" would be by adding 30 MBytes, which is less than 5% data compared ...


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