Microsoft has started to submerge servers in liquid to improve performance and save energy. The fluorocarbon-based liquid works by removing heat, and the fluid reaches a lower boiling point to condense and fall back into the bath as a raining liquid. The method is used for cryptocurrency mining. “It potentially will eliminate the need for water consumption in data centres,” said Christian Belady, VP of Microsoft’s data centre advanced development group.
Microsoft has delayed the reopening of its Redmond, headquarters and other campuses around till September. The tech giant, a few days back, announced that it will start reopening offices from March 29 with a six-stage strategy. Microsoft, in a statement based on consultation with medical and data experts, said, “we’ve shifted our earliest date for the full opening of our US worksites to Sept 7, 2021”. Microsoft has over 160,000-strong employees across the globe.
Microsoft Build 2021 will be held virtually between May 25 to May 27. The proper schedule of the event is yet to be released. The event’s website has been updated with the dates for Build 2021, but it lacks details. The small description available on the card reads, “Microsoft Build is where developers, architects,. Start-ups and students learn, connect, and code together, sharing knowledge and expanding their skill set, while exploring new ways of innovating for tomorrow.”
Microsoft has ended support for Cortana on both Android and iOS devices and removed the app from App Store and Google’s Play Store. “As we announced in July, we will soon be ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS, as Cortana continues its evolution as a productivity assistant,” Microsoft said. Cortana was launched on iOS and Android in Dec 2015 with the aim to connect Windows 10 PCs and smartphones but lost to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
Microsoft has won a contract of $21.88 bn to sell the US. Army AR headsets based on HoloLens product and backed by Azure cloud computing services. The tech giant, for the last two years, has been working with the Army on the prototyping– called Integrated Visual Augmentation System. Now the project has moved into the production phase. The headsets will deliver enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making.
Microsoft, with Linkedin Re-skilling courses, plans to place 50,000 people in tech skills jobs. The tech giant aims to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic move into new fields. The effort began last year when LinkedIn made many paid digital skills training courses — software development, data analysis and financial analysis — free for users. Microsoft and LinkedIn had aimed to get 25 mn people to try these courses, but the figure hit 30.7 mn.
Microsoft added a new feature which that can be used to transform work on Word to PowerPoint presentations. To convert Word document on the web as PowerPoint a user can click on File > Export > Export to PowerPoint introduction, select the subject, and afterwards stand two or three seconds while the assistance naturally changes over it into a deck. The new feature can only be used in English and works in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.
A new Microsoft survey said that 73% of employees want flexible WFH options to continue across the world, as the hybrid work model is set to become the next great disruption. Remote job postings on LinkedIn saw a 5x increase during the pandemic. “Over 40 % of the global workforce is considering leaving their employer this year and 46 % are planning to move now that they can work remotely,” said Microsoft’s ‘2021 Work Trend Index’.