Satya Nadella is the current CEO of software giant Microsoft. Nadella was born in Hyderabad, India on August 19, 1967. His father worked as a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Services while his mother was a Sanskrit scholar. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka in 1988 and later went on to join the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1990 for Masters in Computer Science. He also worked at Sun Microsystems, Inc. during that period. After working for two years at Sun Microsystems, Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992. Initially, he worked on developing Windows NT OS that was being designed for business users. While working full-time at Microsoft only, he got his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. By 1999, Nadella had reached the rank of vice president of the Microsoft bCentral small-business service and just two years later, he became the corporate vice … [Read more...] about Who is Microsoft CEO?
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SAN FRANCISCO—When Microsoft unveiled its Cortana “digital personal assistant” technology this week, some dismissed it as a far-too-late answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. But aside from a female voice and some functional overlap, Cortana is not strictly an answer to either of those voice-based tools—it is an answer to broader questions about how to wield the power of cloud computing services in a personal, non-intrusive way. Cortana is just the first big pay-off from Microsoft’s continuing investment in the Bing platform as well as a host of big-data technologies that could have wide-ranging impact on how people interact with information, applications, and the world around them. Microsoft clearly has plans for Cortana that go far beyond Windows Phone. At Build, Microsoft executives showed how some of Cortana’s personalization features can be exposed in Bing itself, and it seems almost inevitable that they’ll also be plugged into the … [Read more...] about How Microsoft’s Cortana will take digital personal assistants to the next level
In a post yesterday to the Microsoft Tech Community blog, Microsoft Windows Core Networking team members Tommy Jensen, Ivan Pashov, and Gabriel Montenegro announced that Microsoft is planning to adopt support for encrypted Domain Name System queries in order to "close one of the last remaining plain-text domain name transmissions in common web traffic," the trio wrote. That support will first take the form of integration with DNS over HTTPS (DoH), a standard proposed by the Internet Engineering Task Force and supported by Mozilla, Google, and Cloudflare, among others. "As a platform, Windows Core Networking seeks to enable users to use whatever protocols they need, so we’re open to having other options such as DNS over TLS (DoT) in the future," wrote Jensen, Pashov, and Montenegro. "For now, we're prioritizing DoH support as the most likely to provide immediate value to everyone. For example, DoH allows us to reuse our existing HTTPS infrastructure." But Microsoft … [Read more...] about Microsoft announces plans to support encrypted DNS requests—eventually
Last week, an unprecedented ransomware attack began locking up thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. The so-called WannaCrypt malware leverages a Windows vulnerability known as EternalBlue that leaked last month when a group known as Shadow Brokers posted a bunch of hacking tools that allegedly belonged to the NSA. Microsoft issued a patch for the flaw in March, but many organizations failed to keep up or are running older versions of Windows for which Microsoft no longer issues patches. But with some security experts estimating the number of infected systems at 200,000, Microsoft is taking the “highly unusual” step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. Windows XP’s continued popularity and the fact that Microsoft hasn’t officially supported the operating system since 2014 makes it an obvious target for hackers. … [Read more...] about Microsoft patches Windows XP against ‘WannaCrypt’ malware, despite official support ending in 2014
According to "people with knowledge of his thinking," Bloomberg is reporting that, should Stephen Elop become Microsoft's next CEO, he would consider shutting down or selling parts of the company to "sharpen its focus." The two divisions mentioned specifically are Xbox and Bing. The "kill Bing" and "kill Xbox" memes have become popular among certain kinds of analysts. Though obfuscated by Microsoft's new reporting structure, both Bing and Xbox share one feature: they're not great moneymakers. It's important to be a little wary of this kind of anonymous, unsourced commentary. It may not be accurate, and it may be agenda-driven. This kind of "thinking" appeals greatly to short-term investors who are more interested in boosting the next quarter's numbers than the long-term health of the company. The anonymous leak could, therefore, tend to make Elop seem more appealing to Wall Street. Conversely, the leak shows a lack of strategic thinking and somewhat undermines the Xbox One, a product … [Read more...] about Microsoft shouldn’t hire any CEO who wants to kill Bing and Xbox