Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield Isn’t Worried About Battling Chief Rival Microsoft

Corporate messaging service Slack has some advantages over its chief rival, Microsoft, despite Slack having fewer users, CEO Stewart Butterfield says. “It’s hard to maintain a real focus on quality, on user experience, and the bigger you get the harder it is,” Butterfield said in an interview at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. […]

Quantum Computers Might Save the World—If Companies Can Find Workers to Build Them

Quantum computing may be decades away from being a practical reality, but that’s not stopping tech companies from convincing businesses that they should start preparing for the next evolution of computers. Speaking at Fortune’s annual Brainstorm Tech conference Monday in Aspen, Colo., Microsoft general manager of quantum software Krysta Svore explained why people should care […]

Microsoft Quantum Algorithm Boosts Medical Imaging

Microsoft researchers have used an algorithm designed to work on an as-yet-nonexistent quantum computer to enhance the speed and quality of medical imaging. The advance may one day improve the treatment of breast cancer and other diseases, the company says. For instance, it might allow doctors to determine within days whether a tumor is shrinking […]

Why Microsoft’s Ban of Rival Slack May Be a Mistake—Data Sheet

Happy Monday. Aaron here, back from vacation, essay writing and curating this week, as Adam goes off on a break. Catching up on all the tech news while I was away, I was sent spiraling down memory lane by Friday’s GeekWire scoop that Microsoft maintains a list of “prohibited and discouraged technology.” Said list is […]

Microsoft’s Unpredictable Rise as a Civic Leader—Data Sheet

The old Milton Friedman saw about corporate social responsibility, that the only obligation of business is to use its resources to “engage in activities designed to increase profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game,” has been thoroughly discredited. It is widely believed today that enlightened businesses ought to do good […]

Microsoft President Says ‘Hipster Antitrust’ Is Coming

Brad Smith was general counsel of Microsoft when the company was locked in epic regulatory battles with the U.S. and European governments in the 1990s, so he knows a thing or two about antitrust. Today, he believes that attitudes about corporate monopolies are changing and that this could bring about significant modifications in policy. Speaking […]

Salesforce Targets Microsoft, Google With Blockbuster $15.3 Billion Tableau Acquisition

Salesforce’s plan to buy data-analytics company Tableau for $15.3 billion would be its biggest acquisition ever. The deal, announced Monday, would eclipse the size of the business software giant’s previous acquisitions, including the $6.5 billion it paid for enterprise software company Mulesoft in 2018, and $582 million for workplace software firm Quip in 2016. Although […]

E3 2019: Microsoft Reveals Project Scarlett, Its Next Console With Cloud Gaming Capabilities

The next console war has officially kicked off. Microsoft announced its new Xbox console at its E3 briefing in Los Angeles Sunday. The new console, named Project Scarlett, will launch for the holiday season of 2020. While many expected Microsoft would provide a great deal of information on its cloud gaming efforts, it did emphasize […]

E3: Microsoft Reveals Project Scarlett, It’s Next Console With Cloud Gaming Capabilities

The next console war has officially kicked off. Microsoft announced its new Xbox console at its E3 briefing in Los Angeles Sunday. The new console, named Project Scarlett, will launch for the holiday season of 2020. While many expected Microsoft would provide a great deal of information on its cloud gaming efforts, it did emphasize […]

Google Plans One of Its Biggest Acquisitions Ever In Bid to Bolster Its Cloud Business

Google’s plans to bolster its cloud computing business by buying data analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion. The deal, announced Thursday, is the biggest move so far under Google[/f500link] Cloud chief Thomas Kurian. He joined Google earlier this year to establish Google’s cloud unit as a formidable rival against larger cloud computing companies like Amazon […]