BENGALURU — Sharp growth in its commercial cloud computing business helped lift Microsoft’s quarterly revenue above Wall Street’s expectations, …
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) last month lost the No. 1 spot to Google’s Chrome, marking a major milestone not only in IE’s 21-year lifespan, but a dramatic changing of the desktop browser guard.
According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, IE and Edge — which the firm tossed into a single bucket labeled “IE” — fell 2 percentage points in April, the fifth straight month of a loss greater than a point, and the 16th of any size — to end at 41.4% of the total global browser user share.
Meanwhile, Chrome climbed 2.6 percentage points to take a narrow lead with 41.7%.
Previously, Computerworld had forecast — using long-term trends portrayed by Net Applications’ data — that Chrome would wrestle the No. 1 position from IE by the end of May.
When Microsoft on Thursday (April 14) sued the U.S. Justice Department demanding more openness about data seizures, it made the case that its customers have the right to know when their data in the cloud is being examined. Retail IT execs need to watch this case very closely, since the massive data stores of merchants are a popular place for law enforcement to snoop. Just like Microsoft, retailers have much to fear from their customers seeing them as government agents.
For the government, finding out about every inquiry or purchase that was made by a consumer with a wide range of retailers is an effective way to establish intent.
Many years ago, I discovered the Mac’s built-in computer voice that would say anything you wanted with a few keystrokes on the command line. Of course, I immediately tested the feature by making my computer swear. Getting a computer to say things it shouldn’t is practically a tradition. That’s why it came as no surprise when Tay, the millennial chatbot created by Microsoft, started spewing bigoted and white supremacist comments within hours of its release.
Tay began as an experiment in artificial intelligence released by Microsoft on Wednesday. It’s a chat bot you can interact with on GroupMe, Kik, and Twitter, and Tay learns from the interactions it has with people.