More continued proof that the 2019 version of Microsoft is not your father’s and mother’s version. This would never happen under the Ballmer/Gates regime💯
At Microsoft, we’re investing in helping our customers as they move to the cloud. We see an opportunity to help support companies in this changing environment by bringing our security, privacy, compliance and intellectual property assets and expertise to bear in order to help them be more successful. We’re excited to now take an additional step that expands innovation protections.
Today, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the Microsoft Azure IP Advantage program to include new benefits for Azure IoT innovators and startups. We first announced Azure IP Advantage in February 2017, to provide comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks for our cloud customers. A trend we saw at the time – and one that continues today – is a growing risk to cloud innovation from patent lawsuits. Last year, we joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) and the License on Transfer (LOT) Network to help address patent assertion risk for our customers and partners.
But we believe we can do more. The number of IoT-litigated patents in the U.S. witnessed an increase of more than 400 percent from 2013 to 2018. That’s why, after speaking to customers and reflecting on how we could add even more value to the Azure IP Advantage program, we decided to expand the program with new benefits focused on the Azure-powered Internet of Things (IoT)ecosystem and startups to help deter lawsuits against Azure customers. The new features announced today include:
Uncapped indemnification coverage for Microsoft’s Azure Sphere and Windows IoT. Indemnification helps protect a customer from IP infringement claims asserted against the customer for its use of the product or service. Today’s expansion brings uncapped indemnification coverage to Azure Sphere and Windows IoT, including the open source software incorporated by Microsoft in these products.
Access to 10,000 patents for customers using Azure to power IoT devices to defend themselves against IP lawsuits. This benefit can help deter patent lawsuits against Azure customers for their workloads and applications running in Azure or on their IoT devices, as qualified customers can pick a patent to use in their defense of a lawsuit.
The ability for startups on Azure to acquire Microsoft patents to help boost their business. Qualified startups who also join the LOT Network can acquire Microsoft patents through LOT in technical areas including artificial intelligence, multimedia, and security. Patents can play an important role for startups as they grow, look for ways to protect their innovations, and attract critical capital support.
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By Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne
This past year we’ve addressed some of history’s most important innovations in our Today in Technology blog and video series. Our focus is always on what we can learn from the past and apply to today’s issues.
Today we look back at more recent history – the past 12 months, to be exact. It was a momentous year for technology, with the phrase “Techlash” commonly used to refer not just to one but several issues which gave the public pause about the role of technology and the tech sector in people’s lives. As the calendar turns to 2019, we consider what the last year will likely mean to what will surely be an important new year. Here’s our list of 10 developments to think about.
1. PRIVACY: Privacy protection deepens in Europe and spreads to the United States
2. DISINFORMATION: The controversy roils social media
3. PROTECTIONISM IN THE PACIFIC: Tech comes between the United States and China
4. DIGITAL DIPLOMACY: Multi-stakeholder efforts start addressing cyberattacks
5. ETHICS CHALLENGES FOR AI: New controversies abound amidst employee activism
6. AI AND THE ECONOMY: Concerns spread about AI and jobs
7. THE PEOPLE SIDE OF TECHNOLOGY: Immigration and diversity remain front and center
8. RURAL BROADBAND: Some progress amidst problems
9. SOVEREIGNTY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CLOUD: Protecting people in a data-driven world
10. TECH GROWTH AND COMMUNITIES: What’s good for tech companies can challenge a community
Read our full analysis here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/today-technology-top-10-tech-issues-2019-brad-smith/?published=t
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Who da thunk it. This can almost be described as Dogs and Cats getting along.
I especially like the Medium post by the subject of the Podcast; even contributed a small question.
I don’t hold it against him that he is not a Microsoft fan, because if that happened to me, I would feel the same way. Even to this day, Mr. Nadella has his work cut out in front of him regarding Open Source, trust not to be messed with, etc.
It is great to see Women Of Color using technology that empowers others. A reminder of the Zen of Python:
- Beautiful is better than ugly
- Explicit is better than implicit
- Simple is better than complex
- Complex is better than complicated
- Readability counts
Can and should Python be the natural successor to BASIC? I bit my teeth on it, but decided to go in another career direction from programming. Seems to me the most logical choice.
I received a Christmas gift in fourth grade that profoundly impacted my career path and thus the rest of my life. That gift was a VTech PowerPad Plus “pre-computer.” While just a toy, the PowerPad line of products from the late 1980s and early 1990s were functioning computers that featured, among a handful of educational games, a functioning BASIC interpreter. For the uninitiated, BASIC is a computer programming language designed to be simple, versatile, and for learning. Exploring BASIC on that spartan machine ignited a passion for technology and programming in me that burns to this day.
Invented at Dartmouth College in the 1960s, BASIC is an acronym for Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, and the idea behind it was to create an accessible language that college students could use to write their own mainframe programs without having to learn more complex languages such as FORTRAN and ALGOL. It existed in relative obscurity as a research project, as many early computing innovations did, until the late 1970s when it exploded, and we have none other than Microsoft to thank for that explosion…
The rest of the post is found here: BASIC Inspired A Generation Of Technologists. What Will Inspire The Next?