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Microsoft built Japan’s contact-tracing app using Apple and Google tech

Japan’s government released its coronavirus contact tracing app for iOS and Android. The apps rely on Apple and Google’s co-developed exposure notification platform, using Bluetooth to help determine whether users have come into close contact with others who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Japanese government commissioned a team of Microsoft developers to create the […]

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Microsoft won’t sell facial recognition to police until Congress passes new privacy law

Microsoft has followed competitors Amazon and IBM in restricting how it provides facial recognition technology to third parties, in particular to law enforcement agencies. The company says that it does not currently provide the technology to police, but it’s now saying it will not do so until there are federal laws governing how it can […]

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Microsoft delays end of support for older versions of Windows 10 due to coronavirus

Microsoft is providing IT admins with an extra six months of support for some older versions of Windows. The software giant has been working with businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and delay the end of support dates that mostly impact Windows 10 versions. With most organizations having their employees work remotely, there is little […]