Amazon launches the Aeronautics and Satellite Solutions to go to space, Salesforce tries to remove gender bias from AI, and Microsoft launches initiatives to upskill the economy. All this and more IT news of the week with Rich Stroffolino and Tom Hollingsworth on the Gestalt IT Rundown.
Cisco announces that its SecureX platforms becomes generally available on June 30th, GitHub will change repository names from “master” to “main”, and Intel integrates CET into Tiger Lake CPUs. All this and the rest of the IT news of the week on the Gestalt IT Rundown, streaming live at 12:30pm ET every Wednesday.
If you only paid attention to IT in the last five years, you’d think Microsoft is one of the premier voices in the open source community. From owning GitHub to developing on Android and making major contributions to open source projects, the company seems to be a stalwart open source citizen. Then why do so many people still conjure up images of the “evil empire” when it comes to the company? Microsoft has had a long history of hostility to open source, going back almost to the very founding of the company. Let’s look into the history and find out why this embrace of open source feels so weird.
Microsoft has a long history with productivity software, but on the collaboration front, there’s a perception that they’ve fallen behind, or at least are only keeping up, with rivals. At Microsoft Build 2020, they previewed Fluid, a new document type that attempts to containerize the core functions of collaboration and sharing in a way they’ve never done before.
This week we’re doing a headlines only version of the Gestalt IT Rundown. Cisco announced it is postponing Cisco Live, ThousandEyes and Edgewise Networks are acquires, OpenAI details a new learning model, and Zoom will provide end-to-end encryption to only paid users.
It seems like the lifecycle for a wearable augmented reality product is to release an impressive tech demo, raise a ton of venture funding, utterly fail to attract consumers, then quietly pivot to the enterprise. While media coverage may be quick to declare these platforms “dead,” many of the most notable are thriving within the much less visible enterprise market. What is it about AR that makes it so hard to sell to consumers, yet attractive to large organizations?
This week on the Rundown, Rich Stroffolino and Tom Hollingsworth dig into a new survey of IT pros asking how COVID-19 is impacting digital transformation. Are these changes long term strategic changes or short term mixes? Plus HPE announces aggressive cost savings, 44.2 Terrabit per second internet is a thing, and GDPR hits the terrible twos. All this and more on the Rundown this week.
The Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract was always going to be a hotly contested affair, worth well over $10 billion over the course of a decade. But when it was announced in 2017, no one could have imagined the bizarre twists the turns the bidding process would take. This winner-take-all contact has dragged on for more than three years, and while Microsoft has been declared the official winner, the legal wrangling makes this feel far from over. If you haven’t kept up on the news, Rich Stroffolino is here to give you a comprehensive overview.
This week we’re focused on the big announcements from Microsoft Build. Tom Hollingsworth and Rich Stroffolino break down the latest updates with Office, Azure, AI, and open source. There’s a lot to unpack from this major Microsoft event.
Dell EMC releases PowerStore to unify its midrange storage options, Windows and Linux PCs have a big Thunderbolt vulnerability, and Google unifies the leadership for its messaging products. Tom Hollingsworth and Rich Stroffolino discuss all of this and more this week.