By making enterprise-grade computing available to entrepreneurs at peppercorn rates, the rise of cloud computing fueled a huge rush of innovation. In a similar vein, open-source tools, cloud storage and automated machine learning platforms mean businesses can begin to dabble in artificial intelligence without prohibitive costs — and risk. Extending

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Microsoft has unveiled the first cohort of Australian startups that are participating in its Sydney ScaleUp program. Unveiled in February, the 13 local startups will join what Microsoft describes as a “global initiative with a mission to empower entrepreneurs to build better companies”. The Australian companies participating in the program

Microsoft and Vision Australia have launched Soundscape, an app to help those who are blind or with low vision navigate their community through a 3D audio experience. This partnership is a part of Microsoft’s five year $25 million accessibility and AI program called AI For Accessibility. The product development group

When it comes to the tech giant Google, secret plans to launch a new search service in China prompted a furious reaction from more than 1,400 of the company’s employees. A staff letter, obtained by Buzzfeed and published late last week, says: “To make ethical choices, Googlers need to know

Most Australian organisations have delayed their digital transformation projects because of cybersecurity concerns, according to research from Microsoft released today, which estimated the potential economic impact of cybersecurity in Australia to be $29 billion per year. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter The study was based on responses from

Apple appears to be bracing itself for a turf-war with the ad-tech community, stepping in to protect its users from Facebook’s increasingly nefarious privacy practices via an upgrade to its Safari browser across mobile and desktop. At this week’s annual WWDC conference, Apple’s SVP of software, Craig Federighi announced that

Microsoft is committing $25 million to an artificial intelligence program aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities. The money will go to developers, universities, NGOs and others working on AI fuelled accessibility solutions. The funding will be released over the next five years through a series of seed

Adtech company, AppNexus, has announced results of its partnership with Microsoft to monetise the company’s video inventory using the AppNexus SSP. According to AppNexus, in the first quarter of 2018, Microsoft increased its video revenue on instream video inventory from AppNexus by 201 per cent and experienced a 29 per

Microsoft has today taken two big steps towards providing the infrastructure government needs to accelerate its digital transformation efforts. The IT giant has switched on two new Microsoft Azure cloud regions in Canberra and has been given the green light to store data classified as protected. Microsoft is the first

Adobe and Microsoft announced the extension of their global partnership offering the former’s Adobe Experience Manager service on the latter’s Azure cloud platform into China. It is the first major announcement from the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas this week. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter While the companies