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Battle against piracy: Microsoft to offer free upgrade of Windows 10 to all users

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

World technical giant Microsoft Corp to overcome its battle against piracy, is making its biggest push into the pirated Chinese consumer computing market by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all users, irrespective of whether they are running genuine copies of the software or not.

After launching the Anti Piracy movement and encountering forfeited Microsoft OS pre-installed in numerous PCs being sold in China in 2012, this step is an unparalleled attempt by the MNC to get legitimate versions of hundreds of millions of Windows users in China.

Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft’s operating systems unit, announced the plan at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China.

He also confirmed the awaited release of Windows 10 globally “this summer”. This is the first time Microsoft has set a time frame for the launch unlike earlier times.

“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he added.

Microsoft is working in collaboration with Lenovo Group Ltd to implement the roll out of Windows 10 in China to current Windows users. It is also offering upgrades through Qihoo 360 Technology Co and Tencent Holdings Ltd, China’s biggest networking company responsible to build a Windows 10 mobile and PC app for QQ gaming and messaging service.

Microsoft has also been working with China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Technology Co ltd which uses Android OS, to offer the use of Windows 10 on some of its handsets as a pilot project.

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Microsoft Says Building Tool to Spot Bias in AI Algorithms

The issue of bias will become crucial as more customers make use of these algorithms to take important decisions

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Microsoft Says Building Tool to Spot Bias in AI Algorithms
Microsoft Says Building Tool to Spot Bias in AI Algorithms. Pixabay

After Facebook announced its own tool to detect bias in an algorithm earlier this month, a new report suggests that Microsoft is also building a tool to automate the identification of bias in a range of different Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms.

The Microsoft tool has the potential to help businesses make use of AI without inadvertently discriminating against certain groups of people, MIT Technology Review reported on Friday.

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Representational image (AI). Pixabay

Although Microsoft’s new tool may not eliminate the problem of bias that may creep into Machine-Learning models altogether, it will help AI researchers catch more instances of unfairness, Rich Caruna, a senior researcher at Microsoft who is working on the bias-detection dashboard, was quoted as saying.

“Of course, we can’t expect perfection — there’s always going to be some bias undetected or that can’t be eliminated — the goal is to do as well as we can,” he said.

Also Read: Microsoft Also Has an AI Bot That Makes Phone Calls to Humans

The issue of bias will become crucial as more customers make use of these algorithms to take important decisions.

At its annual developer conference on May 2, Facebook announced its own bias-catching tool, called Fairness Flow, as the social network has found that the number of people using AI to make important decisions is increasing at the company. (IANS)

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