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Digital Transformation To Be Accelerated In The North West By Microsoft

Microsoft is the only provider of services across all three clouds in the country - private, public and hybrid cloud.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

To accelerate the digital transformation drive in the North-East, Microsoft on Thursday announced its plans on investing in the education transportation and utilities sectors in the region.

By leveraging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and data, the tech giant aims to enable better citizen service s in North East India, Microsoft India said in a statement.

As part of the initiative, the software giant has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Sikkim promising help to build new age tech capacity among students and faculty in government schools of the state.

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Microsoft currently has 54 Azure Cloud regions — more than AWS and Google combined.

Under the MoU, Microsoft will integrate IT content in the state board curriculum, conduct whole school reforms, grow digital literacy and build teacher capacity through the company programmes like Innovative Schools Programme, Educator Network and Innovative Educator Programme.

“E-governance is the best way to get the benefits of technology to all the residents of North East India and we believe the next step of growth will be to leverage the power of the Cloud, AI IoT and data,” said Manish Prakash, General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft India.

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Microsoft has been deploying AI and Cloud computing solutions to transform services in different areas including education, agriculture and healthcare in India.

Microsoft is the only provider of services across all three clouds in the country – private, public and hybrid cloud and close to 150 government departments in India are powered by the Microsoft Cloud, the company added. (IANS)

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Microsoft to Increase Skype Group Members to 50

These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later.

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Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group. Pixabay

Software giant Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group call from 25 to 50 members.

With this update, Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience, Engadget reported on Friday.

Keeping the call ringing feature completely optional, Skype Version 8.41.76.55 would notify users of an incoming call by just sending a notification on the group.

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Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience. Wikimedia

“When you start a call in groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can’t join,” the company wrote in a blog-post.

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These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later. (IANS)