Microsoft is reportedly rolling out a new locating tracking feature to its Android launcher app to help users track locations of their family members.
The new update also includes an activity report of what apps are being used on a device and for how long, The Verge reported.
Microsoft’s Android location tracking is part of a broader set of family-focused improvements on Android and the web.
“While Microsoft has always supported website blocking on Windows PCs, the software maker is extending this feature to Android as well,” according to the report. “Any existing Microsoft family group website blocks for Windows machines will now carry over to ‘Edge for Android’, making it easy to block websites across mobile and PC,” the report added.
Microsoft is reportedly also launching a “Microsoft Network (MSN) Kids” site to provide news specifically for kids in the elementary or middle school age range.
“The site offers editorially curated, age-appropriate news and features from partner publishers such as Time for Kids, Popular Science, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic, and USA TODAY,” Shilpa Ranganathan, General Manager of mobile experiences, Microsoft, was quoted as saying. (IANS)
A group of Microsoft employees has come forward to support Chinese tech workers on the gruelling ‘996’ culture, writing a petition in defence of a trending GitHub repository that is being censored in China.
In a letter written on web-hosting service Github, owned by Microsoft, the employees have asked the company to keep the “996.ICU” GitHub repository uncensored, The Verge reported on Monday.
The repository “996.ICU” is a reference to the working hours that tech workers in China are protesting — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.
The ICU refers to employees who work under these grueling hours, eventually ending up in the Intensive Care Unit at hospitals.
“The “996.ICU” repository was established in March by Chinese tech workers who were protesting extreme overwork,” said the report.
The “996” philosophy has been endorsed by the tech billionaire and Alibaba Founder Jack Ma.
Several local Chinese browsers have already blocked access to 996.ICU, including Tencent, Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Qihoo 360.
Microsoft, that owns GitHub, has not blocked the repository till now.
“We, the workers of Microsoft and GitHub, support the 996.ICU movement and stand in solidarity with tech workers in China. We know this is a problem that crosses national borders,” wrote employees in the petition.
“Another reason we must take a stand in solidarity with Chinese workers is that history tells us that multinational companies will pit workers against each other in a race to the bottom as they outsource jobs and take advantage of weak labour standards in the pursuit of profit,” they added.
Microsoft workers called on Chinese tech companies to comply with local labour laws, which limit their workers to 40 hours a week.
“We encourage Microsoft and GitHub to keep the 996.ICU GitHub repository uncensored and available to everyone,” they said.