Sometimes I wonder what parallel universe I've accidentally stumbled into. Microsoft executives aren't talking like the company's executives of old. They're using phrases like "open source" and words like "Linux." And they're saying good things about both.
For the first time, jobs at every level are potentially at stake and subject to elimination thanks to big data and automation. Most likely new jobs will arise as they have in the past as mankind progressed. But there is no guarantee of that this time around.
The top news stories for June 16, 2014.
On Friday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he will retire within the next 12 months, once his successor has been chosen. Microsoft's stock rose seven percent on the news. Although...
It's important to see good, the bad and the muddied sides of big data.
Questions about the use and abuse of data have been with us since the first numbers were fudged long before they were fudged electronically.
Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates admitted the company failed to execute on its early mobile strategy, calling its initial efforts to dominate the smartphone market "clearly a mistake."
Where would tech news be without its holy wars? We'll never know. The freshest skirmishes have broken out among adherents to either relational or non-relational databases, better known as NoSQL and tied--at least in the headlines--most tightly with big data.
The last couple of decades have focused on technology as the savior of education. The results are not yet in, but Bill Gates, philanthropist and former founder of Microsoft, thinks big data just might turn the tide.
Fortune magazine spread a rumor last week that Bill Gates, currently chairman of the board at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), is considering returning to a day-to-day position. A round-up of reactions from