The use of AWS for Minecraft for a version called Realms — virtual places for small groups to gather and play the open-world game together — dates to 2014. Months after AWS published a blog post about how Mojang, the game developer behind Minecraft, had chosen to tap AWS for Realms, Microsoft announced that it would acquire Mojang for $2.5 billion.
-- Jordan Novet, CNBC
Every iPad has transformed into a Surface in recent years, and as of this week, the iPad Pro and Surface Pro look even more alike.
-- Tom Warren, The Verge
We run the gamut of use cases, in our family. My parents both have iPad Pro's that are their primary computing devices, so of course the keyboards make a lot of sense. Their iPad's also never leave the house. My son and I have older iPad 3's that are simple browsing appliances and, in my case, my Jeep's primary navigation display. Both of our iPads spend as much time out of the house, as in. I think it would be a mistake for Apple to cede the simple use-case market to Amazon.
Its cloud division is still running behind the likes of Amazon and Microsoft, bringing in $2.6 billion in the quarter. In its most recent quarter, Microsoft (MSFT) made $11.9 billion from its Intelligent Cloud business, which includes its Azure Platform.
-- Daniel Howley, Yahoo Finance
So Microsoft wanted to send very strong encryption around the world in software you could buy for 50 bucks. That meant that Microsoft and NSA were on a collision path over whether to allow the widespread use of really strong encryption.
-- CyberInsecurity News
Surely I'm not the only one who's a bit burned-out on the subscription revenue model that's been sweeping tech, for the past few years?
At its Inspire partner event earlier this year, the company said that it wanted to target "professional consumers" by offering software and services to enhance their "Modern Life and Devices." The meaning of this is not entirely clear
-- Peter Bright
Other than my son's three (yes three!) Xbox consoles, there's not a lot that the company can do, to enhance my life. Microsoft will be happy to know that my company is a Google shop (hook, line & sinker!), but my group continues to use Outlook and Office, in defiance of the corporate goons. My home life is not nearly as set in its ways. Oldest daughter uses Google Docs for school, and I have Office on the "family" PC.
Subscription models may make sense in the corporate world, but for consumers? It's a bad deal. How are those cable subscriptions going?