In a busy week for Microsoft, the software firm announced that it has scooped up application management specialist BlueStripe and revealed that its Surface Hub intelligent whiteboard will ship in September.
Elsewhere, Microsoft released its regular Patch Tuesday updates and there were changes to Skype and online privacy rules.
Microsoft acquires application management software firm BlueStripe
Microsoft has acquired an application management software company called BlueStripe Software that it said will improve customers' control and understanding of the software they use, and boost the capabilities of Microsoft System Centre.
Microsoft's Surface Hub intelligent whiteboard coming in September for £5,709
Microsoft has disclosed that Surface Hub, an interactive intelligent whiteboard running Windows 10, will ship in 24 markets from September with a starting price of £5,709 in the UK.
Microsoft Ventures showcases latest tech startups from London accelerator
Nine fledgling technology businesses have graduated from Microsoft's 12-week Ventures startup accelerator programme in London that provides advice on showcasing and funding pitches.
Microsoft: What new Windows, Skype and online privacy rules mean for users
Microsoft announced recently that it will bolster the privacy capabilities of its Windows, Skype, Xbox and OneDrive services to create transparent and easy to use tools. V3 has put together a mini-breakdown of the changes and why Microsoft has made them.
Microsoft expands Azure big data choices with MapR and Hortonworks
Microsoft is expanding the options for customers of its Azure cloud platform to operate big data projects in the cloud with the addition of new Hadoop offerings from MapR Technologies and Hortonworks in addition to its own big data services.
Microsoft fixes critical Windows and Internet Explorer bugs in Patch Tuesday release
Microsoft has released a light June Patch Tuesday update containing just two 'critical' and eight 'important' bug fixes.
The critical fixes relate to Windows and Internet Explorer. The Windows bugs stem from flaws in the operating system's media player that could be used by hackers to remotely execute code.
Microsoft drops Modern UI version of Skype in favour of desktop app
Microsoft has said that it is ditching the 'Modern' version of its Skype application and will revert to having just a Windows desktop version of Skype.
The move comes a week after Microsoft announced that Skype for Web is available to all in the UK and US, except those using a Google Chromebook.
Microsoft hits back over HMRC switch to Google apps
Microsoft has stated that it remains a solid supplier of software to HM Revenues and Customs, despite the department opting for some Google apps over Office tools.
A spokesperson said that Microsoft wants to "set the record straight", arguing that claims that it has been 'ditched' in favour of Google are wrong.
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Molybdenum ditelluride is a two-dimensional material that can be easily stacked into multiple layers to create a memory cell
New light-guiding nanoscale device can control and monitor a nanoparticle trapped in a laser beam with high sensitivity
Optical traps are scientific instruments in which a focused laser beam is used to exert an attractive or repulsive force on a microscopic object to hold it in place
Scientists estimate that the exoplanet has already lost up to 35 per cent of its mass over its lifetime