Google had a busy week having launched Chrome 50, updated TensorFlow and declared that the future of cloud is in IT automation.
The company also suffered a major Compute Engine outage, and came under fire in the European Commission’s Android antitrust probe.
Chrome 50 ends support for Windows XP, Vista and old OS X versions
Google launched Chrome 50 with the notable absence of support for older versions of Windows and Mac.
The new edition does not support Windows XP, which has been end-of-life since 2014, even though it still has an 11 per cent market share, and Windows Vista and Mac OS X versions older than 10.9 are not supported either.
Google blames two bugs for 18-minute global Compute Engine outage
Google’s Compute Engine went down for 18 minutes across all regions on 13 April at 19:09 Pacific Time owing to bugs in its network management software.
The outage was attributed to two bugs in the software that routes the traffic to instances of the Compute Engine.
Google updates TensorFlow to enable open source distributed machine learning models
Google updated its TensorFlow open source machine learning code to enable it to be deployed on cloud platforms and across hundreds of distributed machines.
TensorFlow 0.8 now gives developers the option to build machine learning models that can run operations on distributed clusters of computers.
Future of cloud is IT automation and unlimited scale, says Google
Google’s director of cloud platform for the EMEA region said that the future of cloud use will involve automating infrastructure so that software developers and enterprises can concentrate on creating digital services and driving new business models with IT.
EC accelerates Google Android antitrust probe
Google came under more pressure in the European Commission’s antitrust probe into Android activity in Europe. The flurry of activity indicated that the year-long probe could be coming to a head.
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