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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft debuts Surface Plus hardware subscription program for trade-in upgrades after 18 months and no-interest financing for two years   —  Microsoft is launching a new subscription program for buying Surface computers and tablets in much the same way that many people now purchase smartphones …
Aug 1, 2017, 12:10 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Mike George, Amazon VP who oversaw Alexa and Echo, is retiring after nearly two decades with the company; he will be replaced by Tom Taylor, SVP Amazon Payments   —  Mike George, the Amazon vice president who oversaw two of the company's most successful products — the Alexa virtual assistant …
Jul 14, 2017, 2:55 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon unveils $20 Dash Wand with a barcode scanner and Alexa support for ordering food, getting recipes, controlling smart-home devices, Alexa skills   —  Amazon just introduced a new Alexa device: a $20 version of its Amazon Dash Wand with the voice-enabled smart assistant built in for ordering food …
Jun 14, 2017, 11:05 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon rolling out update to Alexa app that allows users of its voice-calling feature to block specific contacts   —  Amazon is rolling out an update to its Alexa app that lets users of its voice-calling feature block specific people from calling them using the company's voice-activated assistant.
Jun 12, 2017, 9:40 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon expands its AmazonFresh Pickup service to all Prime customers in Seattle area   —  Amazon is expanding its latest brick-and-mortar retail experiment beyond an internal employee beta today, letting Amazon Prime members order groceries online for pickup during designated windows at two locations in the company's hometown.
May 25, 2017, 1:30 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
AWS launches Amazon Connect, a tool for call centers that uses its Lex speech recognition and AI; Salesforce says it's integrating Einstein service with Connect   —  Amazon Web Services just unveiled a new service for running call centers, dubbed Amazon Connect, leveraging the same technology used …
Mar 28, 2017, 12:30 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft announces general availability of Visual Studio 2017, which focuses on multi-platform development and is more modular, says new IDE is faster to use   —  Microsoft this morning released Visual Studio 2017, the latest version of its integrated development environment …
Mar 8, 2017, 1:40 AMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Media rendering firm Thinkbox announces that it has been acquired by Amazon, to join AWS   —  Amazon Web Services has acquired Thinkbox Software, which makes technology used by media and entertainment architects and engineers to manage render farms — large systems for processing computer-generated graphics and video.
Mar 6, 2017, 9:20 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft strikes exclusive cloud deal with Flipkart, Amazon's biggest online retail rival in India, as a first step in a broader strategic partnership   —  Flipkart, the top online marketplace in India, has agreed to adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform …
Feb 20, 2017, 3:35 PMIn context
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Q&A with Bill Gates on his work as an adviser to Microsoft, the evolution of the company, and his focus on natural language processing and virtual assistants   —  It has been nearly a decade since Bill Gates left his day-to-day role at Microsoft, but he still has a connection to the company …
Feb 18, 2017, 12:10 PMIn context

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