Leo, Mary Jo, and I discuss the pending Microsoft reorg and expected layoffs, tons of Windows 10 news, Surface mini non-news, and a Microsoft acquisition.
Tips and picks
Tip of the week: Games with Gold and a great games sale
- Games with Gold for July
- Save up to 85 percent (!) with the Ultimate Games Sale – Here’s the best way to browse the list
App pick of the week: Stamp
Enterprise pick of the week: Free Azure training courses
Free online Azure training courses courtesy of Pluralsight. (h/t Dan Fernandez)
Codename pick of the week: Brainwave
The week of July 17, Microsoft is holding its annual Faculty Research summit. This year’s theme is “The Edge of AI.” Brainwave is one of the topics on the agenda. BrainWave is a “deep learning platform running on field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based hardware microservices. It supports democratizing AI for all of Microsoft.” MS will show it off to demonstrate how deep neural nets can be accelerated on FPGAs.
Beer pick of the week: Westbrook Gose
The perfect representation of the style (a German-style sour with a bit of salt and coriander). It’s summer here in NYC. Drink this beer from this South Carolina brewer to cool down.
Next week: Microsoft’s worldwide partner conference, Inspire, is going to be in Washington DC
We are doing Win Weekly live there next Wed. 2:30- 4:30 ET. All attendees welcome!
And MJF is doing a session on Monday at 1 pm — “Reading the Redmond Tea Leaves” — come and bring questions!