Meet the new Microsoft, same as the old Microsoft?

He seems like such a nice man.


James Martin/CNET

I confess to have been seduced.

Well, a little.

Ever since Satya Nadella became Microsoft‘s CEO, the impression was that Redmond now housed a happier, more humane company that wanted to play nicely with everyone.

Yes, it still cursed Apple occasionally, but who doesn’t do that? Occasionally. Even Nadella himself gave in to it.

But just because you have a more pleasing image doesn’t mean you’re not still aggressively competitive when you see the opportunity.

Recently, there was a hurriedly made ad for Microsoft Teams that cleverly tried to roast Zoom and its security issues on a spit.

Then there was Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield raising the possibility that Microsoft wants to kill his company. Which would be rare cruelty, he said, because Slack isn’t even a competitor of Microsoft Teams at all. (No, Slack is but a

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CaixiaBank gets ready to modernise IT using IBM Cloud Pak

CaixaBank has signed up IBM Services to help it develop its hybrid cloud, which the bank hopes will enable it to increase its capability to develop innovative, digital-first customer experiences.

The Spanish bank has positioned itself as a digital financial services provider, with more than 6.5 million digital clients.

IBM has been a strategic technology partner of CaixaBank since 2011, when the two companies jointly created a technology company, IT Now, which is 51% owned by IBM and 49% by the CaixaBank Group. IT Now has more than 300 employees and is exclusively dedicated to providing service to CaixaBank.

Researchers at the joint CaixaBank-IBM innovation centre have previously been exploring technologies for the future of financial services. The recent agreement expands the collaboration to include blockchain and quantum computing. Recently, CaixaBank developed a prototype of a machine-learning algorithm based on quantum computing to analyse customers based on credit risk.

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APAC employees not fully secure to work from home

More employees are working from home amidst the global pandemic, but a majority do so without proper training on how to ensure they can keep their organisation safe. More than half are using their personal devices to carry out work tasks, even as they believe these devices are not fully secure against advanced security threats. 

And this despite 54% of these employees believing their organisations are more likely to experience a serious cyberattack during the COVID-19 pandemic than they would before the outbreak, according to findings from CrowdStrike’s 2020 Work Security Index. Conducted by YouGov, the online study polled 4,048 senior decision makers globally including 1,780 from four Asia-Pacific markets: 252 from Singapore, 526 in India, 502 from Japan, and 500 in Australia. 

The report confirmed that 59% of respondents across this region now were working remotely more often than they did before due to the pandemic, with 74% in

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Gamgee and QuantWiFi announce managed Wi-Fi strategic partnership

With the home office now being the typical working environment, and looking likely to be so for the considerable future, network experience has become more crucial than ever.

Aiming to satisfy the needs of both service providers and users alike, smart home and Wi-Fi management solutions provider Gamgee has entered into a strategic partnership with Wi-Fi monitoring technologies firm QuantWifi.

The companies believe that by combining their services, they will bring an “unprecedented” value to the world of consumers and broadband operators – a world that relies increasingly on stable Wi-Fi connections and a plethora of smart home devices.

Gamgee said that the recent upsurge of working from home is just a continuation and amplification of a growing trend, and network strain has been added to by teleworkers and full families connected through several devices while working from home or studying.

“[Just] connecting your laptop or mobile phone to your

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