Microsoft goes public with more of its Azure capacity improvement plans


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Microsoft officials have been providing updates on how the company has been working to increase cloud capacity since the start of the global COVID-19pandemic. On June 16, Microsoft shared some more specifics about what it has been doing on this front, including some information on how it has been endeavoring to shore up its Azure-based Teams service as demand grew sharply starting this spring.

Officials had already talked about Microsoft’s prioritization of demand from first responders, healthcare workers, and other front line workers. They had shared details about some of the less-essential services they throttled. And they also had publicly acknowledged that supply chain challenges led to a shortage of some needed datacenter components, further contributing to issues meeting some cloud demands.

Today, officials said Microsoft datacenter employees have been working in round-the-clock shifts to install new servers (while staying at least six feet

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Danske Bank begins process of creating autonomous development teams

Danske Bank has begun the process of changing how IT and business development staff are organised, as it attempts to be more responsive to what customers want.

The Danish bank plans to put thousands of IT and business development staff in autonomous teams made up of people who, when combined, have all the competencies need for every stage of development. It is part of the bank’s Better Ways of Working initiative announced in June.

The first 700 staff of a planned 5,000 have now moved to the new way of working. As part of the first round of changes, 156 jobs – mainly coordinating roles – have been made redundant, but more than half the staff affected were found new roles at the company, and 63 staff are leaving.

“We are sorry that we have to say goodbye to a number of skilled employees, but this is a natural

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Qualcomm brings 5G to non-flagship mobiles with Snapdragon 690

Qualcomm is taking 5G beyond flagship devices, with its new Snapdragon 690 chip getting support for the next-gen mobile connectivity, as well as 4K HDR support, and the ability to handle displays capable of a 120Hz refresh rate.

The 6-series chips are often found in phones that not quite flagship level, but not budget either — such as the Google Pixel 3a.

The chip giant said it expects the likes of LG, Motorola, HMD, and Sharp to announce phones using the new chip, and the devices to be available in the second half of the year.

“Driving the expansion of 5G into the Snapdragon 6-series has the potential to make 5G accessible to more than 2 billion smartphone users around the world,” Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said.

The new Snapdragon consists of a Kryo 560 octacore CPU that is able to run up to 2GHz, with its 5G modem

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Ericsson upgrades 5G forecast as research finds mobile networks take added strain from Covid-19

The 18th issue of the Ericsson Mobility Report has found that despite the unprecedented working environment and demands caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, which it says has affected everyone around the world directly or indirectly, mobile networks have coped with the increased and uneven demands around the world.

The quantitative study looked at 11,500 consumers, equating to 1,000 across each of 11 countries (except for the US), representing 700 million users in 11 countries. The target group was smartphone users aged between 15 and 69.

As people spent more time online at home, network traffic loads shifted geographically from city centres and office areas to suburban residential areas. The largest share of the traffic increase as lockdowns began was absorbed by the fixed residential network, but many service providers also experienced increased demand on the mobile network.

While the lockdowns and social distancing keeping millions at home has placed

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