Rough e-mail Christmas cleaning at English government authorities

The "Freedom of Information Act" will also come into effect in England at the end of the year: Authorities will then have to grant interested parties such as citizens and journalists access to stored documents. To avoid embarrassment, the order was ied shortly before the holidays to open all e-mail boxes and delete everything that is older than three months. But to print out before.

You have to know how to handle paper. In one case, the shelves are full of lovingly labeled file folders in which the boss can find what he is looking for at the flick of a wrist – only he himself cannot find it. The other person has wild piles of paper on his desk, in which he can find what he is looking for at the touch of a button – only the boss can’t. The one who gets rid of more work is clear – but so is the one who looks better to the boss.

Civil society on the ladder to the World Summit on the Information Society

The 2. preparatory conference (PrepCom2, Geneva, 17. – 28. February 2003) to the December 2003 "World Summit on the Information Society" In its first half, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has concentrated primarily on clarifying the procedural and substantive starting positions. The summit will get down to business today, when the individual groups – governments, civil society and industry – enter into concrete negotiations on the final documents of the summit – a declaration and a program of action (cf. also the "Civil Society" and the World Information Society).

The first week belonged to the visionaries. In twenty roundtables, workshops, and lectures, the "Knowledge Trager" of the world – from Lawrence Lessig (Stanford University), Robin Mansell (London School of Economics), Cees Hamelink (University of Amsterdam) and Francis Cairncross (The Economist) to Maria Cattaui (International Chamber of Commerce), Bruno Lanvin (World Bank), Latif Latid (Ericsson) and Lauren Hall (Microsoft) – share their ideas about the global information society of the 21st century. Century. The digital divide should be overcome, information technologies should make a significant contribution to sustainable development, the right to communication for everyone must be guaranteed as well as access to knowledge and networks. Cyberspace should be protected from criminals, and the privacy of the individual should not be released for unauthorized state snooping. Intellectual property should be protected without compromising the free exchange of ideas and information. The list of topics grew longer with each day of the conference.

Problems with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer delay establishment of Greenwich Mean Time as a universal Internet time standard

Greenwich Electronic Time

At the beginning of the year, British Prime Minister Tony Blair presented a joint initiative of the government and the Internet industry: Greenwich Electronic Time (GeT), a universal time standard for the Internet. But the implementation of the project has so far failed due to the unreliability of Microsoft Internet Explorer, wrote today the daily newspaper The Independent.

Machine Learning: Azure Seing Ai should recognize and label pictures of pracation

Microsoft’s Azure Ai Cognitive Services have presented a new algorithm for Image Captioning, which is to approach human ability to accurate image description according to the first test. According to blog entry, Microsoft plans to offer its automatic image description KI system as a standalone software outside of Microsoft products, in the Azure Cloud. The camera app "Seeing ai" Provide the first Microsoft product an update, the implementation of the algorithm in products of Office Suite such as PowerPoint, Outlook and Word should follow according to the blog entry of the developer team.

Camera app describes visible objects in text form

The app "Seeing ai" Microsoft published in 2017. As a assistant app, she uses the camera’s eye of the smartphone to describe the world’s blind and surprised the world. According to the publisher, it can identify and associate household items, read texts and scan, describe scenes and even recover friends. But also pictures from the virtual world, other apps, e-mails and social networks can be grasped and described with Seing AI. So there is movement in the field of image recognition with Ki, especially in the event of images with alternative text.

For people with a frosted visibility, the good news could be: about that "old"-Attribute receive pictures a description in text form to allow people with visual loss (or a weak internet connection) the perception of visual content on the internet, in documents and social media. The alternative text can be output for example with readers. In the realitat are the old attributes, which were allowed to allow all accessible access to visual content, often empty or incorrectly faulty.

Microsoft Word now with audio transcription

Microsoft’s new feature Transcribe for Office converts language in text. Users can record audio files for transcribing live or already upload existing. The records are stored in Onedrive. The maximum size of each recording is 200 MB and there is a limit of fun hours per month. The currently supported formats are WAV, MP4, M4A and MP3.

The recordings can also be edited: Users can access the audio file, play the audio signal over a timestamp and edit individual sections. In addition, the files can be released for other persons.

Other languages in preparation

Currently, the feature is usable in the Web version of Word for all Microsoft 365 subscribers. However, transcribe so far works only in current versions of the Browser Edge and Chrome. A transcription takes place only in English (EN-US), but other languages are planned. Transcribe in Office Mobile should appear at the end of 2020. Further information can be found in the Microsoft 365 blog.

Imminent exclusion of the Unreal Engine: Microsoft suggests on Epics page

Microsoft fears the consequences of a possible sacking of the Unreal Engine of iOS and MacOS: In a court document, the company points to problems that came to developers after the support end of the Games Engine. In the dispute with Epic Games, Apple had previously threatened to remove the Unreal Engine Developer from the Developer program.

Without official support of the Unreal Engine under IOS and Macos Microsoft Microsoft has to give up its customers on these platforms, the company writes. Microsoft develops the mobile balance of the racing game series "Forza" Based on the Unreal Engine. The transition to other engines was extremely costly for developers, continues to write Microsoft – especially when development time has already flowed into the game. Making many other studios hard next to Microsoft.

The document submitted Microsoft to the Californian Court managed by Apple against Epic Games. By writing, Microsoft wants to support the position of EPIC Games, which characterizes the exclusion of Apple’s Developer’s program as inadvertent overreaction on EPICS procedure.