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Microsoft announces professional degree program to fill the skills gap

Microsoft wants more data scientists in the job market. But some young people need to acquire their knowledge starting completely anew, while mid-career professionals need to build on their previous experience. To plug the skills gap for both categories, Microsoft launched a series of classes in data science through edX.org, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard University and MIT. * Read the full article here

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There’s a £154K Reward if You Can You Prove Microsoft Copied the MS-DOS Source Code

For many a year rumours have circulated that Microsoft did not create the source code for MS-DOS from scratch, and some say that the code was copied from the CP/M operating system. These rumours have been put to rest many times, but you could receive $200,000 (£154,141) if you can somehow prove MS-DOS ripped off CP/M. That bounty comes courtesy of consultant Bob Zeidman, who has analysed both systems multiple times and yes yet to find any evidence to corroborate the plagiarism rumours. But he’s not willing to let it go…

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7,000,000 children in England now learn computing in school, but how well is that going?

Since the autumn of 2014 computing has been a statutory subject for all children in England from age 5 through to age 16. Computer science is at the heart of the new computing curriculum and for almost all schools is a new and intellectually challenging academic discipline, and one that most teachers have had no experience of before 2014. What are the chances of schools making this new subject a long-term success that benefits all students, no matter where they live or what their home circumstances? * Read the full…

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Linux kernel 4.8 to natively support Microsoft Surface 3

While Linus Torvalds is busy in developing Linux kernel 4.8, it has now found that the next version of the open-source operating system will natively support Microsoft’s Surface 3. The new support emerges from a touchscreen controller driver that will enable the last year’s Surface tablet to run Linux flawlessly. * Read the full article here

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Amazon, Microsoft and Google Are Breaking Away From the Pack in Cloud Infrastructure

In the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS) such as cloud computing and cloud storage, Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google are quickly distancing themselves from the pack. That spells trouble for the long list of would-be rivals who typically don’t have as much scale or offer as many features as the leaders. * Read the full article here

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New academies will tackle serious digital skills gap in UK

A series of new academies will be opened to tackle the serious digital skills gap across the UK, amid demand from companies for more computer-literate staff. Five Microsoft and Risual academies are to be unveiled across the UK, with the first located in Derby, as part of a partnership with IT services company Risual and a select group of colleges. * Read the full article here

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