Styluses have come a long way in the last decade, inching closer and closer to a pen-and-paper experience. WSJ's Kenny Wassus tested the three leading tablet-stylus combos from Apple, Microsoft and Samsung, to see which pairing is best for sketching and note-taking. Photo illustration: Kenny Wassus
Microsoft will revise its licensing deals and make it easier for cloud service providers to compete, its president Brad Smith said on Wednesday, as the U.S. software giant sought to dodge a lengthy EU antitrust probe into its cloud computing business. Microsoft was fined 1.6 billion euros ($1.7 billion) by EU antitrust regulators in the previous decade for various violations. The company found itself under the EU competition body's scrutiny again after German software provider NextCloud, France's OVHcloud, Italian cloud service provider Aruba and a Danish association of cloud service providers complained to the European Commission about Microsoft's cloud practices.
British startup Wayve said on Wednesday it will use supercomputer infrastructure designed for the firm by its investor Microsoft to process vast amounts of data as it develops machine learning-based models for self-driving cars. Wayve's technology relies on machine learning using camera sensors fitted on the outside of the vehicle, where the system learns from traffic patterns and the behaviour of other drivers, instead of the conventional method of relying on detailed digital maps and coding to tell vehicles how to operate. "Microsoft is providing supercomputing muscle," Wayve Chief Executive Alex Kendall told Reuters.