Microsoft’s latest Surface Laptop Go is now available for purchase in Malaysia via commercial authorised resellers and authorised retailers. The lightest and most affordable Surface notebook to date starts at MYR2,758.
As of 21 April, Microsoft has dropped “Office” from its productivity suite, now known simply as Microsoft 365. The rebranded suite also brings new features including artificial intelligence, rich content, and templates, as well as cloud-powered experiences. Microsoft 365 is now available in Malaysia with Personal and Family plans costing MYR27 and MYR36 per month, respectively.
The internet, as we know it, is a vast, rich digital platform of knowledge, entertainment, interaction and more. For all its virtues, there’s also a darker, damaging side. In conjunction with Safer Internet Day (11 Feb), Microsoft released findings of the 2020 Digital Civility Index (DCI) report, which among other things, examined the extent of negative behaviours and online interactions and their impact; and to serve as an evidentiary base for a global drive toward “digital civility.”
Microsoft has been an active participant in Safer Internet Day each year since it started in 2004, and for the past several years, it’s also served as the launch date for our Digital Civility Index (DCI). The DCI is based on a survey we conduct in 25 countries worldwide, and it polls teens and adults about their encounters with 21 different online risks. You can find this year’s report and a number of other related resources here.
Last year, Facebook’s WhatsApp made a decision to stop support for Windows Phone. As reported by Windows Latest, popular messaging app was supposed to stop working on 1 January 2020, but the company extended support till 14 January. This follows Microsoft’s release of the last ever build for Windows 10 Mobile OS.
Microsoft’s new Edge browser, based on the Chromium engine is out now for Windows and macOS. The stable version is available to download, about a year after the company revealed plans to switch to Google’s Chromium engine.
Microsoft’s “Project Scarlett”—the next generation Xbox Series X (wow, that’s a lot of X’s) is now official. Announced at Game Awards 2019, the new gaming console is set to hit retail channels during the 2020 holiday season.
As part of its “Grab for Good” social impact programme that was announced on Tuesday, Grab announced “Tech for Good,” a skills training and digital literacy initiative in partnership with Microsoft. The initiative aims to bridge the tech skills gap in Southeast Asia, targeted at Grab driver-partners and their families, as well as building a future pool of tech talent.