Blair Hanley FrankU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on hyperscale cloud providers, Microsoft and its competitors in the desktop OS, office suite and browser business for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Microsoft Azure networking is speeding up, thanks to custom hardware

Networking between virtual machines in Microsoft Azure is going to get a whole lot faster, thanks to some new hardware that Microsoft has rolled out across its fleet of datacenters.

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Here's how Microsoft is walling off malware to protect Edge users

Microsoft is aiming to better protect users and organizations from the threats that they face in the browser with a new feature called Windows Defender Application Guard. It's designed to isolate Microsoft Edge from the rest of the files and processes running on a user's computer and prevent computer exploits from taking hold.

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Microsoft continues pushing hybrid cloud with new launches

Microsoft continued its push to get companies on the hybrid cloud train on Monday, with the launch of several products all tailored at helping bridge on-premises datacenters and the public cloud.

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These new features in Office 365 help users work smarter

Microsoft is going big on machine-learning powered features in its productivity services, with the announcement of a handful of updates to Office 365 on Monday.

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Well, I never! iOS 10's voicemail transcription has a potty mouth

Anyone who has looked at automatically-generated subtitles on YouTube can tell you that asking a computer to describe what a human says can lead to hilarious results. Now, Apple has brought that to iOS 10 with support for transcribing voicemails.

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Larry Ellison says Amazon is '20 years behind' Oracle

Larry Ellison continued his assault on Amazon during his second keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday, with a host of benchmarks that showed his company's database outperforming its public cloud competition.

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Oracle's infrastructure business focuses on bare metal to go after AWS

Rather than starting from the low end of the infrastructure market and working its way up, Oracle is starting at the top and working its way down, using powerful, bare metal servers.

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Google's new acquisition makes building chatbots easier

Google took a shot at Facebook's chatbot-building services on Monday with its acquisition of API.ai, a company that helps developers build and improve conversational interfaces for their services.

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Oracle pushes hybrid by letting customers rent cloud hardware

Oracle has unveiled a trio of hardware appliances to try and help customers bridge their on-premises datacenters and the public cloud.

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Oracle is also getting in on the chatbot revolution

Oracle has a new tool aimed at making it easy to create chatbots that access business systems.

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Oracle is gunning for AWS with new infrastructure offering

Larry Ellison has a message for Amazon Web Services: Oracle will give Amazon a run for its money in the cloud market.

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GitHub's new features aim for business and open-source users

GitHub, the popular code repository service, has to serve two masters. It's well-known for hosting popular open-source projects, but it's also working to acquire more large and small business users to privately store and manage their proprietary code.

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Asana's new feature lets users 'track anything'

Asana is making it easier for users to adapt its work tracking software to way more purposes than just task tracking, with a new custom fields feature that it launched on Thursday.

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GitHub launches built-in project management boards for its code repos

GitHub, the popular site for managing software development projects, is now competing with project management software like Trello and Visual Studio Team Services with a new update announced Wednesday.

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Windows desktop apps arrive in the Windows Store

Developers can now distribute their Windows desktop apps to people shopping through Windows 10's app store, with an update from Microsoft on Wednesday morning.