Microsoft acquires TakeLessons, an online and in-person tutoring platform, to ramp up its edtech play

Microsoft said in January this year that Teams, its online collaboration platform, was being used by over 100 million students — boosted in no small part by the COVID-19 pandemic and many schools going partly or fully remote. Now, it’s made another acquisition to continue expanding its position in the education market.
The company has acquired TakeLessons, a platform for students to connect with individual tutors in areas like music lessons, language learning, academic subjects and professional training or hobbies, and for tutors to book and organize the lessons they give, both online and in person.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but we are trying to find out. San Diego-based TakeLessons had raised at least $20 million from a range of VCs and individuals that included LightBank, Uncork Capital, Crosslink Capital and others. TakeLessons posted a short note in the form of a Q&A confirming the deal on its


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Linux Kernel 5.15 Will Integrate NTFS3 Driver to Better Support NTFS File System

In the upcoming Linux Kernel 5.15 update, the NTFS3 kernel driver from Paragon Software will provide better support for Microsoft’s NFTS file system. Last year, Paragon Software made an amazing decision: try to Mainline the NTFS3 driver that was previously only used for business.
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Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote is available as part of the Microsoft Office suite. Here’s our recommended free and open source alternatives.
This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives to products and services offered by Microsoft.
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Microsoft releases Windows Terminal Preview 1.11 with system tray minimizing, UI updates and more

Microsoft has released an updated preview version of Windows Terminal, and while the version number increase may be small, there are a surprising number of changes and additions to be found, including a revamped Settings UI. With Windows Terminal Preview 1.11, it is now possible to minimize the app to the system tray and there are various updates to pane functionality. New options include the ability to swap panes within a tab, tab splitting via the context menu, and moving a pane to a new or existing tab. But there is plenty more to explore too. See also: Windows Update… [Continue Reading]


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A Decade Later, .NET Developers Still Fear Being ‘Silverlighted’ By Microsoft

the_insult_dog writes: Some 10 years after the final Microsoft Silverlight release, some developers still fear being ‘Silverlighted,’ or seeing a development product in which they have invested heavily be abandoned by Microsoft.

Microsoft will tell you that official support for Silverlight will end in less than two months, on Oct. 12, 2021. Anyone in the industry will tell you it effectively died around 2011 when the last version, Silverlight 5, was made available for download. Speculation about its demise arose around the same time.

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Say Hi To Microsoft’s Own Linux: CBL-Mariner

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet, written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Microsoft now has its very own, honest-to-goodness general-purpose Linux distribution: Common Base Linux, (CBL)-Mariner. And, just like any Linux distro, you can download it and run it yourself. Microsoft didn’t make a big fuss about releasing CBL-Mariner. It quietly released the code on GitHub and anyone can use it. Indeed, Juan Manuel Rey, a Microsoft Senior Program Manager for Azure VMware, recently published a guide on how to build an ISO CBL-Mariner image. Before this, if you were a Linux expert, with a spot of work you could run it, but now, thanks to Rey, anyone with a bit of Linux skill can do it.

CBL-Mariner is not a Linux desktop. Like Azure Sphere, Microsoft’s first specialized Linux distro, which is used for securing edge computing services, it’s a server-side Linux. This Microsoft-branded Linux is an internal


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GitHub previews new AI tool that makes coding suggestions

GitHub has unveiled a new product that leverages artificial intelligence to help you write code more efficiently. Named GitHub Copilot, today’s new product can suggest lines of code and even sometimes entire functions.
GitHub has partnered with OpenAI to develop this tool. It doesn’t replace developers, it’s just a tool that should improve productivity and make it easier to learn how to code. GitHub frames this new tool as an AI pair programmer.
The model behind GitHub Copilot has been trained on billions of lines of code — many of them are hosted and available publicly on GitHub itself. When you’re writing code, GitHub Copilot suggests code as you type. You can cycle through suggestions, accept or reject them.
In order to figure out what you’re currently coding, GitHub Copilot tries to parse the meaning of a comment, the name of the function you are writing or the past couple of lines. The


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How to check if your PC can run Windows 11 right now

Following Microsoft’s big event yesterday, PC users around the world are asking themselves “will my computer run Window 11?”. Although many people have installed the leaked version of the operating system, most will be waiting for the official release later in the year. Microsoft has already shared details of the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, but this is not information that everyone finds useful; many have been baffled by the TPM (Trusted Platform Modules) requirement, for instance. People are looking for a straight “yes” or “no” answer rather than having to check hardware specs. So, if you’re wondering whether… [Continue Reading]


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What enterprise needs to know about Windows 11

So much for that promise.You know, the one Microsoft made six years ago when it told customers that Windows 10 was “the last version of Windows” they’d see.Instead, Windows 10 will end — also as promised by Microsoft, hence our confusion over the contradictory claims — in late 2025, its 10-year lifecycle the same as its OS antecedents, replaced by the next-in-line numeral and numeric label. Hail Windows 11.[ Related: Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps ]
Windows is dead. Long live Windows. Or put another way, same as it ever was.To read this article in full, please click here


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