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Microsoft news recap: hardware event on May 2nd, responds to NSA exploits leak and more

Microsoft (MSFT) news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Microsoft responds to NSA’s Windows exploits, urges customers to upgrade to supported versions

Shadow Brokers leaked a number of Windows exploits that the NSA have been using. The exploits affected versions of Windows from 2000 all the way up to Windows 10. Microsoft has now responded, explaining the patches in place.

Law enforcement, FISA requests are down, says Microsoft in latest transparency report

The latest transparency report has been released and it shows that law enforcement and FISA requests have fallen since the previous year. In 2016, the company saw 61,409 legal requests for customer information, which is down from 74,311 in 2015.

  • During the latter half of 2016, Microsoft received a total number of 25,837 legal requests for customer information from law enforcement agencies. This brings the total number of requests from law enforcement for 2016 to 61,409, which is a decrease from 2015, when requests totaled 74,311.
  • A majority (71 percent) of the law enforcement demands Microsoft received during this period continued to come from a handful of countries, led by the U.S., United Kingdom, France and Germany.
  • For the latest Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) data reported, Microsoft received 1,000-1,499 FISA orders seeking content disclosures affecting 12,000-12,499 accounts, compared to the 0-499 FISA orders seeking disclosure of content impacting 17,500-17,999 accounts reported for the previous period. We received 0-499 National Security Letters in the latest reporting period, which remains unchanged from the previous period.

Microsoft could soon be bypassing local power companies in Washington State, buying its own power

A new report claims that Microsoft is aiming to bypass local power companies in Washington State, by striking a deal to purchase its power directly on the open market. This could mean a $23.6 million exit fee to Puget Sound Energy.

Microsoft confirms May event, coming on May 2nd (we’ll be there)

It’s confirmed. Microsoft will be holding an event in May, May 2nd to be precise and we’ll be there. The event is expected to see some new Surface devices unveiled and to give us a peek at what to expect in the future.

Microsoft May Event

We’ll see you next week with more Microsoft news! Happy Easter.

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