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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Diverges Into A New Tech: Eye-Tracking For Head-Mounted Displays

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The traditional way of eye-tracking is by the help of a partial reflector that bends the camera’s line of sight directly to one’s temple. It can also be done by affixing a camera to the frame of the HMD, which is apparently the most painless way. However, even as painless as it is, it has special requirements; at least part of the view is hampered by the rig itself. Nonetheless, word has it that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is considering the possibility of eye-tracking tech for head-mounted displays (HMDs).

The technology uses “waveguides” to track infrared-lit peepers. It is more of an attempt to mitigate various compatibility issues that come along with prescription eyewear. MSPoweruser seems to be certain about Microsoft’s move given its recent unearthing of a patent filing which is expected to provide a solution. It will be making use of both an input coupler and an output coupler.

The patent summarizes how the infrared beams works

The idea is attractive given that it is of advanced stuff.  However, even though the technology isn’t present in HoloLens as it is known Microsoft is in no doubt that it will excel in the area. Apparently, HoloLens looks and feels like a premium device despite being sensitive to handle. The infrared beams work hand in hand with the curved grating lines of the input coupler to produce an eye-tracking effect.

Nonetheless, there is notable competition in the eye-tracking tech.  SensoMotoric Instruments is likely to bring on board eye-tracking gadgetry in its upcoming demo of products at CES next month.

Himax is believed to be supplying Microsoft HoloLens

According to analysts, Microsoft is focusing on Himax; an augmented reality component supplier to supply some of its important elements of the HoloLens. It is suspected that the company will be shifting production to a new more refined HoloLens for H2 2017.  However,  Himax has had a share of challenges; declined sales in its  LCOS and WLO product lines

Nonetheless, it is still not clear whether or not Microsoft will support other players who are interested in the industry. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s stock closed at $63.24 a decline of $0.31 or 0.49%.

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) EU: Will The Social Media Oblige To The Code of Conduct

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The major tech companies are under pressure from the European Commission to be more proactive in curbing hate speech and provocation to terrorism. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) EU is one of the tech firms alongside Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google’s YouTube and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) that the European governments are looking up to. They have been asked to put their acts together in the code of conduct or face the possibility of laws.

The order comes in the midst of heightened racial tensions and national security concerns.  Germany has particularly been in the spotlight because of the ongoing refugee crisis, which has sparked a chauvinistic backlash. Apparently, the country’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas points out that Facebook should be held legally responsible for any speech published to its platform.

Facebook EU: The tech giants have not been submissive to the code

It is a requirement that all the major US technology companies sign a code of conduct including Facebook EU in an effort to fight online hate speech.  The firms are also required to agree to be part of a strengthening partnership with civil society organizations. However, a report commissioned by EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova indicates that the tech giants have not satisfactorily obligated to the code.

A majority of them have been struggling to comply with a voluntary code of conduct.  Jourová says, “If Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft want to convince me and the ministers that the non-legislative approach can work, they will have to act quickly and make a strong effort in the coming months.”

The rapid spread of fake news online

There have been serious concerns over the online spread of racist content, which is primarily targeting refugees in Europe. Facebook has been one of the biggest victims.  According to Jourová, social media companies need to live up their mandate of sharing responsibility in regards to online radicalization, fake news or illegal hate speech.

Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and COO Sheryl Sandberg have been alleged to break national anti-speech laws. As a result, prosecutors in Munich launched an inquiry into these allegations. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen how committed Facebook EU is to its obligation.

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Salesforce.Com, Inc. (NYSE:CRM) Acquires BeyondCore, Inc., Upgrades Salesforce Health Cloud

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Arijit Sengupta, BeyondCore, Inc. CEO, recently confirmed that Salesforce.Com, Inc. (NYSE:CRM) had already signed a deal to acquire BeyondCore.

Meanwhile, last week, Salesforce.com has revealed a new Salesforce Health Cloudtelehealth solution that enables patients and care providers to communicate via video chat.

Salesforce.com and BeyondCore Integration

Prior to the deal with Salesforce.com, BeyondCore had already jumped into data analytics. It had introduced product versions that enabled its offering to serve as an add-in to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Microsoft Office.

Taking the game to a whole new level, BeyondCore can further live up to its name as it integrates within the Salesforce.com ecosystem. Now, it can potentially tap different platforms other than Microsoft Office.

Salesforce Health Cloud Telehealth Solution

Salesforce Health Cloud already allows a one-way video communication between care providers and patients, allowing the former to monitor the latter on their devices real-time. With the introduction of a two-way video communication, users on both ends can have better and more convenient experience and provision. As Joshua Newman, M.D., Salesforce.com General Manager (GM) of Healthcare and Life Sciences, noted, users on the platform can communicate with each another just like how they would normally communicate with their family and friends in the digital era.

According to the 2016 Connected Patient Report of Salesforce.com, more than 60% of patients with health insurances and care providers are open to virtual care, especially when it comes to matters that are unnecessarily urgent in nature. Should patients be in need of anything or have general health concerns, they can simply communicate with their care providers using the Salesforce Health Cloud app on their devices. Care providers, in turn, can render immediate response and evaluate concerns wherever they may be.

The app is also integrated with the medical profile of patients to enable care providers a convenient and contextualized management experience. Overall, the new telehealth solution can further lower costs, maximize resources, increase the quality of patient management, and optimize outcomes. Robert Van Tuyl, Easter Seals Bay Area Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), believes that telehealth solutions are the future of integrated healthcare as they transform the industry and strengthen patient-healthcare-provider relationships.

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Updates and Insights on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

[Marketwired] Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Fortinet® (FTNT), a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, announced a collaboration with Microsoft to provide high-performance network security for Microsoft Azure. Fortinet’s unrivaled FortiGate-VM next generation firewall helps enable Azure enterprise customers to improve security for their cloud-based workloads and meet security and compliance requirements.

FortiGate-VM is strategically designed to help customers better mitigate potential blind spots by implementing critical network security controls including bi-directional stateful firewalling, intrusion prevention, application control, VPN, along with additional security controls within their Azure Virtual Network.

Analyst Watch

Of the 20 analysts offering recommendations on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), the consensus rating is a Hold. 11 analysts rate the stock as a Buy, 6 have issued Hold ratings while 3 have issued Sell ratings. The one year price target on a consensus basis is $47.81, or around a 1.01% downside to a recently traded price. The most bullish analyst has their estimate at $55.00, which the most bearish sees the stock going to $37.00.

Several top rated analysts according to TipRanks.com which cover the stock include Karl Keirstead at Deutsche Bank and Katherine Egbert at Piper Jaffray. Katherine has a Buy rating on the stock with a price target of $53.00.  Karl has a Buy rating with a price target of $55.00.

Some similar stocks include IBM, Oracle Corp and Hewlett-Packard. Analysts have a consensus Hold rating on IBM, a Moderate Buy rating on Oracle Corp and a Moderate Buy consensus rating on Hewlett-Packard.

Company Profile

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. The Company also designs and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers. The Company operates in five segments: Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing, D&C Hardware, D&C Other, Commercial Licensing, and Commercial Other. The Company’s products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. It also offers cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, and content over the Internet by way of shared computing resources located in centralized data centers. It provides consulting and product and solution support services.

 

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Latest Updates on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

[AP] Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) figures one way to get people psyched about Windows 10 is to make sure there are plenty of cool features and apps for smartphones and tablets that use the new operating system. That’s why the tech giant is making its case Wednesday before an army of software developers who may be crucial allies in its campaign to build enthusiasm among consumers for the next version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, coming later this year.

While Microsoft has already previewed some aspects of the new Windows, a parade of top executives will use Microsoft’s annual “Build” conference to demonstrate more software features and app-building tools, with an emphasis on mobile devices as well as PCs. Ultimately, they’re hoping to win over people who have turned to smartphones and tablets that run on rival operating systems from Google and Apple.

During the three-day conference, Microsoft may also show off new Windows smartphones or other devices and reveal more details about such tech initiatives as the company’s new Spartan web browser; its Siri-like digital assistant known as Cortana; and the HoloLens, a futuristic “augmented reality” headset that projects three-dimensional images in a wearer’s field of vision.

Analyst Watch

Of the 19 analysts offering recommendations on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), the consensus rating is a Hold. 10 analysts rate the stock as a Buy, 6 have issued Hold ratings while 3 have issued Sell ratings. The one year price target on a consensus basis is $47.75, or around a 2.87% downside to a recently traded price. The most bullish analyst has their estimate at $56.00, which the most bearish sees the stock going to $38.00.

Several top rated analysts according to TipRanks.com which cover the stock include Brendan Barnicle at Pacific Crest and Brent Thill at UBS. Brent has a Buy rating on the stock with a price target of $50.00.  Brendan has a Buy rating with a price target of $50.00.

Some similar stocks include IBM, Oracle Corp and Hewlett-Packard. Analysts have a consensus Hold rating on IBM, a Moderate Buy rating on Oracle Corp and a Moderate Buy consensus rating on Hewlett-Packard.

Company Profile

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. The Company also designs and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers. The Company operates in five segments: Devices and Consumer (D&C) Licensing, D&C Hardware, D&C Other, Commercial Licensing, and Commercial Other. The Company’s products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. It also offers cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, and content over the Internet by way of shared computing resources located in centralized data centers. It provides consulting and product and solution support services.

 

 

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Stock in Focus: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Article: Several analysts have recently weighed on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), issuing notes to investors. Brent Thill at UBS reiterated their Buy rating on the stock 3 days ago with a $50.00 price target, or 22.15% downside to the last closing price. According to Tip Ranks, Brent Thill is ranked 98 out of 3604 analysts. The stocks he covers yield an average of 16.30% growth in the one year following his recommendations.

Kevin Buttigieg of MKM Partners also released a note to investors 3 days ago reiterating the firms Hold stance on Microsoft Corporation.

“The transition to cloud was a net positive to revs while on-premise server sales and Surface Pro 3 both surprised to the upside. MSFT said that Office Consumer licenses (both SaaS & on-premise) grew 10% excluding Japan (where macro issues are weighing). Similarly they said Office Commercial grew 1% combined, while Server Commercial (on-premise & Azure) grew 16%, all of which suggests the move to cloud is accretive”

Kevin Buttigieg also added, “MSFT easily beat consensus revenues and EPS in F3Q15 with revs/EPS of $21.7bn/$0.63 vs. consensus of $21.1bn/$0.52. The transition to cloud was a net positive to revs while on-premise server sales and Surface Pro 3 both surprised to the upside. By business segment, revenue outperformance was led by D&C Other ($273mn better than consensus behind Consumer Office 365), Commercial Licensing ($269mn better behind on-premise servers), C&G Hardware ($163mn better behind Surface Pro 3) and Commercial Other ($91mn better behind Azure). This was offset to a degree by Phones (from a mix shift to lower-priced devices), while D&C Licensing (Office & Windows on-premise) was in line.”

According to TipRanks.com Kevin Buttigieg ranks 1835 out of 3604 analysts and has an average one year return of 5.20% on the stocks he covers with a 50% success rate.

Another analyst at John Difucci at Jefferies has a Bearish stance on the stock. John Difucci issued a note yesterday with a Sell rating on the stock and $38.00 price target, or 19.98% downside to the last closing price. According to Tip Ranks, John Difucci is ranked 2739 out of 3604 analysts. The stocks he covers yield an average return of -0.1% in the year following his recommendations.

“Microsoft reported results that were not as bad as feared, but pretty bad nevertheless. The stock movement after hours indicates that the market sees “less bad” as “good”. Revenue and EPS were both better than guidance, which established consensus, but revenue was better due to more than expected transactional business and still only flat from a year ago (excluding acquired phone revenue), while earnings declined 11%, operating cash flow declined 5%, and free cash flow (excluding acquisitions) declined 7%. June Q guidance for revenue and implied EPS were both below consensus. EPS of $0.61 on total revenue of $21.729 billion were both better than consensus estimates of $0.53 and $21.074 billion, respectively. June guidance for both EPS (implied at about $0.55-$0.58) and revenue ($21.6-22.3 billion) were below consensus estimates of $0.61 and $22.748 billion, respectively.”

 

 

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