Top 10 Microsoft News of 2020: Product Milestones Amid COVID-19

Microsoft releases continued apace even as the pandemic upended business plans throughout the year.

10. Bill Gates Steps Down as Member of Microsoft's Board (March 16)
Gates intends to focus his time on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he has been active since June 2008. [Read here]

9. In Q&A, Microsoft Details Its Plans for Project Cortex (April 10)
The aim of Project Cortex is to save time and money for organizations and make content "smarter," such as when managing legal agreements and contracts. [Read here]

8. Coronavirus Shelter-in-Place Rules Boosting Microsoft Services (March 30)
This Saturday, Microsoft revealed that use of its cloud services shot up by 775 percent in regions with social distancing policies in place. [Read here]

7. 'SharePoint Lists' Becoming 'Microsoft Lists' This Summer (May 25)
Microsoft announced several SharePoint Online updates at its recent Build event, including the upcoming launch of Microsoft Lists and the release of the SharePoint Home Sites feature. [Read here]

6. Upcoming Microsoft Teams Features Include Offline Support, Telephony Option (March 20)
Microsoft recently announced several enhancements to the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform that will be "available later this year." [Read here]

5. Microsoft Teams Roadmap: Support for 1,000 Meeting Attendees, New Hardware (July 9)
Microsoft Teams is poised to receive a raft of new features in the coming months, many of them designed to make remote videoconferences feel more "natural." [Read here]

4. Version 2004 of Windows 10, Windows Server Released (May 28)
Microsoft announced the latest update milestones for Windows 10 and Windows Server this week. [Read here]

3. Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Hits a Release Milestone (Jan. 16)
The first "stable" release of Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser is now commercially available, Microsoft announced on Wednesday. [Read here]

2. Microsoft Axes SharePoint Events as COVID-19 Precaution (March 25)
Multiple SharePoint-related events this year have been cancelled, postponed or made virtual as a consequence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. [Read here]

1. Microsoft's Cloud and AI Services Tapped in Coronavirus Fight (March 23)
Microsoft recently described the ways in which its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning offerings, as well as its Azure cloud, are being used by researchers and other public health groups responding to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. [Read here]

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