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Natural language generation with 17 billion parameters

Microsoft’s deep learning language model Turing-NLG outperforms GPT-2

Microsoft has announced its deep learning language model Turing-NLG, and its impressive 17 billion parameters make it the largest language model to date. While it is not publicly available, a demo version has been released to a small group for testing purposes. Let’s see if more parameters mean better results, compared to OpenAI’s GPT-2 and NVIDIA’s Megatron-LM.

Surprise, surprise

Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation

Microsoft has announced that it is now joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions Member. “Joining the Eclipse Foundation enables us to collaborate more closely with the Eclipse community, deliver a great set of tools and services for all development teams, and continuously improve our cloud services, SDKs and tools,” the company said.

New and improved

Microsoft unveils Visual Studio 2015

Microsoft’s new and improved Visual Studio 2015 has landed, with arms open wide for development that targets all popular platforms. Microsoft wants their offering to be known as a cross-platform toolset and have the features to show for it.

Death to the Toolbar

The Ask Toolbar is (sort of, a little bit) dead

Microsoft has officially started classifying older versions of the Java update’s infamous Ask Toolbar as malware, and has now begun blocking installation attempts. The latest version of the world’s most hated add-on is still working fine, but there’s hope that its end is nigh.