There was a grab bag of interesting headlines this week, but we’ll start with a big change at one of the most recognized tech companies in the world: Microsoft.
The company released its 10-K this week, a government-required filing that lays out its strategy and finances for the year. The novella of documents would put some people straight to sleep, but for those willing to dig in, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the tech giant’s inner workings.
The big takeaway this year: Microsoft changed its vision statement, officially putting its corporate focus on artificial intelligence and the intelligent cloud instead of mobile technology.
GeekWire editor Todd Bishop says the change has been a long time coming, but it’s still a big moment for the company. We discuss what the change says about Microsoft and the state of AI in the technology world on this episode of the Week In Geek.
We also learn about a breakthrough in fighting allergies: A team of scientists at Seattle’s Benaroya Research Institute has discovered a cell that’s behind allergic reactions.
The discovery could change how we treat and even prevent allergies, from the life-threatening anaphylactic shock to seasonal sniffles.
Also this week, the Trump administration unveiled its newest immigration proposal and prompted an outcry from the tech community. The proposal would drastically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country, something that tech and business leaders, along with many legislators, oppose.
And finally, we take a glimpse inside Audi’s Silvercar rental service that opened this week at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport. The tech-focused service is looking to take the hassle out of renting a car while traveling, and GeekWire’s Taylor Soper tested it out first hand.
On the Random Chanel this week: Bill Gates is investing in a veggie burger; The Seattle Sounders could be getting a new logo on their jerseys; and the Onion pokes some fun at Jeff Bezos with satirical advice for startups.