Technology Record - Issue 27: Winter 2022

33 DID YOU KNOW? “ Microsoft data centres are operating around the clock to support a wide spectrum of critical services, from the life-saving work of doctors and first responders to essential services like groceries and online banking. At the same time, data centres also empower everyday necessities like food deliveries, remote work and video calls to family.” – Bill Briggs, writer at Microsoft Jabra has launched Evolve2 Buds, a new addition to its Evolve series of products. Certified for Microsoft Teams and virtual meeting platforms, the wireless earphones are designed for hybrid working and on-the-go professionals. According to Jabra, they use the latest technology to reduce disruptive background noise and enhance call quality. Evolve2 Buds come with Adjustable Active Noise Cancellation, which can be personalised based on listening preferences. Jabra’s MultiSensor Voice technology also provides a unique combination of microphones, bone conduction sensors and advanced algorithms to reduce surrounding noise, helping to minimise distractions. Users can connect to two devices at once with Advanced Multipoint connection, which provides further flexibility. “In a world where virtual meetings are the norm, it's more important than ever to be heard on calls without disruptions,” said Nigel Dunn, EMEA North managing director at Jabra. “Evolve2 buds give peace of mind that you’ll always sound professional, ensuring crystal-clear conversations and offering freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere.” Jabra introduces Evolve2Buds for hybrid working Microsoft continues its support for Ukraine Microsoft has extended its technology support for Ukraine free of charge throughout the calendar year of 2023. The firm is providing additional technology, valuing approximately $100 million, so that government agencies, critical infrastructure and other sectors in Ukraine can continue to run their digital infrastructure and serve citizens through the Microsoft Cloud. In November 2022, Microsoft’s total support for Ukraine has amounted to more than $400 million since the war began in February 2022. Support includes cybersecurity protection, funds for nonprofits and humanitarian organisations operating in Ukraine, Poland and elsewhere in the European Union and data provision for establishments aiding Ukraine and addressing war crimes against civilians.