Trending in Tech: Apple hits $2 trillion; Microsoft to end IE support; Google’s global outage

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Apple becomes $2 trillion company

Apple, a company which nearly went bankrupt in the 1990s, has become the first US company with a $2 trillion market capitalisation.

According to World Bank data, Apple’s value, now at $2 trillion, is greater than the economies of all but eight countries in the world.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said, in a memo to staff quoted by Reuters, that the “financial returns are simply the result of Apple’s innovation, putting our products and customers first, and always staying true to ourselves”.

Microsoft 365 apps to end Internet Explorer support

Internet Explorer’s days are officially numbered with Microsoft announcing its Microsoft 365 apps suite will end support for Internet Explorer 11 on August 17, 2021.

Microsoft also said it would end support for the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app on March 9, 2021.

In a blog post, the company laid out the timeline for the products, adding that ̌the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11 from November 30 this year.

“This means that after the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11,” the company explained.

“For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11. While we know this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that customers will get the most out of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge. We are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible.”

Google suffers global outage

Thousands of users reported outages to Gmail and Google Apps over a period of hours yesterday. The issue was reported worldwide and lasted for several hours for some users.

Users reported problems logging in, uploading attachments, as well as sending and receiving emails.

YouTube users also reported issues uploading videos, though streaming was unaffected.

Google says the issues have now been resolved.

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