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Cloud Computing at Microsoft

Tech Review looks into Microsoft's Windows Cloud project, which is still firmly under wraps. Amitabh Srivastava, the head of cloud computing at Microsoft, says that it is "risky," and Tech Review adds that that "is quite something from a guy whose last project was the late and troubled Windows Vista operating system." An unnamed source at the company said that cloud computing is going to affect everything that Microsoft does. Berkeley's Armando Fox points out that, compared to Linux or Amazon's EC2, "Windows virtualization technology is a lot less mature, especially as far as consolidating multiple copies of Windows efficiently onto a single server."

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.