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Microsoft China posts Windows 9 launch teaser

Earlier today, Microsoft China wrote a post on its Weibo page that not only confirms that the "Windows 9" name is intended for the next version of the company's operating system but also that it will be "coming soon."

Op-Ed: Robots, the Cloud and robot banks — Utopia? Maybe, maybe not

Sydney - The robots are coming, but not the way you’d expect. They’re about to replace the suits, and perhaps even declutter your home. Spooky? Much more than that. There’s a “vision of excellence," and you know what that means — chaos.

Goodbye to MSN Messenger

Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October. This marks the final end to the once popular 15-year-old service.

Microsoft removes 1,500 spam apps from the Windows Store

Microsoft's acknowledgement of the presence of illegitimate, spam apps in the Windows Store has come to fruition with the removal of 1,500 apps from the store and subsequent refunding of purchasers.

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer completes purchase of LA Clippers

Los Angeles - Former Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer has completed buying the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, seemingly ending a painful real-life drama that began with racist remarks on a tape recording.

Microsoft drops support for outdated web browsers

From 12 January 2016 Microsoft has announced that it will only support the latest copy of Internet Explorer (IE) for the different versions of Windows.

Judge OKs sale of NBA team over co-owner's objections

Los Angeles - The wife of embattled Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling can sell the NBA team for $2 billion despite strenuous objections by her husband, who is almost certain to appeal.

iOS 'back doors' found by forensic scientist

Forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski has posted evidence related to iOS security. His presentation talks about your rights and how some "back door" practices are infringing upon them.

Op-Ed: Microsoft needs a PR boost after layoffs; should buy Yahoo!

Microsoft has taken a big PR hit after announcing that it will lay off 18,000 employees. The tech giant needs a PR boost and a revamped image, which it might get by...buying Yahoo!

Review: 'Video Games: The Movie' is a doc that needed more time in beta Special

'Video Games: the Movie' is a very informative documentary, but is severely lacking in the substance, education, and fun department.

Bizarre Microsoft layoff letter

Microsoft have announced that they are laying off some 18,000 staff. This large number has shocked many people, not least the employees. Some employees are also a little angry about how they found out about the news.

Microsoft is axing Nokia X Android phones, converting some to WP

Microsoft looks set to end the Nokia X lineup of Android-powered smartphones acquired by the company with its Nokia acquisition very soon, although some of the devices may be "shifted" to become Windows Phone-powered Lumia phones.

Microsoft executives change overall strategy for the company

The spread of Microsoft devices and services is going to be put on the back burner to focus on the "core" of the company, according to CEO Satya Nadella. As he has been saying for months he wants a "mobile first" and "cloud first" approach.

Microsoft offers 1TB cloud storage to its Office 365 customers

In an attempt to attract more Office 365 users, Microsoft is offering more Cloud storage to sweeten the deal. One terabyte of free storage will be packaged with every Office 365 subscription.

Chinese government reveals Microsoft's Android patents

Microsoft has for years claimed that Google's Android is using their patents to make money. The Chinese government recently revealed the extent to which this is true in a report.

Microsoft files patent for touchscreen game control layout

Microsoft has filed a patent for a new control scheme for touchscreen mobile devices that resembles console controllers with two 'thumbsticks' at the bottom corners of the screen and what can only be called shoulder buttons at the top of the display.

Lumia 930 could launch next week and cheaper than expected

The awaited new flagship Windows Phone 8.1 handset from Nokia, the Lumia 930, has been tipped to launch earlier and at a cheaper price than previously thought.

China bans Windows 8 operating system

Beijing - China's communist government has banned the use of Windows 8, Microsoft's latest operating system. This is a blow to the U.S. technology company that has long struggled with sales in the country.

NSA and GCHQ can view Tor browser usage according to Microsoft

A Microsoft professional in the enterprise security field has warned that the Tor browsing network that aims to provide users with a totally secure browsing experience is no longer impenetrable by the NSA or GCHQ.

Microsoft drops Kinect, sells XBox One for $399

Microsoft reverses another position, removing the "integral" Kinect and dropping the price of the XBox One to $399 to match that of Sony's PS4.

LG G Watch shown off in promotional video

Ever since Google announced Android Wear, a dedicated operating system for Android smartwatches, smartphone manufacturers have been working non-stop to bring the first smartwatch to the market.

Windows Phone 8.1 launching June 24th

A page on the Microsoft Support website appears to confirm that Windows Phone 8.1 will begin deploying on June 24th after being formally announced with a developer preview at Microsoft BUILD last month.

Microsoft apparently planning a smartwatch for two years now

Surprise surprise, Microsoft is in the smartwatch race as well, at least that's what their patent shows. Can they actually deliver the smartwatch they're planning on? If they can, it could be smarter than all of its competitors.

Tech giants unite to tell you when government requests your data

Tech giants Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have announced that they are updating their privacy policies so that it is possible to inform you when governments request data on you.

Elop: Nokia branded smartphones soon to vanish from the market

Former CEO of Nokia and current head of devices at Microsoft Stephen Elop has said in an interview that he doubts that Nokia-branded phones will be "sticking around much longer."

Microsoft completes purchase of Nokia

Tech giant Microsoft has completed its purchase of Finnish telecom company Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.5 billion).

Microsoft uses South Korea ferry disaster to promote Office 365

Microsoft South Korea has seized the recent sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol to promote the company's Office 365 in a particularly tasteless piece of promotion.

Windows XP diehards to fend off hackers on their own

San Francisco - People clinging to Microsoft's aging Windows XP operating system will be left to fend off cyber criminals by themselves come Tuesday.

Pharma teams up with high-tech firms to protect patents

On a quest to protect software patents, tech giants Apple, Microsoft, and IBM have joined forces with major pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers to evaluate the current patent system and secure protection from technological infringements.

Microsoft announces new Kinect for Windows to arrive this summer

Microsoft has revealed that the new version of Xbox Kinect for Windows, based on the unit supplied with the company's Xbox One console, will be released later this year in the summer.
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The Windows 8.1 desktop
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Xbox One hardware shown at E3 2013
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The new search feature with the redesigned menu
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People walk in front of a screen advertising the Xbox One in New York
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Steven Sinofsky in a launch in January 2011
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An example of a gamer using Microsoft's upcoming Kinect console, which using motion-sensing technology
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The mocked-up Windows 9 logo used by Microsoft China on their Weibo website on September 2, 2014
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An Xbox 360 controller
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more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6  saving hours of work for web devel...
more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers.
Microsoft launched and after only three months dropped the Kin  an odd-looking social-networking pho...
Microsoft launched and after only three months dropped the Kin, an odd-looking social-networking phone, thereby kissing goodbye to the billion dollars it sank into its development.
Satya Nadella wants to take the company in a new direction. What this means we have only seen a few ...
Satya Nadella wants to take the company in a new direction. What this means we have only seen a few hints of but it is definitely going to be on mobile devices and in a cloud.
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