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Microsoft promotes 2 senior execs after huge ad sales layoffs

Microsoft Advertising has promoted two of its senior executives, a move that comes days after the division laid off scores of sales people as it looks to streamline the business to push it towards profitability.

Even Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft is losing in mobile

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer doesn't think the company is "winning" when it comes to mobile, he said in an interview with CBS This Morning.

Microsoft phasing out Nokia brand name

Microsoft has officially decided to phase out the Nokia brand name, with the announcement being made on the Nokia France Facebook page.

Xbox One gets major system update for October

Microsoft's Xbox One is getting a system update today, continuing the monthly patches it has received since launch. This is one of the more major ones though and includes some major UI tweaks.

Romania to probe Microsoft reseller 'bribery' of ministers

Bucharest - Romanian President Traian Basescu on Friday authorised public prosecutors to launch an inquiry into five former ministers suspected of receiving millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks from resellers of Microsoft software.

Op-Ed: Behind Windows 10 – A return to good user functionality, or what?

Sydney - After the general loathing of Windows 8, Microsoft has moved with unseemly haste to crank up the new OS, formerly known as Windows 9, now to be called Windows 10. The question is whether real users will like it, not whether its PR sways the public.

Microsoft unveils Windows 10

San Francisco - Microsoft has skipped a number as it officially unveiled its newest operating system, Windows 10, in a Tuesday press conference.

Everything you need to know about Windows 9, Microsoft's next major software release

Windows 8, introduced in 2012, ushered in some of the biggest changes in Windows history. Windows 8 is meant to be a single piece of software that works seamlessly across traditional laptops, hybrids, and tablets.

Microsoft India plans to train 1 million women

Microsoft's Indian arm is rolling out an initiative to train and mentor 1 million women over the next 12 months to add a "feminine" touch to the Indian IT industry.

Next Microsoft Office includes the return of 'Dark' theme

In recent weeks, various bits of information on the next Windows have been circulated but Microsoft's other big money-spinner, Office, has remained hidden in the background. Yesterday that changed however as some images of the next Office appeared online.

Minecraft maker Mojang bought for $2.5 billion by Microsoft

Technology giants Microsoft completed the purchase of Swedish game developers Mojang, famous for giving the world Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.

Microsoft in talks to buy Mojang for $2 billion

Reports have emerged that Microsoft may be deep in talks with game studio Mojang over a possible acquisition deal valued at $2 billion.

Microsoft finally launches Delve search tool for Office 365

Yesterday, Microsoft finally released a new component for the company's Office 365 system. Called Delve, it has been in the pipe-line for years and aims to make it much easier for Office 365 users to manage their work effectively.

Microsoft unveils new Nokia Windows Phones with Denim firmware

Microsoft today launched three new Nokia Lumia-branded Windows Phones at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The handsets, the Lumia 730, 735 and 830, are intended to be powerful but affordable mid-range devices and will launch with a new firmware version dubbed Denim.

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.
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