Microsoft

  • Microsoft will not hand over overseas email to US prosecutors, despite court order 2 days ago

    New York: A US judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to US prosecutors, but the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals the ruling. Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the US District Court...
  • China targets own operating system to take on likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft 1 week ago

    Shanghai: China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cyber...
  • Amazon plans to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, to take on Google's ad business: Report August 23, 2014

    Bangalore: Amazon is planning to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. While the in-house platform is initially planned to replace ads supplied by Google Inc on Amazon's own website, the new system could challenge Google and Microsoft...
  • Microsoft may unveil Windows 9 on September 30 August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft is ready to give the world a peep into its next operating system - the successor to Windows 8 at an event on September 30, The Verge reports. The upcoming update to the Windows operating system is codenamed 'Threshold' and it will be first rolled out to...
  • Opera Mini to become the default browser on Microsoft's low-cost phones August 21, 2014

    Oslo: Norwegian software maker Opera signed a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft's Nokia mobile phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending it shares sharply higher. "We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building...
  • Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board August 20, 2014

    San Francisco: Former Microsoft chief Steven Ballmer said he is stepping down as a member of the software giant's board of directors. Ballmer made his decision public a month after his successor, Satya Nadella, announced unprecedented job cuts at the US technology firm as it worked to adapt to a "mobile...
  • HTC launches Windows Phone version of its flagship HTC One (M8) smartphone August 20, 2014

    New York: HTC has unveiled the HTC One (M8) for Windows, a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC said it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to...
  • Microsoft cloud service Azure restored after partial outage August 19, 2014

    Bangalore: Microsoft said it resolved an outage on its Azure cloud computing service, which occurred across multiple regions. Partial disruptions began as of 1.40 p.m. ET on Aug. 18, the company said on the Azure website. Microsoft Azure is a cloud-based platform for creating, deploying and maintaining online applications and services...
  • Nokia Lumia 530: The most affordable Lumia launched in India at Rs 7,349; features a 4-inch display, 5MP camera August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft has launched what is believed to be the most affordable Lumia smartphone - Lumia 530 - in India. The phone (dual-SIM variant) is available on the Nokia India online store for Rs 7,349. The new Windows smartphone will be delivered in 4 working days, says the website. The...
  • Microsoft expected to launch its 'selfie phone' on September 4 August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft reportedly has started sending out media invites for its conference on September 4. The invite sent to the members of the press hints at a selfie phone - which could be labelled "Lumia 730", reports The Verge. Microsoft's hardware chief has already given employees a sneak peek at...
  • Snipp3t: Microsoft's new app lets you keep track of your favourite celebrities August 11, 2014

    New York: If you cannot get enough of what your favourite celebrities are up to, Microsoft has a new app for you. The "Snipp3t" lets you subscribe to celebrities and get personalised headlines, social media feeds and news about what the celebrity is up to. "Tap on a celebrity to view their...
  • Explained: Why Microsoft fails to get more people in emerging markets pay for its software August 11, 2014

    San Francisco: On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft Corp made in China. The official asked the interpreter to double check Gates' reply as he couldn't believe the figure was so low. It's a problem that hasn't...
  • Ex-Microsoft employee gets 2 years in prison for insider trades August 10, 2014

    Seattle: A former Microsoft Corp employee was sentenced to two years in prison for his part in an insider trading scheme that netted him and his partner more than $400,000. Brian Jorgenson, 32, had pleaded guilty to securities fraud for his part in a sophisticated operation in which he passed private...
  • Microsoft recreates its first website from 1994 August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: This was Microsoft's first web page. It's been 20 years since Microsoft created its first web page 20 years ago. In 1994, among the reasons Microsoft started a website was to put its growing Knowledge Base online. Mark Ingalls, the first administrator of Microsoft.com, says: In 1994, using...
  • Microsoft Xbox One launching in India on Sep 23 at Rs 39,990 as an Amazon exclusive August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: As expected, Microsoft's XBox One video game console is going on sale in India starting September 23. Microsoft's latest gaming console is coming to India as an Amazon exclusive and pre-orders have started on the online shopping website. Priced at Rs 39,990, every Xbox One system will include the...
  • Photos: The spectacular winning images from Microsoft Bing's 'The Big Shot' campaign in India August 5, 2014

    Microsoft's Bing recently announced the winners of its #TheBigShot campaign. 'Bing's homepage displays spectacular images across genres that people like to engage with; keeping this as the driving thought, HDS designed bing's #TheBigShot campaign that aims to bring together budding photographers to share their images with Bing and MSN to...
  • Microsoft sues longtime partner Samsung August 2, 2014

    New York: Microsoft on Friday fired a legal salvo at longtime partner Samsung, accusing the South Korean giant of breaching a contract over licensing of technology used in the competitive smartphone market. "After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with...
  • Xbox One: Microsoft unveils Xbox in China after a 14-year ban July 31, 2014

    Beijing: Software giant Microsoft unveiled it reinvented Xbox videogame console in potentially vast Chinese market after a ban of 14 years despite facing probe over business practices in the country. Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing and strategy officer for Xbox said the new gaming console, the Xbox One, will be available in...
  • Microsoft to roll out Cortana, its Siri competitor, for users in India July 31, 2014

    Los Angeles: Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the UK. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognising app in an update to Windows Phone 8.1 that...
  • Microsoft Xbox One to be launched in China on September 23 July 30, 2014

    Shanghai: Microsoft will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, making it the first foreign company to start selling consoles in the world's third biggest gaming market after a ban on the devices was lifted this year. Yusuf Mehdi, head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft's Xbox...
  • Microsoft expected to launch a 'selfie' phone soon; likely to come with a 5MP front camera, 4.7-inch display July 30, 2014

    Seattle: Microsoft Corp's hardware chief gave employees a sneak peek at a 'selfie' phone featuring a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera at an internal meeting this week, a source at the company said on Tuesday. Stephen Elop, the former Nokia CEO who now runs Microsoft's devices business, showed off the phone in...
  • Microsoft pits Apple's Siri against Cortana in new ad July 29, 2014

    Though Windows Phone smartphones are nowhere close to being a credible competitor to Apple's iPhone, but Microsoft does see its personal assistant app Cortana as a credible answer to Siri. In this new ad Microsoft pits Cortana against Siri to highlight the features that Apple's personal assistant lacks. ...
  • China launches probe against Microsoft, orders raids July 29, 2014

    Beijing: China has placed US technology giant Microsoft under investigation while officials today conducted raids on its offices in four cities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce sent its investigators to the company's offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu for an official investigation, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post...
  • Microsoft launches Bang mini speaker by Coloud July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft Devices, in addition to the Lumia 530, also announced the new Bang mini speaker by Coloud. This portable, compact speaker costs €19 ($26). Connected to your phone via the 3.5mm headset jack, the rechargeable speaker is claimed to last for up to 8 hours. The Bang will be available...
  • Nokia Lumia 530: The most affordable Lumia announced; features a 4-inch display, 5MP camera July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft Devices Group has announced the most affordable Lumia smartphone - the Lumia 530. The phone has a 4-inch (854x480) LCD display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. The Lumia 530 has a 5-megapixel camera. While 15GB of free cloud storage...
  • Microsoft to merge different Windows operating systems into one July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft has confirmed that it intends to merge different versions of its Windows operating systems into one. This was announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the company's quarterly earnings call. Nadella told analysts that the company would "streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into...
  • Why Microsoft is killing Nokia X July 19, 2014

    New York: The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit as Nokia's low-cost answer to serving emerging markets. Nokia X phones were devised to be a gateway to the...
  • Microsoft to end Nokia's brief affair with Android, aims to strengthen Windows Phone loyalty July 18, 2014

    New York: In what could be the end of the road for Nokia X smartphones, world's largest software maker Microsoft plans to shift select products from the Android- powered range to the Windows platform as it beefs up the affordable Lumia range. Microsoft announced axing of upto 18,000 jobs over the...