Microsoft

  • Microsoft sues longtime partner Samsung 12 minutes ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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...
  • Memo from Microsoft Executive VP Stephen Elop announcing job cuts July 18, 2014

    Microsoft Executive Vice President Stephen Elop sent employees of the company's devices business a memo detailing its job cut plans. Microsoft said it would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, with about 12,500 related to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone business in April. Elop was Nokia's CEO...
  • Memo from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announcing the largest job cuts in the company's history July 18, 2014

    Microsoft announced on Thursday that it will cut up to 18,000 jobs, or about 14 per cent of its staff. CEO Satya Nadella, who took the job in February, delivered the news to staff in a memo that Microsoft released publicly. Here's the text of that memo: From: Satya Nadella To: All...
  • Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs, to half the size of its recent Nokia acquisition July 17, 2014

    Seattle: Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would cut up to 18,000 jobs, or about 14 per cent of its workforce, as it halves the size of its recent Nokia acquisition and trims down other operations. The company said it will take pre-tax charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion for...
  • Microsoft expected to announce thousands of job cuts on Thursday July 17, 2014

    Seattle: Microsoft Corp is set to cut more than 6,000 jobs in an announcement expected early Thursday, according to sources familiar with the matter, as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and reshapes itself as a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company. What could be the deepest job cuts in...
  • Microsoft to overtake Yahoo for the first time in ad revenues: Survey July 16, 2014

    New York: Microsoft is expected to overtake Yahoo for the first time in digital advertising revenues, a research firm said today. The survey by eMarketer represents a setback for Yahoo's effort to return to its glory days as an Internet pioneer. The report said Google will extend its domination of...
  • Microsoft expected to announce its biggest ever job cuts July 15, 2014

    Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years as the software maker looks to integrate Nokia Oyj's handset unit, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the company's plans. The reductions, expected to be announced as soon as this week, could be in the Nokia unit and...
  • ITC eyes Telangana for paper unit; Microsoft to expand operations July 14, 2014

    Hyderabad: Diversified group ITC today expressed willingness to set up a paper manufacturing unit in Telangana with an investment of Rs 3,500 crore. This was conveyed by top officials of ITC to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao during a meeting here, said an official release. Expressing happiness over the move,...
  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella commits to develop Xbox platform July 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella committed to develop its Xbox gaming platform in a letter to company employees, quashing rumours that the unit might be spun off. "Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox," said Nadella in an email released by the company on its...
  • Female Yahoo executive sued for sexual harassment July 12, 2014

    A high-level female Yahoo Inc executive has been sued in California by a woman who worked under her and is accusing her former boss of sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Maria Zhang, a senior director of engineering at Yahoo Mobile, has been sued by Nan Shi, who worked as a principal...
  • Indian mathematician Nikhil Srivastava wins Polya Prize for solving knotty riddle July 11, 2014

    Washington: A young Indian mathematician, Nikhil Srivastava, has been named a joint winner of the prestigious George Polya Prize for finding proof of a riddle that had eluded mathematicians for more than half a century. Srivastava of Microsoft Research India and Adam W. Marcus and Daniel A. Spielman from Yale University...
  • Microsoft toughens Outlook email encryption to thwart online snooping July 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Microsoft on Tuesday said it is scrambling Outlook email messages in transit to thwart spying by governments or others. Toughened encryption at Outlook and Microsoft OneDrive online "cloud" data storage service came less than a month after the technology titan got low marks in a Google ranking of such...
  • Why a tablet with a keyboard cover is a worthy laptop replacement June 23, 2014

    Winnemucca: It took some travels across the country for me to appreciate a tablet with a keyboard cover. I've long asked, "Why not just get a laptop?" I didn't see any benefits in turning a tablet into something it is not. The device I warmed up to isn't Microsoft's Surface tablet,...
  • Google, Microsoft to join Apple in adding theft-deterring 'kill' switches in smartphones June 21, 2014

    Washington: Google and Microsoft plan to join Apple in offering theft-deterring "kill switches" in their smartphone operating systems, as part of an agreement with mayors and police agencies. The announcement came in a report Thursday by the "Secure Our Smartphones Initiative" led by the New York state attorney general with officials...
  • Micromax to unveil Windows Phone smartphones today June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Micromax is all set to announce its new smartphone series today at its event in New Delhi. Smartphones under the new series will be based on Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. According to an executive from Micromax, the company will announce 2-3 Windows Phone smartphones at the event....
  • E3 2014: Winners and losers from the video game show June 14, 2014

    Los Angeles: The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't as dramatic as last year's, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This year, the focus was on new games to play on those machines,...