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  • Microsoft plans to create universal video games that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs 11 hours 45 minutes ago

    San Francisco: Microsoft is attempting to break down the walls surrounding console gaming. Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and...
  • No new Microsoft flagship devices till Windows 10 release: Report 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Following the launch of its two new budget smartphones, Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, at the Barcelona event, Microsoft has announced that it will not be rolling out new flagship devices till its latest Windows 10 is officially unveiled later this year. A report in The Verge quoted...
  • Microsoft launches 5-inch Lumia 640, 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL budget smartphones; to be available from April 3 days ago

    New Delhi: At the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft unveiled two new affordable smartphones in its Lumia series- the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. The Microsoft Lumia 640 smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display and is packed with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM....
  • Microsoft to discontinue support for Facebook chat, Google chat from Outlook.com in coming weeks February 25, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft's email service-Outlook.com has sent an email to all its users that it was removing Facebook chat and Google chat support from its service. The company said that in the upcoming weeks it will discontinue support for the popular chats in a bid to push its own Skype chatting...
  • US judge dismisses lawsuit against Google for making own search engine default app in Android phones February 22, 2015

    New York: A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Google of harming smartphone buyers by forcing handset makers that use its Android operating system to make the search engine company's own applications the default option. Consumers claimed that Google required companies such as Samsung to favor Google apps such as YouTube...
  • Is Microsoft bringing 'People Sense' to make up for deleting 'Rooms' app from Windows Phone 10? February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft recently announced that it was pulling out the Rooms app from its upcoming Windows Phone 10 OS. Rooms was one of the biggest new features in Windows Phone and allowed users to hold conversations and share photos, notes, and calendars in private groups. Launched with the Windows Phone...
  • Microsoft updates Windows Defender to actively root out Superfish adware from Lenovo laptops February 21, 2015

    New Delhi: In what comes as a relief to Lenovo consumers who have been perturbed by the computer maker's recently exposed attempt at adding more ads in Google search through its pre-installed adware-Superfish, researchers have found out that Microsoft's onboard anti-virus software is now actively removing the adware. Microsoft's Windows Defender...
  • Microsoft pulls out Windows Phone's Rooms group chat feature February 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft is officially lowering down the curtains to its Rooms group chat feature that was rolled out with the Windows Phone 8 back in 2012. Rooms was one of the biggest new features in the phone and allowed users to hold conversations and share photos, notes, and calendars in...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 will have biometric authentication feature February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft has announced that its upcoming Windows 10 will have biometric feature, enabling users to access their devices without entering passwords. The software giant said that the OS will support the next version of the Fast Identification Online (FIDO) spec, which will allow devices to work with third-party biometric...
  • Microsoft Office for iOS now lets you save, edit docs from Dropbox, Box February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft has announced that users of its Office for iOS suite will now be able to save and edit their files from Dropbox, Box, and other third-party storage apps to iCloud. The company in its blog post unveiled two new intergration features- file picker integration for the iPad and...
  • Microsoft launches Lumia 435, Lumia 532 in India; priced at Rs 5999, Rs 6499 February 17, 2015

    Chennai: Microsoft launched two smartphones - Lumia 435 and Lumia 532, priced at Rs 5,999 and Rs 6,499, respectively. The launch is part of Microsoft's plan to strengthen its presence in the smartphone category after rebranding itself in the handset category following the purchase of handset division from telecom major Nokia. The...
  • Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates meets with China's technology minister February 14, 2015

    Shanghai: Bill Gates, Microsoft's former CEO, met with China's technology minister this week, said a statement on the ministry website, days after U.S. tech groups expressed concerns over Chinese regulation damaging their businesses. In the meeting with China's Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, in which Gates was representing the...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 could come with Microsoft's apps February 14, 2015

    New Delhi: As the anticipation builds up around Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone , a latest report has claimed that flagship device will include a range of Microsoft apps. A SamMobile source has revealed that Samsung will pull out a lot of its usual pre-installed apps and make the Galaxy S6...
  • Here's why you really don't need to subscribe to Microsoft Office 365 February 12, 2015

    New York: Just as I was warming up to choosing a Microsoft Office 365 subscription over making a one-time software purchase, Microsoft started giving away a lot of subscription benefits for free. The company now offers Word, Excel and others at no cost on most mobile devices. It's a smart move...
  • Microsoft buys Sunrise, a popular calendar app for iOS and Android February 12, 2015

    San Francisco: Microsoft announced that it has acquired hit mobile calendar application Sunrise in a deal reported to be valued about $100 million. The take-over comes in the wake of Microsoft releasing versions of its popular Outlook calendar and email programs tailored for mobile devices powered by Apple or Android software. "We...
  • Microsoft could unveil the Lumia 1330, new affordable smartphones on March 2 February 11, 2015

    Barcelona: Microsoft has started sending out media invites for its upcoming press conference at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 on March 2. While the invite does not mention what the company has up its sleeve for the event, rumours claim that the company could unveil the Lumia 1330 - the...
  • Microsoft, Samsung settle contract dispute over patents February 10, 2015

    San Francisco: Microsoft and Samsung Electronics have settled a contract dispute over patent royalties, though terms of the settlement are confidential, Microsoft said in a statement on Monday. Microsoft sued Samsung last year in a federal court in New York, accusing Samsung of breaching a collaboration agreement by initially refusing to...
  • Tablet sales show more signs of cooling: Surveys February 4, 2015

    New York: Tablet sales cooled dramatically in 2014 from the red-hot growth pace a year earlier, surveys showed. Research firm IDC said global tablet sales for the full year rose just 4.4 per cent for the year to 229.6 million units, after a jump of more than 50 per cent in...
  • Microsoft slashes Xbox 360 prices by 19 per cent; launches Xbox 360 500GB model at Rs 19,990 February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft has slashed prices of its popular gaming console Xbox 360 by 19 per cent to Rs 12,990 as the tech giant looks to expand its footprint in India's gaming market. The 4GB version of the standalone XBox 360 was earlier being sold for Rs 15,990 and is...
  • Microsoft launches Outlook app for rival Android, iOS January 31, 2015

    Washington: Microsoft launched an Outlook app for rival handsets running on Apple's iOS and Google's Android, ramping up its software services efforts. The move will allow users of iPhones, iPads and Android-powered smartphones and tablets to more easily access the email service popular with many businesses. "The new Outlook app brings together...
  • Microsoft gives away Word, Excel, PowerPoint apps for free for Android tablets January 29, 2015

    Seattle: Microsoft made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available for free on Android tablets on Thursday, marking the latest step in its drive to get as many mobile customers as possible using its software. It also released an app for its popular Outlook email program to run on Apple's...
  • Bill and Melinda Gates get Padma Bhushan January 25, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates, who are also big philanthropists, on Sunday were chosen for Padma Bhushan award this year under the social work category. In the trade and industry discipline, Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan, whose domicile is France/UK, has been selected for Padma...
  • Microsoft HoloLens review: Unfinished, but shows potential January 24, 2015

    Redmond: Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images - or holograms - in daily life. And...
  • Microsoft Office 2016 will be available in the second half of 2015 January 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft's updated version of Office for desktop will be called Office 2016, and is expected to arrive in the second half of 2015. Although the company is yet to reveal specific details about the software, it has announced that Office 2016 will be available later this year. "We will...
  • Microsoft HoloLens: Microsoft shows off a wearable 3D gadget that lets users view holograms January 22, 2015

    Seattle: Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a holographic lens device that allows users to see three-dimensional renderings of computer-generated images. The device, called Microsoft HoloLens, has no wires and looks like a visor. The HoloLens is worn over the eyes like virtual reality headsets. While it's unclear when it might be available...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 to be available as a free upgrade to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 users January 21, 2015

    Seattle: Microsoft will give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to users of the most recent versions of Windows and Windows Phone, as the world's largest software company tries to hold onto customers in the new mobile era that has largely bypassed it. The announcement by...
  • Windows 10: Microsoft to show off more features of the next version of Windows January 21, 2015

    Redmond: Microsoft will use an event on Wednesday to offer a wider glimpse of the next version of Windows. The company is planning to show off new features of its flagship operating system - and possibly an improved Internet browser and more uses for Microsoft's voice-controlled digital assistant, Cortana. Executives will...
  • After Gmail blocked in China, Microsoft's Outlook hacked January 19, 2015

    Beijing: Chinese users of Microsoft Corp's Outlook email service were subject to a hacking attack at the weekend, just weeks after Google's Gmail system was blocked in China, an online censorship watchdog said on Monday. People using email clients like Outlook, Mozilla's Thunderbird and apps on their phone with the SMTP...