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  • Microsoft delays the launch of its Xbox One console in China 3 hours 34 minutes ago

    Beijing: Microsoft has delayed the launch of its Xbox One game console in China, which had been set for release on Tuesday, but the world's biggest software company said it would be released by the end of the year. Microsoft did not give a reason for the delay in a statement...
  • Progress is being made on developing a 'next-generation' ultra-thin, skin-like condom that could offer better sexual pleasure, says Bill Gates 2 days ago

    Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said Thursday progress is being made on developing a "next-generation" ultra-thin, skin-like condom that could offer better sexual pleasure, help population control and be financed by first-world investors. Last year, the Microsoft co-founder and one of the world's richest men offered inventors $100,000 in start-up grants to...
  • Microsoft launches Universal Mobile Keyboard; compatible with iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows devices 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Microsoft has announced the launch of a new Universal Mobile Keyboard that works with iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets. The new Mobile Keyboard has an OS switch that lets you change from one operating system to another while maintaining a fully functional keyboard. The keyboard features...
  • Microsoft's Windows 9 event on September 30: What to expect 5 days ago

    Houston: Software giant Microsoft is expected to provide a technical preview of its new Windows 9 operating system at an event in San Francisco later this month. The event, billed as a chance to "hear about what's next for Windows and the enterprise", will be held on September 30. The company sent...
  • Why Minecraft's creator Markus Persson is leaving Mojang 5 days ago

    New York: Microsoft agreed Monday to buy the Swedish group behind the hugely popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 billion, bolstering the increasingly important gaming division of the US tech giant. The deal for Swedish-based Mojang gives Microsoft one of the best-known video games of all time - one which is...
  • Microsoft sends out invites for September 30 event, Windows 9 expected 5 days ago

    San Francisco: Microsoft on Monday sent out invitations to a September 30 event at which it is expected to provide a glimpse at the next version of its Windows operating system dubbed Windows 9. The US software titan revealed little with invitations that read: "Join us to hear what's next for...
  • Why Microsoft is buying Minecraft-maker Mojang for a reported $2.5 billion 1 week ago

    Microsoft's impending purchase of Mojang, the Swedish developer with 100 million players of its open world Minecraft game, is more aimed at pulling users onto the software company's obscure mobile platform than its better known PC system or Xbox game console. The software company's Windows Phone system has only 2.5 per...
  • The smarthome is heading fast towards a mass-market reality September 13, 2014

    It's long been the stuff of science fiction, but tech giants hope the "smarthome", where gadgets talk to each other and the fridge orders the milk, will soon become reality. The futuristic vision of wireless domestic bliss that puts people and their smartphones or tablets at the centre of an "Internet...
  • Microsoft gives MSN a new look, adds ability to sync across devices September 8, 2014

    New York: Microsoft is giving its MSN news service a crisper look, new lifestyle tools and seamless syncing across devices. The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses - Windows and Office software installed on...
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Motorola's new Moto G, Asus ZenWatch the biggest launches this week September 7, 2014

    It was one of the most exciting weeks in technology this year and here are the key highlights. 1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Edge, Gear VR, Gear S: Samsung, at the consumer electronics fair IFA 2014 in Berlin, unveiled four new devices - the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge,...
  • Getty Images sues Microsoft over new online photo tool September 6, 2014

    New York: A new Microsoft product that allows website publishers to embed digital photographs on their sites is a "massive infringement" of copyrighted images, Getty Images claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York. The "Bing Image Widget," released on August 22, gives publishers the ability to create...
  • Nokia X2: Microsoft launches the Nokia X successor in India at Rs 8,699 September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Beefing up its budget smartphone portfolio, Microsoft Devices today launched Nokia X2, priced at Rs 8,699, in India to compete more aggressively with the likes of Samsung as well as homegrown firms like Micromax. The Nokia X2 was unveiled globally in June as a successor to its Android-centred...
  • Nokia Lumia 730, Lumia 735: Microsoft launches two affordable 'selfie' phones September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: In line with expectations, Microsoft has launched, not one, but two 'selfie' phones - the Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 dual-SIM - that run the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Microsoft says the 5 megapixel wide-angle front camera on the Lumia 730 dual-SIM and Lumia 735 lets...
  • Nokia Lumia 830: Microsoft unveils the thinnest and lightest Lumia yet September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The metal-framed Nokia Lumia 830 is what Microsoft calls "the affordable flagship" of the Nokia Lumia family. The Windows Phone 8.1 device priced at 330 euros (about Rs 26,200) is also the thinnest and lightest Lumia yet with an 8.5mm thin profile. The Lumia 830 has a 10 megapixel...
  • 2014's biggest 7 days in technology begins on September 3; Here's what to expect September 2, 2014

    The technology carnival is about to begin. The seven days beginning on September 3 are the biggest for consumer technology enthusiasts this year. From the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Note to Apple's larger iPhones to Motorola's circular Android Wear smartwatch, the tech biggies are busy setting the stage to capture our...
  • Microsoft will not hand over overseas email to US prosecutors, despite court order August 30, 2014

    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 August 25, 2014

    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...