Washington, March 5 : Microsoft has reportedly launched Skype for Outlook along with HD video calling for PC users, and improvements to call notifications and support for Safari on Macs.
Complaints were reported by Skype desktop users, who said that the Outlook. com web version continued ringing in a browser even after the call was picked up from the desktop client.
Skype's marketing manager Karen Tong said that the company was happy to share that in the new version now available it had resolved this issue, the Verge reported
Washington, Mar 05 : Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly admitted that he has had a few regrets at his previous company but not too many to mention.
In his first public appearance after stepping down as the software giant's chief, Ballmer talked to students at the University of Oxford and reflected on Microsoft's missteps.
Ballmer said that the Microsoft might have had a strong position in the phone market ten years ago, but he regretted that the company didn't put hardware and software together quicker, Cnet reports.
However, he stressed that Microsoft remained in a strong position to catch the next wave of innovation.
Washington, Feb. 15 -: Microsoft announced its plans to acquire Nokia nearly six months back, however, that deal is still to draw to a close.
Nokia cited an ongoing tax dispute in India over one of the company's factories that is delaying the closing of the intended purchase by Microsoft.
According to The Verge, Microsoft has stressed that it would have the sale, worth 7.2 billion dollars, complete before the current quarter ends in March.
Washington, Feb 5 - Shortly after he was named the new CEO of Microsoft, Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella shot off a letter to employees asking the software giant to "prioritize innovation" and "help drive cultural change."
"While we have seen great success, we are hungry to do more," wrote Nadella, only the third CEO in the company's 39-year history, Tuesday after taking over from Steve Ballmer with founder Bill Gates by his side in a new role as "technology adviser".
Washington, Jan 31 - Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella, in charge of Microsoft's enterprise and cloud businesses, is emerging as the software giant's pick as CEO Steve Ballmer's successor, according to various media reports.
The company's board of directors is also holding discussions to replace Chairman Bill Gates with lead independent director emerging as the prime candidate, Bloomberg News reported citing people briefed on the process.
Microsoft's board was meeting Thursday night and an announcement was expected as soon as Friday.
Washington, Dec 12 : Microsoft is reportedly planning to reintroduce the good old Start Menu to its upcoming Windows 8.2.
With the launch of Windows 8 that attempted to bring essentially a tablet-style layout on the conventional desktop mode, a lot of users were put off by the complex OS and dearly missed the Start button.
However, with a tweaked Windows 8.1, the Start button did find its way in the OS, but a complete Start Menu is expected to feature in the next version, Fox News reports.
Washington, Nov. 26 - Microsoft's head of devices, Julie Larson-Green has predicted a future with just one Windows operating systems for all devices, unlike the current varied versions in existence.
The software giant currently ships Windows RT, Windows 8 and Windows Phone software for a variety of devices.
However, Larson-Green has hinted that the company is working to merge its core operating systems, adding that they will not have three versions in future, The Verge reports.
Washington, June 12 - Amid a raging controversy over a sweeping US Internet surveillance programme, top tech companies in a concerted move have asked the government ease the secrecy surrounding national security investigations.
Google, Facebook and Microsoft in requests echoed by a top official from Twitter also asked US officials Tuesday to lift long-standing gag orders covering the nature and extent of information collected about Internet users by the National Security Agency.
Washington, May 22 - Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox console Tuesday that represents a major upgrade on the US-market-leading Xbox 360 model.
The president of the IT giant's Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick, revealed the hi-tech Xbox One entertainment and gaming console during an event at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, campus.
Washington, Mar 2 - Facebook Inc. announced that it has reached a deal with Microsoft Corp. to acquire its Atlas Advertiser Suite, a service that enables marketers and agencies to get the most out of their online advertising.
"We're pleased to announce that we have agreed to acquire the Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft," Facebook said in a blog entry Thursday, without disclosing the terms of the deal.
The purchase of Atlas, a set of tools that help companies choose the placement of their ads on web sites and monitor their effectiveness, is part of Facebook's bid to battle Google for market share in the online display-ad business.
San Francisco, Nov 20 - Microsoft will build an experimental biogas-powered data center in the US state of Wyoming in March 2013, in an effort to enable its data centers to be less reliant on the traditional power grid, US media reported.
The data center will be powered by a 300kw fuel cell that uses biogas from a waste water treatment plant and will be "the first zero carbon data center", Sean James, Microsoft's senior research project manager, told technology news website GigaOM in an interview.
Washington, Oct 16 : Microsoft’s Windows XP is more vulnerable to malware than any of the firm’s more modern offerings, the company’s security intelligence report has confirmed.
According to the report, Windows XP is about twice as like to get infected as any of the more modern operating systems, including Windows Vista and Windows 7.
XP''s infection rates in particular jumped dramatically in the first half of 2012, the report said.
San Francisco, Oct 16 - Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Music, which combines free music streaming, music subscription and purchasing into an all-in-one service.
The company said it will first roll out the service Tuesday on its Xbox 360 video game console and later in October on personal and tablet computers and smartphones.
Xbox Music will come pre-installed as the default music player for the Windows 8 operating system that is to be officially launched Oct 26, Xinhua reported Monday.
With the new service, users can listen to streaming songs for free, from a catalog of over 30 million titles, on PCs and tablets running on Windows 8.
San Francisco, Sep 7 - Microsoft has launched a nationwide campaign called "Bing It On" in the US, trying to show web users the quality of its Bing search engine is better than Google's.
The software company unveiled the site "bingiton. com" where users can input five search queries and the unbranded search results of Bing and Google will be shown in two columns, reported Xinhua.
For each query, users can choose a winner (or a draw) and the test will show which search engine come on top in the end.
San Francisco, Aug 2 - Microsoft has announced that it has completed the product development and testing of Windows 8 and is releasing its next generation of operating system to computer makers.
"The Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners," said Microsoft's Windows engineering team on their blog.
"This means our next milestone will be the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and on-line availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012."
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