Microsoft launches Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 to answer Siri

Microsoft launches Cortana for Windows Phone 8.1 to answer Siri Washington, April 03 : Tech-giants Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly features a new software named Cortana as an answer to Apple's Siri, Samsung's S Voice, and all the other voice assistance software suits out there.

Microsoft's corporate vice president and manager for Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore said that he is thrilled for everyone to now meet their truly personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, as he introduces the Bing-powered Cortana voice assistant.

Microsoft boss Nadella to reveal Office for iPad by March-end

Satya NadellaWashington, Mar. 18 - Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella is reportedly said to reveal the much anticipated Office suite for Apple's iPad on March 27.

The Office suite for iPad, code-named Miramar, is said to be unveiled at Microsoft's press briefing, which is said to 'focus on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing'.

Sources have revealed that Microsoft's long-rumoured Office suite for iPad before the end of March, which suggests that the scheduled press briefing might be the day for the launch, Cnet reports.

The Office suite for iPad is said to include only Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and possibly no other Office client apps.

Microsoft rolls out OneNote for Mac for 'free'

microsoftWashington, Mar. 18 - Microsoft has reportedly rolled out the first Mac version of its cloud-based note taking software OneNote, apart from announced it free of cost.

Earlier, OneNote- a Windows only software, was available to users who paid for the full Office Productivity suite of software.

The software maker said that OneNote has been designed for personal and school use, is totally ad-free and there's no limit on how long one could use it because it's not just a trial, Mashable reports.

However, Outlook integration, SharePoint support and other premium features would still only be available to paid subscribers. (ANI)

Government systems to become hack-prone after Microsoft ends support to Windows XP

microsoftWashington, Mar. 17 - After Microsoft ends its support to the good old and much beloved Windows XP on April 8th, government systems running the archaic OS would become reportedly more vulnerable to hack attacks.

Despite federal officials being aware of the 'end-of-life' for Windows XP for more than six years, the deadline for installing secure operating systems on federal government computers will pass next month with the job incomplete.

According to Washington Post, an estimated 10 percent of government computers, out of several million, would still be running the operating system on that date.

Microsoft to unveil latest version of Office for Mac by end of 2014

Microsoft to unveil latest version of Office for Mac by end of 2014Washington, March 12 : Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new version of Office suite for the Mac later this year.

While the present version Office: mac 2011 is not up to mark in terms of user interface and functionality when compared to the latest Windows version, it was updated since its release so it could be used as part of an Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft launches Skype with HD video support for globally

Microsoft launches Skype with HD video support for globallyWashington, 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

Ballmer admits having few regrets as boss of Microsoft

Ballmer admits having few regrets as boss of MicrosoftWashington, 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.

Microsoft's Nokia acquisition only to close by March-end

Microsoft's Nokia acquisition only to close by March-endWashington, 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.

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella calls for change to drive innovation

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella calls for change to drive innovationWashington, 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".

Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella may be Microsoft's new CEO

Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella may be Microsoft's new CEOWashington, 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.

Microsoft to bring back Start Menu in upcoming Windows 8.2

Microsoft to bring back Start Menu in upcoming Windows 8.2Washington, 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.

Microsoft device head predicts single Windows version for all devices in future

Microsoft device head predicts single Windows version for all devices in futureWashington, 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.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft seek easing of secrecy rules

Google, Facebook, Microsoft seek easing of secrecy rulesWashington, 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.

Microsoft unveils new all-in-one Xbox console

Microsoft unveils new all-in-one Xbox consoleWashington, 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.

Facebook acquires Microsoft's digital-ad service

Facebook acquires Microsoft's digital-ad serviceWashington, 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.

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