Microsoft to showcase next version of Windows on Sep 30

Microsoft to showcase next version of Windows on Sep 30Washington, Sep 16 - Microsoft will showcase an enterprise technology preview of its next version of Windows on September 30th as the company has started sending out invitations.

The invitation asks people to join them to see what was next for the enterprise and Windows.

The invitation does not mention whether the company will give out the Windows Threshold tech preview at the event.

According to CNET, Microsoft is likely to release a first public preview of the Threshold version of Windows Server at the event.

Microsoft gifts @messenger to Facebook as it decides to shut down MSN Messenger

Microsoft gifts @messenger to FacebookWashington, Sep 11 : After deciding to shut down its MSN Messenger service, also known as Windows Live Messenger, after 15 years, Microsoft is passing its twitter account to Facebook.

Microsoft said in a tweet that it is gifting the @messenger Twitter account to Facebook later this month for the social network's Messenger service, reported The Verge. (ANI)

Microsoft nearing 2bln dollar deal to buy Minecraft maker Mojang: Report

Microsoft nearing 2bln dollar deal to buy Minecraft maker Mojang: ReportWashington, Sep 10 : Tech titan Microsoft is said to be nearing a deal worth 2 billion dollars to purchase Minecraft maker Mojang.

Acquiring Minecraft, which has sold more than 54 million units across all hardware platforms-Microsoft's Windows and Xbox 360, Apple's Mac, Sony's PlayStation 3, and mobile platforms like Apple's iOS and Google's Android-could be a big boost for Microsoft's Xbox, CNET reported.

Minecraft became an instant hit when it was launched in 2009, giving people a simple version of the kind of building environment that helped propel the virtual world Second Life into the mainstream.

Microsoft likely to unveil new Lumia phones, on September 4

Microsoft likely to unveil new Lumia phones, on September 4Washington, Aug 12 - Microsoft is likely to unveil new Lumia phones, which may include the much speculated 'selfie phone' expected to be labeled as Lumia 730, on 4th of September.

The company has started sending invites to members of the press to tease a 'ready for more' announcement. The invite comes just two weeks after Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop showed off two new Lumia Windows Phones, and described one particular device as a ' selfie phone' during a private internal company meeting, The Verge reported.

Microsoft faces 400m dollars loss on Xbox One

Microsoft faces 400m dollars loss on Xbox OneWashington, Aug 12 - Tech giant Microsoft has recently reported a 400 million dollars loss on its gaming console Xbox One, since the time it was launched.

The recent report shows that Microsoft spent 400 million dollars more than it earned from the console.

While Xbox console sales increased from 9.8 million units in 2013 to 11.7 million units in 2014, manufacturing and distributing costs went up to 2.1 billion dollars while platform revenue only reached 1.7 billion dollars, Adweek reported.

Microsoft is spending more and more money on Xbox One to make it a device as a way to use multiple Microsoft products and services simultaneously.

Microsoft plans to finally kill support for IE in Jan 2016

Microsoft plans to finally kill support for IE in Jan 2016Washington, Aug 8 (ANI): Microsoft is planning to cut support for Internet Explorer 8 and 10, which means users would be forced to use the latest version of IE, after January 12, 2016.

The change will take effect on January 12th, 2016, meaning Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will need to be running Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving updates. If Internet Explorer 12 or even version 13 debuts before January 12th, 2016 and it supports Windows 7 and Windows 8, then those users will need to upgrade to the very latest, The Verge reported.

Do not obstruct anti-trust probe, China warns Microsoft

Do not obstruct anti-trust probe, China warns MicrosoftWashington, Aug 05 - China has reportedly warned Microsoft that any attempts to obstruct its anti-trust investigation would be a bad move.

A statement released by China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), which ensures competition in the Chinese market, although did not accuse Microsoft of obstructing the probe but clarified that the company had promised to respect Chinese laws and co-operate fully, reported CNET.

Microsoft soon to have single OS for all devices

Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaWashington, July 24 - Microsoft's CEO announced on Tuesday that all versions of Windows will merge into one operating system for all devices.

CEO Satya Nadella said that the company will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes.

He added that they will unify the stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user experience and a broader developer opportunity.

Nadella expanded on this theme when responding to an analyst's question.

Microsoft's revenue beats expectation, profit decreases

MicrosoftWashington, July 23 - Microsoft's total revenue reported 23.38 billion dollars in its fourth fiscal quarter was announced on Tuesday as the profit plunged following the company's acquisition of Nokia's handset business.

Analysts expected revenue of around 23 billion dollars in the period that ended on June 30.

As Microsoft analyses its profits associated with Nokia deal, the Wall Street fails to predict any profits or losses.

According to CNET, the Nokia deal accounted for 692 million operating loss.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella planned to cut 18,000 jobs last week.

The report also remarks Nadella's first full financial quarter after he replaced Steve Ballmer in February. (ANI)

Microsoft Surface Mini to be launched this summer: Reports

Microsoft Surface Mini to be launched this summer: ReportsWashington, July 8 : Microsoft may launch a mini version of Surface tablet this summer and is currently under production.

The rumour was rife that the tablet will be launched in May when Microsoft invited media personnels for a gathering but so far there is no news of the tablet, CNET reported.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and executive vice president Stephen Elop deliberately scraped off the Tab earlier believing that it isn't different enough from the competition in the market.

Sterling agrees to sell Clippers for $2 billion to Steve Balmer

Sterling agrees to sell Clippers for $2 billion to Steve BalmerWashington, June 5 - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to sell the team for 2 billion dollars to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Balmer.

According to FOX News, the embattled owner of the Clippers will drop his 1 billion dollars lawsuit against the National Basketball Association , his lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, said on Wednesday.

The NBA had banned Sterling for life and slapped a 2.5 million dollar fine on him over racist remarks that he made in a taped recording.

Microsoft mulling heart-monitoring smartwatch: Report

Microsoft mulling heart-monitoring smartwatch: ReportWashington, May 30 - Tech giant Microsoft is reportedly set to make a heart rate monitoring smartwatch, which would be compatible with iOS, Android and Windows .

According to Mashable, the watch will rely on technology used by Xbox Kinect engineers to enable the watch to track its wearer's heart rate at all times.

Microsoft, however, refused to make any comment on the speculations of the heart-rate monitoring smartwatch.

However, according to the report, a recently granted patent, which depicts a smartwatch with heart-rate and fitness tracking capabilities, indicates Microsoft could indeed be working on such a device.

Microsoft successfully challenged FBI's gag order on notifying customer about info request

MicrosoftWashington, May 23 - Documents from a US federal court reveal that Microsoft has successfully challenged FBI's request seeking information of one of its cloud customers.

According to CNET, the documents revealed that late last year, Microsoft received a National Security Letter which was with regard of one of its customers, seeking basic subscriber information.

The NSL received by the tech giant included a gag order, which prevented the company from notifying its customer about the request, which urged Microsoft to take legal action.

Surface Pro 3 launch may be announced next week, leaked reports suggest

Surface Pro 3 launch may be announced next week, leaked reports suggestWashington, May 15 - The long-awaited Surface Mini may get an introduction in the Surface event held by Microsoft next week.

According to a new Microsoft support page, the website suggests the name to Surface Pro 3.

Recent reports suggest that Intel would be a part of the event and that the Intel-based Surface would comprise of a new powered optimized Haswell processor.

The Surface Pro 2 was launched in October with another renewed Haswell Processor and Microsoft has diligently improved its battery life and processor in the months since, fine-tuning the tablet-as-a-PC experience, adds PCworld.

Microsoft set to launch low priced Xbox One on June 9

Microsoft set to launch low priced Xbox One on June 9Washington, May 14 - Microsoft has reportedly announced the new Xbox One, which will launch on June and that would come without the Kinect peripheral.

According to CNET, Xbox One and Xbox 360 will no longer require a Live Gold subscription of 60 dollars to access streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, HBO and more.

However there are some services which are exclusive to Live Gold subscribers, including the "Games with Gold" program, cloud game save, and Game DVR.

The new and cheaper Xbox One will allow Microsoft to match the 399 dollar PS4. (ANI)

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