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Microsoft set to jump into smartwatch tussle: Report

MicrosoftWashington, Oct 20 - Tech giant Microsoft is reportedly set to release a smartwatch of its own within weeks, joining Apple, Samsung and others in the smartwatch race.

According to PC World, the smartwatch will passively track a wearer's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, and that it would be able to go two days when fully charged. That would be an improvement over many current smartwatches, which often need to be charged nightly.


Microsoft CEO takes another step to amend 'sexist' comment against women

Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaWashington, Oct 18 - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is still trying to amend his sexist comment that women should not be asking for raise, but should be having faith in the system.

In a memo Nadella sent to Microsoft employees this week, he said that feedback he received on the comment was a humbling and learning experience, and he is 100 percent committed to diversity and inclusion at the core, The Verge reported.


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologizes for remarks on women

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologizes for remarks on womenNew York, Oct 10 - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized on Thursday night for his comment about women at an event in Phoenix after he was blasted on Twitter and blog posts.

Nadella said at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix that women should not ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well.

According to ABC News, Nadella was asked to give his advice to women who were uncomfortable requesting a raise wherein he said that it was not really about asking a raise and that they should have faith in the system.


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.


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