No fixes for IE on Microsoft Patch Tuesday this month

No fixes for IE on Microsoft Patch Tuesday this monthWashington, Jan 14 : The January 2015 edition of Microsoft Patch Tuesday contains no fixes for the Microsoft Explorer browser.

According to PC World, to date, almost every Patch Tuesday has come with a fix for Explorer, which has long been a target for abuse by malicious attackers.

Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer of security vendor Qualys, said that the lack of fixes for IE was surprising, adding that the one common feature in every Patch Tuesday was that Internet Explorer would get patched.

Tech giants sell smartphone patents for 900 mln dollars possibly ending lawsuits

Tech giants sell smartphone patents for 900 mln dollars possibly ending lawsuitsWashington, Dec 24 - High profile tech companies like Apple, Microsoft and Sony have sold their smartphone patents for 900 million dollars to a clearing house, said the patent's new owner, possibly marking the end of a fight between Android manufacturers and competitors.

The Apple-led Rockstar Consortium including Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson has sold the patents to the San Francisco based RPX Corporations.

The deal is expected to end a series of lawsuits and RDX plans to license the patents to another group of about 30 tech companies, including Google and Cisco Systems, reported CNET.

Skype's new app will provide 'real time translations' during voice calls

Skype's new app will provide 'real time translations' during voice callsWashington, Dec 16 : In order to provide a sneak peek into a new feature being introduced on the software, Skype will translate voice calls between people today.

Skype Translator will make it possible for English and Spanish speakers to communicate with each other without having to learn either of the two languages, reported The verge.

The preview will be available on Windows 8.1 or preview copies of Windows 10 and will function by translating voice inputs from an English or Spanish speaker into text and translated audio.

Microsoft earlier demonstrated the technology working between English and German.

Windows 8.1 overtakes Windows XP in global internet usage

Windows 8.1 overtakes Windows XP in global internet usageWashington, Dec 2 : Windows 8.1 has overtaken Windows XP in terms of global Internet usage.

According to PC World, that's partly due to record growth for Windows 8.1, which went from 9.31 percent in October to 10.95 percent last month.

Meanwhile, usage of Windows XP constantly fell in its entire seventh month without Microsoft support, dropping from 11.95 percent to 10.69 percent.

The report added that Windows 8 usage dropped from 5.94 percent to 4.9 percent in November. (ANI)

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.

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