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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)


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 Outlook.com globally

Microsoft launches Skype with HD video support for Outlook.com 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.


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