New York, July 29 : Hurt by a failed $7.6 billion Nokia experiment amid growing losses in the smartphone hardware business segment, Microsoft has announced to lay off an additional 2,850 workers to the previously 1,850 jobs it said it would cut.
In a regulatory filing, the tech giant said it will cut 4,700 jobs globally by the end of fiscal year 2017, PC World reported on Friday.
Last June, Microsoft had announced it will cut 7,400 jobs from the smartphone business unit.
Earlier in May, signalling the end of its Nokia experiment, Microsoft announced it was cutting 1,850 jobs and writing off $950 million of which $200 million will be used for severance payments.
New York, March 31 : Microsoft's artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot which was activated on Twitter last week for a playful chat with people, only to get silenced within 24 hours as users started sharing racist comments with it, was accidentally resurrected again and messed it all up once again.
Tay came back to life briefly on Wednesday when Microsoft accidentally re-activated the AI bot. This time again, she started sending out tweets that looked similar to the those that drew flak for the first time last week, Vanity Fair reported.
First, the bot sent a tweet about smoking weed in front of some police officials and later began sending the same message - "You are too fast, please take a rest..." - over and over again which did not make any sense.
New York, March 25 : Humans will be humans and the latest victim is Microsoft which launched artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot on Twitter for a playful chat with people, only to silence it within 24 hours as users started sharing racist and offensive comments with the bot.
Launched on Twitter as an experiment in "conversational understanding" and to engage people through "casual and playful conversation", Tay was soon bombarded with racial comments and the innocent bot repeated those comments back with her commentary to users, TechCrunch reported on Friday.
Some of the tweets had Tay referring to Adolf Hitler, denying the Holocaust, supporting Donald Trump's immigration plans, among others.
Washington, Dec.31 - Software giant Microsoft has given one of the best new year gift to iPhone users by creating an app for taking selfies.
According to The Verge, the new iPhone app titled "Microsoft Selfie," promises to help improve once front-facing camera by automatically adjusting exposure. It also promises to improve photo qualities like colour balance, skin tone, and lighting for the most shareable shot possible.
It also decreases noise and also has option of taking into account a variety of factors like age, gender, skin tone and lighting while making adjustments.
The app is expected to make Selfies better and every smartphone user is expected to appreciate it.(ANI)
Washington D. C., Sept. 21 - Microsoft's new wearable hardware Band 2 images have leaked on the Internet.
According to the Verge, the Spanish site Microsoft Insider has obtained the images. They claim that the images are official renders of the new wearable.
The images show that the tracker will feature a curved display with a new metallic finish.
There has not been much revealed regarding the product's launch. (ANI)
Washington D. C., Sept. 11 - Microsoft has announced that it will be releasing its Office 2016 for Windows on September 22.
According to the Verge, the new Office will have many small but notable updates to the productivity suite which includes real-time editing by multiple people within the desktop apps as well as new design themes.
There is a dark theme and a colorful theme, with big blue, green, red or purple bars streaming across the top of each app to correspond with its icon color.
In addition, Microsoft said in a blog post that it is releasing new tools for businesses to manage Office and how it is rolled out. (ANI)
Washington, Aug. 26 - Microsoft is planning to launch the Office 2016 suite next month.
According to the Verge, Microsoft's Office 2016 for Windows will not provide many major changes over the existing version
Office 2016 for Windows will reportedly arrive on September 22nd, for home and professional users initially.
The new desktop release includes a new colorful theme that is identical to the latest Mac, iOS, and Android apps. It is similar to the Windows 10 touch-optimized versions of Office, with a colored look that matches the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications. Also, a dark theme is arriving for the users who do not like the traditional look of Microsoft's Office apps.
Washington D C, Aug. 5 - Microsoft has announced some major new projects and features that will released on Xbox One in the upcoming months.
According to the Verge, Microsoft revealed that they will be a releasing a redesigned dashboard on the Xbox One's in November which will bring Windows 10 to the console.
The software update will focus on speed, performance and simplicity. The Xbox One dashboard update will also bring Windows 10's Cortana feature. Cortana will require the Kinect sensor for audio controls.
Also, a new feature called TV DVR is coming to the console in 2016. The Xbox One users will be able to record TV without requiring any subscription and stream games to any Windows 10 PC. Microsoft is even allowing Windows
10 PCs to download shows.
Washington, July 20 : Microsoft has released its first Windows 10 ads on Youtube with the message, "the future starts now."
According to the Verge, the company has produced five new ads, each using footage of children from across the globe as a voice over that explains that they will have an easier life because these kids will grow up with Windows
Windows is shown with a quick montage of Hello, the Start menu, the Edge browser and Cortana.
The voice overs say against shots of children in remote villages, ice fields, and central London "Imagine, these kids won't have to remember passwords or obsess about security."
Another ad explains that the kids will be able to log in "with a smile."
Washington, July 10 : Microsoft has released an update of Xbox Music to play songs stored on OneDrive for iOS and Android apps.
According to the Verge, the new update allows the users to use Xbox Music on iOS or Android without a subscription.
The users can now upload a collection of MP3s to OneDrive and stream them to the mobile apps without having to pay anything.
Although, the users will still need an Xbox Music Pass or Groove Music Pass to stream songs they do not own.
The users can also download the songs they have stored in OneDrive to make them available for offline use. (ANI)
Washington, July 10 - Microsoft has officially launched its Office 2016 for Mac.
Office 2016 is already available across Windows, Android and iOS devices. The introduction of a new version for OS X brings a many new features.
According to the Techcrunch. com, the company said that the updated software is first being made available to Office 365 subscribers that are those who have either an Office 365 Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus subscription.
Microsoft said that depending on their needs the users can buy Office 365 subscription. Office 365 Personal will sell at USD 6.99 for home users and Office 365 Home will sell at USD 9.99 per month. Also, plans are available for students to give Office 2016 for Mac for free or for a significant discount.
Washington, July : Microsoft has changed the name of Xbox Music, and now, it will be called Groove. The Xbox Video will now be known as Movies and TV
According to thenextweb. com, Microsoft says that the name change is to make the content in the app more identifiable for their broad customer base.
The changes will be introduced in Windows 10 PCs and in the coming months released to other devices.
Groove will feature an updated interface for better music management and an improved listening experience. Also, new menus and navigation controls are will be easier to use with a keyboard/mouse or touchscreen
Washington, June 30 : Microsoft has released a latest preview of Windows 10 along with other new features including Microsoft Edge and Wi-fi that will come with the platform.
The users will have to download Windows 10's latest preview build for PCs, to use the new feature available.
Microsoft Edge, initially developed under the codename Project Spartan, is a web browser in development by Microsoft.
According to the engadget.com, the company has integrated several user suggestions to the browser, including a home button, a more customizable New Tab page, password auto-fill, as well as the ability to import favorites/bookmarks from other browsers and to play music from a minimized tab.
Washington, June 30 : Microsoft has announced that it will launch Visual Studio 2015 (VS 2015), the latest version of its integrated development environment, on July 20.
According to the Techcrunch. com, the latest version includes cross-platform development with support for targeting Windows, iOS and Android, through its support for the Apache Cordova project and Xamarin's app development platform.
VS 2015 also includes support for extensions, new diagnostic and debugging tools, an emulator for Android developers, built-in support for Application Insights and various user interface and performance tweaks.
In addition, Microsoft partnered to enhance built-in support for game development with the Unity, Epic Games and Chukong Technologies.
Washington, June 30 : Uber has announced that it is acquiring assets from Microsoft Bing, including around 100 data-collection engineers focused on the Bings's image collection activities.
According to the Techcrunch. com, both companies confirmed the transaction but neither named the terms of the agreement. Also, both firms declined to elaborate on what the assets are.
Uber said that it is excited about the talent and technology that this acquisition brings. Microsoft said that it has taken many actions to focus the company's efforts around their core business strategy in the last year.
This transaction highlights Uber's increasing efforts to build its own mapping service. (ANI)
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