Category: Microsoft

Microsoft Skype Lite: How to get started and possibly make video calls on 2G

Microsoft Skype Lite: How to get started and possibly make video calls on 2G

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the launch of Skype Lite while speaking at Future Decoded event in Mumbai. Skype Lite is focused on using low bandwidth to connect people with each other. The app is ideal for people who are on a limited data connection or are on the move and want the call to function even on a 2G […]

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launches Project Sangam to help low-skill job seekers

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launches Project Sangam to help low-skill job seekers

In a big push for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Skill India’ initiative, Microsoft’s Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday launched “Project Sangam” to help the government, not only train but also help people get jobs via professional networking website LinkedIn that was acquired by the company last year. Aimed at employing and empowering low-skilled workers, “Project Sangam” will commence from […]

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Microsoft Office for Mac now gets Touch Bar support

Microsoft Office for Mac now gets Touch Bar support

NEW YORK: The February updates in Microsoft Office will now enable owners of the Macbook Pro with Touch Bar to work with the LCD strip Apple introduced with its latest laptop. A post written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President for the Office team on Thursday, noted that the updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Mac include a new […]

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Apple is the industry’s most admired company for the 10th year running: Fortune

Apple is the industry’s most admired company for the 10th year running: Fortune

Apple has taken the top spot in Fortune’s annual list of the most admired companies for the tenth year running. Fortune’s list of the world’s most admired companies isn’t your average, publicly voted list of companies. It’s a list that takes a great deal of effort to create indeed. Fortune takes the top 1,000 US companies and the top 500 […]

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Yahoo Mail app gets new features to help users identify callers

Yahoo Mail app gets new features to help users identify callers

yahoo has launched Caller ID and photo upload features for its Yahoo Mail app that will help users identify a caller from their email contact list and also access their phone camera roll on a desktop. The new features are now available and users can update Yahoo Mail app in the App Store (iOS 4.13) and Google Play (Android 5.13). […]

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Microsoft is now selling Surface Hub as a service, and has introduced a try before you buy option

Microsoft is now selling Surface Hub as a service, and has introduced a try before you buy option

In the nine months since the Surface Hub has launched, 2,000 customers have ordered the device in 24 markets. Each order ranged from one to 1,500 units, and Microsoft is gearing up for 2017 by introducing new ways to purchase the device, considering the strong demand for the product. A survey by IDC shows that 73 percent of businesses hope […]

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Microsoft launches Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace for Office 365 users

Microsoft launches Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace for Office 365 users

With am aim to bring together people, conversations, content and the tools that teams need to collaborate in offices, Microsoft on Tuesday demonstrated a new chat-based work space called “Microsoft Teams”. “Microsoft Teams” provides persistent, threaded chat to keep everyone engaged and informed and packs a library of emoji s, GIF s, custom stickers and memes that gives people a […]

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Project Premonition by Microsoft is recruiting mosquitoes as field biologists to predict disease outbreaks

Project Premonition by Microsoft is recruiting mosquitoes as field biologists to predict disease outbreaks

Microsoft and partners are working on an initiative known as Project Premonition to predict the outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, Chikungunya and MERS. Drones fly over areas to identify hotspots of mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are captured by robots, that extract the blood sucked by mosquitoes, which are analysed by cloud scale gene sequencers that use machine learning […]

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Microsoft market value jumps over $500 billion after 17 years

Microsoft market value jumps over $500 billion after 17 years

Microsoft Corp’s market capitalization topped $500 billion for the first time since 2000 on Friday, after the technology giant’s stock rose following another quarter of results that beat Wall Street’s expectations. Shares of the world’s biggest software company rose as much as 2.1 percent to $65.64, an all-time high, in early trading, valuing the company at $510.37 billion. The last […]

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PSA: HP Laptop Battery Recall Might Affect You

Select HP and Compaq notebooks sold between 2013 and 2016 are included. HP has expanded its ongoing battery recall program, and those who own notebooks from HP or Compaq should check–or recheck–their batteries immediately to see if they are affected. Those that are can overheat, potentially causing a fire or burning users. The recall for certain notebooks’ batteries began last […]

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Microsoft records rise in profits; Satya Nadella’s mobile and cloud first push paying off

Microsoft records rise in profits; Satya Nadella’s mobile and cloud first push paying off

Microsoft Corp reported a 3.6 percent rise in fiscal second-quarter profit on Thursday, helped by growth in its fast-growing cloud computing business, but it saw a slight decline in margins in the unit that includes its flagship cloud platform Azure. Shares of the world’s biggest software company were up about 1.1 percent in after-hours trading. Since taking charge in 2014, […]

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella nominated as a board member by Starbucks...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella nominated as a board member by Starbucks

Starbucks Corp nominated Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella to its board at a time when the company is increasingly focusing on technology to drive sales. The announcement comes a month after former Microsoft executive Kevin Johnson was named Starbucks CEO to replace co-founder Howard Schultz. Schultz, who will step down in April, will remain as executive chairman. The world’s […]

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Microsoft appoints Kevin Scott for the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer

Microsoft appoints Kevin Scott for the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer

Microsoft has appointed LinkedIn senior vice president of infrastructure, Kevin Scott, for the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Scott will be assuming the responsibilities of Microsoft CEO in addition to his role at LinkedIn. As CTO, Scott will drive strategic cross-company initiatives to maximise the impact that Microsoft has with customers. Scott will be joining the senior […]

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Vivaldi asks Microsoft to start competing on the merits of the Edge browser, and not force it on users

Vivaldi asks Microsoft to start competing on the merits of the Edge browser, and not force it on users

Vivaldi is not impressed with the way Microsoft is pushing the Edge browser to its users. In a strongly worded blog post, Jon von Tetzchner, the CEO of Vivaldi has asked Microsoft to start doing the right thing, give users a choice when it comes to choosing browsers, and not force the Edge browser onto its users. The problem is that […]

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U.S court upholds Microsoft’s victory in overseas email verdict; big win for privacy

U.S court upholds Microsoft’s victory in overseas email verdict; big win for privacy

An equally divided federal appeals court refused to reconsider its landmark decision forbidding the U.S. government from forcing Microsoft Corp and other companies to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States. Tuesday’s 4-4 vote by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan let stand a July 14 decision that was seen as a victory […]

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Microsoft Office Lens is coming soon to Word and PowerPoint; digitising documents to be made easier

Microsoft Office Lens is coming soon to Word and PowerPoint; digitising documents to be made easier

Microsoft will soon update its mobile apps to better support the ability to digitise documents and improve image capture. The software giant currently uses Microsoft Office Lens, originally a stand-alone app, for this purpose. Microsoft has announced that this app is now going to be integrated into the Word and PowerPoint apps for mobile. Digitising documents will happen via OCR […]

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Microsoft and EY team up to develop high-end intelligence and analytics advisory services

Microsoft and EY team up to develop high-end intelligence and analytics advisory services

Global leader in advisory services EY and Microsoft on Tuesday announced to develop and deliver innovative high-performance intelligence and analytics advisory services in India. These services will address the requirements of various industry sectors, including financial, life sciences, retail, consumer and packaged goods and government and public sector. The services will be powered by Microsoft’s comprehensive digital and cloud technologies, […]

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About 700 Microsoft employees will be laid off next week, sources say

About 700 Microsoft employees will be laid off next week, sources say

Microsoft is expected to conduct another round of layoffs next week when the company reports its quarterly earnings on January 26. About 700 jobs are expected to be impacted, according to someone familiar with the matter. That is not a huge number compared to Microsoft’s workforce of about 113,000 people, but we understand nerves have been running high inside of Microsoft as employees hear […]

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Microsoft Solitaire for iOS, a classic game that gets a fitting relaunch in the modern age

Microsoft Solitaire for iOS, a classic game that gets a fitting relaunch in the modern age

In my mind, I’ve always associated Solitaire and Minesweeper with Microsoft. I first played both games on my PC almost 20 years ago (oh boy, do I feel old now) and strangely enough, they were among the first games to get me hooked onto the PC. Between sessions of Half-Life and Age of Empires, I’d take a break and mindlessly […]

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Microsoft acquires Canadian AI startup Maluuba to bolster its natural language processing abilities

Microsoft acquires Canadian AI startup Maluuba to bolster its natural language processing abilities

Microsoft has acquired Canadian AI startup Maluuba for an undisclosed sum. Maluuba’s acquisition will bolster the company’s already strong capabilities in the fields of natural language processing and deep learning. As Microsoft explains in its blog, “Maluuba’s vision is to advance toward a more general artificial intelligence by creating literate machines that can think, reason and communicate like humans — […]

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