Microsoft Nokia Layoffs Elop

Here’s what Elop told the 12,500 Nokia employees who just got axed

By on July 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

Here’s what Elop told the 12,500 Nokia employees who just got axed

It’s safe to say that Stephen Elop really isn’t very popular in Finland, especially after Microsoft announced on Thursday that it was laying 12,500 people who currently work for its Nokia devices and services division. Since Elop is both the former CEO of Nokia and the current boss of Microsoft’s devices and services division, we were very curious to get his take on this week’s massive layoffs that hit his division harder than any other. More →

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Microsoft Xbox One Sales Double

Ditching Kinect may have saved the Xbox One from falling permanently behind the PS4

By on July 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Ditching Kinect may have saved the Xbox One from falling permanently behind the PS4

So far it seems like Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from the Xbox One has been a good one. Microsoft said this week that monthly sales of the Xbox One in the United States more than doubled ever since it decided to start offering the console by itself without the Kinect sensor for $400, or $100 less than what the console cost with Kinect. More →

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Microsoft Layoffs 18,000 Employees

Microsoft announces massive round of layoffs, including 12,500 Nokia employees

By on July 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM.

Microsoft announces massive round of layoffs, including 12,500 Nokia employees

As expected, Microsoft on Thursday announced a huge round of layoffs that will see roughly 18,000 employees lose their jobs. Of these layoffs, 12,500 will come from Microsoft’s Nokia devices division, representing yet another major blow to the one-time mobile phone giant. In his announcement of the layoffs, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that they were necessary as part of “starting to evolve our organization and culture.” More →

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Best Password Tips Microsoft

Now they tell us: Microsoft says strong passwords are overrated

By on July 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Now they tell us: Microsoft says strong passwords are overrated

You know all the time and trouble you put into making and memorizing unique strong passwords for every website you visit? Well, Microsoft says a lot of that was likely misspent energy. The Guardian informs us that new research from Microsoft (PDF) shows that we probably shouldn’t use strong passwords for all our websites and that having weak passwords will suffice in many circumstances. More →

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Microsoft Cortana Vs. Siri

How Microsoft plans to give Cortana more brain power than anything Siri can muster

By on July 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM.

How Microsoft plans to give Cortana more brain power than anything Siri can muster

Microsoft’s Cortana assistant has earned a good deal of praise in the early going and the company this week unveiled plans to make it even better. Microsoft says that starting this fall, Cortana will have access to a huge trove of academic information through a new Bing feature that will have “academic data tightly integrated and prominently featured on its search pages.” Microsoft says that this new feature will be part of its Microsoft Academic Search initiative that aims to make scholarly research an integral part of Bing search results and not its own separate category as we see now in Google Scholar. More →

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Microsoft Smartwatch Specs and Features

Microsoft reportedly has a worthy iWatch rival in the works

By on July 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Microsoft reportedly has a worthy iWatch rival in the works

Apple is widely expected to redefine the smartwatch business with its iWatch, a companion device said to include various sensors capable of measuring many health parameters and record fitness data. But Apple is not the only one working on exciting new wearable gadgets. The International Business Times has learned from a Microsoft source that the unnamed smartwatch the Windows maker is working on will also offer some advanced sensors, and it will come with cross-platform support. More →

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Nokia Lumia 930 and 630 Google Search

This is how Microsoft is trolling Google in new Nokia Lumia phones

By on July 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

This is how Microsoft is trolling Google in new Nokia Lumia phones

The Microsoft-Google enmity is one of the very interesting rivalries in the tech world, and the Windows maker has just taken another hit at its archenemy. The Verge has learned that Microsoft has purposely removed the option for Nokia Lumia owners to select Google Search as their default smartphone engine on newly launched devices, including the Lumia 630 and Lumia 930. Interestingly though, some European versions of the handsets do let users select Google Search as the default search engine for online queries, and Microsoft has not commented on the matter. More →

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Microsoft Layoffs

Thousands to lose their jobs as Microsoft prepares biggest ever round of layoffs

By on July 15, 2014 at 7:40 AM.

Thousands to lose their jobs as Microsoft prepares biggest ever round of layoffs

Microsoft will soon announce a massive round of layoffs, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Thousands of employees will be let go as Microsoft looks to integrate the devices and services business it recently acquired from Nokia. The report says that the reductions could be announced as soon as this week, and it could be Microsoft’s biggest ever round of layoffs, topping the 5,800 cuts it made five years ago in 2009. More →

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Microsoft Vs. Apple Vs. Google

Reality sinks in for Microsoft

By on July 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM.

Reality sinks in for Microsoft

Here’s one thing that’s interesting about Satya Nadella’s Microsoft: It’s no longer insisting that it can keep partying like it’s 1999. While Microsoft under former CEO Steve Ballmer used to point to its dominance of the desktop market as its ultimate trump card to use against anyone who said Apple and Google posed a threat to its business, the company is now acknowledging the reality that it’s actually something of an underdog. More →

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Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Leaked image may reveal the new Start Menu coming soon to Windows 8.1

By on July 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM.

Leaked image may reveal the new Start Menu coming soon to Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s next-generation Windows 8 desktop and tablet platform has been something of a mess thus far. Traction is finally picking up now that Windows XP is no longer supported and Windows 8.1 has been released along with some much-needed refinements, but Windows 8 has hardly been the boost PC vendors were hoping for. Consumers and enterprise users have a long list of common complaints, and Microsoft seems to be doing a good job of addressing them slowly but surely. Soon, one of the biggest complaints will finally be addressed. More →

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Windows 9 Release Date

Windows 9 is actually what Microsoft wants to sell you

By on July 14, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Windows 9 is actually what Microsoft wants to sell you

Microsoft will reportedly announce Windows 9 this fall, Russian hacker group WZor said on a forum last week, following the launch of Windows 8.1 Update 2, which will be the last major update Windows 8 will receive. Windows 8.1 Update 2 is expected to be released by mid-August, and while the OS will get subsequent updates, no new features will be added to Windows 8.1. Instead, Microsoft will focus on its next major product it wants to sell buyers, which is Windows 9. More →

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Strategy

The most important ‘hidden message’ in Microsoft’s new manifesto

By on July 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

The most important ‘hidden message’ in Microsoft’s new manifesto

On Thursday we examined one aspect of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s new company manifesto that we thought was pretty overt: Namely, that the Xbox is here to stay and it would be incredibly stupid for the company to give it up. ZDNet’s Ed Bott, a seasoned Microsoft observer who’s adept at interpreting Redmond Kremlinology, reads between the lines of Nadella’s letter to Microsoft employees and lists some of the “hidden messages” the new CEO was trying to send. The most striking one for us? That Ballmer’s plan to transform Microsoft into a “devices and services” company is essentially toast. More →

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Xbox One Sales Improving

Ditching the Kinect requirement is boosting Xbox One sales

By on July 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Ditching the Kinect requirement is boosting Xbox One sales

Although Microsoft still has plenty of catching up to do in the coming months, the Xbox One is finally seeing a jolt in sales after the removal of Kinect and subsequent $100 price drop. At a talk attended by TrustedReviews, Xbox UK Marketing Director Harvey Eagle claimed the company is pleased by the improvement. More →

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