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Archive for the ‘Microsoft’ Category

Microsoft will use its customers’ upload bandwidth to deliver Windows 10’s updates and apps with a peer-to-peer technology resembling BitTorrent, a fact that has caught some by surprise.

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In a major restructuring of its mobile devices business, US tech giant Microsoft on Wednesday said it is writing off $7.6 billion it spent on acquiring Nokia and will cut 7,800 jobs, but was silent on India impact.

“I want to update you on decisions impacting our phone business… We anticipate that these changes, in addition to other headcount alignment changes, will result in the reduction of up to 7,800 positions globally, primarily in our phone business,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an email to employees.

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Microsoft announced an academic research program Monday aiming to gather proposals for HoloLens technologies that further “the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society.”

Microsoft will be awarding $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits to the best five research proposals from academic institutions.

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There is nothing ordinary about Surface Hub, a gargantuan touchscreen computer that Microsoft is about to start selling to companies as a high-tech replacement for conference room whiteboards.

The largest Surface Hub, measuring 84 inches diagonally, looks like an iPad that has gone through a growth spurt. The 4K resolution of the screen produces dazzling images. At $US20,000 apiece, a price Microsoft announced Wednesday, it should.

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Microsoft announced that it will be adding Cortana support for the Android as well as the iOS platform. This support is part of the Phone Companion app announcement, made by Joe Belfiore via a video, to be available on Android and iOS devices, which lets them access Windows 10 content from either Windows 10 PC or Windows 10 mobile devices.

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Microsoft will not give pirates a free pass to Windows 10 this summer, clarifying in a new statement that unlicensed users could either pay for a valid version of the software or live with a permanent stamp of inauthenticity on their desktops.

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Microsoft said Thursday its Bing search engine would be reconfigured to give more prominence to “mobile-friendly” websites, an acknowledgment of the growing importance of smartphones and other mobile devices.

The announcement comes just weeks after Google implemented a similar shift. The moves by the two search engines could have big implications for website operators, advertisers and for those who seek to optimize search rankings.

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For the last few years, Microsoft’s Surface devices have blended tablets and laptops to fit the new touch-enabled version of Windows, its main operating system.

With the new Surface 3, which went on sale in Canada today, Microsoft has refined this hybrid further, focusing on students, the business crowd and artists rather than the professionals it wooed with the higher-priced, higher-powered Surface Pro 3.

But for three very different groups, is this laptop-tablet enough?

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Micorsoft unveiled the new name of its latest browser that will be seen from Windows 10 OS onwards. So far known as Project Spartan, the new browser will be called Microsoft Edge. The idea behind naming it as Edge is the fact that the new rendering engine that Microsoft is using for the Windows 10 browser is called EdgeHTML.

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Tech firm Microsoft on March 31, 2015 unveiled Surface 3 tablet, almost a year after the launch of its predecessor Surface Pro 3. The tablet looks promising with its premium design and quality features. We tell you five features of the newly unveiled tablet which are creating buzz across different platforms.

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