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Microsoft has announced the completion of the Marea subsea cable, a joint project with Facebook and global telecommunications infrastructure company Telxius.

In a statement, Suresh Kumar, Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for cloud infrastructure and operations, said the subsea cable was the most technologically advanced to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

The cable runs for more than 6600 kms and weighs about 4.65 million kgs – or about the weight of 34 blue whales.

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Microsoft Corp is working on technology that it believes can make blockchain-based systems faster and more private, as it looks to speed up use of the distributed database software by enterprises.

The company said on Thursday that it had developed a system called Coco Framework, which connects to different blockchain networks to solve some of the issues that have slowed down their adoption, including speed and privacy concerns.

Coco, whose names stands for Confidential Consortium, will be ready and made open source by 2018, Microsoft said.
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Windows Phone fans and fanboys have a tough job. They have to stand by an operating system with a new name every few years, significantly fewer apps than the competition, and a distant third place spot in the market. The latest news out of Microsoft isn’t making their lives any easier.

This week, Microsoft failed to deliver on its promise of rolling out Windows 10 Mobile devices to existing Windows Phone devices in December. The new target? 2016.

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Company rolls out slew of new products to take on competition in the home market

An affordable smartphone, a Windows tablet, an air purifier and a 15-minute emotional soul-searching speech by CEO Lei June were Xiaomi Corp’s final offerings for this year.

At a product launch event on Tuesday, Lei, 46, introduced Xiaomi’s first smartphone with finger print scanning capability and a tablet equipped with an

Intel Corp processor and Microsoft Corp’s latest Windows 10 operating system.

Both devices are priced below 1,000 yuan ($156).

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Microsoft aims to demonstrate Windows 10’s consumer features at a special event in late January, according to the Verge.

The software giant lifted the curtain on its next-gen operating system at a small event in San Francisco in September, focusing on business applications and features added to the successor to Windows 8.

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Microsoft has officially entered the post-Nokia smartphone era with the release of a budget-priced Lumia device.

The Microsoft Lumia 535 will sell for about 110 euros, or about NZ$176, a figure Microsoft said would vary by market. Microsoft’s previous Lumia smartphone devices — which carried the “Nokia Lumia” name — were released in September and cost between $259 and $430.

Last month, Microsoft said it would start phasing out the Nokia brand for its smartphones, the latest step in integrating Nokia’s phone-manufacturing business. Microsoft’s NZ$9.6 billion deal to buy the Finnish company’s handset group closed in April.

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Rumors about Apple’s iPad Pro were renewed last week, with the tablet likely to battle the current Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

Originally, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a contender in the tablet market. However, the Redmond-based giant offers an optional keyboard that transforms the tablet into a notebook. Microsoft’s latest offering packs specs and features that are at par with other notebooks such as that of the MacBook Air.

On the other hand, Apple’s alleged largest tablet will be a hybrid of tablet and laptop. Reports claimed that the tech giant Apple is already prepping for the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, which is actually bigger than the current iPad Air by three inches and an inch larger than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Below is the comparison between Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Apple iPad Pro.

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Microsoft will unveil the next edition of Windows in just over five weeks, according to a widely-cited report last week.

The Sept. 30 date was reported by Tom Warren of The Verge, who said “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans” provided the information. Warren added that Microsoft would host a press event on that day, a Tuesday, to tout the new edition.

Previously, other reports had claimed Microsoft would issue a “technical preview” of “Threshold,” the code name for the next Windows, in late September or early October. Most observers and pundits have been using “Windows 9” to label the edition, preempting Microsoft’s marketing.

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Microsoft Devices today announced the Lumia 530 on their official blog. The pricing of the device indicates that it could be a serious budget offering from Microsoft. The estimated retail price is 85 euros (around Rs 6,869) before taxes and subsidies, and the phone will roll out in August 2014. With taxes and other duties in India however, we’re looking at a realistic price of around Rs 8,000 to Rs 9,000 when the smartphone does retail in the market.

 

The Lumia 530 will be available in both single-SIM 3G and dual-SIM 3G variants. Specifications of the smartphone include: a 4-inch FWVGA LCD display with  854 x 480 pixels resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 512MB RAM, along with 4GB storage space with up to 128GB micro SD card support.

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Microsoft announced it was cutting 18,000 jobs – or about 14% of its full-time workforce. It’s the largest layoff in the company’s history, and 12,500 of these jobs are related to the Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business. Now, Microsoft has also informed thousands of its contract workers that they, too, will be affected by the tech giant’s decision to drastically reduce staff.

According to an internal memo leaked on Friday and obtained by Geekwire, the company plans to reduce “external staff” and limit their ability to work for the company long-term. With the new policy, these contractors – which include both vendors (“v-dash” workers, as Microsoft calls them) and temporary workers, or those with an “a-dash” badge – can only work in stints of 18-months. After that, they will be prevented from accessing Microsoft’s buildings and network for a period of six months.

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