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Microsoft

  • Accra embraces Microsoft CityNext applications

    On 22 May, Microsoft Ghana, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Global Alliance of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and African Descent signed an agreement to make the city of Accra in Ghana Africa’s first "Centre of Excellence". This will be done through the use of Microsoft’s CityNext applications, making the city healthier, safer and more modern The deal came days before the Fourth World Summit of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent which will take place from 1 to 3 June 2015 in Accra. “Our collaboration is an excellent example of how private partnerships can help shape...

  • Dropbox for iOS updates with file comments and more

    A while ago Dropbox and Microsoft formed a partnership to bolster cross-platform integration, and now this relationships is beginning to bear fruit. In a Dropbox iOS update, the company has added new features, including the likes of file commenting and recent tabs. The commenting feature allows users to add comments on files via the Dropbox website. Users can gather feedback or respond to discussions even when on the go. This social media like feature is taken a step further by introducing notifications: “If someone mentions you in a comment or weighs in on a file where you’re already part of the...

  • Microsoft forgets its manners, ponders middle finger emoji for Windows 10

    According to the Emojipedia blog, Microsoft will introduce new emojis to Windows 10 and one of them will be sure to raise a few eyebrows. The proposed middle finger emoji comes in six different shades to add variety to the insult. The emoji has been available on other networks and platforms for a while but has remained absent from iOS, OS X, Android and Windows. But Microsoft is about to change that. Read more Geek out on Twitter with new Star Wars emoji Other emojis spotted on the forthcoming Windows 10 update includes a face with "okay" gesture, a reversed hand with...

  • Microsoft is shutting down support for Windows Server 2003, urges SA to migrate

    After over a decade since the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft will now finally seize support come 14 July. Leon Wright from Microsoft SA says that 11.9 million physical servers around the world are still running Windows Server 2003. This means that two out of every five computer systems running Windows Server are out-dated, and could thus become a security risk if not acted accordingly. "The shock value of this statistic resides in the fact that this is the case despite IT managers worldwide being aware that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates, automatic fixes, or online technical assistance...

  • Microsoft acquiring Sunrise iOS, Android calendar app for around $100-million

    Microsoft, the software and hardware giant, is in the process of acquiring Sunrise, debatably the best calendar app on Android and iOS, according to TechCrunch sources. The acquisition is rumoured to be at least around the US$100-million figure. Sunrise works across platforms pulling information from various accounts. It has calendar products for mobile and desktop users that connects with and consolidates calendars from different providers. This is what has made it popular. Read more: HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft’s Windows 10 playbook Sunrise's rise has been remarkable. Only founded in 2012, Sunrise is not only attractive with a slick design but is not...

  • Microsoft Q2 results: Surface brings in a billion, low cost Lumia sales solid

    Eighteen months ago, the Microsoft Surface looked like it was dead in the water. Weak sales had forced the Redmond-based technology giant to take a US$900-million writedown on the device and people were questioning whether it would ever be able to take on the likes of Apple in any kind of meaningful way. Today, the various incarnations of the Surface might not be selling in quite the same numbers as the iPad, but it is worth a billion dollars to the company. That was probably the most significant piece of information to come out of a healthy set of...

  • Africa gets its first commercial TV white space offering

    Ghana has become the first country in Africa to have a commercial TV white space offering. The offering, which is a joint venture between Spectra Wireless and Microsoft 4Afrika, is meant to allow students in the country to buy affordable, high-speed internet bundles and devices. There have been a number of trials using TV white spaces -- or unused gaps in broadcasting frequencies -- to provide affordable, high-speed internet connectivity across the continent. To date however, the vast majority have been short-term projects aimed at testing the technology's viability. Read more: Google’s South African TV white spaces broadband trial is...

  • Microsoft’s HoloLens looks better than Google Glass, but can it escape the same fate?

    Microsoft pulled a fast one during its Windows 10 event by showing off a prototype of HoloLens, its own take on augmented reality glasses. The device certainly appears more compelling than Google Glass (although far less fashion-conscious), but does that mean it can avoid the same fate? Where Glass, currently sitting in as close to no-man's-land as you can get at Google, essentially aimed to be a kind of reality augmenting smartphone screen for your eyes, HoloLens looks to take things a little further. Rather than merely throwing information up in front of your face, HoloLens will make use...

  • Microsoft criticises Google for disclosing Windows 8.1 bug before it fixed it

    There is a possible war brewing between Microsoft and Google after the Redmond-based giant publicly criticised its Mountain View counterpart for releasing details about a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 two days before it could patch the bug. Microsoft accuses Google of putting users at risk by rejecting Microsoft’s request to wait until the fix was released. Google made the disclosure as part of its “Project Zero” security initiative, which provides companies a 90-day deadline to fix vulnerabilities before they are disclosed publicly. The flaw in the Windows 8.1 log-on mechanism would allow a hacker to escalate their privileges on...

  • Microsoft adds Bitcoin as payment option for Xbox, Windows Phone stores

    Microsoft users can now buy and download apps, games, movies, TV shows, and music at the Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox Games, Video, and Music stores using Bitcoin. As reported by CoinDesk, computer giant is now accepting popular cryptocurrency as payment option for its online platforms' gift cards. The Redmond-based giant joins the ranks of other US major tech companies such as Dell, Dish Network, Expedia, and Overstock. Locally, one of South Africa's largest ecommerce players -- along with 30 000 or so other online merchants -- also accept this digital currency as payment option. Perhaps this move would help...

  • Kim Kardashian, Facebook and iPhone 6 top Bing’s 2014 search lists

    The year is winding down and with that comes the mandatory look-backs from companies across the tech world. The latest to do so is Microsoft, which has released its list of the top searches on Bing. The Apple iPhone 6, Facebook and Kim Kardashian -- the woman who set out to break the internet with her bum -- top the list. Kim Kardashian butted her way to the top five of most searched people, bumping Beyonce from number one to number two. Singers Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry came in third and fourth and Justin Bieber filled the number five spot. Microsoft...

  • Real Madrid scores a Microsoft sponsorship

    Microsoft is set to announce a significant partnership on Tuesday with Spanish soccer team Real Madrid. The details of the deal are sketchy and a video released by Microsoft only mentions the date of the announcement, which can be watched live. We can only hope that it is a partnership that works better than the recent partnerships that Microsoft has had with CNN and NFL. Both deals backfired for Microsoft and it did not get the maximum marketing exposure that it wanted. The failure of these partnerships have probably encouraged Microsoft to be a lot smarter. Read more: Microsoft Word becomes top...

  • Microsoft Word becomes top downloaded app after price changes

    After being made available for free download, App Annie reports that Microsoft Word has become the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store for iPad and iPhone (although Facebook’s Messenger app has since taken over on iPhone). And other Office apps, such as Excel, are in hot pursuit. The app's ascent to the Top Downloaded App throne follows last week’s pricing changes by Microsoft. Only as recently as last week, iPad users were required to subscribe to Office 365 in order to create new files and Microsoft had set limited features on iPhone. Read more: Cloud giants Dropbox and Microsoft get snuggly...

  • Cloud giants Dropbox and Microsoft get snuggly for better Office integration

    Two of the world's most popular online storage giants -- Microsoft and Dropbox -- are forming a partnership for better integration. Considering that Microsoft has its own cloud storage product, OneDrive, one might say that this is like a parent spoiling someone else's kid because they are more popular at school, really. In the next few weeks, the integration will launch with new versions of Office for iOS and Android and will allow users of both services to save into Dropbox directly from Office and edit Office documents directly from Dropbox. Dropbox offers a brilliant service and is mostly efficient, a...

  • Future Nokia devices will be branded as Microsoft Lumia, company confirms

    So it seems Microsoft has finally stuck the dagger into Nokia's ailing heart. The company once famed for making those indestructible Nokia 3310s we could never seem to destroy, will not have its branding on future Lumia phones. Instead, the brand will be known as Microsoft Lumia. We all knew this was coming, but we're pretty sad, nevertheless, to see this iconic name die. While there are currently no Microsoft Lumia devices on the market, Tuula Rytilä, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Phones at Microsoft noted that she is "looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon." Interestingly, she also...