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  • Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7 800 jobs

    Cue the multitudes saying they saw this coming: Microsoft has announced that it will be writing off US$7.6-billion its Nokia purchase and will cut 7 800 jobs, primarily in its phone services division. That US$7.6-billion buyout is likely to make investors pretty nervous, given that Microsoft paid US$7.2-billion for the Finnish phone maker when the deal, first announced in 2013, went through in 2014. In an internal email sent to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella says that that having the full Nokia business within its structures is no longer in line with the Redmond-based giant's strategy: "We are...

  • Bing Maps makeover: predictive routing, multiple places, along the route features introduced

    In its biggest update yet, Bing Maps has received a massive redesign. The redesigned Bing Maps comes with a number of features focused on travel planning. The features allow users to search, view and share multiple places at one time. The company claims that the new features have been created based from user feedback. From the feedback, it became clear that users want one experience that brings together the best content in one view. A view that not only shows their last searches but one that fully reflects their plans. They also wanted a map experience that is fast and...

  • Microsoft outlines its roll out plan for Windows 10

    The news of the upgrade to Windows 10 feels like watching a play whose actors repeat their lines verbatim every night of the run. Thankfully, there are only a few weeks, four to be exact, left before Windows 10 is finally here. And now the Redmond-based has revealed how it will roll out its Windows 10 upgrade. Windows 10 will come to your PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, or HoloLens. The company has revealed that it it had over a million beta testers. It also revealed that it is rigorously testing and listening to every issue from its five million Windows...

  • 5 tips for boosting SharePoint hybrid adoption with analytics

    Your organization has implemented SharePoint, or perhaps a hybrid version including deployments across various environments. But, are you well equipped to thoroughly monitor your adoption rates, to see whether your users are benefitting from the portal? Recently, there has been a significant shift from On-Premises deployments of SharePoint to SharePoint on the cloud, resulting in multiple deployments that can be challenging to consistently track and monitor. It’s important to ask yourself, what does this mean for your organisation? This recent phenomena is causing a lot of concern in the SharePoint community with respect to which direction organizations should go, to...

  • Microsoft officially launches Office for Android

    Microsoft has announced that Office, PowerPoint and Excel are finally available for Android devices. These apps are not the first Microsoft apps to come to Android as the company has proven that it is committed to expanding its apps to smartphones that are on other operating systems. This is what has come to define the company, it strategy to be across different operating systems. Read more: 3 ways a freelance designer can freshen up your website Office launches on Android after only five weeks of being available on preview. During this short period, Microsoft says that it was able to test...

  • Think SharePoint = intranet only? Think again

    SharePoint is a bit like tequila, you either love it or hate it. But if you’ve paid for it, you’ll want to get the most out of it. It’s no secret that SharePoint is the world’s number one intranet platform. Ask most employees and they’ve probably used it in at least one previous company. According to Microsoft, 78% of Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint in some way. It’s a powerful tool for content management and collaboration. But challenges around proper management, customisation and user adoption, have led some commentators to conclude that on-premises SharePoint is dying. Microsoft disputed this in a recent...

  • 3 tips for keeping Microsoft SharePoint relevant in the era of the cloud

    Clunky spreadsheets. Cluttered network drives. Unmanageable mailboxes. Issues that many businesses have in common. It’s also important to point out that email, once seen as the saviour, is not a business process contrary to the way many might try to use it. In the era of cloud-computing solutions like Asana and Podio have been quick to jump on the collaboration bandwagon – aiming to help businesses get organised and work better together. It’s also something that SharePoint has been doing within bigger businesses for more than a decade. Now that it’s available as part of Office 365, it’s certainly worth exploring this versatile...

  • Microsoft acquires Wunderlist for around $200m

    Microsoft has acquired Wunderlist, a to-do list app based in Berlin. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has not only made more inroads towards being more mobile friendly but also has begun making acquisitions that makes the company a major player in mobile apps. The other thing the company has done well is to make its apps work across platforms and devices and not confine them to mobile devices that run Windows. This has led many to refer to Microsoft as the company that is beginning to be cool. There has been rumours of this for sometime but no statements from both...

  • 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...