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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Snapchat is coming to Windows 10 phones… soon

    Sure, Windows 10 is a fairly stable desktop OS that just happens to run on everything else -- phones, tablets, even elevators in some cases -- but it has a major lack-of-apps problem. According to a new tweet by the Spanish division of Lumia Support, it's about to get a little better for selfie-enthusiasts; a Snapchat app for Windows 10 is in the works. The Spanish tweet is in reply to a customer query regarding the lack of a Snapchat app on Windows 10, and suggests Microsoft is "already working with our friends to bring Snapchat as soon as possible." The...

  • How do tech giants contribute to the clean, green energy economy?

    Most of us consider the internet to be a virtual world in which we can learn, communicate, store data and perform a host of other useful activities without actually having much of an effect on the physical world. It's important to note, however, that the energy required to run the internet must come from actual, brick-and-mortar electricity suppliers. As the popularity of computing devices increases, particularly in the mobile and home automation spaces, we can expect there to be more Internet traffic and therefore a corresponding increase the the amount of energy expended. While the ink's still wet on December’s...

  • Weekly Round Up #67: E3 2016, Microsoft buys LinkedIn & Apple’s WWDC 2016

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. The Weekly Round Up is a day late this week due to some demons lurking in our SoundCloud account. But, we've hired resident DOOM expert Graham to slay them. Speaking of Graham, he plays host this week, and talks to Hadlee and Andy. While most of the podcast is dedicated to E3 2016 and all the news from this year's expo, they also discuss Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn, and the news from Apple's WWDC 2016 conference in San Francisco. Tweet of the Week: ...

  • In defence of the Xbox One S: the console you’ll be buying anyway

    Since Microsoft‘s E3 2016 announcement of the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, there has been some confusion around these two devices. There are many who think the tech giant is (stupidly) killing their own console sales. The reality is, it’s not true. Not even close. Project Scorpio — or whatever it’ll be called in the coming months — will be launched at the end of 2017. It’s said to contain an octa-core CPU, six-teraflops of GPU horsepower, 12GB of RAM, and the ability to game at 4K resolution.

  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn in $26bn deal

    Microsoft has announced plans to buy business-focused social network LinkedIn, in a deal worth US$26.2-billion (R398-billion). The Redmond company will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share, with the transaction expected to close by the end of the year. "LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft," Microsoft said in a press statement. "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centred on connecting the world's professionals," Nadella said. "Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to...

  • Xiaomi: the latest Android manufacturer to shake hands with Microsoft

    Xiaomi has become the latest Android manufacturer to reach a patent agreement with Microsoft. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra and Microsoft confirmed that the deal includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement. How will Xiaomi users be affected by this deal? The agreement will see Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype come preinstalled on Xiaomi phones and tablets, starting in September 2016. Xiaomi devices set to receive the apps include the Mi Max, Mi 5, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3. Microsoft noted that this wasn't the first time it has worked with Xiaomi, saying that its Azure technology powers the Mi...

  • Microsoft’s new Windows 10 upgrade popup is pretty damn sneaky

    It takes a brave human to market an operating system to its legion of potential users, and when Microsoft set its arbitrary billion devices in three years running Windows 10 goal at the OS's launch, we imagine that the company's marketing team unanimously sighed. Either that, or they threw in the towel, because Microsoft's latest ploy to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 is just downright dirty. After the numerous pop-ups, dialogs and alerts in Windows update users have dealt with this past year, the company has played its final card: tapping the X button on its new popup now...

  • Weekly Round Up #64: Microsoft job cuts, Xiaomi Mi 5, Twitter, Overwatch & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, main man Stuart Thomas is in Portugal and so Andy Walker steps in to host and talks to Hadlee and Graham. The team discusses Microsoft's job cuts, the Xiaomi Mi 5, the recent Twitter changes announced, Pebble's new devices, and two very similar but different games: Battleborn and Overwatch. Tweet(s) Of The Week: Twitter has been on a roll this week and so we have two tweets, one about a cat eating cake and the other about the recebt Standard Bank...

  • Microsoft cuts 1850 jobs in mobile unit, takes $950m hit

    Microsoft's mobile division has endured a torrid time in recent years, seeing lay-offs, mergers and spin-offs. Unfortunately, the company has announced another round of job cuts. The Redmond company plans to "streamline" its smartphone hardware division, affecting up to 1850 jobs in the process, it announced in a press statement. "As a result, the company will record an impairment and restructuring charge of approximately $950-million, of which approximately $200-million will relate to severance payments," the company explained. Read more: Microsoft sells its feature phone unit for $350m, Nokia devices coming "We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation - with enterprises that value security,...

  • Weekly Round Up #63: Google I/O 2016, Nokia, Mango R1 sale & Max Verstappen

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, the main man Stuart Thomas talks to Andy and Hadlee. This week the team discusses the announcements at Google I/O 2016, Foxconn and HMD Global purchase of Microsoft's feature phone unit for US$350-million (which signals Nokia's return to tablets and smartphones), Mango's R1 glitch sale and Max Verstappen, an 18-year-old Dutch driver, who has won the Spanish Formula 1 GP. On the 'What are you...?' segment, the team discusses the TV series they're currently watching, the games they're addicted to and,...

  • Microsoft sells its feature phone unit for $350m, Nokia devices coming

    Microsoft's mobile divisions are no stranger to upheaval. After all, the US company added Nokia's mobile unit to the stable several years ago and mobile saw plenty of layoffs last year. Now, there's more big news as the Redmond company is spinning off the feature phone unit. The US company has announced plans to sell the feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of manufacturing colossus Foxconn, and HMD Global for US$350-million. The deal will also see Microsoft selling its Vietnamese manufacturing facility to Foxconn. "Upon close of this deal, approximately 4500 employees will transfer to, or have the opportunity to join, FIH Mobile Ltd. or HMD Global,...

  • Sunrise will die on 31 August, team relocates to Microsoft Outlook

    Sunrise, the calendaring app that was bought by Microsoft in 2015, now has its execution date. The company took to its blog to say its final goodbyes, suggesting that its staff can't maintain two apps simultaneously (Sunrise, and now Outlook, which most Sunrise employees are now working on). Microsoft gave the notion that this would happen back in October 2015, but now we finally have a definite date of termination. "The entire Sunrise team is now working side-by-side with the Outlook team and it’s a thrilling moment for us to work on an app of this scale," the company stated in its...

  • Microsoft launches its cloud solution provider programme in SA

    Microsoft South Africa announced the launch of its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme on Friday. This will allow select partners to directly support, bill, and provision Microsoft Cloud Services for customers. "What this means for partners, is that they will be able to more easily help their customers take full advantage of cloud services and empower staff to securely collaborate and communicate from almost anywhere, anytime, while using any device," says Derek Kudsee, Partner Sales Lead at Microsoft South Africa. According to Kudsee, the system has been implemented due to the growing need for cloud solutions in SA. This move could potentially...

  • Microsoft Q3 results see Surface continue climb, WP fall

    Microsoft has revealed its financial results for the third quarter of its 2016 fiscal year. And it's more of the same for the Redmond company. The tech firm recorded revenue of US$20.5-billion for the quarter ending 31 March 2016, with operating income and net income standing at US$5.3-billion and US$3.8-billion respectively. While its cloud revenue grew three percent to US$6.1-billion, its personal computing segments saw more modest growth of 1%. "Windows OEM revenue declined two percent in constant currency, outperforming the PC market, driven by higher consumer premium device mix," the company revealed in its earnings report. Surface, mobile and Xbox? Its Surface lineup continues to perform well, seeing...

  • Your Excel spreadsheet skills could net you a Dell laptop from Microsoft

    Do you enjoy spreadsheets, equations, and using Excel for all sorts of needs? You may want to enter the Microsoft Office Excel Champs SA competition to test out all of those =SUM() skills. Microsoft has partnered with LGIT Smart Solutions to create a series of spreadsheets that will require some serious skills to complete. The overall winner of the competition will net themselves a Dell Latitude E7470 laptop, Lumia 1320 smartphone, the grand title of "Excel Grand Master," and other prizes. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, that "due to a flood of requests from people wanting to participate,...