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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • 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,...

  • Are smart bots the way forward? Microsoft says yes

    You've already dealt with auto-replies and robotic phone calls, but Microsoft still thinks that automation has a key role to play in your interactions with businesses or consumers. Instead of more automatic email replies however, the firm is hedging its bets on smart bots to do the trick. At its BUILD 2016 developer conference this week, the company showed off chat bots, which allow users to quickly accomplish actions. It's not the first time that we've seen these though, as the likes of Google Talk, MSN Messenger and other IM platforms dipped their toes into bot waters almost a decade ago. Even more...

  • Skype for Web now lets non-Skype users join conversations

    Microsoft has today introduced a slew of new features to Skype for Web, including the ability to make calls from the web directly to mobile phones and landlines, and inviting users without a Skype account to join calls. The feature is primarily being introduced to enable users to save money on calls, Skype says. Other features include notifications and watching YouTube videos within Skype for Web. Making calls on Skype for Web allows users to save on charges. "Once you’ve signed in to Skype for Web, simply click on the call phones tab, select your destination, dial the number you’d like...

  • Microsoft SQL server coming to Linux mid-2017, preview build available

    In a blog post, Microsoft has announced that SQL Server will be making its way to Linux with a final release scheduled mid-2017. "This is an enormously important decision for Microsoft, allowing it to offer its well-known and trusted database to an expanded set of customers", said group vice president, enterprise infrastructure, at International Data Corporation, Al Gillen. The system looks to incorporate a host of features, such as Stretch Database which allows users can access data on-premises via the cloud. A preview build of SQL for Linux is already available with 'core relational database capabilities'. "By taking this key product to Linux Microsoft...

  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection joins Windows 10’s security arsenal

    In light of Windows 10's recent security and privacy criticism, Microsoft has been working hard to right these wrongs, and its latest measure is aimed at enterprises. Executive VP of Windows Terry Myerson took to the Windows Blog to announce Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Windows 10 enterprise, which is "a new service that will help enterprises to detect, investigate, and respond to advanced attacks on their networks." "Building on the existing security defenses Windows 10 offers today, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection provides a new post-breach layer of protection to the Windows 10 security stack," Myerson explains. "With a combination...