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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • 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...

  • BurnCast: Facebook freezing eggs, Apple events and the week ahead

    Welcome to BurnCast, our weekly podcast that discusses tech trends, innovation and news. Hosted by Mich Atagana and Jason Bechervaise. This week's edition of BurnCast sees Michelle and Jason chat about Facebook freezing eggs, Apple's latest product lineup and the persistent culture behind the hype. To round off, the pair talks about other latest happenings and what to expect in the world of tech -- from Microsoft watches (and other apparels...) to a...

  • Skype tries to take on Snapchat with quirky video app called Qik

    Skype has just relaunched an app called Qik (pronounced "quick" and not to be confused with Kwik). Unlike its flagship Skype service -- which is somewhat formal -- the new video messaging app is geared for all those impulse moments you'd love to share with friends but certainly not the public. In April this year, the original mobile video streaming service, Qik, was put down only to be relaunched now as a mobile video messaging app. As the name suggests, Qik videos (or Fliks as they've been officially knighted) can go up to 42 seconds only. Why this specific number?...

  • Less flash, more business: why Microsoft is sticking to the basics

    Microsoft has gone back to basics. With its latest Windows update, it's being as cautious as a group of retirees crossing a busy intersection. Apart from the unexpected twist in the name (yes, there's no version 9), the latest operating system, Windows 10, is extremely subtle. And with good reason. Based on the preview release, what we know about the operating system so far is that Microsoft decided revert to something much closer in feel to Windows 7. In essence, it seems Windows 10 will be a version of Windows 7 with a few of the best bits of Windows...

  • Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board to focus on Clippers, civic duty

    It's over. Steve Ballmer has stepped down from his position on the Microsoft board. You may have thought it was all over when he stepped down as CEO, but now it's properly over. In a letter addressed to Satya Nadella, the man who replaced him as CEO, Ballmer explains that his commitments to the LA Clippers -- which he recently took ownership of -- and his civic contributions mean that he no longer has time to be an active part of the Redmond-based company's board. While there had been rumours that Ballmer would likely step down from the board...

  • Microsoft wants you to creep celebs with its new iPhone app

    Whether you like it or not, celebrities are a big thing. People love knowing popular personalities' every move. To leverage this very creepy human condition of ours, Microsoft has decided it fit to release a celebrity-tracking app called Snipp3t for iOS. Snipp3t is not really tracking in the sense that celebrities are being tracked via GPS. It's essentially a news aggregator slash organisor at its core. Over 100 000 big Hollywood names are given a profile of which the user can choose their favourites. Mentions of these celebrities around the web (or Bing) are then curated into one app...

  • Screw the robot apocalypse, our tech future is all about doing good

    After a 20-something-hour flight, I am about to face an immigration officer in the United States – not always the best experience. It's my turn and I edge forward. "What is the purpose of your visit?" he asks me. "I am here for Microsoft's Imagine Cup," I respond. "That's great," he exclaims (surprising). "Are you one of the students? What have you built? Will it change the world?" Unfortunately I had to inform him that I am not a developer genius about to change the world, but he's right, there are students from 34 countries here that are about to. Microsoft created the...

  • Microsoft’s Cortana whips Apple’s Siri in this new Windows Phone ad

    Microsoft's not shy when it comes to tackling its competition head-on -- from openly pitting its Surface Pro 3 against the Macbook Air to all those Scroogled ads. The latest victim? That would be Siri. The company's new Windows Phone ad essentially simulates a showdown between Apple's personal assistant and its own recently-launched competitor, Cortana. It directly compares Apple's flagship device to the Lumia 635, assigning them both a series of tasks -- and the budget Nokia beats it every time. While the ad does state that the screens have been simulated and the sequences shortened, its a pointed dig...

  • Bing wants to take on the world, but first it has to find the right people

    “Bing is embarking on the most ambitious geographic and product expansion in its history.” Those are the words that accompanied a job posting for Microsoft's much maligned search division. Initially spotted by Neowin, the post has since been removed, but it signals a very clear strategy from the Redmond-based tech behemoth. According to the posting, the successful candidate would "drive and execute strategic partnerships and tactical deals in key search distribution and content areas (which may include local, shopping, entertainment, music, books, video, social, news and apps), for the web, mobile/tablets, Xbox and other devices." To put it simply,...

  • Microsoft officially rolls out TV White Spaces project in Limpopo, SA

    Microsoft South Africa has announced the official implementation phase of the highly anticipated TV White Spaces pilot project at the University of Limpopo, situated in South Africa's most northern province. Part of the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative, this project aims to bring education to the masses using tech. More specifically, if you haven't heard of TV White Spaces project yet, the idea is to help people get online by reducing the cost of broadband. One of the principles is relying on frequency bands generally set aside for television transmissions in order to provide low-cost wireless networks. Working with local institutions, rolling...

  • Microsoft reveals Skype Translate: a real time voice interpreter

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that in the future Microsoft’s Skype will be able to translate voice and video calls in near-real-time. Nadella’s news came yesterday at the Code Conference, where the head of Skype, Gurdeep Pall, demonstrated the interpretation capabilities of the current version of Skype Translator. In the demo, Pall engages in a Skype video call with one of his German colleagues, Diane Heinrichs. Heinrichs speaks in German, which is immediately translated to English and read out by the programme, while Pall responds in English, which is then translated into German. The result is a virtually comprehensive multilingual...

  • All of a sudden, things aren’t looking so bad for Microsoft

    Over the last few months people have been asking a lot of questions about Microsoft. That's understandable. Steve Ballmer's retirement was sudden and, even a few weeks before he was named, Satya Nadella was a dark horse in the race to replace him. Now though, things are starting to look up for the Redmond-based tech giant. Once we started learning more about Nadella, it became increasingly apparent that he was probably wasn't the worst candidate when it came to setting Microsoft back on track. He had, after all, run its most successful division and came with serious geek credentials....

  • Intel presses for conflict-free minerals in Africa with new microprocessors

    Africa has a lot of conflict minerals, from blood diamonds to tantalum and tin. Pretty much all electronic devices require minerals such as gold, tantalum, tin, or tungsten and not all of them are conflict-free. Many big name tech companies have begun sourcing conflict-free minerals in the making of their products. Intel has been tracking the sources of the minerals it uses in its products and ensuring that those minerals are conflict-free. The chip-maker has also decided to spread awareness about the issue through its global reach. So with all that in mind the company has introduced the world's...

  • Microsoft still king of enterprise software, go figure

    When it comes to the software business Microsoft is pretty much untouchable, this according to the latest Gartner report on worldwide software revenue in 2013 According to the tech research and advisory company, the worldwide software revenue totaled just over US$407-billion in 2013, a 4.8 per cent increase from 2012 revenue of US$388.5 billion. Developed markets saw significant growth in the past year offsetting the relative sluggishness in emerging markets. According to the report, the software industry is in the middle of a "multiyear cyclical transition" as organisations are focusing investment on technologies to support existing system structure. The...