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Microsoft Drastically Scales Down Smartphone Biz
05/25/16 2:17 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 612 Words

The restructuring will entail up to 1,350 job losses at Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland, and 500 more cuts around the world.

"We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation -- with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum...

Richard Adhikari
Microsoft Dynamics Rides the IoT Wave
05/25/16 11:44 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 681 Words

The portal solutions can be used on any desktop, tablet or mobile device, Microsoft said.

The Spring 2016 Wave also introduced Learning Path, guided navigation capabilities that walk users through the steps needed to complete a task in an application. The capabilities...

David Jones
Microsoft Tightens Screws on Terrorists Posting Online
05/23/16 4:08 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 735 Words

... last week announced plans to crack down on terrorist content, perhaps in response to the Obama administration's intense effort to get Silicon Valley's help in preventing organizations like ISIS from using social media as a recruiting and fundraising tool. Microsoft has amended...

David Jones
Nokia Stages Smartphone Comeback
05/20/16 7:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 936 Words

Nokia on Wednesday announced its return to the mobile phone and tablet business in connection with a larger agreement by Microsoft to sell its entry-level phone business to HMD Global and FIH Mobile for US$350 million. Under the deal, Microsoft will sell its...

Richard Adhikari
New SF Store Showcases Apple's Trademark Creativity
05/24/16 12:20 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 619 Words

More Than Money
The Union Square flagship store seems to echo Microsoft's Manhattan flagship , which opened last year, while the design of Microsoft's Manhattan flagship was strongly influenced by Apple stores.

Apple is "moving from a maximized...

Richard Adhikari
Google's New Custom Chip May Not Live Up to the Hype
05/23/16 12:53 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 659 Words

Like other deep learning frameworks, it "requires tons of fine-tuning to be useful." That said, Amazon and Microsoft "will probably need to offer something similar to compete for customers with advanced research...

John P. Mello Jr.
Flaw Puts a Billion Wireless Mice at Risk
05/20/16 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1604 Words

B-Sides Boston. Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tickets: $20. May 21. B-Sides Cincinnati. University of Cincinnati, Tangeman University Center, Cincinnati. Tickets: $10. May 21. B-Sides San Antonio. St. Mary's University, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio. Tickets: $10. May 24. PCI...

Richard Adhikari
China Subjects Tech Imports to Heavy Security Scrutiny
05/19/16 2:12 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 608 Words

Meanwhile, Microsoft is facing antitrust scrutiny in China. Apple's iBooks and iTunes Movies services shut down in China in April -- but Apple has just invested $1 billion in China's answer to Uber, Didi Chuxing .

The U.S. has imposed restrictions...

David Jones
Microsoft Buys Solair for Azure IoT
05/09/16 8:40 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 774 Words

Solair's IoT customization and deployment solutions, which are built on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, have helped a wide range of businesses improve efficiencies and profitability, according to Microsoft.

"The integration of Solair's technology into the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite will continue...

Richard Adhikari
Microsoft Challenges Oracle With SQL Server 2016
05/05/16 10:15 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 604 Words

Built into the software are end-to-end mobile business intelligence on any device, in-database advanced analytics, in-memory capabilities optimized for all workloads, and a consistent experience from on-premises to the cloud, Microsoft said.

"The announcement suggests Microsoft is taking into consideration the...

Richard Adhikari
Microsoft Curbs Cortana in Windows 10
04/30/16 10:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 580 Words

... on Thursday announced that it was restricting its Cortana digital assistant to operating with the Edge browser and Bing search engine in Windows 10 . "As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent [its] design and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," said Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's ...

David Jones
Microsoft, SAP Deepen Partnership to Blend Cloud Offerings
05/18/16 2:04 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 525 Words

... and SAP on Tuesday announced plans to integrate their respective cloud-based systems, allowing the SAP HANA database to work with Microsoft Azure, which will enable Office 365 to communicate directly with SAP enterprise apps. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and SAP CEO Bill...

Richard Adhikari
Ford, Microsoft Pour Cash Into Pivotal
05/10/16 3:36 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 632 Words

Led by new investor Ford, together with Microsoft and previous investors GE, EMC and VMware , the deal is expected to close this month.

Pivotal's customers include seven of the top 10 U.S. banks, three global automakers and half the top 10...

Richard Adhikari
Clock Is Ticking for Free Windows 10 Upgrade
05/10/16 9:45 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 642 Words

After that date, the price to upgrade to Windows 10 Home will be US$119. "We're pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than a year," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of Microsoft's Windows and Devices...

Rob Enderle
Could the Next Disruptive Consumer Product Be a Flip Phone?
05/16/16 8:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1426 Words

Palm and RIM (now BlackBerry) took the market from Motorola, and Apple took the market from Palm and BlackBerry, only to face a largely successful attack by Google . Microsoft, long thought to be invincible, turned out not to be.


Rob Enderle
The Interesting Dell + EMC Stories You Haven't Heard
05/09/16 10:40 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1479 Words

For instance, I learned that Microsoft's IT shop has become rabidly open source, and that everything is being pushed into the Azure cloud under the order that Microsoft's IT shop must mirror customer shops.

Microsoft IT, rather than being kind of...

Richard Adhikari
Salesforce Brings Lightning to Government Cloud
04/29/16 3:20 PM PT | CRM Buyer | 645 Words

Catching Up With the Competition
Amazon and IBM dominate in the Infrastructure as a Service area, with Microsoft hard on their heels, said Holger Mueller, VP and principal analyst at Constellation Research . Microsoft and Google dominate in the government...

Richard Adhikari
Nokia Buys Into Digital Health
04/28/16 9:16 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 653 Words

Now that it has sold off its handset business to Microsoft, Nokia can "monetize the communications patents they have and can charge other people royalties if they don't use them internally," DiDio noted.

The company is "sitting on King Solomon's...

John P. Mello Jr.
Futuristic Digital Assistant Viv Takes the Stage
05/09/16 2:39 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 559 Words

"Nuance seems to have the greatest history and archive of AI, but other contenders -- Google, Apple and Microsoft -- all have versions of their own, and Amazon has a solid hit with the Echo," Kay said. "So it's an open horse...

David Jones
Russian 'Collector' Sells Stolen Email Credentials for a Song
05/05/16 1:47 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 714 Words

"Unfortunately, there are places on the Internet where leaked and stolen credentials are posted, and when we come across these or someone sends them to us, we act to protect customers," a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement provided to the E-Commerce Times...

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