Microsoft Corporation is one of the world’s biggest software makers and manufactures and licenses a range of products and services related to computing. Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the company is probably best known for its Windows software, although it has begun an aggressive drive into the mobile sector seeking to make inroads on market share held by Google and Apple. It paid 5.44 billion euros for the handset business of Nokia in September 2013.

Top 5 most attractive global employers for engineering/IT graduates

Fresh graduates in Guangzhou, China. Photo: Xinhua

Millennials, the demographic group born between 1980 and 2000, are widely known as the generation with the most affinity for rapid technological advances. Consequently, the information technology industry has generally attracted many millennials to its workforce.

Monday, 6 July, 2015, 8:01am

PS4, Xbox One sales in China low as gamers snub consoles despite end of 14-year ban: report

Although both consoles offer hugely popular titles like FIFA 15 (2014), Chinese gamers find their choices are much more limited than in Western countries. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Sales of the recently released PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in China are likely to be disappointing despite the fact that local gamers have not had access to games consoles for years due to a government ban, a new report claims. 

3 Jul 2015 - 10:17am 2 comments

Microsoft to launch Edge amid growing challenges in internet browsing business

Microsoft Edge will replace Internet Explorer on the Windows 10 operating system. Photo: SCMP

US software giant Microsoft has unveiled the official name of its new browser for its upcoming Windows 10, which will replace Internet Explorer.

5 May 2015 - 4:16pm

Microsoft to support iOS and Android apps in Windows in new 'open' culture

Microsoft's announcement that Windows 10 will support Android and iOS apps marks a "huge breakthrough" said the firms general manager for Hong Kong and Macau Horace Chow. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Developers will be able to easily bring their iOS and Android apps to Windows 10, Microsoft has announced, as it attempts to encourage adoption of its new "universal" operating system. 

New software development kits will enable developers to port existing apps into Windows universal apps that work across devices, the company announced at the ongoing Build conference on Wednesday. 

18 May 2015 - 11:34am 1 comment

Facebook, Microsoft and other tech firms launch tools to help Nepal earthquake survivors

Nepalese villagers charge their cell phones in an open area in Kathmandu. Tech firms have launched several tools to make it easier to communicate with survivors of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake. Photo: AP

A number of major US technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter, have launched schemes to help survivors of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

29 Apr 2015 - 8:00pm

Free upgrades for 'millions' of Windows users in China, but pirates may still have to pay

A Microsoft employee demonstrates Windows 10 for smartphones and personal computers at a trade show in Germany on March 14, 2015. Photo: EPA

Chinese users of Microsoft Windows were delighted to find out this week that the tech giant will offer free upgrades to its latest operating system, even if users were previously using pirated software.

20 Mar 2015 - 3:49pm

Microsoft to offer free upgrades to Windows 10 in China as it kills off Internet Explorer

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates launches Internet Explorer 5.0 in Redmond, Washington, in 1999. Photo: AP

Microsoft announced this week that it was discontinuing Internet Explorer, its much-maligned but widely used web browser first released in 1995.

19 Mar 2015 - 6:16am

Microsoft executive says compliance with Chinese officials 'challenging'

Stephen Elop, executive vice-president of devices and studio for Microsoft, said the company was just as “focused on” getting back on track in China after settling a tax dispute. Photo: EPA

Microsoft says it is working closely with Beijing to make sure its under-investigation China business stays on the right side of the law. But the firm finds compliance “challenging”, a top company executive has revealed.

16 Apr 2015 - 12:10pm

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates US$100 million to cell research

The Allen Institute for Cell Science will initially focus on what are known as induced pluripotent stem or IPS cells.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is donating US$100 million of his fortune to launch what he calls an "industrial-scale" effort to understand the basic building block of all living things: the cell.

10 Dec 2014 - 4:28am

Microsoft patches Windows bug that could have been around for 20 years

The bug was present as far back as the original release code for Windows 95. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft has patched a critical bug affecting Windows that researchers say could potentially allow hackers to remotely control users' machines and might have been around for almost 20 years.

14 Nov 2014 - 4:35am 1 comment

New low-cost Windows tablets take on Android juggernaut

Horace Chow says Microsoft has a technology team in Shenzhen to ensure quality control on the Windows devices. Photo: SCMP

Software behemoth Microsoft Corp has lined up a new range of mainland brands to supply cheap, Windows-based media tablets around the world, challenging the larger group of rival devices running Google's Android operating system.

11 Nov 2014 - 6:06am

ChinaSoft prospers on growth of cloud computing in China

Chen Yuhong says Beijing is not alone in supporting domestic technology companies and cloud services providers. Photo: Dickson Lee

Although Microsoft Corp is among US technology firms caught up in Chinese security worries and antitrust probes, a local software company in which the Seattle giant is a strategic investor is riding high on the growth of cloud computing.

14 Oct 2014 - 3:09am

Microsoft CEO walks back comment suggesting women shouldn't ask for raises

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage in New Delhi. Photo: Bloomberg

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has apologised and said he was wrong for saying that women don't need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system and "karma" to pay them well.

11 Oct 2014 - 4:01am 1 comment

Microsoft says Samsung paid it US$1b in royalties last year

Samsung has refused to pay US$6.9 million in interest owed under the agreement.

Microsoft said in a patent lawsuit against Samsung Electronics that the South Korean smartphone maker paid it as much as US$1 billion in royalties last year under a now-disputed 2011 licensing agreement.

6 Oct 2014 - 4:10am

Microsoft skips 9 to introduce Windows 10

What the Microsoft Windows 10 looks like for users. Photo: EPA

The next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasise advances it is making towards a world centred on mobile devices and internet services.

2 Oct 2014 - 3:45am 1 comment