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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.

Microsoft plans new round of job cuts

Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, as the software maker looks to slim down and integrate Nokia's handset unit, people with knowledge of the company's plans said.

Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 1:15am 1 comment

Microsoft eyes bigger slice of city's media tablet market

Microsoft expects to carve out a bigger niche in Hong Kong's HK$5 billion media tablet market in the second half of this year with the launch of its new laptopreplacement device - the Surface Pro 3.

4 Jul 2014 - 1:41am

Hong Kong start-ups get big boost from Microsoft-Cyberport programme

Fundraising for local start-ups is poised to receive a big lift under a strategic, multi-year initiative between software giant Microsoft and Cyberport in Hong Kong.

3 May 2014 - 7:52am

Microsoft starts 'game console war' in China

Consumers on the mainland, the world's second-biggest games market by revenue, are poised to witness the belated launch of a "video game console war" there as Microsoft starts domestic sales of its new-generation Xbox in September.

1 May 2014 - 12:42am

Microsoft scrambles to fix bug in Internet Explorer browser

Microsoft Corp is rushing to fix a bug in its widely used Internet Explorer web browser after a computer security firm disclosed the flaw over the weekend, saying hackers had already exploited it in attacks on some US firms.

29 Apr 2014 - 4:32am

Microsoft charts new course with Office for iPad

Microsoft's new chief executive, Satya Nadella, finally unveiled Office for Apple's iPad in a polished debut that set him apart from his energetic predecessor while signalling his plans to make mobile apps the top priority at the world's largest software company.

29 Mar 2014 - 1:13am

Microsoft 'open for business' in Windows smartphones

Microsoft is pushing to reach a far wider audience for smartphones running its Windows Phone software by turning to cheaper chipsets and easing restrictions on how phone makers use its software to encourage them to drive down costs.

25 Feb 2014 - 1:24am

Microsoft's Bing search engine accused of 'censoring' sensitive Chinese topics

Searching politically sensitive terms such as the Dalai Lama, Tiananmen, and Falun Gong on Microsoft search engine Bing returns radically different results in Chinese than in English, suggesting it may be censoring information for Chinese users outside the mainland, according to a The Guardian report on Wednesday.

12 Feb 2014 - 4:46pm

Top 5 items on new Microsoft chief's to-do list

As with any new chief executive, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella will have a packed agenda that includes filling top management roles and re-examining strategy.

Here are some of the most pressing items on Nadella’s to-do list as he reshapes Microsoft into a “mobile-first, cloud-first” company:

1. Integrate Nokia’s mobile device business.

5 Feb 2014 - 2:22pm

Satya Nadella named new Microsoft CEO as Bill Gates steps down

US computer giant Microsoft named Satya Nadella as its next chief executive, tapping an insider steeped in business technology to speed turnaround at a software maker that helped usher in the personal-computing age only to be left behind as the world shifted towards the web and mobile devices.

5 Feb 2014 - 6:08am