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.

China has finally lifted its 14-year console ban, but it might be too late for Xbox and Playstation

Playstation 4 virtual reality technology "Project Morpheus" is demonstrated during an anime and gaming convention in Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

While Chinese gamers have been able to buy grey market Playstations and Xboxes for years, and official ones since 2014, firms can now finally make and sell their products anywhere in China, after the remaining restrictions of a 14-year console ban were lifted.

Monday, 27 July, 2015, 1:39pm

Microsoft's hardware strategy under scrutiny after record loss

Questions have been raised about Microsoft's hardware-focused strategy following record losses. Photo: Reuters

Sales of Microsoft's Surface tablets and Xbox gaming consoles are soaring.

But they contribute less than a 10th of the company's revenue and, analysts say, they're probably barely profitable - if they are profitable at all.

So are the businesses worth it? Not unless they start to generate significant profits soon, some analysts say.

23 Jul 2015 - 9:40am

Microsoft posts record quarterly loss after US$7.5b Nokia write off

Revenue from Microsoft's commercial cloud business rose 96 per cent, excluding the impact of a strong dollar. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft Corp reported a US$3.2 billion quarterly net loss, its biggest ever, as the company wrote down its Nokia phone business and demand fell for its Windows operating system.

22 Jul 2015 - 9:35pm

Microsoft posts record US$3.2 billion loss as it writes down Nokia

Microsoft is expected to cut thousands of jobs following the restructuring of its Nokia smartphone business. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft Corp reported a US$3.2 billion quarterly net loss, its biggest ever, as the company wrote down its Nokia phone business and demand fell for its Windows operating system.

The company took a charge of US$7.5 billion in the fourth quarter related to the restructuring of its Nokia handset business, which it bought last year.

22 Jul 2015 - 8:56am

Microsoft’s mobile future hinges on success of Windows 10

Microsoft has announced two rounds of job cuts since Satya Nadella became chief executive in February last year. Photo: AP

Microsoft’s future in mobile devices likely hinges on the software maker’s ability to convince developers to create apps for the phone version of Windows 10 after its ill-fated Nokia acquisition helped trigger 7,800 layoffs.

9 Jul 2015 - 3:49pm

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.

6 Jul 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