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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.

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.

Friday, 20 March, 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

Microsoft postpones release of Xbox One in mainland China

Microsoft postpones release of Xbox One in mainland China

Microsoft, the US tech giant targeted in an anti-monopoly probe by Beijing, is delaying the release of its much-anticipated Xbox One game console on the mainland until the end of the year.

21 Sep 2014 - 5:29am 1 comment

Microsoft lays off 2,100

Microsoft is making 2,100 layoffs as it moves towards its new chief executive’s goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 per cent of its workforce. Photo: AFP

Microsoft will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced as it moves towards its new chief executive’s goal of cutting 18,000 staff.

19 Sep 2014 - 12:57pm

Microsoft resists US order to turn over emails held overseas

Microsoft resists US order to turn over emails held overseas

A judge lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to US prosecutors, but the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals against the ruling.

31 Aug 2014 - 6:02am

Kingsoft software to capitalise on Microsoft's Office woes in China

Kingsoft software to capitalise on Microsoft's Office woes in China

Software firm Kingsoft is looking to steal market share away from Microsoft's Office users on the mainland, taking advantage of Beijing's call for government departments and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to move to domestic software and hardware because of cybersecurity concerns.

28 Aug 2014 - 5:03am 1 comment

In China, Microsoft losing out increasingly to free software and piracy

More than 90 per cent of PCs in China are running pre-8 versions of Windows. Photo: AP

On a trip to Beijing a decade ago, Bill Gates was asked by a senior government official how much money Microsoft made in China.

13 Aug 2014 - 6:34am 1 comment