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.
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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