Microsoft

  • Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

    Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

    Microsoft today announced a raft of new Office 365 plans for smaller businesses. The new offerings will eventually supplant its extant offerings. The company is lowering the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases to 300 from 25. Microsoft has preserved a $5 per seat per month Office… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Azure With 2 New U.S. Regions, Improved Hybrid Storage Solution And More

    Microsoft Updates Azure With 2 New U.S. Regions, Improved Hybrid Storage Solution And More

    Microsoft today announced a number of new features for its Azure cloud computing platform ahead of its Worldwide Partner Conference next week. There is quite a bit that’s new in this update, but the highlights are two new Azure regions for the U.S. (US Central in Iowa and US East 2 in Virginia) that will go live next week, as well as the launch of Microsoft’s newest Azure… Read More

  • Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

    Microsoft To Abandon The Bastard Child Of Windows Phone In Two Months

    Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same. Mary Jo Foley today detailed the coming death-dates of a number of Microsoft products, including Windows Phone 7.8. As… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Project Spark Game Creation Tool Will Come Out Of Beta In Early October

    Microsoft’s Project Spark Game Creation Tool Will Come Out Of Beta In Early October

    Microsoft today announced that the retail version of its Project Spark game-creation tool for PC and Xbox One will be available in October. It’ll go on sale in the Americas on October 7, in Asia-Pacific countries on October 9 and in Europe on October 10. The retail version will sell for $39.99 and include a bunch of new content for users to use in their own games, as well as… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings Yammer To More Office 365 Plans For Free

    Microsoft Brings Yammer To More Office 365 Plans For Free

    Microsoft is bringing Yammer to more of its Office 365 SKUs, making the latter a more tempting offer. Educational and medium-business packages of Office 365 now come with Yammer. Microsoft added the social product to enterprise Office 365 SKUs late last year. Read More

  • New Kinect For Windows Now Available For $199, Shipping July 15

    New Kinect For Windows Now Available For $199, Shipping July 15

    Microsoft previewed availability of its new Kinect for Windows version 2 back in June, but now the hardware is ready for anyone to pre-order for $199 through its website, with a ship date of July 15. The new version of the motion-tracking, video- and microphone-equipped interface device is based on its Xbox One counterpart. It aims to give developers ways to build more innovative… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck

    Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — spend a late Thursday afternoon on experiments, office shake ups, and a potential bank shot from an old monopolist. With the world going cup crazy, you wouldn’t fault those who traded tech for TV and shelter from the tweetstorm.
    The Facebook social reengineering has been all the… Read More

  • Microsoft Goes After Botnet, Tanking No-IP’s Dynamic DNS Service For Regular Users In The Process

    Microsoft Goes After Botnet, Tanking No-IP’s Dynamic DNS Service For Regular Users In The Process

    Microsoft seized 23 domains this week from No-IP, a provider of dynamic DNS services, after filing a civil suit alleging that the domains in question were used to distribute malware. The domains, according to Microsoft, were used 93 percent of the time for distributing the Bladabindi and Jenxcus malware families. A court granted Microsoft custodianship — DNS authority — of the… Read More

  • Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Microsoft Presses Ahead With Office For Android

    Prepare another entry into your File Of No Surprise: Microsoft is moving ahead with its efforts to bring the highly lucrative Office franchise to Android tablets. According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently prepping a private beta of the new software. A sign-up page has been mostly taken offline since the news broke. A full Office suite for Android tablets is roughly as surprising as… Read More

  • Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

    Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

    Microsoft announced this morning that it has bolstered the security of several of its digital products, bringing stronger encryption tools to its OneDrive and Outlook.com services. In the wake of revelations that the United States government was tapping the core fiber cables of the Internet, snooping on traffic between the data centers of large technology companies, and working to weaken… Read More

  • Microsoft May Prioritize The Desktop In Windows 9

    Microsoft May Prioritize The Desktop In Windows 9

    Microsoft is looking to revamp and retool its Windows 8 operating system with a blend of updates that will see the code better suit the form factors that it wants to service. However, could those updates undo its push to create the Windows Store as a favored place for developers to put applications? Read More

  • Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

    Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls Supreme Court Cellphone-Warrant Case “Seminal”

    It’s been a busy week in the realm of policy and technology, with the Supreme court weighing in on a several issues impacting the industry, and the government releasing something akin to a transparency report regarding a portion of the NSA’s surveillance practices. The unanimous Supreme Court decision on Riley v. California caused a stir because it set new precedent regarding… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls On Congress To End The NSA’s “Unfettered Bulk Collection Of Data”

    Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Calls On Congress To End The NSA’s “Unfettered Bulk Collection Of Data”

    Earlier this morning, Microsoft executive vice president and general counsel Brad Smith made the case against pervasive government surveillance, arguing that reform is needed of this nation’s security apparatus. At a talk this morning, the general counsel couched his larger remarks in the historical context of general warrants, the use of which led to the political climate the out of… Read More

  • Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

    Microsoft Has Just Launched Its First Android Smartphone, The Nokia X2

    Meet the Nokia X2, the first Android-based smartphone being made by Microsoft. Yes, you read that right: Microsoft has just made a new Android-based handset. It’s not the first Android device Microsoft owns, being as Redmond took over Nokia’s mobile making division in April. But some doubted whether Microsoft approved of Nokia’s Android experiment — and speculated that… Read More

  • Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

    Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

    At NUI Central’s Kinect for Windows Hackathon, a projector on the ceiling creates an image of sand and shrubbery on the ground. The terrain is supposed to be Afghanistan. After walking around on the small projected space expecting nothing to happen, a boom and a white flash hit my senses. I stepped on a land mine, or at least that’s what the app, Sweeper, wants me to think. Read More

  • The Race To Ubiquitous, Free Cloud Storage

    The Race To Ubiquitous, Free Cloud Storage

    Two interesting things happened today in the realm of cloud storage: Microsoft cut its prices for OneDrive and gave out more free gigabytes, and Box took its editing tool Box Notes mobile. Both fit neatly into the current market arc relating to cloud storage: The price per gigabyte for consumers and customers is going to zero, and storage companies are looking to diversify their… Read More

  • Microsoft More Than Doubles OneDrive’s Free Cloud Storage To 15 Gigabytes

    Microsoft More Than Doubles OneDrive’s Free Cloud Storage To 15 Gigabytes

    Continuing the trend towards free, unlimited cloud storage, Microsoft this morning increased the amount of capacity that it offers free to regular users of its OneDrive service to 15 gigabytes, more than double its previous offering of 7 gigabytes. The company will also now offer a full terabyte of storage to all Office 365 customers. If you want more storage capacity, but don’t want to… Read More

  • Bing Looks Abroad

    Bing Looks Abroad

    Microsoft is working to expand Bing’s international footprint. A job posting, spotted by Neowin, speaks plainly: “Bing is embarking on the most ambitious geographic and product expansion in its history.” Well then. Microsoft hasn’t taken down the listing, so it’s likely not too concerned about having its plans aired publicly. What this signifies is that Microsoft… Read More

  • Microsoft Does Us A Solid By Accidentally Confirming That The Surface Mini Is Real

    Microsoft Does Us A Solid By Accidentally Confirming That The Surface Mini Is Real

    Microsoft declined to comment. Earlier today, a manual published to help users dig into their new Surface Pro 3 devices contained multiple mentions of the currently Super Secret Surface Mini. Oops. Surprised? Don’t be. Microsoft had originally planned to debut the Surface Mini alongside the Surface Pro 3. I’ve heard from people with knowledge of the matter that the decision was… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates The Surface Pro 3 Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

    Microsoft Updates The Surface Pro 3 Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

    Tomorrow is launch day in Canada and the U.S. for the Surface Pro 3, and to make sure the device has as smooth a launch as possible, Microsoft has released a set of updates for the tablet-hybrid. The updates include a slurry of performance boosts, as well as a fix for a power button issue that was annoying some. If you have a review device, the code should be live for you now. Otherwise, you… Read More