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Microsoft to offer discounts on Azure cloud services

Redmond, Washington-based software giant

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced its plans to offer discounts on its Internet-based cloud service Azure.

Satya Nadella, cloud & enterprise at Microsoft, announced that the company would offer discounts on its Windows Azure cloud service and also on annual payment plans for customers who sign up for multi-year contracts called Enterprise Agreements, starting November 1.

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Windows Phone now owns 9.2% share of mobile OS market in 5 key European markets

Microsoft's mobile operating system Windows Phone has started gaining momentum in European markets, thanks to the launch of Nokia handsets like the Lumia 520 and 620.

Fresh stats suggest that nearly one in eight (12.5 per cent) of all handsets in the U. K. are now running Windows Phone OS and one in ten (10 per cent) in France.

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Microsoft announces second-generation Surface tablets

Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft recently took wraps off the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, both of which boast updated operating systems, quicker processing and enhanced battery life & camera resolution.

Windows RT-based Surface 2 tablet will bring Outlook, while Windows 8.1-based Surface Pro 2 will keep on operating like a full PC.

The Redmond firm tried to fix almost every hardware issue that consumers and analysts criticized in the first-generation Surface tablets.

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Microsoft's Xbox music streaming service to introduce apps for Android, iOS devices

Software giant Microsoft revealed on Sunday that its last-year-released Xbox Music streaming service will launch on Android as well as iOS devices; and will also allow free streaming on the Internet.

Currently the Xbox Music service - which marked Microsoft's foray into the ever-expanding music-streaming industry - is available via Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console, and a Windows 8 app.

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What would Microsoft receive by acquiring BlackBerry?

Redmond based tech giant Microsoft recently acquired Nokia's phone business, and now many experts believe that it should have made attempt to buy beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry.

Canada-based BlackBerry has lost most of its market share to rivals like Apple and Samsung, but its great technology, strong ecosystem, enterprise credentials and loyal user base are enough to make it a strong next target for the Redmond firm.

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