In its latest forecasting report released on Wednesday, market research firm IDC has predicted that Windows Phone will overtake BlackBerry in the worldwide smartphone market and will outperform the Apple iOS to emerge as the second-ranking smartphone platform by 2016.
Going by the IDC predictions, the smartphone market share of Microsoft's Windows Phone - which barely had a 2.2 percent market share in smartphone shipments in the 2011 first-quarter - will grow to a notable 19.2 percent in
In an announcement made this week, Microsoft said that the deal for the much-discounted Xbox 360 consoles and Kinect motion controllers will be extended to all Best Buy outlets in the US as well as some select GameStop stores, by the end of this month.
Microsoft began offering the discount deal in early May when it announced that an Xbox 360 and Kinect package will be available for only $99 at the company's own online store and at Microsoft Stores. The offer was, however, available for buyers who also signed up for a two-year, $15-a-month, membership for Xbox Live Gold.
Microsoft recently shipped Windows 8 Release Preview - the final public test build of its next-generation Windows operating system, and announced that PCs with Windows 8 and Windows RT should be available in time for the holidays.
Steven Sinofsky, top executive at Microsoft's Windows division, touted the Windows 8 Release Preview as the final pre-release build, and added that the company was still making some changes to the software.
Without declaring any precise ship date for Windows 8 OS, Sinofsky provided a general timeline for the remaining development process for the new OS.
In what apparently is a strategic move on the part of Microsoft to ensure that it remains relevant in the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) era, the company is reportedly working on an Office version for the iPad and Android platforms.
Despite the fact that there has thus far been no official confirmation by Microsoft bringing on its Office software suite on tablets, rumors and reports have, of late, been making rounds that an Office version for the Apple iPad and several Android-based tablets will be released by this November.
The `Removal Requests' section of Google's recently-released new Transparency report shows that software biggie Microsoft is the most prolific requester for removal of URLs for copyright infringement --- with the company having submitted as many as 500,000 takedown requests over the last one month; with the figures working around to almost six million for the past one year!
According to Microsoft, as well as in the opinion of analysts, the earlier-this-week reports about the company's CEO Steve Ballmer predicting unprecedented sales of the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system were incorrect on several counts.
However, while its has been clarified by Microsoft that Ballmer was either misunderstood or was misquoted in the reports, analysts fell that even if the `500 million' figure projected by Ballmer was more or less correct, the numbers hardly conveyed anything about the success of the OS upgrade.
After hinting at its "so. cl" social network since last December, and testing the service privately with students and researchers at a few universities, Microsoft quietly opened its `so. cl' site to the public over the weekend.
"So. cl" - which is pronounced as `social' - has been described by Microsoft as a site that deeply integrates Internet search into a social learning experience. The site essentially allows users to quickly share their search results with others on the social network, by adding them to a post with a mere click on the results or pictures.
Reporting surprisingly strong results for the January-March quarter, Microsoft revealed on Thursday that it had witnessed a 4 percent increase – to $4.6 billion – in its revenue at Microsoft's Windows division, as compared to the same quarter last year figures.
With the reported results marking only the second time in the last six quarters that Microsoft’s Windows unit has registered a year-over-year gain, the company attributed the robust quarterly profit to the fact that an increased number of businesses had bought licenses for Windows 7.
In an official blog post on April 16, Microsoft’s communications manager Brandon LeBlanc revealed that the company’s next-generation desktop operating system will have three editions - Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT; and that “a no-compromise experience” would be offered by all three editions.
Announcing the naming scheme of Microsoft’s next-generation desktop OS, LeBlanc said in his post on the Windows Team blog that Windows 8 is “the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows,” and that it would be the ideal choice for most of the consumers.
According to an earlier this week report by gaming site Kotaku, a study by the researchers at the Drexel University and Dakota State University has revealed that Microsoft’s popular Xbox 360 gaming console stores the users’ credit card information on the hard drive, even despite the console being restored to its factory settings.
With a recent demonstration of the new 'Metro' tablet control system on Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating system leading to a situation in which a demonstration unit 'froze' and could not be resuscitated in spite of frantic attempts, reports are making rounds that the incident was a reminder of some other earlier launches by Microsoft.
According to some reports, the freezing of a demonstration unit during the ‘Metro’ demo indicated that though the Windows 8 OS boasts a new look, it still shares part of the goof-ups associated with Microsoft’s previous launches.
Microsoft's scheduled `Patch Tuesday' release on March 13 had the company announcing six update patches, including one that fixes a `critical' Windows vulnerability - dubbed CVE-2012-0002 - which allows hackers to remotely gain control of a computer without authentication.
The critical flaw - the only one for this month's Patch Tuesday release - was fixed in the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) service of the operating system; and it reportedly affected all supported versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista and 7, and Windows Server 2003, and 2008.