Microsoft's June 20 unveiling of its Windows NT Kernel-based Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system underscores the company's vision for the future of its mobile OS; with the new software marking a notable improvement over its predecessor, Windows Phone 7.
The upgrading of Windows Phone 8 from the legacy CE kernel implies that the users of Windows-based devices will experience the same smooth functioning of the software across an array of products, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
In a recent statement, Microsoft has revealed that it has brushed aside a patent settlement offer by Motorola - which has been acquired by Google - in disputes which are threatening to stall the US imports of Android-based devices and Xbox game consoles.
The patent-infringement scuffle between Microsoft and Motorola chiefly pertain to Microsoft's ActiveSync technology, which facilitates the automatic calendar updating process on some Android handsets.
Software giant Microsoft has recently marked its foray into the computer hardware arena, with the announcement that it is developing its own tablet device - the Microsoft Surface Tablet.
The Surface tablet will comprise Microsoft's own line of Windows 8-based tablet computers, which will be designed and manufactured by Microsoft; without the involvement of any of the company's hardware partners including HP, Dell, Asus, or Lenovo.
At a press event held at Milk Studios, Los Angeles, on Monday, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer announced the software company had ventured into the tablet arena with its own tablet device - dubbed `Surface' - which will take on the Apple iPad.
With Ballmer terming the `Surface' tablet as a part of a "whole new family of devices" which are being developed by Microsoft, it is quite evident that the unveiling of the tablet underscores the company's new strategy, aimed at helping it gain some lost ground in the mobile market.
A recent TechCrunch report has revealed that software giant Microsoft is developing a tablet - which will focus largely on entertainment - in partnership with Barnes & Noble (B&N).
A number of reports from other sources - including CNET and The Verge - have also substantiated TechCrunch's revelation about the Microsoft tablet, with B&N partnership; with there also being rumors that the tablet will boast the Xbox streaming advantage.
According to AllThingsD's Thursday report, a forthcoming Los Angeles event, which Microsoft has scheduled for Monday, will witness the software company making a "major" announcement, apparently about its tablet strategy.
While some earlier reports had revealed that Microsoft would seemingly venture into the booming tablet market through its traditional hardware partners, the company has now reportedly decided to make a more direct foray into the tablet business.
According to a new Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, citing an unidentified source `in the know' of the proceedings at Microsoft, the software giant is working out an over $1 billion acquisition deal for software company Yammer.
While the WSJ source revealed that Microsoft is in talks with Yammer - which develops private social networks for firms - for acquiring the company, the report carried no indication about when the Microsoft-Yammer deal is likely to come through or formally announced.
In an across-the-board keynote address at Microsoft's 20th annual TechEd North America conference on Monday, Satya Nadella - president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business - chiefly tried to attract the attention of IT managers to the company's Windows operating system, pitching it as the best OS for building clouds.
The keynote address clearly underscored Microsoft's attempts to position Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and server-side products as the most notable components of what, according to the company, will be "the era of the cloud OS."
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.
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