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Microsoft reportedly hosting a Windows 10 event in January

November 28th, 2014

Microsoft is rumoured to be hosting a Windows 10 event in January. The firm is expected to be using the event to launch a Consumer Preview of the latest revision of its Windows operating system, reports The Verge.

The tech world is usually rather engrossed by the goings on at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January. Microsoft is said to be planning a standalone event later on in the month for its Consumer Preview premiere, far enough from the boundaries and distractions of the busy trade show. If the sources are reliable, the firm looks to be on track with the previously promised “early 2015″ date for a discussion on consumer features and a Consumer Preview release of Windows 10 for those too wary of the Technical Preview.

The Technical Preview of Windows 10 is already available for download and testing out on PCs. The consumer announcement of Windows 10 however, will see the company detail “more significant” plans including those for Windows smartphones and tablets, and possibly a new Xbox One dashboard update. This will be the first time we get a peep at the mobile version of the new operating system, it is thought. Also we should see Windows 10 for PCs become much nearer to its final shipping form for consumers.

With Windows 10 designed to run across multiple devices, including PCs, tablets, phones and the Xbox One, Microsoft is expected to reveal all the consumer-facing features in Windows 10 at the event, including touch-to-desktop UI switching innovations such as Continuum (demonstrated above). The Verge report suggests that exact date of the event should be formally announced by the company before the end of this year.


Microsoft spotlights new Windows OS

September 16th, 2014

The US software titan revealed little with invitations that read: “Join us to hear what’s next for Windows and the enterprise.”

The event slated to take place in San Francisco will be aimed at developers behind programs designed for computers powered by Windows software, and at businesses that depend on Microsoft programs in their networks.

Microsoft was said to be working on a separate version of Windows for smartphones and tablets, as it works to adapt to lifestyles centred increasingly on Internet-linked mobile devices.


Microsoft to announce job cuts as soon as this week

July 16th, 2014

Microsoft Corp is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, as the software maker looks to slim down and integrate Nokia Oyj’s handset unit, people with knowledge of the company’s plans said. Chief executive officer Satya Nadella said in an interview last week he was preparing to make sweeping changes at Microsoft. The reductions will probably be in engineering, marketing and areas of overlap with Nokia, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.

The restructuring—which may be unveiled as soon as this week—may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said.

Nadella, who took over from Steve Ballmer in February, said in the interview that Microsoft would have to become more focused and efficient. The CEO issued his first company mission statement last week, calling for greater emphasis on mobile devices, cloud-computing and productivity software as consumers and businesses buy fewer personal computers to check e-mail, browse the Web and access data and software.

“Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture,” Nadella said in the interview. Nadella, a Microsoft veteran who joined in 1992, was promoted to speed up a turnaround at the software maker after Ballmer failed to deliver hit products that could take on smartphones and tablets from Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Company and other technology rivals. Microsoft shares were little changed at to US$42.09 at 12:19 pm in New York. The stock had climbed 13 per cent so far this year through Monday.

The company had 127,104 employees as of June 5, after adding about 30,000 in its acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit.


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