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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.


Top court refuses to hear Microsoft antitrust case

April 29th, 2014

The US Supreme Court today declined to hear Novell Inc’s antitrust claims against software giant Microsoft Corp. The case dates back 20 years to the development of Windows 95 software.
Top court refuses to hear Microsoft antitrust case

The court?s decision to not hear Novell’s appeal means that the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling passed in September 2013 in favor of Microsoft will remain in place.

The court of appeals unanimously dismissed Novell Inc’s appeal in which the company had claimed that Microsoft violated the Sherman Antitrust Act when it decided to keep its intellectual property secret while developing its Windows 95 operating system. Novell had sought more than $3 billion as compensation from Redmond-based firm.

Microsoft has faced several antitrust violations cases filed by government prosecutors, consumers and competitors since it emerged as a software giant in the early 1990s.

The Novell case was first filed in 2004 and in this case Novell claimed that Microsoft’s suite of applications, including WordPerfect, suffered because the company decided not to share the information.

Novell accused Microsoft of using its market power in operating systems to promote its own applications.

In a 2011 trial, a jury failed to pass a verdict in this case but U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in Baltimore, who later oversaw consolidated proceedings against Microsoft, passed the verdict in favor of Microsoft.


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