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Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build
Posted on 31st March 2015
Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it promised to ship Windows 10 builds more quickly. Today, less than two weeks after its last iteration, the company has kicked out a new build that contains an important new feature: Project Spartan.

The new build’s number is 10047 10049, up a total of 68 from the preceding release.


Microsoft Launches Azure App Service, A New Set Of Tools For Web And Mobile App Developers
Posted on 25th March 2015
Microsoft is launching Azure App Service today, a new cloud-based service that gives developers a single service for building mobile and web apps, combined with tools for automating business processes across cloud services, and a new service for building and consuming APIs. All of these services revolve around Microsoft’s oft- (and over-) used mantra of “mobile first, cloud first.”

Not all of the tools that are part of this new package are new, though. Turns out, Microsoft built App Service on top of existing tools like Azure Websites, Mobile Services and Biztalk Services. Microsoft will migrate all existing Azure Websites users to the new package (for the same price).


Microsoft eyes Government's move to cloud with local data centres
Posted on 19th March 2015
With Microsoft setting up three data centres in India, the Redmond (US)-based company is expected to get a leg-up in grabbing a bigger share of the Indian cloud computing business.

Globally, Microsoft has spent about $4.5 billion on setting up 19 data centres, as it accelerates its strategy to be a ‘mobile first, cloud first’ company. In 12 months, the company has expanded such centres from eight countries to 19, including Australia, Japan, China, and India.


Microsoft Corp working on advanced version of its competitor to Apple’s Siri
Posted on 14th March 2015
Microsoft is working on an advanced version of its competitor to Apple’s Siri, using research from an artificial intelligence project called “Einstein.”

Microsoft has been running its “personal assistant” Cortana on its Windows phones for a year, and will put the new version on the desktop with the arrival of Windows 10 this autumn. Later, Cortana will be available as a standalone app, usable on phones and tablets powered by Apple Inc’s iOS and Google Inc’s Android, people familiar with the project said.


Microsoft offers discount on Lumia 435 in ‘smart exchange offer’ for Asha
Posted on 11th March 2015
Microsoft in India on Tuesday announced a exchange offer for existing Asha, (a brand formed under erstwhile Nokia which was recently acquired by Microsoft) consumers with the aim of offering the latest OS experience to its consumers through the Lumia 435.

The offer will enable existing Asha consumers to upgrade to a brand new Lumia 435. The ‘Smart Exchange’ offer as Microsoft calls it is valid from till April 15, 2015 or till stocks last across the country, giving existing consumers of Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503 an assured discount of Rs. 1,500/- and an assured discount of Rs. 1,000/- for Asha 305, Asha 306, Asha 308, Asha 309, Asha 310 and Asha 311 consumers. This discount is applicable on MRP of Lumia 435 which is Rs. 5,999/-.


Windows PCs also vulnerable to ‘Freak’ attacks, warns Microsoft Corp
Posted on 7th March 2015
Hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are vulnerable to attacks exploiting the recently uncovered “Freak” security vulnerability, which was initially believed to only threaten mobile devices and Mac computers, Microsoft Corp warned.

News of the vulnerability surfaced on Tuesday when a group of nine security experts disclosed that ubiquitous Internet encryption technology could make devices running Apple Inc’s iOS and Mac operating systems, along with Google Inc’s Android browser vulnerable to cyberattacks.


Microsoft Ventures launches new versions of its start-up acceleration programme
Posted on 5th March 2015
After running five start-up accelerator batches in India, Microsoft Ventures launched two new programmes on Wednesday — Accelerator Plus and Scale Up — which would focus on late-stage start-ups. The start-up engagement arm of the US technology major has so far conducted only 'acceleration programmes' that included companies from idea to mature stages.

Accelerator Plus will include start-ups, which have raised seed-level funding and has at least 50 clients (for business-to-business (B2B) segment) and 20,000 customers (business-to-customer (B2C) space).


Microsoft updates Windows Defender to remove Superfish adware
Posted on 21st February 2015
Microsoft has updated its Windows Defender to remove the Superfish adware which reportedly made Lenovo users susceptible to attacks.

According to the Verge, researchers are reporting that Windows Defender, Microsoft's onboard anti-virus software, is now actively removing the Superfish software that came pre-installed on many Lenovo computers. Windows Defender will also carry the task of resetting any SSL certificates that were bypassed by Superfish, and restore the system to proper working order.


Microsoft bullish on UP smartphone market
Posted on 19th February 2015
Microsoft on Wednesday launched its most affordable Lumia smartphones in Uttar Pradesh, which, it said, was the biggest smartphones market in India.

The Uttar Pradesh smartphone market is pegged at rougly 700,000 units a month. The devices Microsoft Lumia 532 and Microsoft Lumia 435 are priced at Rs 6,499 and Rs 5,999, respectively, Microsoft subsidiary Nokia India Director (East) Kislay Kumar said here.


Microsoft gears up its cloud offering
Posted on 18th February 2015
With chief executive Satya Nadella stressing a productivity-and-platform agenda for software company Microsoft, a segment in which the firm wants to lead is cloud computing, with offerings under Microsoft Azure.

Independent analysts say though Microsoft in India is yet to catch up with Amazon Web Services, the aggression shown by the company in gaining market share recently is evident. For Microsoft, Azure is a $20-billion revenue business and emerging markets such as India seem growth drivers.


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