REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month.
Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance, a Qualcomm-backed Internet of Things consortium. The software giant’s membership makes it a total of 51 companies in the group, including big names in electronics like LG, Sharp and Panasonic. AllSeen are working on a universal IoT standard based on Qualcomm’s AllJoyn open source code.
If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.
According to report from the Wall Street Journal's Digits, Microsoft hopes to bring prices for mobile devices running its software below the $200 mark. The report cites comments made by Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners Nick Parker during a keynote at the annual Computex conference.
Not to be outdone by literally every other tech company on earth, Microsoft also has a smartwatch in the works. But early reports suggest the company will set its wearable apart from the current crop by making it compatible with Android, iOS and Windows devices, according to Forbes.
Ballmer beat out bids by Guggenheim Partners and a group including former NBA All-Star Grant Hill after presenting an "all-around superior bid," according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations. The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly, said Ballmer made more than an hour-long personal visit to Shelly Sterling's Malibu home Sunday and laid out his plan.
Microsoft announced a larger version of its Surface tablet to make the device more compelling as a laptop replacement. The Surface Pro 3 will have a screen measuring 12 inches diagonally, up from 10.6 inches in previous models. Microsoft said it's also thinner and faster than before. The company said it worked closely with chip-maker Intel Corp. to maximize performance in a slim device.
The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new generation of faster Intel microprocessors that don't devour as much battery power. The machines will be shipped by major personal computer makers such as Lenovo Group, Acer, Dell, ASUS and Toshiba. They will sell for $300 to $400.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, speaking at a WiFiForward event, said the Commission needs to be creative about finding room for unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz Band while protecting incumbent services. She talked about considering an expanded duplex gap, finding new locations for unlicensed microphones and opening up more unlicensed use in Channel 37.
Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will receive $33 million in cash and stock as he leave the Finnish handset maker for his new home at Microsoft. As Reuters pointed out, the compensation is 25 percent higher than what Nokia had originally expected to pay Elop. The boost is due to a surge in the Nokia's share price.
Nokia Corp. reported Tuesday another drop in sales in the troubled devices unit it sold to Microsoft, but its shares rallied as it named a new CEO, promised a special dividend, and prepared to focus on its remaining businesses. Reporting its last quarter to include cellphones, Nokia said Tuesday that net loss in the period was 239 million euros compared with a loss of 272 million a year earlier.
Nokia today announced it has completed the sale of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft. The deal, valued at $7.2 billion when first announced in September 2012, closed at $7.5 billion. Taking into account adjustments for networking capital and cash earnings that were positive for Nokia, the Finnish company expected the deal to close slightly higher than where it is at currently.
Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing. Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted net income and revenue that beat Wall Street expectations.
Microsoft today announced its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business will close Friday, with some changes to the original deal. Detailed in a blog post, the alterations affect Nokia’s web and social media presence, exchange of property, and additional employees moving from Nokia to Microsoft.
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.
China has finally approved Microsoft's acquistion of Nokia's devices and services business. On China's Ministry of Commerce website, the Ministry said it would go along with the deal but tacked on a few conditions regarding pricing around the use of Nokia's significant patent portfolio.
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is showcasing a new virtual assistant as part of an upcoming update for Windows phones. The assistant, named Cortana, tries to be chatty like Siri on Apple's iPhones and iPads, while anticipating information you might want, like Google Now on Android devices.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is moving his executive teams around and appointing former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as the executive vice president of the devices group. Elop, who had been rumored as a candidate to replace recently depart Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, will report directly to Nadella in his new role. Elop will also have a hand in developing the Xbox, according to Reuters.
Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.
Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer. The app was to be made available for download on Thursday in the App Store at 11 a.m. Pacific time.
In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations...
Nokia said Microsoft’s plans to buy the Finnish handset giant’s devices and services business has already earned regulatory approval from the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. But antitrust authorities in Asia continue to review the transaction, causing the companies to delay the expected closing date.
Microsoft Corp. on Monday released a version of its OneNote note-taking software for Macs and added new features and a free tier for all of the software's users in moves clearly targeted at up-and-coming productivity software rival Evernote.
Windows Phone is growing globally faster than the rest of the pack, according to a new Kantar Worldpanel. The report points out that Windows Phone has passed up iOS in Italy, moved into a close second in Germany and slid back into third place in the UK.
Nokia introduced three new low-cost smartphones—the Nokia X, X+ and XL—that are based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and look like modified Windows Phones. As rumored, Nokia took the Android plunge at Mobile World Congress with a trio of colorful dual-SIM handsets that start at approximately $122.