Microsoft has admitted they accessed a blogger’s Hotmail inbox in search of a software leak. Microsoft was in the process of conducting an investigation into the leaking of some software code. Microsoft read a blogger’s inbox who had displayed the code and released details of the then new Windows 8, in order to find out which employee leaked the information to the blogger.
The Chinese Based telecommunication company Huawei drops joint operating system. There were plans to create a phone that supported the Microsoft Windows system and the Android operating system on the one device.
The company has announced that they have dropped this idea and are continuing to work with these operating systems separately. Most of the phones they make support the Android operating system.
Microsoft share prices rises to a height that hasn’t been seen since 2000, this is great news for the company and the shareholders. The 5% rise has taken the shares to $39.90 per share.
Many people are speculating as to the reason for the increase in the share prices. One of the potential reason is the imminent release of the new Microsoft Office for the iPad; this long awaited software is going to enable so much more interface with the tablet, it will allow even more businesses to use this technology to their full advantage.
Microsoft was running a sinking ship is finally seeing land with the new Captain. But the question remains if it can recover from the damages incurred so far. With Bill Gates selling his share by the millions, it does have me doubting the future survival of the company itself.
Microsoft has been facing hardship for quite some time now and has decided to take adequate steps to fight back. I am pleasantly surprised by the rumor of cutting down the price of Windows 8.1 by a whopping 70%. The slash in price is to fend off the low-cost tablets and computers from long-term rivals, Google Inc Chromebooks and Apple Inc tablets. The windows 8 platform did not receive the reception expected from it. The issue was that the $50 license that was initially set further extended by $30 for other incentives. Windows 8 is currently selling at a very slow pace that is expected to be triggered to give a 16% rise by 2017 with the slashed price.
Reaching iPad before Windows?
Microsoft is getting ready with a touch version of the Office that is said to be adaptable to iPad even before it adapts to the Windows-8 platform. Set to launch by mid-year, the app is eagerly awaited. It can’t be denied that tablets are now the new notebook. This might cause some sort of riot with the Microsoft office, but either way the news is still too early to be judged on. My worries lie with the contradictory decision boldly pushed by Nadella, when Steve had already mentioned that it would hit the windows platform first. All eyes on the share when this incident comes to light.
The sign of patent between Hop-On Inc and Microsoft has brought some good news for the Microsoft shares. The worldwide patent is said to provide broad coverage for the Chrome OS and Android including tablets and smartphones. Though the exact terms of the agreement are yet to be disclosed but, parties indicate that royalties will be received by Microsoft based on the agreement.
Microsoft is putting in serious effort to boost its force and thrive the fall it has taken for over a decade now. As much as I want it to survive, all we can do is- waiting and watch the numbers.
The Microsoft Corp has given the cloud storage system a new boost with the OneDrive, which has stepped into platform on Wednesday. With Satya Nadella heading the office, one can expect quite some development in the cloud world by Microsoft.
New Features, New Name
One of the largest software company- Microsoft Corp has officially launched the re-branded cloud storage service, named as OneDrive. Actually named as SkyDrive, the company was pushed into renaming the service as OneDrive after the British Broadcasting Group Plc conquered the trademark of ‘Sky’. February 19th marked a new chapter in the history of cloud storage services for Microsoft as it brings to table some fresh and attractive features tagging the new name of OneDrive.
Cloud storage is gaining popularity today. Its only normal, I mean- who wouldn’t like to own free GB and that too on cloud, to be accessed from just about anywhere and you don’t need to carry your external drive with you any longer. This is one reason why Dropbox and Google Drive are seeing more people login to upload data. OneDrive is joining the race, offering 5GB free storage for those joining in with referrals and 3 GB free for those who are using the automatic camera backup with their android devices.
Those who were already using the Microsoft cloud storage need not register again with OneDrive. When they have logged into the official website, they will be able to find their content available. The cloud storage was initially available only on an annual subscription basis. The OneDrive however, allows the use of the storage on a monthly subscription.
The Microsoft shares were down by 0.3 percent during the launch of the re-branded cloud storage. This may be mainly due to the chaos caused with the renaming. However, the share is expected to enter a better phase with new developments and updates lined up for the month. The quarterly report astonished everyone with a good $0.76 EPS despite the bad numbers in the previous quarter. A $2.71 EPS is expected by the analysts for the current year.
With a cloud expert leading the company, one can expect nothing less than perfection with every move they make- especially in the cloud computing section. The OneDrive is just the stepping stone to what Satya Nadella has to offer to the company in the upcoming days. I, for one, am excited to see what he has up his sleeve for the future Microsoft.
If it wasn’t for Bill Gates, most homes wouldn’t have been able to experience the luxury of computers and laptops. Steve Ballmer is officially off the board, and Satya Nadella is eagerly expected to step in and run the Microsoft his way.
Microsoft (MSFT), the creator of Windows, has quite the pool of shares in market and has a large role to play in the everyday fluctuations. With the talk about a new CEO, Satya Nadella, what does Microsoft plan to do? Let’s take a look!
Nadella the next CEO
With Steve Ballmer stepping out, the CEO position is soon to be out for grabs. Debates are on fire to decide to whom the title of CEO belongs and looks like the arrow is now pointing in the direction of Satya Nadella. On the other hand, discussions are going on to replace Chairman Bill Gates. Satya Nadella is the cloud chief and it looks possible since tech visionary is whom the company is in search for right now and Satya Nadella seems to fit the profile right. The shares have been seeing a good climb in the past few days, despite all the chaos back stage.
With the issue coming to a close down, the shares are expected to heave a sigh of relief simply because of the closure, irrespective of the outcome. Satya Nadella who is already the CEO of Microsoft’s server business appears to be the internal candidate alongside Alan Mulally and Hans Vestbergs. Overall, the shares of Microsoft are up by a reasonable 1.2%.
Microsoft to overtake Apple?
Thanks to Google’s land grab strategy, the android market has the ‘most popular’ in bag. But, with the Windows Phones increasing in demand, they are catching up with the race. About 9.5 million windows phone were shipped to IDC. This growth is about 156% that of the number during last year. On the other hand, Apple Smartphone has taken a steep fall from 14.4% to 12.9$. If this keeps up, Microsoft will be able to take over the Apple within a period of 3 years. This term is predicted by Mark Fidelman, a Forbes contributor. Along with this news, the fact that Satya Nadella is expected to replace the CEO will have a positive impact on the growth of the Microsoft shares.
Whoever be the CEO, Satya Nadella or an outsider, Microsoft is ready for a change of leadership and this year will mark the start of something new and fresh.
Microsoft (MSFT), the King of PC world is the talk of the day with a new CEO crowned. Over the years, the company has seen three CEOs, but quality with dynamic user experience has always been its top priority. The question now is- what does Satya Nadella have in store for the Windows fans? With his background on cloud, shares are all ready to respond in high notes.
It all started four decades ago when Bill Gates dropped out of the Harvard University and along with Paul Allen, found Microsoft that lay the foundation for a revolutionary PC world. In 1986, Microsoft went public with shares trading at $21 per share, rising close to $60 million. It has been a while, but the company still remains fresh and consumer loving as always. It is not easy to stand against Google’s Smartphone in this era and Microsoft has not just stood by the competition, but has survived, giving us enough reasons to trust in its upcoming decisions.
‘Mobile-first, cloud-first’. These were Nadella’s exact words what he plans on doing next as CEO of Microsoft. Nadella who is an expert on clouds is the right choice for what Microsoft needs right now, which is focus on mobile. Quoting his words, he pointed that industry respects innovation and not tradition. Elaborating on his statement of mobile first, cloud first statement, he said that mobiles are managed by companies and owned by consumers. They plan on providing both the set of tools. Microsoft can now look forward to better days at the share market with mobile phones as their area of attention.
Microsoft is showing interest in Foursquare and is currently planning to invest about $15 million. The investment is targeted to make sure that business sustains at Foursquare, while giving Microsoft access to location based data collection. This move shows that Microsoft is making steps to integrate Foursquare data directly into the Windows Phone and Windows to get in line with Apple and Google with the location potential. This might be Microsoft’s strategy to implement some intuitive ideas in mobile expansion.
The shares have reacted well to the news of new CEO in the morning, with a positive up by 1.7%. On the other hand, Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman and is said to join the board as ‘Founder and Technology Advisor’. Whatever be the change, one thing is for sure, we can await the return of Microsoft stronger and better than ever!
Microsoft Corporation reported record revenue of $24.52 billion. These figures are an indication of growth by double-digits in the commercial and consumer divisions. The strong growth and gain in market share for most of its commercial products has put the company in a perfect position to welcome their next CEO. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, has played a huge role in doubling the Surface sales and boosting the growth of the hardware division. The latest reports on Microsoft shares indicate a 4% higher opening which is credited to the solid earnings by the company.
Microsoft has reported an increase in revenue and sales. This comes as surprise after many analysts predicted less growth for the company. The news has helped to boost its shares. Microsoft made large shipments of its Xbox One. It managed to sale 3.9 million of the game consoles. This is great news for the company, which has been in close competition with Sony. The latter recently introduced the PlayStation 4 console about a week before Microsoft’s latest game console was available in the market.
The software giant’s good fortunes can also be attributed to the sales of its Surface tablet. The tablet has been a hit and it has brought in about $900 million in earnings. The tablet was not a huge hit when it was introduced into the market. Microsoft had to write down almost $1 billion in its inventory because of the slow sales in the initial years. This suggests that there has been a significant turnaround for the tablet.
In 2013, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) purchased Nokia’s phone division for $7.2 billion. The move brought together Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 with the company’s leading hardware supporter. The two firms had collaborated to create Nokia’s Lumia 1020. This collaboration played a significant role in Microsoft’s decision to modify the operating system on its Windows Phone. Microsoft had been financing Nokia even before it acquired the phone division. The company was offering about $1 billion each year and this motivated the phone manufacturer to select Windows Phone as a partner for its Lumia development project.
Microsoft is now looking ahead and it has been suggested that the company has selected Samsung and Sony to develop its Windows Phone 8 phones. The company is looking for the same kind of deal it made with Nokia. The company is expected to pay the two companies to come up with a Windows Phone 8 model.