Microsoft Begins Making Progress On Nadella’s Broad Security Vision

 Last fall, Mr. Nadella came to Washington and in a comprehensive speech the Microsoft CEO laid out Microsoft’s broad vision for security in the enterprise. Today, the company made a series of announcements in a lengthy blog post from Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Brett Arsenault that starts to bring that vision into clearer focus. It’s probably not a… Read[…]

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Microsoft Is Buying Mobile Cross-Platform Development Company Xamarin

 Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Xamarin, a company that allows developers to build fully native apps across several platforms from a single shared code base. Microsoft and Xamarin have worked closely together since a global partnership was announced in 2013 to make it more simple for mobile developers to build native apps on platforms in[…]

Skype Kills Its Standalone Video Messaging App Qik

 Skype Qik, Microsoft’s attempt at spinning off video messaging into a simplified mobile application, is shutting down. The app was first introduced in fall 2014 to serve a different audience than the larger, more fully-featured, Skype application. Instead of offering real-time chat, screen sharing and audio and video calling, Qik was designed only for asynchronous video messaging.[…]

Wearables Drive The Component Technology Innovation

 For years, many of the key components of wearables have been drafting off the strengths of the smartphone supply chain. During the last two years, the application processors and sensors for wrist and head-worn wearable products have more or less been taken off the parts bin of low and mid-tier smartphones. Read More Source: Microsoft[…]

Nokia: We’re In No Rush To Get Our Brand Back On Phones

 After exiting the smartphone market dramatically by selling its mobile making division to Microsoft for $7.2 billion back in 2013, Nokia has hinted it is looking to return to the smartphone business by a different route — taking advantage of a clause in its sale agreement that allows it to use the Nokia brand on[…]

Outlook.com Exits Preview With Office 365 Integration, Giphy Support, @Mentions & More

 Microsoft announced today it’s now beginning to roll out its new Office 365-powered version of Outlook.com to all users, following its launch into preview mode last year. Thanks to its deep integration with Microsoft’s Office 365 platform, Outlook users will be able to do things like collaborate on documents sent as email attachments while they reply to messages,[…]

Microsoft Brings Red Hat Enterprise Linux To Azure

 Microsoft is now selling Red Hat Enterprise Linux licenses. Starting today, you will be able to deploy Red Hat Linux Enterprise (RHLE) from the Azure Marketplace and get support for your deployments from both Microsoft and Red Hat. In addition, Microsoft today announced that it is now offering certified Bitnami images in the Azure Marketplace and[…]

Hulu Comes To Windows 10

 Hulu’s streaming service was already available on nearly all major platforms, including desktop, mobile, tablet, gaming consoles and other TV-connected devices. However, it was lacking support for one major computing platform: Windows 10. That changes today, as Microsoft and Hulu announce a new version of Hulu application, which includes Windows 10 specific features like Live[…]

What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during the best part of a week of fully mobile-focused news… Read More Source: Microsoft News

Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

 Even Microsoft’s new image recognition app has no idea what kind of dog I have. Oh well! If you don’t own a mixed-breed mutt saved from the kill shelter, however, you might have fun with the company’s latest Microsoft Garage project: Fetch!, a new iPhone app that looks at photos of dogs to identify its breed. Or,[…]

Microsoft And GoPro Sign Patent Licensing Deal For File Storage Technology

 Microsoft, though its Microsoft Licensing LLC, and GoPro today announced that they have signed a collaborative patent licensing deal for “certain file storage and other system technologies.” “This agreement with GoPro shows the incredible breadth of technology sharing enabled through patent transactions,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing,… Read More Source: Microsoft News

Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

 Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a[…]

SwiftKey’s Timely Exit

 Another European startup exits to an American tech giant. Predictive keyboard app maker SwiftKey, based in London, confirmed today it has sold to Microsoft. Sources put a price-tag of $250 million on the deal, although neither SwiftKey nor Microsoft are confirming a figure. Read More Source: Microsoft News