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Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

Office 365 is the “fastest growing business” in Microsoft’s history, the software giant has claimed. Microsoft reckons it has seen a 150 per cent increase in the number of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) adopting Office 365 in the last year. Windows Azure, the company’s alternative to Amazon’s public cloud, now has …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014
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Shift up, Ballmer: Microsoft expands board, makes room for activist investor

Microsoft has appointed activist investor Mason Morfit to its board after his investment firm ValueAct Capital agitated for a greater say on how the company is run. ValueAct bought a $2bn stake in the software firm last April and immediately started to campaign for change at the company. By August, Microsoft had capitulated, …
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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Microsoft has devised a fresh strategy to distract customers from a raft of tempting offers by rivals – it's changing the name of its cloud computing service Windows Azure. Windows Azure will be renamed Microsoft Azure tomorrow, a contact confirmed to us today following a scoop by Mary Jo Foley. The paradigm shift name change …
Jack Clark, 24 Mar 2014
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Botham bowls into Microsoft as latest UK distie overlord

Microsoft is about to open the doors to a new distribution boss after dipping into the ranks at data management software player Commvault to poach EMEA VAD manager Marc Botham. This concludes the desk chair shifting aboard the good ship Microsoft that started when company veteran Clare Barclay moved from SMB director to channel …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

The Department of Health and Microsoft are thrashing out a one-year support deal for tens of thousands of NHS PCs running Windows XP. The agreement would give hospitals, trusts and GPs across England and Wales time to back away from Windows XP and implement a newer operating system. A deal would mean Microsoft continues to …

Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

Top Windows exec Julie Larson-Green is moving sideways through Microsoft into a new job in the search and services business. Larson-Green had been running devices at Redmond, a job which is due to be handed over to former Nokia chief exec Stephen Elop once Microsoft has completed its acquisition of the Finnish firm's mobile- …
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Daddy EMC pushes past VMware, muscles into Microsoft Hyper-V shops

EMC has joined a Microsoft Cloud OS Accelerate programme and is going solo into the Windows cloud market – without subsidiary sidekick VMware. The Cloud OS Accelerate initiative has VSPEX configs set up for Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V virtualisation using an EMC storage platform. An EMC Proven Solution (PDF) features …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014
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Microsoft's Azure cloud LASHED by BT's private cables

Microsoft's Azure cloud is being hooked into BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations another way to access Microsoft's technology. Redmond announced the addition of BT to its "Azure ExpressRoute" service on Wednesday against a background of worry as panicked internet companies, including Azure-rival …
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2014
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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

Dan Lyons, the writer behind Fake Steve Jobs, has found someone willing to bucket incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. That someone is Joachim Kempin, who was general manager of Microsoft Germany in the subsidiary's early days and rose to become a senior veep in charge of Microsoft's OEM business. Kempin has form criticising …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2014
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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

Retro-computing fans got a treat on Tuesday when Microsoft donated the source code of MS DOS 1.1 and 2 to the Computer History Museum (CHM), along with the first version of Word for Windows. "Version 1.1 fits an entire operating system – limited as it was – into only 12KB of memory, which is tiny compared to today's software," …
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2014
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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

Microsoft will give Windows XP users one final warning that their operating system is about to go feral. Redmond's been talking up the death of XP for two years, but will now use the operating system itself to put the news of the software’s demise right in the face of every single user with the dialog box below. Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014
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Microsoft CEO Nadella names his Xbox and Cloud OVERLORDS

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made two important albeit expected appointments to his executive team. The big cheese announced on Monday that his company will remove the "interim" from Scott Guthrie's role as interim executive vice-president of cloud and enterprise. Phil Spencer, the boss of in-house games developer …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Mar 2014
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Microsoft's battery-boosting Surface slab cover to ship soon

Six months after launching the second generation of its Surface tablets, Microsoft says it is finally ready to begin shipping an accessory that it says can extend the battery life of the fondleslabs by as much as 70 per cent. The Surface Power Cover was announced during the Surface 2 launch but wasn't immediately available for …
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2014
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Microsoft may slash price of Windows 8.1 on cheap 'slabs

Microsoft has reportedly slashed the price of Windows 8.1 for anyone willing to install the operating on a device that sells for fewer than $US250. Bloomberg cites “people familiar with the matter” as saying Microsoft usually sells Windows for $50 a pop, but is floating the idea of a $15 price tag for OEMs working on low-priced …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2014
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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

Google is going to serve up Microsoft Windows in virtual machines on its Compute Engine service as the web giant hopes to dethrone Amazon as the king of the cloud. Support for the operating system was announced by Google on Tuesday at its Cloud Platform event in San Francisco: the search king will make Windows Server 2008 R2 …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014

Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

The first tablet-optimized versions of Microsoft Office could debut on the iPad, if a recent report holds true. Veteran Microsoft correspondent Mary Jo Foley cites company sources when reporting that the first Windows 8 tablet build of Office, dubbed "Gemini", is now on pace to arrive on the market after the company releases …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Feb 2014

Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

Discount-Licensing, a broker of recycled software and member of FAST, has coughed a "significant sum" to settle a trademark infringement case that Microsoft took to the British High Court, a legal counsel for the titan has claimed. The Birmingham-based reseller says it trades in Microsoft Open, Select and Enterprise volumes …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

Microsoft, Oracle FINALLY get a room: Now they're ready to take on Amazon cloud

The rise of Amazon Web Services's hulking infrastructure cloud has turned former rivals Microsoft and Oracle into chums. Redmond announced on Thursday that Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java were all now available on the Windows Azure cloud, served up in license-included virtual machine images, just as El Reg told …
Jack Clark, 14 Mar 2014
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Satya Nadella shakes up Microsoft, appoints 'Scroogled' man Mark Penn as strategy chief

Reports have emerged of new senior appointments at Microsoft, events that are being interpreted as new CEO Satya Nadella putting his stamp on the organisation. According to Re/Code and Bloomberg, Mark Penn will soon be confirmed as chief strategy officer. The two outlets also report that Skype supremo Tony Bates and head of …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014
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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

Microsoft plans to push out five bulletins - two of which cover critical flaws - as part of the March edition of Patch Tuesday. One of the critical updates offers relief from a 0-day (unpatched but being exploited) vulnerability in Internet Explorer discovered about three weeks ago. Microsoft previously addressed the issue with …
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2014
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Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

Microsoft was “willing” to buy WhatsApp, Bill Gates has told Rolling Stone. The magazine's interview with Gates ranges widely, revealing his recent dinner with Charles Koch and their discussion about climate change (the problem is urgent, action is needed but the US can't be expected to lead and renewable energy has big problems …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2014

Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

Microsoft's isn't involved in mass spying or putting backdoors in its software, Redmond's VP of Trustworthy Computing Group Scott Charney told the RSA conference. Why? Because it's unethical and bad for business, he said. "We've not been concerned about the Snowden disclosures because we've been principled," he said. "We do …
Iain Thomson, 25 Feb 2014
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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

Those caring souls at Microsoft initially cut the technology channel out of the Surface supply chain because execs wanted to finetune forecasting and spare sales partners from a potential inventory pile-up. Or so says Phil Sorgen, global partner veep, who reckons the path Microsoft took was "safer" for its legion of suppliers, …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
HP cloud

HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

HP is trying to prise open SME wallets by rolling out a device-as-a-service pilot Stateside – with wider deployment in Europe set for the summer. The Office in a Box initiative created with Google – not Microsoft – and telco AT&T was launched with US distie Synnex, which created an online configuration tool. The model is pretty …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2014
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Patch Tuesday brings Microsoft fixes and Adobe Shockwave update

Microsoft and Adobe have delivered the February edition of their monthly security updates. The two firms kicked off the second Patch Tuesday of the year by each releasing fixes for critical vulnerabilities that could allow for remote code execution. For Microsoft, the monthly release consists of six bulletins which address a …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2014
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Ford says Microsoft CEO target Mulally not going anywhere

The Chairman of the Ford Motor Company said that CEO Alan Mulally will not be leaving the company to take over the same position at Microsoft. Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg TV, Ford director Edsel Ford II said that Mulally would remain with the company through next year rather than take over the CEO chair in Redmond …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2013

New Microsoft CEO Nadella could earn FOURTEEN TIMES what Ballmer banked in 2013

Newly minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's salary nearly doubled on his first day in the corner office, giving him a pay package even larger than that of outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. Nadella will earn an even $1.2m in his first year on the job, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday …
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2014

BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Steve Ballmer is leaving identity crisis-hit Microsoft. The software maker's chief announced his intention to retire from MS within the next year. He said: "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time." Whomever the new boss of Microsoft will be, he or she has a big job ahead of them in …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013
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Euro judge flings out Cisco beefs against Microsoft-Skype deal

Cisco’s European challenge to Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype has been thrown out by a judge. The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Microsoft’s ownership of Skype doesn’t damage competition in either the consumer or video communications markets. “Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is compatible with the internal …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Dec 2013

Microsoft cedes board seat to activist investor

Just a week after Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer announced plans for his retirement Redmond has offered activist shareholder ValueAct Capital a seat on the Microsoft board. Redmond announced the "cooperation agreement" in the late hours of Friday afternoon in San Francisco before the Labor Day three day weekend, which is an ideal …
Jack Clark, 31 Aug 2013

Microsoft leaks reveal 'Threshold' projects looming in 2015

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a series of updates in 2015 that could see major revisions for the Windows, Xbox, and Windows RT platforms. According to a report from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, officials within Microsoft are planning a series of updates that will take place in 2015. Dubbed "Threshold", the reported …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2013

Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

Whitehall and Microsoft have struck a deal providing emergency cover to tens of thousands of government PCs still running Windows XP after next week’s support cutoff for the ageing OS. A one-year deal, revealed first by The Register, will see Microsoft release security patches to Windows XP users in the public sector until April …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2014
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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

Microsoft has capitulated to the legions of users who are still running Windows XP once again, by extending support for its antimalware software for the aging OS into 2015. In the past, Redmond has warned that it would discontinue support for Microsoft Security Essentials, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jan 2014
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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Microsoft is attempting to trademark the phrase “Microsoft Mod” in a move being interpreted as step towards renaming the Windows 8/8.1 interface. The software giant in December lodged a wordmark filing with the US Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) to claim “Microsoft Mod” and “Microsoft Office Mod.” The filings were uncovered …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jan 2014
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Microsoft pulls its crowd-control tech from out of the shadows

Microsoft pushed its Windows Azure load balancing technology into general availability amid a widespread DNS disruption. The rollout of "Traffic Manager" was announced on Thursday, and the tech lets admins apply a policy engine to DNS queries to domain names hosted on Azure. The tech works by redirecting user queries to a …
Jack Clark, 23 Nov 2013
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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

Microsoft has quickly backpedalled on its Windows 8.1 update, pulling it from the Windows Store after reports that it was bricking Surface tablets. In this post at its Answers site, Microsoft explained the withdrawal of the update: “Windows RT 8.1. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users …
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Microsoft chairman John Thompson: Redmond looks 'like IBM in 1990'

Microsoft's new chairman, ex-IBM vice president John Thompson, has said that he believes Microsoft's corporate culture needs to change if it is to remain competitive. "I would argue that there are some attributes to Microsoft today that do look vaguely like IBM circa 1990," Thompson said in an interview with Fortune published …
Neil McAllister, 28 Feb 2014
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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

Microsoft's global channel chief has struggled to find the words to explain why his company has not snared the intelligent devices market in the same way as it has done with PCs, admitting "there's work to do". According to tech market beanie Canalys, Microsoft operating systems ran 93 per cent of traditional PC clients in 2013 …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2014
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Crap hospital databases next goldmine for cyber-crooks, say Microsoft's botnet slayers

The low levels of security in healthcare IT systems, and the high value of its data, is going to make the sector the next big target for scammers, according to the Microsoft-backed team that takes down botnets. "Healthcare is really in a disadvantaged place in cyber-security," said Patrick Peterson, CEO of security firm Agari, …
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2014
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Microsoft yanks Surface 2 DIM SCREEN of DEATH fix in update snafu

A software update supposed to stop Surface slabs overheating has been yanked by Microsoft – because it’s making matters worse. Microsoft is pulling a December 10 firmware update for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 and won’t re-issue another one for the over-heating issue until after Christmas. Users who’d installed the patch had …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2013

What do you mean there are no Surface Pros? HAND 'EM OVER, yell Microsoft resellers

Microsoft has yet to correctly forecast production of Surface Pro machines to match demand with supply, and shortages could continue into the summer. Or so say channel partners working under the authorised device reseller programme, which want Microsoft to recruit more hardware experts to iron out creases that continue to exist …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014
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European Commission gives Microsoft/Nokia merger the green light

The European Commission has approved the merger between Microsoft and Nokia, clearing the way for Redmond to take over the Finnish firm's smartphone business. The Commission published its findings in a press release on Wednesday, saying that it did not believe Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia raised any concerns under EU …
Neil McAllister, 04 Dec 2013
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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

Even if Microsoft bosses collectively whistled Always Look on the Bright Side of Life they'd still struggle to drown out people backing Cabinet Office proposals to adopt the Open Document Format as the official standard for UK.gov missives. The good folk of Blighty have until 26 February to make their position known as part of …
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2014

Microsoft slices Azure prices just days after Amazon's cloud shave

The infrastructure-as-a-service industry behaves like a topsy-turvy oligopoly, where far from keeping prices high, the major corporations are grinding prices into the dirt. Now Microsoft has just announced a price cut to its Azure cloud's block, blob and disk storage services. Microsoft declared last year that it would price …
Jack Clark, 24 Jan 2014
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Just as Google, Microsoft catch up with Amazon cloud prices, Bezos whips out the axe on S3 again

Amazon has slashed the price of its mainstay cloud-based storage service, S3, undercutting rival offerings from Google and Microsoft. The cut was announced today alongside a further price cut to its Elastic Block Store usage, and the launch of two further "M3" rentable server instances. With the cuts Amazon has dropped the …
Jack Clark, 21 Jan 2014
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No more squeaky bum moments, please Microsoft - partners beg

If there's one thing that can ruin a channel exec's week, it is arriving to work on a Monday morning to be greeted by an official document from a vendor warning of pending rebate doom. But that is exactly what Microsoft's top tier enterprise partners say they've faced in recent years - a double helping of swinging cuts to fees …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014
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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

A fraudster who conned consumers, particularly silver surfers, into parting with cash to fix phantom PC bugs was handed a suspended sentence on Friday and ordered to pay thousands of pounds in costs and compensation. The national e-crime squad based in Yorkshire, together with ActionFraud, brought the case against Mohammed …
Paul Kunert, 31 Mar 2014
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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

Microsoft’s new CEO is the executive running its $20bn server, tools and cloud computing businesses: Satya Nadella. Forty-six-year-old Nadella will, as earlier reports had suggested, assume the role immediately, Microsoft said on Tuesday. Also, as reported, Bill Gates is stepping down as Microsoft chairman. Gates will stay on …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2014

Microsoft to execs: Please don't leave us. Here, have some shares

Microsoft will grease the palms of its most senior people with a lavish smattering of shares in a bid to prevent them following chief exec Steve Ballmer out the door. Ballmer finally handed in his notice at Microsoft in late August as the company flies low on the back of its disastrous Surface slab push and a rehashed re- …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013
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Microsoft dumps two distributors overboard in Blighty cull

Microsoft has confirmed that it is to part ways with two distributors in the UK next year, following an intensive review of its contracts. The lucky pair are Avnet Technology Solutions and VIP Computers, both of which had been expected to leave the stables when Microsoft put the contracts out to tender last month in a Request …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013

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Drives nails forged with Red Hat iron into VCE's coffin
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Forget big-spending globo biz: it's about the consumer... and he's desperate for a nap
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Enormo security firm needs to get serious about acquisitions

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