Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is expected to launch Windows 9 next month during a special press event, according to The Verge. Windows 9 has the code-name “Threshold.” The date may be subject to change, but this version of Windows is expected to be available as a preview version for developers on September 30th. The technology preview will show developers what the new mini Start Menu in Windows 9 looks like. The Charms bar feature has been removed too. The new version of Windows is expected to have an early version of Cortana.
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Former Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer has stepped down from the board of directors at the company. Last year, Ballmer said that he was going to retire after a replacement was decided. The board ended up selecting Satya Nadella in February, but Ballmer kept a seat on the board. Ballmer said that he is leaving the board to focus on other activities. For example, he now owns the L.A. Clippers basketball team. He will also teach a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Ballmer owns more shares at Microsoft than anyone else, but he will no longer have a say in company decisions. Here is the letter that Ballmer sent to the the newly appointed CEO:
Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are reportedly partnering on an ultra-low-cost Windows laptop computer called the HP Stream 14, which is a 14-inch Windows 8.1 computer that is expected to sell for $199. The Stream 14 has an AMD processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, and an SD card slot. Microsoft will provide 100GB of OneDrive storage for two years with the purchase of the Stream 14, which is a similar offer that Google is offering for 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook purchase. It is unknown when the Stream 14 will be released.
On Friday, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung claiming patent licensing agreement violations. Microsoft’s general counsel and corporate vice president David Howard said that Samsung grew too big to ignore a mutually agreed-upon contract.
Microsoft has launched a new ad that shows the Windows Phone digital assistant battling against Apple Siri. The ad features the iPhone 5S going against the Nokia Lumia 635. Of course, Siri is not able to complete the tasks.
On Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that all versions of Windows will be merged into one for all devices. Microsoft discussed the possibility of merging operating systems in the past.
Microsoft has confirmed that it will no longer release a Surface Mini in the spring. During the company’s quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, CFO Amy Hood said that part of the reason why Microsoft’s line of Surface tablets saw a revenue drop is because it decided to kill an unreleased product.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) surpassed Wall Street estimates after jumping 17% in revenues, but its profits saw a 7% drop because of Nokia’s struggling phone business. Microsoft acquired Nokia in April to challenge companies like Samsung and Apple in the smartphone market and it added almost $2 billion to Microsoft’s quarterly revenue.