Microsoft Corporation Posts

Microsoft is reportedly renaming ‘Windows Azure’ to ‘Microsoft Azure’

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According to ZDNet, Microsoft is expected to be rebranding “Windows Azure” to “Microsoft Azure.” Developers use the Azure service to build and manage applications in the cloud. Azure also powers the capabilities of the Microsoft Xbox One game platform. The Azure platform also supports Linux and Oracle workloads.

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Microsoft is expecting to close the Nokia deal in April

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Microsoft announced it was buying Nokia’s Devices & Services division for $7.2 billion in September. The deal was expected to close in Q1 of 2014, but this will probably not happen in this time-frame. Statements from Microsoft and Nokia indicate that the deal should be closing in April. Microsoft said that the deal is delayed because it is awaiting approval from anti-trust organizations in Asia.
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Rhapsody ends partnership with Echo Nest following Spotify acquisition

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Rhapsody has announced it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, which was acquired by Spotify a few weeks ago. Rhapsody said it was never completely satisfied with recommendations from any third party and is going to develop its own music personalization service.

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Qik is shutting down on April 30th

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Qik is a video streaming service that was acquired by Skype for $150 million in Janaury 2011, which has announced it is shutting down on April 30th. Qik was founded in 2006 and had around 5 million users during the time of the acquisition. 

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) reportedly unveiling Office for iPad on Mar. 27

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) chief executive officer Satya Nadella may be unveiling an iPad version of Microsoft Office on March 27th, according to sources with Reuters. This would be Nadella’s first big press appearance as head of the company. Microsoft Office is the company’s most profitable product. Nadella succeeded CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year. Nadella will be talking to the press in San Francisco on May 27th. Investors have been pleading with Microsoft to release Office for Apple and Google mobile devices as it could generate around $2.5 billion in additional revenues per year. Microsoft released its note-taking app OneNote for free on the Mac App Store.

Microsoft reveals low-cost Office 365 Personal

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Microsoft has revealed a new, low-cost version of the Microsoft Office suite called Office 365 Personal.  The new Microsoft Office 365 Office Personal subscription is available for $6.99 per month or $69.99 a year for a single user license to use Microsoft’s lending library of Microsoft Office applications, which is visible for one desktop and one table machine. 

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Bill Gates: Edward Snowden is no hero

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Microsoft was one of the tech companies that was mentioned in Snowden’s leaked files for cooperating with the government in handing user data to the National Security Agency (NSA). Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone and was asked if he thought Edward Snowden was a hero. Gates said that Snowden did more harm than good.

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Microsoft also considered WhatsApp acquisition

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone where he revealed that his company was also interested in acquiring WhatsApp before Facebook stepped in. Here is what Gates said in the interview about the WhatsApp acquisition.

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