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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

The ongoing squabble between Microsoft and the US Internal Revenue Service is heading to court, beginning with a hearing to take place in a Seattle federal court on Tuesday. The case is gearing up to become one of the largest-ever legal battles between tax authorities and a US corporation over the practice of shifting assets …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jul 2015
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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

Microsoft relaunched Internet Explorer this week as "Edge" – and the software behemoth appears already prepared to accept that its super new browser may absolutely suck. At the same time as the new name was announced at its Build conference in San Francisco, the Redmond biz instructed brand protection company MarkMonitor to …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2015
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Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)

Microsoft is encouraging companies that use its Silverlight media format on their web pages to dump the tech in favor of newer, HTML5-based media playback systems. "The commercial media industry is undergoing a major transition as content providers move away from proprietary web plug-in based delivery mechanisms (such as Flash …
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
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Microsoft's Arrow brings pane to Androids

For reasons El Reg doesn't quite understand, Microsoft has decided that the one thing missing from the Android user's life is the Windows phone app launcher experience. Seeking to save Android users from themselves, Redmond has accordingly posted this “garage” project (ie, after-hours coding or "get your staff to create test- …
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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

Perverse as it might seem for mighty Microsoft to be courting geek-niche Android developer Cyanogen, the inclusion of Microsoft Apps on future distributions of the Cyanogen flavour of Android is an important win for Microsoft. The deal has been a while coming. We reported in March that it was pending despite Microsoft having …
Simon Rockman, 16 Apr 2015

Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

Microsoft, determined to do all it can to get and keep people on its newest operating system (Windows 10, in case you've been buried alive for the past year or so) has turned on Xbox streaming for its users. The company said late on Friday that game streaming was being switched on for all Xbox One owners with a Windows 10 PC …
Team Register, 18 Jul 2015

Microsoft suffers worldwide Wi-Fi wardrobe malfunction

Microsoft is gearing up to launch a new Wi-Fi hotspot-hunting app, designed to keep people connected to the web wherever they are – assuming they're within range of a friendly wireless network. The Redmond software giant switched on its new microsoftwifi.com website, promising further details on "Microsoft Wi-Fi," which will …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2015
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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

LG and Sony have joined 18 other device makers in the latest phase of Microsoft’s strategy to get Office and Skype as portable as possible. The global and regional Android device makers will inject Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on forthcoming fondle pads. A new LG tablet and Sony Xperia Z4 will debut with …
Gavin Clarke, 27 May 2015
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Bloodthirsty Microsoft prepares for imminent 'major' job cuts

Microsoft is sharpening the axe for a "major" round of job cuts, according to a report. The New York Times reckons on a fresh round of layoffs on Wednesday (July 8) but there were no more details. Microsoft is reported to have not commented. Any cuts would come on top of the 18,000 already drawn up. Cuts are expected to fall …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2015
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Microsoft to offer (very) limited support for Linux on Azure

Microsoft has announced it will offer “limited support for major Linux distributions, third party and Open source technologies on Azure.” “Limited” might be a bit too kind a term for Microsoft's willingness to support Penguinistas. At present, the company welcomes Linux virtual machines to Azure but if something goes awry will …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2015

Google's Moto-v-Microsoft appeal denied

A US appeals court has said that yes, Motorola/Google had chased Microsoft in bad faith over WiFi patents and that the Chocolate Factory still owes Redmond US$14 million. In among the mass of messy patent litigation of recent years was a suit that saw Motorola sue over how much Microsoft should be paying it for using WiFi and …

Microsoft joins attack on 'non-consensual pornography'

Microsoft has joined the online drive against so-called "revenge porn" in which people's naked or otherwise embarrassing/erotic pictures are posted widely online. In June, The Chocolate Factory announced an initiative to let individuals report images and videos for removal. Microsoft's now done likewise, with chief online …
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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

Microsoft’s closed the tap on fresh builds of Windows 10 in preparation for final launch. Windows 10 preview builds 10162 and 10166 are no longer being rolled out through the Windows Update service. Also, if you look for anything new the current build you’re on will be shown as “up to date". ISOs for build 10162 are also …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2015
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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

Windows 10 isn't even out yet but already its creator Microsoft has foretold its death. Support for Redmond's Omega operating system will cease finally on October 14, 2025. That’s the date when fixes and patches in all their forms for the as-yet unreleased client operating system will finally be turned off by Microsoft. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2015
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Drop-stitch: Microsoft's 3D Photosynth app sinks into oblivion

Seeing as Microsoft's axe has been sharpened in recent days, the company has now decided to swing it at some unpopular apps including its cloudy, pic-stitching Photosynth product. Redmond couldn't quite bring itself to admit it had fallen out of love with Photosynth by posting this statement on Friday: Today we are …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jul 2015
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Microsoft dangles $500k cash wad over boffins: Please, pleeease write some HoloLens apps

Microsoft is promising $500,000 to researchers and developers who will build apps for its Hololens headset. Redmond has put out a call for academic research proposals on projects that would make use of its virtual reality specs. "The primary goal of this request for proposals is to better understand the role and possible …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jul 2015

Microsoft doubles down on productivity with Wunderlist buy

The reinvention of Microsoft under chief executive Satya Nadella continues with reports the software giant has bought German-based iOS app Wunderlist. The purchase, originally reported behind the Wall Street Journal paywall, is in the ballpark of $US100 - $US200 million, making it roughly the same size deal as the company paid …
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Microsoft again offers free certification exams to failures

Microsoft looks like it's made its “second shot” free certification exam offer just about permanent. “Second shots” are available to those who fail Microsoft certification exams, despite the tests sometimes succumbing to six-year-olds. If you flunk out the first time, Microsoft and its examination providers don't ask you to …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2015
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Welcome to the family ... Microsoft licks nib of Surface pen maker N-trig

Microsoft has scooped up Surface Pro 3 pen maker N-trig, after partnering with the outfit for several years. Rumours that Redmond had bought the PC and tab digi pen vendor first, er, surfaced in February. On Friday, Microsoft finally confirmed the buyout of N-trig, which makes the pen tech for the software giant's Surface Pro 3 …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 May 2015
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Microsoft licensing house Crayon buys into US tech market

European Microsoft licensing solutions partner Crayon Group is setting up shop in the US after subsuming Software Wholesale International. SWI is a volume licensing reseller and carries the Microsoft Gold Partner badge for software asset management and one for cloud services, so operates in the same areas as its new parent. …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2015
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Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit

Microsoft and Getty Images have resolved a dispute by getting into bed together. The legal imbroglio between the two kicked off last September when Getty sued Microsoft for making it too easy to find its images with the Bing Image Search widget. Once it saw the sueball heading its way, Redmond shuttered the widget and the …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2015
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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

A six year-old Brit has become one of the youngest people ever to pass a Microsoft exam. Humza Shahzad from Croydon, South London, has earned himself a Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Humza's parents – IT consultant dad Asim and a trained teacher mum – encouraged him to get interested in technology at the earliest …
John Leyden, 19 May 2015
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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

Microsoft has admitted that its Outlook email and calendar app is too weighty and slow, releasing a new version, essentially a lighter and faster email client for the times you want to send snappy messages. Dubbed “Send”, Microsoft suggests the new app is for use when “... you just need to send a quick, short note to your co- …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015
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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

Feel like your network bandwidth is slipping away? Windows 10 could be the culprit. Microsoft’s new desktop operating system has employed a torrent-style approach to sharing updates with your fellow Windows 10 users. The OS employs a system of sharing updates between users’ PCs and across their own networks rather than …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2015
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Don't suit up: Microsoft drops dress code for Android visitors

Windows will run Android binaries "unchanged", according to a Microsoft job posting. "Project Astoria" is one of several ambitious ventures announced at Microsoft's annual developer conference Build 2015, intended to lure iOS, Android, and web developers to Windows 10. All were intended to make porting to Windows easy. New …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2015
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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

May 18th marked the 25th anniversary of Microsoft giving the world its timewasting Solitaire app, so Redmond has come up with a fine way to celebrate – a card-clicking deathmatch for its staff. Redmond says “an internal competition among Microsoft employees kicks off today to determine who leads the leaderboards here”. That …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2015

Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

Microsoft has released a tool to let users produce timelapse videos, provided they're not Apple fanbois. Redmond posted the Hyperlapse tool for Windows and Android devices to let users shrink long videos down to shorter timelapse version. "Want to show your friends what you saw on that 12-mile hike you took last weekend or let …
Shaun Nichols, 14 May 2015

Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

Microsoft will carry out one of its largest rounds of job cuts and a record book writedown in a restructuring plan that calls time on its ill-fated Nokia acquisition. The Windows goliath confirmed on Wednesday (July 8) that 7,800 staff will go, primarily from its phone hardware business – the Nokia devices and services unit it …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2015
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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

All the fun and excitement of Microsoft's wan clone of Apple Stores will soon be available beyond the United States for the first time, after the company announced it will open its first offshore store in Sydney, Australia. Microsoft's billing the store as a flagship not just for Australia but “a center piece of the Microsoft …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015
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VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle

Microsoft's Exchange Server has a reputation as being hard to virtualise under hypervisors other than Redmond's own Hyper-V, a state of affairs that has led to more than occasional suggestions that Microsoft might just like it that way. But of course Microsoft still tries to keep Exchange humming as best it can, so in late April …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015
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Microsoft is BEATING Amazon's cloud revenues. Er, how?

Microsoft's cloud revenues are beating those of Amazon's AWS. That's if analyst-haus Stifel Nicolaus's data is correct. Back in 2012's third quarter Microsoft commercial cloud revenue was $254m, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) ahead at $530m. In the first quarter of 2015 AWS revenues totaled $1.566bn, with Microsoft nudging ahead …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2015

Microsoft customers on the great (hybrid) cloud migration

Microsoft’s enterprise customers are adopting its cloud software in droves, a survey of delegates at the vendor’s Ignite 2015 conference in Chicago reveals. Nine in ten of the 267 delegates polled said their organisations are utilising cloud-based technologies and 84 per cent are currently using Microsoft Cloud. Office 365 …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2015
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Microsoft's run Azure on Nano server since late 2013

Microsoft's only just announced its new Nano server, but has been using it in production on Azure since late 2013. So says D. Britton Johnston, CTO for Microsoft Worldwide Incubation, with whom The Reg chatted over the weekend. “Britt”, as he's known, said Microsoft started to use a very slimmed-down version of Windows server …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
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Salesforce snubbed Microsoft's $55bn biz gobble offer – report

Microsoft wanted to buy cloud giant Salesforce.com for $55bn, it is reported. CNBC, citing anonymous sources, today claims the Windows goliath offered the 11-figure sum to Salesforce, but boss Marc Benioff wanted $70bn – a whopping price tag that ultimately sunk the deal. Salesforce has a market cap of $48.48bn. The talks …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2015

Microsoft makes Skype beach body ready with web browser beta release

Microsoft has released a beta web browser version of Skype in the US and UK, which will apparently be rolled out worldwide within the next few weeks. The software giant said Skype for Web could be used by existing State-side and Blighty customers who can now connect to the service via web.skype.com. It means that Skype calls …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jun 2015
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Microsoft open-sources Sora software-defined radio

Microsoft has decided to open-source its six-year-old Sora software radio project. As Redmond's Jane Ma explained at Technet, Sora has been designed to replicate the behaviour of specialised ASICs on a PC. Its focus is on the PHY and MAC layers. ASIC design is expensive and inflexible, so software platforms are attractive to …

Microsoft boffins borrow smartmobe brains to give wearables 9x kick

Microsoft and Georgia University researchers have developed a system that can make wearable devices up to nine times faster with four times the battery life by offloading processing to traditional mobile devices. The platform, dubbed WearDrive, offloads processing power using WiFi and Bluetooth connections so that watches or …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jul 2015
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Microsoft's Surface Hub mega-slab DELAYED 'cause you demanded it

Microsoft has run into a few hurdles in its manufacturing process for its Surface Hub wall-mounted touchscreen and as a result, it now says it won't be able to ship them when it initially thought it could. Redmond started taking preorders for the digital whiteboards on July 1, and in June it said it expected to start shipping …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jul 2015
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Windows RT on life support: Microsoft vows it won't pull the plug

Fear not, you unlucky owners of Windows RT tablets: Microsoft hasn't abandoned you yet. Not entirely, anyway. According to Microsoft spokesman Gabe Aul, Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8 for ARM-powered fondleslabs, will in fact be getting another significant update soon. That's the good news. The bad news …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2015
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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

Mozilla chief Chris Beard has fired off a tetchy open letter to Microsoft supremo Satya Nadella – because Windows 10 shunts Firefox users onto Redmond's new Edge web browser. Internet Explorer users were warned that Edge, Microsoft's Chrome-chasing new browser, would be the default in Windows 10. But as it turns out, users of …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015
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Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid

Microsoft's UK store is offering a £77,777.77 version of its Surface 3 tabletoid. That's about US$121,966 or AU$158,520 for those beyond Blighty's sceptred shores. And for those who haven't shopped for a hybrid laptop/tablet lately, its more than 100 times the usual price for such a device. What do you get for that hefty price …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2015
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Microsoft says Oculus Rift distorts world, grinds corrective lenses

Someone at Microsoft Research is apparently unimpressed with Oculus Rift's perspective on the world, so has corrected it with lenses that give you Microsoft's view of things. Redmond's vision is expressed in this little CAD file that's popped up at Microsoft Research, offering you all you need to give your Occulus the Microsoft …

Android Patent Dispute: Microsoft, Samsung hug it out

Microsoft's patent row with Samsung over Android licensing has ended with a whimper, not a bang. Redmond has announced that the two firms are now back on speaking terms, and that no, you can't know the details. In a terse statement, Microsoft says actions both in US courts and arbitration in the International Chamber of Commerce …

Jasper and Microsoft glue together connectivity and Azure

Cloud-based IoT player Jasper has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft, which will see Jasper’s platform integrated with the tech giant's Azure cloud suite. "More than 2,000 enterprises across dozens of industries worldwide have selected the Jasper Platform to enable them to deliver IoT services that increase …
Simon Rockman, 03 Aug 2015
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Bring the Banhammer! Microsoft declares WAR on leaky Gears Xbox users

Microsoft has struck down the Xbox Live accounts of those who have attempted to leak and share videos of its wide-scale beta test of the upcoming Gears of War remake. Kotaku reports that a memo from games testing company VMC said that Microsoft had both permanently banned the leakers from Xbox Live and temporarily disabled their …
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Windows 10 clients come to Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager

Looking forward to a nice, relaxing Sysadmin Day? If you run Microsoft's Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, your dat may just have been complicated by the release of two update rollups. The biggie is the Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, which adds the ability to “provision and customize …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2015
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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

In what would once have been thought of as an Ominous SignTM, Microsoft has decided it's time for the MS Open Technologies “startup subsidiary” to be absorbed back into Redmond proper. Rather than being ominous, the move seems encouraging, with Microsoft promising to set up a new open source program office in Redmond proper, …
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Microsoft to offload display ads biz to ... hang on, AOL?

Microsoft has retreated from its online display ads business having struck a deal with AOL. Under the plans, announced on Monday, Redmond will hand off ads sales and management on several of its prime online properties to AOL. Fnancial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. AOL will take over ads for such sites as MSN …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jun 2015
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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list snowballs for Lumia mobes

Microsoft has tentatively opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to more phones, after its initial list back in February had been extremely limited. The software giant's Gabe Aul said in a blog post on Friday that its builds-for-mobes list was merely preliminary. "[A]s Windows Insiders I wanted to give you the visibility …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2015

Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

Reports are emerging that a twice-issued Microsoft Windows 7 patch is still causing pain for users, with some claiming the fix is triggering continuous reboots. The patch was first issued as KB2949927 and withdrawn in October due to system faults, before being re-released this week as KB3033929. Sporadic reports across internet …
Darren Pauli, 13 Mar 2015