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Software giant CA Technologies dumps arcserve biz

CA Technologies has sold its arcserve data protection business to Marlin Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum. This is meant to enable CA to focus on its core technologies and get back to growth with software-as-a-service products. The arcserve product is possibly being discontinued because it will cost too much to develop, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2014
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Guess which US tech giant was just hit with a $137m tax bill in China?

The Chinese government doesn't want to embarrass whichever US multinational it just slapped with a US$140m bill in back taxes – but let's just say it's large and its name begins with the letter "M." OK, it's Microsoft. But neither China nor the software giant are coming right out and admitting it. According to a story from …
Neil McAllister, 26 Nov 2014
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German software giant plucks London software outfit

Software AG has hoovered up a UK-based messaging software developer founded by a bunch of Deutsche Bank alumni. The German enterprise software vendor has bought out 13-year old London-based my-Channels for a sum reportedly in the low double digits of million euros. my-Channels' "extremely fast (low latency) messaging software …
Joe Fay, 16 Apr 2012

World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software

Sales of actual business software at the world’s largest maker of business software fell in its second quarter, but SAP said that the firm had made more money from cloud subscriptions and support services. Overall sales were up 4 per cent. Sales of software at the German biz had fallen seven per cent to €982m ($1.28bn) in the …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2013
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The Register reveals SAP’s very own version of Black Friday

Exclusive SAP is understood to be aggressively discounting the price it charges for maintenance to retain customers. A Register investigation has uncovered cases where the software giant is offering customers who are considering switching to independents extremely competitive deals. The threat is this: companies paying SAP on an …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2015

Big Blue lets Chinese government eyeball source code – report

IBM has reportedly granted Beijing controlled looking rights to its proprietary source code to allow government officials to scrutinise the software for spook backdoors. The move comes some 12 years since Microsoft brought in its Government Security Program, to allow nations outside of the US to eyeball its code. According to …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2015
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Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store

Microsoft is scouting locations across big cities in the UK with a view to rolling out a "store within a store" concept, according to our sources. Senior UK heads at the software giant have briefed property investment companies, and one told us the vendor was “working with retailers for experiential stores.” Microsoft has …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015
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Adobe names ex Microsoft and Oracle bod as cloudy pipe CTO

If you need some cloud plumbing, who you gonna call? Well, for Adobe, it's seemingly Abhay Parasnis. The US multinational software developer has picked Parasnis – a former Microsoft and Oracle exec who claims responsibility for critical infrastructure and activities floating those giants' public clouds – as its chief …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2015
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Microsoft enterprise licensing partners heading for extinction

Microsoft is planning to shutter the classic enterprise licensing channel over the next three to four years, as indicated by the swingeing cuts to fees in recent times. This is according to Rune Syversen, CEO at Crayon Group, one of Microsoft’s top-ten biggest selling Licensing Solutions Partners (LSPs) worldwide, who is …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2015

Enterprise giant SAP's systems take a probe to the wobbly bits - report

At least 3,000 SAP systems are directly exposed to the internet, providing direct access to core corporate systems for potential attackers, according to a penetration-testing firm. Rapid7, the firm behind the Metasploit penetration-testing tool, carried out the scanning exercise in the wake of the discovery of a banking Trojan …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2013

Want more software built for HANA? Cry us a River, SAP. Oh wait, you have

SAP is embracing open-source developers to promote its flagship HANA in-memory data and application architecture. The software giant announced today SAP River, a hosted development environment for building native backend applications using HANA. SAP River will be available worldwide on the company's HANA Cloud Platform, aka …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Dec 2013
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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

Most Windows users will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it ships on July 29, but they'll only have a year to claim it. After that, they'll need to pay – and Microsoft has now revealed how much. Essentially, full retail copies of Windows 10 will be priced the same as Windows 8, the software giant confirmed to …
Neil McAllister, 01 Jun 2015
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World's (possibly) first HoloLens startup promises mixed realities

A mobile upstart has claimed dibs on title of first HoloLens company. Object Theory launched Tuesday under the leadership of ex-Microsoft HoloLens Studio member Michael Hoffman and apps entrepreneur Raven Zachary. The pair claim they will help companies create, develop and launch “mixed reality” applications for Microsoft’s 3D …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jul 2015
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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

Microsoft has, for a limited period only, offered to pay up to £100 to convince UK consumers to part with their old computers in exchange for a Windows 10 device. If a customer is willing to shell out at least £499 on a PC running Redmond's latest operating system, then the company said it would stump up £100 to encourage …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2015
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Germany: SAP's software licensee conditions are INVALID

A court in Germany has ruled that terms that software giant SAP stipulated in its software licensing contracts were invalid after finding that they ran contrary to EU copyright principles. The regional court of Hamburg upheld complaints made about SAP's licensing terms by German software reseller Susensoftware GmbH. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Dec 2013
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Axed-ya Nadella swings blade through the forest of Microsoft again

In Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's latest move to dismantle the legacy of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, the software giant has announced that it's changing its financial reporting structure ... again. The last time Redmond reorganized how it reports its earnings to investors was in the summer of 2013. Ballmer would step aside …
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2015
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Ex-Microsoftie software hotshot Ozzie joins HP board

HP needs to understand consumers better and build a software business as well, so it has added three more board members to help CEO Meg Whitman's ongoing turnaround of the IT giant. Ray Ozzie, of Lotus and Microsoft fame, is no doubt the most important addition, but given the experience of two other new board members running …

Microsoft boosts Azure's VM creds with price cuts and GS

Microsoft has increased the size of its compute-and storage-centric cloud VM instances while cutting prices by up to 27 per cent. The software giant has announced the GS family of VMs, running on Xeon E5 v3 chips with up to 64TB of storage. It surpasses the G-series instances released in January, with a maximum limit of 6. …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Sep 2015

SAP CEO McDermott loses AN EYE, almost his life in horror plunge

SAP boss Bill McDermott lost an eye in a freak accident that almost killed him, it emerged on Wednesday. The 54-year-old CEO was walking down stairs at night carrying a glass of water in his left hand when he slipped and landed on the tumbler. McDermott, who was staying with his brother in the US at the time of the spill in …
Chris Williams, 17 Sep 2015
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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

Robbed of their Safe Harbor protection, US cloud giants are taking shelter behind a new data-export and privacy fig leaf. Microsoft and Salesforce have become the first to publicly invoke “model clauses” – saying customers can continue shipping data outside the EU and onto their servers in the US despite Tuesday's ruling by …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 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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Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

Microsoft would really, really, really like you to upgrade to Windows 10. So much so that even if you've opted not to request the upgrade, you'll get it anyway, even if you never intend to install it. The software giant confirmed to The Register on Thursday that it's been pushing out the necessary files for the upgrade to …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2015

If the Internet of Things scares you now: Cisco's CEO is bent on hooking up robots, everything

On Monday, in his first major speech as new CEO of Cisco, Chuck Robbins was clear about one thing. He pretty much wants everything on Earth to be networked and connected together. Big shock, right? Network hardware and software giant wants to sell more network hardware and software. Cisco wants the Internet of Things to be …
Chris Williams, 06 Oct 2015

Microsoft hints at faster release cadence for Windows 10 previews

After admitting that it hasn't been seeding new builds of Windows 10 as often as many testers had hoped, Microsoft is gearing up to increase its release cadence. Redmond man Gabe Aul tweeted on Thursday that the software giant will have new builds of Windows 10 available soon, and even went as far as to suggest that risk- …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2015
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US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft

Microsoft has swerved a potentially crushing blow to its vanishingly small mobile biz, after a US watchdog swiped away a request to block the import of its Lumia handsets into the country. InterDigital, which had been in a patent spat with Nokia many years before Redmond scooped up the mobile maker, said it was disappointed …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2015
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He's baaack: Microsoft's axeman Nadella to give Chinese staff the chop

More Microsoft staffers will lose their jobs next month when the software giant closes two smartphone factories in China, according to reports. Japanese business daily Nikkei was first to report that the software giant plans to shutter its manufacturing facilities in Beijing and Dongguan by the end of March. A Microsoft …
Neil McAllister, 28 Feb 2015
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Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

The third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 is here, and with it, Microsoft takes another step forward into the much-hyped world of cloud native computing. Most importantly, this build gives us our first look at Windows Server Containers, which were conspicuously absent from the previous build that shipped in May. …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015
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Microsoft Edges bets on browser-only Skype

Microsoft has added Object RTC to the latest insider preview of Windows 10. The move paves the way for Skype users using Microsoft’s Edge browser to make voice or video calls without faffing around with browser plug-ins. Object Real-Time Communications uses components built into the Microsoft Edge browser to control audio and …
Bill Bennet, 21 Sep 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 It means that Skype calls …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jun 2015
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Microsoft: Thanks, Google, we'll have your media codec for Edge

Microsoft says it plans to build support for Google's open source VP9 streaming video codec into its Edge browser, and it's evaluating other open source audio and video formats for the web. The Mountain View Chocolate Factory created VP9 as a replacement for H.264 that delivers better-quality video with lower bandwidth …
Neil McAllister, 08 Sep 2015

Oracle: We WON grey market software and Solaris support case

Oracle is claiming victory in a case of alleged grey market trading against a US business that sells network, software and services management support to the enterprise. ServiceKey and its CEO Angela Vines inked a settlement deal with Larry's lot at the end of last month. The lawsuit was filed by Oracle in February 2012, with …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013
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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 …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 May 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 and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars

Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned. The exact terms of the agreement – as in, who gets what – were not disclosed. Your guess is as good as ours. "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues," the companies …
Neil McAllister, 01 Oct 2015

Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant that will be built into Windows 10, will also be available on Android and iOS devices, the software giant confirmed on Tuesday following rumors that have been swirling around since March. In a blog post, Microsoft operating systems veep Joe Belfiore said that most – but not all …
Neil McAllister, 26 May 2015
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SAP’s cloudy future prompts a dip in profit forecast

German software giant SAP has cut its profit margin forecast for 2017, as its cloud offering is set to take off and dent the company's (still-bulging) pockets. According to its results today, Tuesday, by 2017 operating profit will be around €6.3bn-€7bn (£4.8bn-£5.3bn) on revenue of €21bn-€22bn (£16bn-£17bn). This is down from …
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2015
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SAP in search of autistic software engineers who 'think different'

SAP wants to hire engineers diagnosed with autism - or people who "think differently" in the words of the enterprise software giant. In a big push to fill out its ranks of developers, testers and bods involved in data quality assurance, SAP has turned to Specialisterne, a group dedicated to finding work for those with autism. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2013

BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

Microsoft is still trying to crush the remaining bugs in its latest and supposedly greatest operating system. Build 10240, which was released to the Windows Insider program two weeks ago, is widely considered to be the "release to manufacturing" (RTM) build, even though Redmond itself says the RTM concept doesn't apply in its …
Neil McAllister, 28 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 website, promising further details on "Microsoft Wi-Fi," which will …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2015
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Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz

Brobdingnagian software biz Microsoft wrote down the biggest quarterly loss of its corporate history on Tuesday, reluctantly gulping down another $8.44bn of red ink - mostly associated with its train-wreck acquisition of Nokia. The latest writedown left Redmond with a net loss of $3.20bn for the three months ending on June 30 …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2015
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Donald Trump? No, it's BRAD SMITH for president (of Microsoft)

Microsoft top legal beagle Brad Smith has been promoted to president of the company, marking the first time Redmond has had a company-wide president since 2002. Smith's expanded role also sees him taking the title of chief legal officer, an upgrade from his previous position as Microsoft's general counsel. In an internal memo …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2015

MS scolds businesses for failing to eradicate 7-year-old malware

Zero-day threats and custom malware get all the publicity, but age-old malware strains including ZeuS and Conficker remain active in UK corporates. “The bad guys don’t have to be smart, they can use something that’s 7-8 years old,” Stuart Aston, chief security advisor at Microsoft UK, told delegates at the RSA Unplugged mini- …
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2015
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Software giant SAS loses copyright case in London

SAS has lost an important copyright case in the High Court in London, although SAS insists it has not lost at all. The software giant sued Worldwide Programming Ltd - a small UK firm - for breach of copyright and breach of license conditions. SAS said WPL had breached its license relating to SAS Learning Edition in order to …
John Oates, 23 Jul 2010
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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs. Microsoft is giving away Windows Server 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2015

Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

Exclusive Microsoft has reserved the right to nail firms making Android devices running its Office suit for possible Windows patent infringements. The giant has decided against signing a licence with Open Invention Network (OIN), a group of 1,300 companies dedicated to defending Linux against patent suits. Signing an OIN licence could …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2015
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Microsoft pushes us closer to the Edge: Test new web browser now in free Windows 10 VMs

Microsoft is offering free downloads of Windows 10 virtual machines so people can test Edge, the web browser bundled with the new OS. The software giant provides VMs for Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP right the way through to IE 11 on Windows 8.1. Now it's produced VM images for Windows 10, complete with Edge, the Internet …
Chris Williams, 17 Aug 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 cash-leaking Nokia phones rip off patents, face import ban

A judge with the US International Trade Commission has ruled that Microsoft's Nokia handsets violate patents held by trolling outfit "non-practicing entity" InterDigital, adding to the software giant's ongoing woes in the mobile phone arena. Reuters reports that ITC Administrative Judge Andrew Essex found on Monday that Nokia- …
Neil McAllister, 27 Apr 2015
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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 cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from

Microsoft is doubling down on Skype by killing integration with Google Talk and Facebook Messenger in The software giant has begun emailing users, saying it is discontinuing support for Google and Facebook's chat apps in its free email service within the “next couple of weeks”. Microsoft blamed …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2015