Tag Archives: Microsoft

Microsoft wants US inventor jailed for distributing worthless copies of Windows recovery discs

Pioneer and sustainable waste advocate Eric Lundgren has been slapped with a hefty 15-month jail sentence and a $ 50,000 fine for burning 28,000 copies of Windows recovery discs intended for distribution with refurbished PCs. Lundgren said he was attempting to reduce the impact of electronic waste on the environment with his business partner Robert Wolff when he was arrested ...

Read More »

Microsoft revamps its startup programs with $500M commitment and new co-selling program

Over the last few years, Microsoft has launched a number of programs for startups that range from free BizSpark credits for Azure and Microsoft’s developer and productivity tools, to Microsoft Ventures and the Microsoft Accelerator programs around the world. These different programs never quite told a cohesive story about Microsoft’s commitment to startups, though. Now, however, the company is launching ...

Read More »

Microsoft acquires classroom collaboration startup Chalkup to expand Microsoft Teams

Microsoft is beefing up its Slack-like collaboration software, Microsoft Teams, with the technology (and the founder) from collaboration software startup Chalkup. Following the acquisition, Microsoft says it will bring some of the features Chalkup had built to the Microsoft Teams for Education product experience. Chalkup was founded in 2013 by CEO Justin Chando, who’s joining Microsoft as a result of ...

Read More »

Microsoft will buy out existing cloud storage contracts for customers switching to OneDrive for Business

Microsoft is targeting its cloud storage rivals including Dropbox, Box, and Google today by offering to essentially buy out customers’ existing contracts if they make the switch to OneDrive for Business. The company says that customers currently paying for one of these competitive solutions, can instead opt to use OneDrive for free for the remainder of their contract’s term. The ...

Read More »

Microsoft starts selling a $799 Surface Laptop

Here’s a pretty good way to help spark sales in the post-holiday doldrums of early February. This week, Microsoft rolled a handful of new configurations that drop the entry level pricing on a few of its Surface products, in an effort to help drum up some sales during a particularly  slow time of year. The updates were spotted by Windows ...

Read More »

Microsoft buys gaming services startup PlayFab to bolster its Azure platform

In the latest chapter of GAFAM’s continuing bid to conquer online gaming, Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, which helps game developers launch their titles online more quickly with simplified back-end services. The startup will be integrated into Microsoft’s Azure gaming group. The Seattle-based startup had raised around $ 13 million in funding from investors. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. “Together, Azure and PlayFab ...

Read More »

Microsoft drops the price of its standard support for Azure to $100 per month

If you are a Microsoft Azure customer and want to get 24/7 access to technical and billing support for your company, as well as a response time of less than an hour for your critical issues, but you don’t want to pay $ 300 per month for this, today is your lucky day. Microsoft today announced that it’s dropping the ...

Read More »

Windows 10 can now show you all the data it’s sending back to Microsoft

Microsoft’s and its partners’ engineers use the telemetry data from Windows 10 to diagnose crashes, learn about its users hardware configurations and more. It’s on by default and while Microsoft tells you that it collects this data and gives you a choice between basic (the default setting) and “full” diagnostics, it never allowed you to actually see exactly what was ...

Read More »

AltspaceVR CEO joins Facebook months after selling his startup to Microsoft

After selling his social virtual reality startup to Microsoft in October, Eric Romo, the co-founder of AltspaceVR, is joining the competing social VR team at Facebook as its product director, where he will be “exploring how VR can help communities connect.” “It wasn’t an easy decision, but I left AltspaceVR with confidence that the team is well-placed to continue pushing ...

Read More »

Microsoft doubles down on its low-priced Chromebook competition for schools

Say what you will about Chromebooks, there’s little question that Google’s low-cost offerings have reignited edtech. Last May, Microsoft fired its shot across the bow with Windows 10 S — a dumbed-down version of its operating system intended to take on the Chromebook with ultra-cheap hardware. This week at the Bett education show in the U.K., the company’s showing off ...

Read More »
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
error: Content is protected !!