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Satya Nadella announces 'Skype Lite'; applauds India for phenomenal entrepreneurial energy

Satya Nadella announces 'Skype Lite'; applauds India for phenomenal entrepreneur

New Delhi [India], Feb 22 : Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday announced the integration of Skype and Aadhaar to launch the 'Skype Lite' for low speed mobile internet connections, which will be supported by Aadhaar and will enable technology that can empower people and organisations.

At a keynote address on day two of Future Decoded event, Nadella said that one can chat with 'Aadhaar Verified' users on both the regular Skype app and the new Skype Lite app while interacting for job interviews, government services and other services.

"Your next Skype Job interview might need Aadhaar verification. You can soon enter your Aadhaar number over Skype to verify yourself for an interview. The service can be extended for government services as well," said Nadella.

Gemalto, Microsoft join forces to provide seamless connectivity for Windows 10 devices

Gemalto, Microsoft join forces to provide seamless connectivity for Windows 10

New Delhi [India], Feb 21 : World leader in digital security Gemalto is presenting the newest release of its On Demand Connectivity and eSIM technology for Windows 10 devices, in connection with Microsoft.

Gemalto's release is compliant with the latest specifications and guidelines for remote SIM provisioning as laid out by the GSM Association (GSMA), a global association of mobile device makers and mobile network operators.

Gemalto and Microsoft have teamed up to make this advance a reality for end users to have a secure and ubiquitous connectivity experience. Gemalto's On-Demand Connectivity subscription management solution, together with Windows 10 native eSIM support enable consumers to seamlessly manage the connectivity experience of their devices.

Flipkart, Microsoft forge cloud partnership to expand e-commerce in India

Flipkart, Microsoft forge cloud partnership to expand e-commerce in India

New Delhi [India], Feb 20 : Microsoft on Monday announced its strategic partnership with Flipkart to provide consumers in India with the best online shopping service.

As a first step in the broad collaboration between the two companies, Flipkart will adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal announced the news today at an event in Bangalore.

"At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organization with technology and key to this is forging strategic partnerships with innovative companies like Flipkart," said CEO Microsoft, Satya Nadella.

Excited about the potential of augmented reality: Satya Nadella

Excited about the potential of augmented reality: Satya Nadella

New Delhi [India], Feb 20 : India-born chief executive of Microsoft Satya Nadella on Monday said that the company is very excited about the potential of augmented reality along with Microsoft's Cortana's AI offering, which has the capability to do human-level speech recognition.

While speaking at an event in Bangalore here today, the Microsoft chief said "Storage network is fuelling Artificial Intelligence revolution. We are excited about Microsoft Cortana's AI offering that has the capability to do human-level speech recognition."

Nadella, who will engage with India's digital transformation journey with Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, is also keen to pitch Microsoft's Azure cloud platform to users.

Microsoft opens India's first Cybersecurity Engagement Center in Delhi NCR

New Delhi [India], Oct.24 : Microsoft India has launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in India, after a successful year-long pilot. Situated in Delhi, the center will bring together Microsoft capabilities to foster deeper cybersecurity collaborations with public and private sector organizations and build a trusted and secure computing environment, a critical enabler for India's digital transformation.

"The purpose is to secure India in its journey of digital transformation," said Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman, Microsoft India.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates $100 million for Bioscience Research

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates $100 million for Bioscience Research

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, also a philanthropist, recently donated $100 million to Stanford University and Tufts University for carrying out bioscience research. The Billionaire Allen’s donation will help both universities and individual scientists to research and make innovation and discovery in areas such as tissue regeneration, gene editing and antibiotic resistance.

The university will develop new research facilities for bioscience research in following 10 years by using the donated money. The donation is part of Allen’s commitment to the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a new Seattle-based organization. Allen believes that bioscience research is very important aspect of human life and is relevant to understand complex biological system.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pledges $100 million for cutting-edge life sciences research

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pledges $100 million for cutting-edge life

On Wednesday, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who also owns the Seattle Seahawks, promised $100 million funding for cutting-edge life sciences study. As per a news release from the Allen Institute, the gift has signified his initial pledge in the direction of a decade-long plan for The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a latest Seattle-based organization launched by him on Wednesday.

The initial projects of the organization include $20 million funding for eight years of research endeavors at Stanford University and Tufts University, and under the ‘research partnership’, universities will contribute $10 million each.

Microsoft won’t accept Bitcoins on its store

Microsoft won’t accept Bitcoins on its store

Microsoft has recently announced it will no longer accept bitcoin as a mode of payment at Microsoft Store, where the users can online buy software and devices. Bitcoin is also used at the Xbox, music, and video stores of Microsoft.

Users will not be allowed to redeem Bitcoins to their Microsoft account. Existing balances in the account will still be available for purchases from Microsoft Store, but can't be refunded, according to the company update on Reddit.

The company is withdrawing bitcoin option only for its Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile stores. The bitcoin option was launched by the company in December 2014. The option involved allowing the buyers to use the third-party bitcoin payment processor, BitPay, to trade in the cryptocurrency at the current market value.

Microsoft appoints Brad Smith as President and Chief Legal Officer

Microsoft appoints Brad Smith as President and Chief Legal Officer

On Friday, the American multinational technology company, Microsoft Corp, announced that it has promoted its general counsel, Brad Smith, to the president and chief legal officer of the company.

Smith joined the company more than two decades ago, while he was appointed as general counsel in 2002. He is also corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of the company. The new position will take Smith to a broader role. According to the company, as Smith has been promoted, he has to handle all the works of a legal head. He will supervise the company’s issues like security, privacy, digital inclusion, accessibility and environmental sustainability.

Microsoft announces Biggest Software Update Yet for Xbox One

Microsoft announces Biggest Software Update Yet for Xbox One

There is good news for Xbox One lovers: Microsoft has announced that it is prepping a software update for the console, which will be the biggest software update yet. The upgrade has been inspired by users’ feedback, the company said.

The decision of software update has been taken after reviews and feedback from users. In a statement, the company said, “This year’s November upgrade is a completely re-imagined Xbox One, inspired by your feedback, brings the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever”.

According to the company, users are going to get fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. All they have to do is look for an Xbox Live message with their invitation as it will launch the Xbox Preview Dashboard.

Computer Manufacturers showcase First Batch of Windows 10 computers at IFA 2015

Computer Manufacturers showcase First Batch of Windows 10 computers at IFA 2015

The world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA kick-started in Berlin on Friday. On the opening day of home electronics show, IFA 2015, manufacturers of computers showcased the first batch of Window 10 devices.

Past few years were not good for the computer industry as the sale of computers declined rapidly. In the era of smartphones and tablets, consumers don't want to spend their money on computers. Now, the companies of the industry have pinned their hopes of revival on Window 10, latest version of Microsoft's operating system.

Microsoft’s Paul Allen spearheads new Project to Conserve Sharks Worldwide

Microsoft’s Paul Allen spearheads new Project to Conserve Sharks Worldwide

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's charity announced a new project to conserve sharks worldwide to mark Shark Week. Sharks are threatened by human fishing, pollution, climate change and other causes.

Many people might find it difficult to have sympathy for this nasty beast, especially due to rise in shark attacks along the East Coast, but lack of awareness is a major factor that most people have a little knowledge about these creatures.

The aim behind the Global FinPrint initiative is to provide key data to design and implement plans to ensure sharks are not being pushed to extinction. The project, announced by Vulcan Inc. on Tuesday, will be based on a research survey to obtain the desired information about the sea creatures that live in the vast abyss of the ocean.

Paul Allen and Vulcan announce Participation in Global FinPrint Survey

Paul Allen and Vulcan announce Participation in Global FinPrint Survey

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Vulcan Incorporated have announced their participation in Global FinPrint, a three-year study of sharks and rays in coral reef systems around the world.

The Global FinPrint survey will be funded by Paul Allen and Vulcan will provide the open-access database platform to the researchers.

In the study led by Dr. Demian Chapman of Stony Brook University, Long Island, N. Y., researchers will place a baited remote underwater video (Bruvs) in more than 400 locations to observe and count sharks and other marine animals as well.

Researchers during the survey will cover coral reef systems in the Indo-Pacific, tropical western Atlantic, southern and eastern Africa and Indian Ocean islands.

NASA sending headset to ISS to beam back to earth what astronauts see in space

NASA sending headset to ISS to beam back to earth what astronauts see in space

NASA has made arrangements to let scientists on earth have a good idea about what astronauts see in the space. Microsoft’s virtual reality headset will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) to send data back on earth. NASA and Microsoft have joined hands to develop a new project called Sidekick for which a commercial technology will be used. This project will ultimately help empower astronauts aboard the ISS

Launch of a pair of the tech giant’s devices called HoloLens is set for June 28. SpaceX’s seventh commercial resupply mission will piggyback the device to the space station.

Microsoft’s to release Windows 10 later next month

Microsoft’s to release Windows 10 later next month

Much-anticipated Windows 10 operating system would be released on July 29 according to an official statement issued by software major Microsoft.

Microsoft's head of Mobile Joe Belfiore expressed his excitement after the announcement on twitter.

July 29 is the date! Windows 10 for all! Tell friends & family: RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW to get it on day 1! http://t.co/jGSloJDZkM

— joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) June 1, 2015

The company said that customers across 190 countries running Windows 7 or 8.1 can upgrade to the new system for free from July 29.

Users can take advantage of the free upgrade for a year. Once upgraded, the company will continue to update it throughout the lifetime.

Microsoft teams up with Lenovo for joint effort involving Cortana and REACHit

Microsoft teams up with Lenovo for joint effort involving Cortana and REACHit

Today, Lenovo and Microsoft at Lenovo Tech World announced a collaboration to transform the way people find their content in a new, more personal way.

Microsoft has teamed up with the PC maker for a joint effort involving Cortana and its own REACHit software.

Cortana is Microsoft's personal assistant. It arrived on PCs with Windows 10. Though it, Cortana, users are capable to make natural requests through text and talk to.

Lenovo's maker's REACHit software intends to broaden this functionality by searching for one's personal content on other connected Lenovo Windows 10 devices and on certain cloud storage services.

Microsoft, Google team up to Make Internet Searches more Mobile-friendly

Microsoft, Google team up to Make Internet Searches more Mobile-friendly

Technologies companies like Microsoft and Google are rivals, but now they have decided to join hands to improve experience for mobile and handheld device users. According to reports, the Redmond, Washington-headquartered Microsoft and Mountain View, California-headquartered Google have been joining forces to make mobile-friendly web browsing.

According to Microsoft, it is going to launch a new feature for Bing. Bing will make changes in its search algorithm pattern. In addition, it will search and rank mobile-friendly websites better compared to websites with desktop only version.

Allen Institute for Brain Science takes big step towards mapping Human Brain

Allen Institute for Brain Science takes big step towards mapping Human Brain

The Allen Institute for Brain Science was founded over a decade ago and is backed by $500 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Today, the institute said that it has launched a new database that has marked a major step towards creating a comprehensive map of the human brain, called the Allen Cell Types Database.

In the philanthropist’s 10-year plan, it is first initiative to untangle the intricacies of human thoughts and actions. This would also be helpful in unlocking the mysteries behind some of the brain’s most debilitating diseases.

The Allen Cell Types Database has information about 240 neurons found in the brains of mice, the cells that are similar to those in the human brain.

Microsoft outlines Windows 10 versions

Microsoft outlines Windows 10 versions

Microsoft announced the Windows 10 versions Tuesday, causing excitement among people who are eagerly looking forward to it. The new operating system will be launched this summer. However, the company did not reveal many details regarding the Windows 10. It didn't say anything regarding its money making targets associated with the new operating system.

According to reports, Windows 10 will be sold in two versions for consumers, just like the company's earlier versions such as Windows 7, 8. The two versions will be Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Home. The Windows Phone brand will not be there as the company indicated earlier. It is planned to be renamed as Windows 10 Mobile, and will work on phones and small tablets.

‘Gears of War and Dishonored’ Ready for Makeover

‘Gears of War and Dishonored’ Ready for Makeover

The Brazilian Advisory Rating System website has listed two more last generation remakes; Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition and Dishonored: Definitive Edition, confirming the games on Xbox One.

An Xbox One version of the first Gears Of War which has been rumored for months now is expected to release on Christmas.

The games are expected to be announced by Microsoft at E3 next month. Microsoft would be holding a press conference this year at GamesCom. to make the big announcements of the upcoming games.




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