Computerworld Microsoft News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:13:40 GMT 2014-07-29T21:13:40Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Chinese officials seize Microsoft PCs, emails, financial info in antitrust probe Regulators in China today said that they made sudden appearances at several Microsoft offices on Monday to gather evidence for an antitrust probe. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:15:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-29T20:15:00Z Microsoft, IBM make cloud gains against Amazon Microsoft and IBM are gaining momentum in the cloud infrastructure services market, putting pressure on Amazon and outpacing rival Google, according to a new study. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-29T16:31:00Z Yosemite's traffic share triples after public beta debuts The preview of Apple's OS X Yosemite public beta last week resulted in a tripling of the upgrade's share of online traffic. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:31:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-28T19:31:00Z Chinese regulators target Microsoft for office visits Officials today from the China government appeared at four Microsoft offices, but the purpose of the visits was unclear. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:55:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-28T16:55:00Z Consumer Office 365 tops a half-billion dollars in annual revenue run-rate Microsoft's Office 365 'rent-not-buy' subscription service is at an annual revenue run-rate of more than half a billion dollars. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:18:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-28T16:18:00Z Layoffs cool Microsoft employees' opinion of CEO Satya Nadella The percentage of Microsoft current and former employees who approve of CEO Satya Nadella has dropped since the company announced layoffs. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:11:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-28T10:11:00Z How Microsoft's CEO sees growth for Windows Phone and Lumia During an earnings call this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella repeatedly promoted Lumia smartphones running on the Windows Phone platform. The call was just five days after the company announced a record 18,000 layoffs that raised concerns about Microsoft's long-term commitment to its phones. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-25T16:03:00Z Microsoft wants you to forget Windows 8 Unless MIcrosoft radically changes its habits, it will throw Windows 8 down a deep memory hole even before a successor ships. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:07:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-25T15:07:00Z EU hears Google, Microsoft, Yahoo on &#39;right to be forgotten&#39; Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are meeting with European data protection authorities Thursday to discuss how to implement a recent ruling that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:46:00 GMT (Loek Essers) 2014-07-24T15:46:00Z Deep-dive review: The Lumia 635 smartphone -- a study in contrasts Nokia's new low-cost Lumia 635 smartphone makes some unfortunate hardware compromises, but on the plus side it comes with the excellent Windows Phone 8.1. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-24T10:30:00Z Microsoft again writes off Surface inventory, renews profitability doubts Microsoft again took a hit on its Surface business, the company acknowledged Tuesday. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:33:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-23T19:33:00Z Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses Strong sales of cloud products to businesses helped lift Microsoft&#39;s revenue by 18 percent last quarter, though its profits declined. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:50:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-23T00:50:00Z How Nokia both helped and hindered Microsoft&#39;s earnings Microsoft paid more than $7 billion for Nokia&#39;s handset and services business, and the jury is still out as to what it means for its future. In the past quarter it boosted Microsoft&#39;s revenue but also ate into its profit. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:41:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-23T00:41:00Z Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company&#39;s Azure cloud hosting platform. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:32:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-07-22T20:32:00Z Intel releases its most reliable pro SSD Intel today unveiled its Pro 2500 series of flash drives, which include 2.5-in. drives and M.2 flash cards for mobile devices. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:26:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-22T17:26:00Z Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:24:00 GMT (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols) 2014-07-22T12:24:00Z 'Nadella Effect' makes Ballmer $2.8B richer Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's 'devices and services' strategy may be in tatters, discarded by his successor, Satya Nadella, but Ballmer must be smiling all the way to the bank. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:51:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-22T10:51:00Z Microsoft reveals bankruptcy of devices strategy by dumping Nokia feature phones Microsoft decision to ax the feature phone business it got when it bought Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion shows the investment 'went for naught.' Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:59:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-21T19:59:00Z Microsoft combines several enterprise IT conferences into one for '15 Microsoft will hold next year a new conference that encompasses its enterprise IT products, including the productivity and server Office software, IT management wares and development tools, and replaces several shows that are narrower in scope. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:32:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-21T17:32:00Z Lenovo spins 180, says it's still in the 8-in. Windows tablet game Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:36:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-19T19:36:00Z Cloud message resonates with Microsoft partners Microsoft has been screaming &quot;cloud&quot; in many partners&#39; deaf ears for several years, but the company found a more receptive audience at this week&#39;s Worldwide Partner Conference. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:44:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-18T20:44:00Z Google starts work on Chrome bug that slurps Windows laptop juice Google engineers have begun working on a fix for a months-old Chrome bug that drains Windows' laptop batteries, a move triggered by a story on <i>Forbes</i>' website. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-18T20:00:00Z Microsoft may drag out layoffs for a year It could take Microsoft a year to lay off the 18,000 workers it plans to cut, resulting in a drawn-out morale-busting process criticized by both labor experts and industry analysts. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:23:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-18T10:23:00Z Microsoft now leads in tech layoffs Microsoft's planned 18,000 job cuts, or 14% of its workforce, is the biggest tech layoff announced this year, surpassing Hewlett-Packard's announcement in May that it was cutting 16,000 jobs. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:12:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-17T20:12:00Z Layoffs raise questions about Nadella&#39;s commitment to Nokia deal Microsoft&#39;s 14 percent staff reduction, the largest in its history and focused heavily on employees acquired from Nokia&#39;s devices and services business, has some observers thinking Satya Nadella got a bad case of Lumia-induced indigestion. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:13:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-17T19:13:00Z Surface survives Microsoft cuts, but tablet strategy remains muddled Microsoft plans to press ahead with its in-house Surface tablets, but the company's strategy remains vague and elusive. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:07:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-17T19:07:00Z EU privacy watchdogs to quiz Google, Microsoft on &#39;right to be forgotten&#39; European privacy authorities have invited Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to discuss the implementation of a landmark ruling by Europe&#39;s top court that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:55:00 GMT (Loek Essers) 2014-07-17T15:55:00Z As it lays off workers, Microsoft also kills its low-end Nokia X smartphones In addition to announcing its largest job cuts ever, Microsoft today also signaled a retreat from its low-end Nokia X line of Android phones. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:41:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-17T15:41:00Z Update: Microsoft to lay off 18,000 in next year Microsoft announced Thursday morning that it will cut its workforce by up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent, in the next year, as part of a broad effort to streamline the company in the wake of its acquisition of phone-maker Nokia. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:59:00 GMT (Elizabeth Heichler, Peter Sayer) 2014-07-17T12:59:00Z Microsoft to lay off 18,000 in next year Microsoft announced this morning that it will cut its workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:13:00 GMT (Elizabeth Heichler) 2014-07-17T12:13:00Z How Microsoft announces layoffs will show the company's PR IQ If Microsoft pulls the layoff trigger today, as many expect, the company will face PR problems if it doesn't make smart moves, a crisis communications expert said. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:26:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-17T10:26:00Z Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:02:00 GMT (Ryan Faas) 2014-07-17T10:02:00Z Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:02:00 GMT (Ryan Faas) 2014-07-17T10:02:00Z Microsoft offers European Bing users the 'right to be forgotten' Microsoft has started accepting requests from users in Europe who want to remove search links from Bing under a recent &quot;right-to-be-forgotten&quot; ruling by Europe's top court. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:44:00 GMT (John Ribeiro) 2014-07-17T09:44:00Z Cheaper Xbox offering without Kinect spikes U.S. sales Sales of Xbox One gaming consoles more than doubled in the U.S. last month because of the introduction of a cheaper version of the console that doesn't include the Kinect motion sensor. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:47:00 GMT (Loek Essers) 2014-07-17T08:47:00Z Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who should really worry about Apple/IBM? Microsoft Sure, the enterprise push by Apple and IBM should worry the Android camp, and business writers should make sure they have an up-to-date obituary ready for BlackBerry. But Microsoft is the company with the most to lose. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:09:00 GMT (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols) 2014-07-17T03:09:00Z Microsoft may announce its biggest layoffs ever on Thursday Microsoft reportedly will announce the biggest round of layoffs in its history on Thursday as massive changes wrought by new CEO Satya Nadella start to take hold at the struggling IT giant. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:47:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-07-16T23:47:00Z Why Microsoft isn't spooked by the Apple-IBM alliance The Apple-IBM partnership will have little effect on Microsoft's dominance in the enterprise, or drastically change its mutating mobile strategy. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:18:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-16T20:18:00Z Without the cloud, Microsoft may lose grasp on the enterprise Microsoft's renewed push into cloud computing, announced this week, doesn't change the fact that it faces unprecedented competition in a business that's critical to its future. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:11:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-16T20:11:00Z Microsoft&#39;s future under Nadella less about Windows, more about mobile and cloud Microsoft&#39;s future will be less devoted to its Windows operating system as it continues to push into mobile and cloud services, CEO Satya Nadella said, using his keynote speech at the Worldwide Partner Conference to talk about where the company is headed. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:35:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-07-16T17:35:00Z Microsoft boosts OneDrive storage to free terabyte Microsoft has begun boosting the free allowance of its OneDrive cloud-based storage service to one terabyte for subscribers to consumer and college student Office 365 plans. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:13:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-16T16:13:00Z NetApp Private Storage adds an Azure cloud option Microsoft Azure just became the next cloud connection for NetApp Private Storage, which can already link enterprise storage to Amazon Web Services. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:49:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-07-16T00:49:00Z Apple fashions 'brilliant' partnership with IBM for instant enterprise cred The business-focused deal between Apple and IBM unveiled Tuesday is 'brilliant,' one analyst said, noting that Apple now gets into the enterprise through the front door rather than the back. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:16:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-16T00:16:00Z Virtual license portability added to Barracuda security products Barracuda Networks has introduced license portability for the virtual products in its security product line-up. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:22:00 GMT (Patrick Budmar) 2014-07-15T22:22:00Z Microsoft plans price war to stymie Chromebook growth Microsoft's COO says his company and its army of OEMs will compete on price with Google's Chromebooks, a milestone in Microsoft's battle against the encroaching enemy. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:49:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-15T19:49:00Z Critical design flaw in Active Directory could allow for a password change Microsoft&#39;s widely used software for brokering network access has a critical design flaw, an Israeli security firm said, but Microsoft contends the issue has been long-known and defenses are in place. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:53:00 GMT (Jeremy Kirk) 2014-07-15T06:53:00Z OCZ flash accelerator takes a sharper focus on SQL Server Storage has always affected how fast software runs, but IT shops now have more tools they can bring to bear on the problem. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:45:00 GMT (Stephen Lawson) 2014-07-14T23:45:00Z Microsoft COO tells partners to get with the cloud program now Microsoft channel partners need to urgently redefine and evolve their businesses so that they can resell the company&#39;s cloud computing products, according to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:03:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-07-14T20:03:00Z Microsoft gets real, admits its device share is just 14% Microsoft COO Kevin Turner acknowledged today that his company's operating systems power only a small fraction of all devices worldwide. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:51:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-14T17:51:00Z Future Java 7 patches will work on Windows XP despite end of official support Oracle has dispelled rumors that the upcoming security update for Java 7 and those it will release in the future might not work on Windows XP. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:48:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-07-14T14:48:00Z