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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKEX: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, its most profitable products are the Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software.

The company was founded in 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Windows line of operating systems. Many of its products have achieved near-ubiquity in the desktop computer market. One commentator notes that Microsoft's original mission was "a computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software." Microsoft possesses footholds in other markets, with assets such as the MSNBC cable television network, the MSN Internet portal, and the Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopedia. The company also markets both computer hardware products such as the Microsoft mouse and the Microsoft Natural keyboard, as well as home entertainment products such as the Xbox, Xbox 360, Zune and MSN TV. The company's initial public stock offering (IPO) was in 1986; the ensuing rise of the company's stock price has made four billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Read More

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Windows 9 Release Date on October 2014, Not April 2015; Three Reasons to Upgrade from Windows XP and 7

By IBTimes AU

Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Windows 9 are coming soon. Leaks have now revealed some important features giving enough reasons why users should upgrade from Windows XP or Windows 7. (4:22 pm)


A model displays the Lumia 1320 smartphone during its launch in Abu Dhabi
Windows Phone 8.1 Update Rollout: 20 Nokia Lumia Phones Eligible and 13 New Features to be Added

By IBTimes AU

Windows Phone 8.1 is out and there are several Nokia Lumia devices eligible for the new mobile OS version. Here is the complete list of models from Nokia and features users will get from Windows Phone 8.1. (4:21 pm)


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestured during his keynote address at the company's ''build'' conference in San Francisco, California
Microsoft Tipped to Launch Windows 8.1 Update 2 on Aug 12, Might be Working on Single Windows for All Devices

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft is believed to be bracing itself for the launch of Windows 8.1 Update 2 on Aug 12. While this remains unconfirmed so far, another source has pointed out that the company might also be thinking of unifying its Windows platform for a single OS across the board. (2:14 pm)

File photo of Apple logo inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo
The IBM and Apple Merger: Will it Spell Trouble to Rival Companies

By IBTimes AU

Two tech world giants, Apple and IBM recently decided to partner up on a project and expand their market. (1:20 pm)


An Attendee Uses Her Smartphone in Front of a Fiant Microsoft Xbox Sign at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Known as E3, in Los Angeles
Xbox One Games: First Look at Halo: Nightfall Character, Forza Horizon 2 Car List and a New Rocky Ad

By IBTimes AU

Xbox One games get developments as “Halo: Nightfall” gets its first image of Agent Locke revealed, “Forza Horizon 2” gets a list of 100 cars confirmed coming and a new ad for “best games” on the Xbox One. (11:31 am)


PlayStation 4 Controller is Displayed at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Known as E3, in Los Angeles
Sony PlayStation 4 Outsells a Resurgent Xbox One in June

By IBTimes AU

Sony continued with its dominance in the gaming console segment with its PS 4 outselling the Xbox One in June. This comes on the back of a recent price cut for the Microsoft console that has led to a greater interest in the Xbox One though seemingly not enough to better PS 4 sales. (Jul 22)


Gamers Play a Game by Bungie Inc. at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Known as E3, in Los Angeles
Destiny Beta Now into Maintenance; Xbox One Version Prepped for 1080p in Final Run

By IBTimes AU

Before Xbox players can enjoy the “Destiny” beta run, Bungie is closing off the beta for some maintenance work. The developer has also announced some surprises and rewards open to all beta players coming in the middle of the Xbox beta run schedule. (Jul 22)


Samsung Galaxy S5's Road Trip With Ultra Power Saving Mode; Managed 3504 Miles Without Recharge
Samsung Galaxy S5's Road Trip With Ultra Power Saving Mode; Managed 3504 Miles Without Recharge

By IBTimes AU

The 2014 flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 had its fair share of speculations, and rumours until its release in April. Even though there are quite a lot of new features introduced in Galaxy S5, one of the main features stood out. The feature in focus is Galaxy S5's Ultra Power Saving Mode. (Jul 22)


BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen holds up the unreleased Blackberry Passport device during the company's annual general meeting for shareholders in Waterloo June 19, 2014
BlackBerry Passport’s QWERTY Keyboard Functions as a Touchpad [Watch Video]

By IBTimes AU

BlackBerry Passport's striking square design and the physical QWERTY keyboard are very unique and have the potential to create a new trend in the technology world. This ambitious design combined with killer phablet features is expected to be rel... (Jul 22)


Samsung Galaxy S5: Logitech Unveils Protection+ Case Accessory for Android Smartphone

By IBTimes AU

Another protective case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been unveiled. Logitech recently revealed the latest line of smartphone cases for the Android device including the Protection+ case where the accessory has been designed to absorb shock and the other possible damages. (Jul 21)