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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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Satya Nadella, Microsoft Corp chief executive, attends the unveil event of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in New York
How Microsoft and IBM Get Ahead of Amazon: Cloud is the Future

By IBTimes AU

For years, Amazon.com has been the uncontested leader in the Cloud infrastructure. While this has become an extremely valuable asset in the strengthening of Amazon, reports suggest that there are two major players aggressively trying to surge ahead of Amazon. (10:29 pm)

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures as he speaks at the company's  "build" conference in San Francisco in this file photo taken April 2, 2014.
New Nokia XL (4G) Unveiled With Snapdragon 400 Processor, 1 GB RAM and More

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft has introduced a new Nokia XL variant in China dubbed the Nokia XL 4G. As the name implies, it is a 4G LTE-variant of the Nokia XL handset released originally in May. For those unfamiliar, Microsoft announced earlier this month that Nokia X... (9:50 pm)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, SAMSUNG, SMARTPHONE, ANDROID

LG G3 To Debut Moon Violet and Burgundy Red Shades in August; Upcoming LG Devices Roundup
LG G3 To Debut Moon Violet and Burgundy Red Shades in August; Upcoming LG Devices Roundup

By IBTimes AU

Last week, LG reported its Q2 results posting a quarterly net profit of $400 million on revenue. According to LG, the mobile unit sales growth surged 16% to $3.5 billion. This is predominantly due to the strong shipment number from the sales of 14.5 million smartphone units. (9:48 pm)

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Nokia Lumia 630 vs. Sony Xperia M Specs and Price Comparison in Australia

By IBTimes AU

Although the Nokia Lumia 630 was released almost one year after the Sony Xperia M, both devices are available for about the same price tag in Australia. Here is a look at the specs and price of both devices for the benefit of the readers. (5:58 pm)

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Students walk out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Release Date Slated For Aug. 7 in the UK

By IBTimes AU

Samsung has been releasing a slew of devices this year with the Galaxy S5, Galaxy K Zoom, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy Tab Q leading the way. However, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini saw only a limited release in July. Nonetheless, the compact device will hit the store shelves in the UK on Aug. (10:11 am)

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Microsoft to Debut Windows Phone 8.1 Based Lumia Superman and Lumia Tesla Shortly
Microsoft to Debut Windows Phone 8.1 Based Lumia Superman and Lumia Tesla Shortly

By IBTimes AU

Microsoft is going to introduce a selfie-centric smartphone named Lumia Superman. Apparently, the upcoming Lumia handset will be launched in August. AT&T and Verizon are the two major carriers slated to offer this Lumia Superman Smartphone. (10:07 am)

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet’s Successor With Snapdragon 805 Processor Likely Sighted in AnTuTu Benchmark Testing
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet’s Successor With Snapdragon 805 Processor Likely Sighted in AnTuTu Benchmark Testing

By IBTimes AU

AnTuTu has recently unearthed a brand new and yet-to-be-announced Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet's successor. Many new smartphones, phablets and tablets go through the famed AnTuTu benchmark testing to ascertain the under the hood performance of the device. (9:56 am)

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New NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet vs. Nexus 7 – Specifications, Features, Release Date and Price Showdown
New NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet vs. Nexus 7 – Specs, Features, Release Date and Price Showdown

By IBTimes AU

NVIDIA introduced its brand new SHIELD Tablet only last week. Marketed as the gaming tablet, NVIDIA says SHIELD Tablet is powerful enough to handle technologies to give great PC gaming experience. Readers who are interested in purchasing the latest N... (9:54 am)

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Windows Phone 8.1: New Features and Support for Large Screens, Higher Resolution, Smart Covers and UI Tweaks

By IBTimes AU

The Windows Phone 8.1 additional features have been unveiled and it includes support for Smart Covers, custom lock screens, bigger screen resolutions and compatibility with devices having limited internal storage. (9:50 am)

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Nokia Lumia 925 vs. LG G2 Mini Specs and Price Comparison in Australia
Nokia Lumia 925 vs. LG G2 Mini Specs and Price Comparison in Australia

By IBTimes AU

For readers who are considering buying the Nokia Lumia 925 or the LG G2 Mini, here is a specs and price comparison between the two devices in Australia. The comparison could help readers make an informed decision. (Jul 30)

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