Microsoft frees Visual Studio Online for occasional contributors

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By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | August 27th, 2014 The company made the move because enterprise software projects now involve more line of business participants. Responding to the growth of enterprise software development teams, Microsoft will allow occasional contributors to access the Visual Studio Online project development environment at no cost. “What we learned…

Microsoft considering development boards for Windows Phone, RT

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 25th, 2014 The company hasn’t yet said whether it will offer the hardware boards for makers. Microsoft has considered making development boards for Windows Phone or Windows RT in addition to the x86 boards it already makes, but the company isn’t saying if it would ever release…

China to launch home-grown OS in October as Windows replacement

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 24th, 2014 Plans to compete with Microsoft, Google and Apple on the OS front. China hopes to launch a home-grown operating system by October to wean the country from foreign-made OSes like Windows, the government-run Xinhua news agency said Sunday. The operating system, which Xinhua did not name, will…

Azure services down again

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By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service | August 18th, 2014 Among those affected are Cloud Services, Virtual Machines and Websites. Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, wobbly for more than a week, is again experiencing outages and interruptions that are impacting multiple products in the U.S. and abroad. Monday’s problems started at close to 2…

Microsoft offers custom Windows OS to all first generation Intel Galileo owners

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 18th, 2014 The company says it is committed to supporting the second generation as well. Microsoft is encouraging more hardware hackers to develop Windows-based smart devices and appliances with expanded availability of a preview OS to all owners of Intel’s Galileo board. The software company has provided…

Microsoft urges customers to uninstall ‘Blue Screen of Death’ update

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 17th, 2014 One of last week’s security updates has bricked an unknown number of PCs running Windows 7. Microsoft on Friday quietly recommended that customers uninstall one of last week’s security updates after users reported that it crippled their computers with the infamous “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD). The…

Microsoft: Give IE another chance

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | August 15th, 2014 Tidbits from a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat also include browser name-change, faster updates and the demise of IE8. In a wide-ranging “Ask Me Anything” chat on Reddit Thursday, developers and program managers from the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) team urged users to give the browser a…

Microsoft chooses home automation startups for accelerator program

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By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service | August 13th, 2014 Microsoft will start working with the companies this fall. Microsoft has chosen 10 home automation startups that it will support in various ways through an accelerator program, in the hopes of helping them develop their technologies and products. The program, backed also by American…

Microsoft to speed up Bing with FPGAs next year

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 Microsoft moves from experiment to deployment of FPGAs to deliver faster search results. It started off as an experiment, but Microsoft now wants to speed up and return more accurate Bing search results with the help of reconfigurable chips called FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) in…

Microsoft to support fewer IE versions

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By Tim Greene, Network World | August 12th, 2014 Microsoft has started a 17-month campaign to upgrade customers to the newest version of Internet Explorer. Microsoft has started a 17-month campaign to upgrade customers to the newest version of Internet Explorer that their operating systems will support, which should make it simpler for the company…

Microsoft Patch Tuesday focuses on Internet Explorer

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By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 Microsoft issued 29 patches for its browser, including one that covers a critical vulnerability. Microsoft has issued 29 patches for its Internet Explorer browser, including one fixing a critical vulnerability that would allow a remote attacker to gain access to a computer from over the…

Microsoft pitches Windows for Internet of Things to maker community

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 11th, 2014 Microsoft has started shipping a Galileo board with custom Windows OS. Hoping to cover all its bases in the emerging Internet-of-Things market, Microsoft is proffering a helping hand to “makers,” DIYers, hardware hackers and other builders of things that may one day end up on…

Microsoft, IBM make cloud gains against Amazon

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By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 29th, 2014 Rivals also outpace Google though analysts expect it to gain momentum. 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. While Amazon, the cloud market leader, retained its position, it can…

Chinese regulators target Microsoft for office visits

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By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | July 28th, 2014 Unclear whether an investigation is under way. Officials today from the China government appeared at four Microsoft offices, according to reports from the area, but the purpose of the visits was unclear. Microsoft declined to confirm that an investigation was in progress, saying only that it would…

Microsoft verging on single OS across all devices

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By Tim Greene, Network World | July 23rd, 2014 Microsoft seems on the brink of announcing a major enhancement to its operating system lines. Microsoft seems on the brink of announcing a major enhancement to its operating system lines, namely merging them into a single OS that could bring big benefits for corporate users. The…

Cisco, Microsoft chasing clouds

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By Jim Duffy, Network World | July 18th, 2014 Companies extend data center integration work with 3 year GTM agreement. Cisco this week expanded its data center arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined…