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Microsoft profit hits $4.97 billion

Microsoft said Thursday it made a profit of $4.97 billion in the past quarter, helped by growing revenues from business services, offsetting the hit from a lagging market in personal computers. Chief financial officer Amy Hood said results “were impacted by the decline in the PC market,” but added that…

Revealed: How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

• Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism  • Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch • Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls • Company says it is legally compelled to comply Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted,…

Patches coming for serious Microsoft security holes

Microsoft has warned that next week’s Patch Tuesday release will include fixes for critical flaws in every version of Windows running on every type of computing hardware, from the biggest datacenter servers to the lightest ultrabooks. The unusually…  …

Apple releases figures on government data requests

U.S. tech giant Apple revealed on Monday it received between 4,000 and 5,000 data requests in six months from US authorities, days after Facebook and Microsoft released similar information. Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and several other top Internet and technology companies have come under heightened scrutiny since word leaked of a…

Sony wins opening skirmish in new generation video game console war

Sony’s new-generation PlayStation 4 console scored an opening skirmish triumph over Microsoft’s Xbox One on the eve of the Tuesday start of premier E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles. Sony and Microsoft each hosted distinctly different private events on Monday to spotlight their new champions in long-running console wars. Both…

FoxConn will pay Microsoft royalties to produce Android, Chrome phones and televisions

Taiwan tech giant Hon Hai, parent company of FoxConn, will pay royalties to Microsoft to ward off a lawsuit over its production of devices using rival Google’s Android and Chrome platforms. A Microsoft statement late on Tuesday did not reveal the amounts the US company will be paid however. The…

Apple and Microsoft defend themselves against accusations of overcharging Australians

Technology giants including Apple and Microsoft on Friday defended their pricing policy in Australia at an official inquiry launched over concerns that they were overcharging customers. Australians, on average, are forking out 34 percent more for software, 52 percent more for iTunes music, 88 percent more for Wii games and…

Nate Silver, Microsoft researcher analyze Oscar voting: ‘they provide for plenty of parallels to political campaigns’

Nate Silver, Microsoft Researcher Analyze the Oscars Nate Silver, famous for applying rigorous statistical methods to U.S. political elections, has focused his predictive powers on a somewhat more lighthearted topic: this weekend’s Academy Awards. “The Oscars, in which the voting franchise is limited to the 6,000 members of the Academy…

November launch for new version of ‘Halo’ videogame

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Tuesday announced that a new installment to the hit videogame “Halo” will be released in November, and predicted it would launch the next decade of the hugely popular franchise. “Halo 4″ crafted exclusively for play on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 consoles will launch worldwide on November…

Microsoft counting down to the end of Windows XP

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is counting down the days until it is through with the Windows XP operating system for personal computers. The US software titan used a blog post to remind the world that in two years it will no longer support the generations-old operating system that people have…

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