Jun 25, 2015

Microsoft makes Word available on Android phones

Microsoft on Wednesday followed through on a promise to release versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs for smartphones running on Google-backed Android software. The apps, which hit shelves of Google’s online Play Store, build on a Microsoft strategy to make its applications ...

Console kings battle it out at E3 trade fair in Los Angeles

Jun 16, 2015

Console kings battle it out at E3 trade fair in Los Angeles

Console kings Microsoft and Sony battled for players’ hearts with blockbuster games and the lure of virtual worlds as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, was poised to begin in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The companies behind Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ...

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

May 6, 2015

China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush' in tech products

Zhang Long made his fortune selling pu’er fermented tea and handcrafted furniture from the mountains of his native Yunnan province in southwest China. Last November, the 49-year old entrepreneur, who has no technology background, strode into a Beijing ballroom to pitch his latest made-in-China ...

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they’re already using on Apple or Android phones. In a major strategy shift, a top ...

Dec 16, 2014

Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation

Microsoft announced Monday a new step toward real-time translation, launching a Spanish-English test program using its Skype messaging service. “Today, we are excited to announce the first phase of the Skype Translator preview program,” said Microsoft’s Gurdeep Pall. “The preview program will kick off ...

Xbox Japan chief quits amid poor sales

Dec 1, 2014

Xbox Japan chief quits amid poor sales

The head of Microsoft’s Xbox business in Japan has resigned but will remain part of the games business at the U.S. head office, the company said. Takashi Sensui’s position was “interactive entertainment business manager” at Microsoft Japan. The company said Sunday his position would ...