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Google wants to be the ‘Cloud Company’ by 2020 competing with Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure

Business, Internet, Mobile
Urs Hölze, the senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, predicts that within the next five years, Google’s Cloud Platform revenues could surpass its advertising revenue. Speaking at the Structure Conference, he acknowledged that the company is coming from behind in a market where Amazon GOOG 2.03% Web Services and Microsoft MSFT 1.66% Azure have greater mind share in corporate accounts. But he also said Google has 13 years of experience in big accounts thanks to its Google Search Appliance business and Google Apps. “Our reputation lags reality, but will catch up,” he noted, alluding to product announcements “coming soon.” He did not elaborate. He also held that Google’s cloud growth rate is probably leading the industry in terms of growth, noting that Microsoft

Microsoft To Expand Azure Cloud Footprint in Europe

Business, Mobile
Satya Nadella has announced a new UK cloud region and data centre expansion, after Microsoft acquired cloud data protection company Secure Islands. Speaking at the company’s annual Future Decoded event in London, Nadella plans to release a number of data centres and a local Azure Cloud region to boost its presence in the UK in 2016. Customers from Europe, Middle East and Africa will also benefit from an expansion of data centres in the Netherlands and Ireland. The Microsoft CEO says it’s a huge milestone for the company, and will empower individuals and companies to achieve more. “Our hyperscale public cloud operates around the world, with more regions that anyone else. [We are] giving our customers, from startups, to small businesses, to public sector organisations more choice to be abl

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella launches Windows 10 in Nairobi

Business, Mobile
Microsoft will launch a new version of their popular operating system Windows on July 29th. The new operating system, dubbed Windows 10, will be available as a free upgrade for those with licensed Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 operating systems on their devices. It will cost $199 for the pro version for new users & $199 for the Home version. Users wishing to upgrade to the Pro version will have to pay $99. Microsoft  announced plans to host live celebrations around the world when its Windows 10 product launches on 29 July. The events will celebrate the role its five million ‘Windows Insiders’ played in the development of the software. Events have been planned in 13 locations: Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, New Delhi, Dubai, Nairobi, Berlin, Johannesburg, Madrid, London, São Paulo and New

Microsoft Could Be Dropping Internet Explorer For The New ‘Spartan’ Browser

Internet, Mobile
According to the Windows  Blog, Microsoft is working on a new browser called Spartan. Read below Introducing Project Spartan: The New Browser Built for Windows 10 Today I’m excited to share more details about “Project Spartan,” the new browser we are introducing in Windows 10. Project Spartan will be available across the Windows 10 device family. It is fast, compatible, and built for the modern Web. Project Spartan is designed to work the way you do, with features enabling you to do cool things like write or type on a webpage. It’s a browser that is made for easy sharing, reading, discovery and getting things done online. We first shared details about Project Spartan on January 21, and it’s been really gratifying to see so much interest and excitement for our new Microsoft browser. Tod

Windows 10 takes a second swing at the future of Microsoft’s OS

Business, Internet
We've had a few months to get familiar with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but Microsoft is gearing up to provide us with quite a bit more info at an event on Wednesday, January 21. We'll be there live, and will update this story once we spend some time with the latest version. Until then, this is our deep dive into the technical preview of Windows 10 that was released in the fall. reports Nate Ralph of CNET The Windows 10 technical preview barely scratches the surface of what Microsoft has promised is coming down the pipe for it's latest OS. It's also buggy, and definitely shouldn't be installed on your primary PC. But this fledgling operating system is at once panacea and prescience, a remedy for Windows 8's identity-crisis that also rethinks and reworks the overly-bold approach to M...

Microsoft shutters Support for Windows 7, is it the beginning of the end?

Business, Internet
More than five years after its release, Windows 7 is still the most popular PC operating system on the planet; according to Net Applications, it's running on 56 percent of all PCs on the web. And today is the day Microsoft is officially dropping support for the software. Reports Vox It's the beginning of the end for Microsoft Windows 7. Microsoft is cutting off free support today for the ever-popular operating system ahead of the company's release of Windows 10 this year. Computers running Windows 7 will continue to work as usual, however Microsoft will no longer provide free assistance for any issues that arise and no new features will be added, the company announced. Microsoft will continue to provide security patches as needed until the extended support date of Jan. 14, 2020. Und

Microsoft slams Google for disclosing a Windows security flaw 2 days before Microsoft planned to issue a fix

Business, Cyber Security, Internet
Microsoft irked by Google's revealing of Windows 8.1 security flaw Microsoft has heavily criticized Google and the company's security disclosure policy after Google publicly revealed a Windows 8.1 security flaw just days before Microsoft planned to issue a patch to kill the bug. Chris Betz, senior director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, said in a lengthy blog post that the threat landscape is becoming increasingly complex, and it is time for companies to stand together in response -- rather than stand divided when it comes to cybersecurity strategies, such as in vulnerability and threat disclosure, as well as the release of security patches and fixes. This declaration comes after Google released details concerning a Windows 8.1 security flaw two days before Microsoft was d...

Back to the Start menu: Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system

Business, Mobile
Microsoft has disclosed the first details of Windows 10 - its next operating system (OS). The name is a surprise, bearing in mind it represents a jump from the last version - Windows 8. Reports BBC The software will run on a wide range of devices, from phones and tablets to PCs and Xbox games consoles, with applications sold from a single store. It also marks the return of the Start Menu, which had been removed from Windows 8. In addition to offering a list of the user's favourite applications, the menu also brings up resizable tiles - similar to those featured in Windows 8's touch-centric interface on PCs and tablets. These provide a quick view of notifications from relevant applications, such as details of new emails, Facebook messages and weather forecast updates. Microsoft announce...

America’s 10 Richest In Tech 2014: Zuckerberg beats Page, Brin, Bezos

Business, Internet
A year ago, Mark Zuckerberg had seen his wealth double in 12 months as Facebook recovered from its disappointing IPO in 2012. Now the CEO of the social networking giant is sitting even prettier. Reports Forbes On this year’s Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, Zuckerberg has a net worth of $34 billion, up $15 billion from 2013 — that makes him the biggest dollar gainer on the list. His net worth has more than tripled over the past two years, catapulting him up the rankings. He’s now the third richest American in the technology industry (last year he was sixth), and the 11th richest person in America. Zuckerberg was the biggest winner this year, but he wasn’t alone in rocketing up. The 10 richest people in tech on The Forbes 400 are collectively 23% wealthier than a year ago. The names o

‘World’s servers are ours’ says Obama administration

Business, Governance, Internet
US says global reach needed to gut "fraudsters," "hackers," and "drug dealers." by David Kravets for arstechnica Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border. A magistrate judge has already sided with the government's position, ruling in April that "the basic principle that an entity lawfully obligated to produce information must