Happy apping - check out the top smartphone apps

2014-08-27 13:05

Mobile chat is probably the most hip pastime that people use their smartphones for, based on the most popular apps on online platforms.

China to rattle Microsoft, Google and Apple

2014-08-24 14:45

China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, a report says.

Microsoft promises more with Windows 8.1

2014-08-18 08:00

Microsoft is hoping to encourage you to upgrade to Windows 8.1 - check out the infographic.

China probes revive protectionism concerns

2014-08-07 14:30

China's recent probes into Microsoft and car companies including Audi and Chrysler have rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law.

Microsoft sues Samsung in US

2014-08-02 10:12

Microsoft has fired a legal salvo at long-time partner Samsung, accusing the South Korean giant of breaching a contract over licensing of technology used in the competitive smartphone market.

Microsoft ordered to turn over foreign data

2014-08-01 07:27

Microsoft must turn over a customer's e-mails and other account information stored in a data centre in Ireland to the US government, a US judge has ruled.

Microsoft challenging US on overseas data

2014-07-31 10:34

In a case closely watched by the tech sector, Microsoft will challenge a US court order requiring it to give prosecutors electronic mail content associated with an overseas server.

Microsoft under antitrust investigation in China

2014-07-29 11:00

Microsoft has said it is under investigation by antitrust authorities in China, pledging to co-operate in the investigation.

FNB bins Internet Explorer 8 for online banking

2014-07-23 13:33

In what will no doubt come as a shot at Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser, First National Bank has announced that it would no longer be supporting IE8.

Finland cashes in on cold

2014-07-20 16:30

With freezing winters where the mercury can sink well below zero and cool summers, Finland has attracted technology giants such as Google and Microsoft.

Microsoft to cut 18 000 jobs this year

2014-07-17 20:30

Microsoft will slash up to 18 000 jobs of its workforce, as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and tries to transform into a cloud-computing.

Microsoft disrupts international cybercrime rings

2014-07-01 11:00

Microsoft launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cyber crime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs.

Microsoft ups OneDrive online storage to 15GB

2014-06-24 10:05

Microsoft has moved to increase the cloud data for its customers as the company focuses on its software services business.

Microsoft updates privacy policy

2014-06-19 14:33

Microsoft has announced that it had revised its privacy policy to limit targeted advertising to users of its applications.

Punish Google, Apple, says China media

2014-06-04 12:44

Chinese state media lashed out at Google, Apple and other US technology companies, calling on Beijing "to punish severely the pawns" of the US government.

Inside the Internet of Things

2014-06-04 06:23

The Internet of Things and Big Data is now getting practical, writes Arthur Goldstuck.

Apple dethroned as global brand king

2014-05-21 12:04

Apple has been dethroned as the world's most valuable brand as the company battles declining market share and a perception that it cannot deliver innovative products.

China rules out Windows 8 for its computers

2014-05-20 15:34

China's government says it will avoid buying computer equipment that runs on Windows 8 in a setback for Microsoft's efforts to promote the operating system.

Microsoft CEO touts new Surface tablets

2014-05-16 09:47

Satya Nadella has enjoyed a fairly smooth ride in his first 100 days as Microsoft's chief executive, but he risks hitting a rough patch next week.

Microsoft rescues XP users

2014-05-02 10:50

Microsoft is providing an emergency update to fix a critical bug in its internet Explorer browser to help the millions of customers still running Windows XP.

Microsoft to sell Xbox One in China

2014-04-30 11:35

Microsoft will later start offering its Xbox One game console with a local partner in China, where such devices were banned for more than a decade.

Nokia completes sale of handset to Microsoft

2014-04-29 09:21

Finnish telecommunications group Nokia has completed the sale of "substantially all" of its handset business to the US software giant Microsoft.

Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security gap

2014-04-28 21:00

Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a link to a malicious website.

Microsoft beats Wall Street on new CEO debut

2014-04-25 10:51

Microsoft's new chief executive got off to a winning start with Wall Street as the world's largest software company eased past analysts' profit estimates.

Microsoft offers Office for Android, iPad in SA

2014-04-17 08:20

Hot on the heels of releasing Microsoft Office for the iPad, Microsoft has expanded the popular software to smartphones and tablets.


China to investigate Microsoft IE, media player

2014-08-27 11:10

The Chinese government agency investigating Microsoft has said the probe includes the way the US technology giant distributes its media player and browser.

Ex Microsoft CEO Ballmer quits board

2014-08-20 14:12

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has left the software company's board in order to spend more time on his newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

Microsoft has an emerging markets headache

2014-08-11 11:03

Despite the popularity of Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office suite, few people in emerging markets are willing to pay for legitimate copies.

Zuma: South Africa is open for business

2014-08-04 21:04

South Africa is a profitable place to invest, including the tourism and energy sectors, President Jacob Zuma has told a US Chamber of Commerce forum.

BBM comes to Windows Phone

2014-08-01 08:46

As part of its cross-platform strategy, BlackBerry has announced that BBM is available for Windows Phone devices.

Microsoft unveils Xbox in China

2014-07-30 14:56

Microsoft has unveiled its Xbox game console in China, the first to enter the market after an official ban 14 years ago.

Microsoft profit hurt by Nokia, but revenues jump

2014-07-23 14:21

Microsoft has said profits took a hit from its newly acquired Nokia phone division but that revenues got a strong lift from cloud services.

Google smartphone suit plays into rivals' hands

2014-07-21 11:16

A US consumer lawsuit accusing Google of monopolising prime real estate on Android smartphones will help mobile rivals like Microsoft make their antitrust case with European regulators.

Nokia X phones die from identity lack

2014-07-18 17:11

The Nokia X phones, which have been discontinued by Microsoft, blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.

Microsoft readies to wield jobs axe

2014-07-15 10:17

Microsoft is reportedly planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years as the software maker looks to integrate Nokia Oyj's handset unit.

Nokia launches two smartphones in SA

2014-06-26 23:06

Microsoft on Thursday launched two new mobile devices to target both the value and high end sectors of the market.

Power of Microsoft's Bing an open question

2014-06-20 14:31

Micrsoft's Bing a worthy competitor to Google, as it powers 30% of the internet search market, according to new chief executive Satya Nadella.

Microsoft, Sony battle for throne at E3

2014-06-08 21:16

Muscular new consoles from Microsoft and Sony are girding to battle for the throne of the video game industry at the E3 extravaganza set to kick off in Los Angeles.

Inside Internet of Things

2014-06-04 11:04

The Internet of Things and Big Data is now getting practical, writes Arthur Goldstuck.

Microsoft working on smart watch - report

2014-05-30 09:29

Microsoft plans to weigh into the wearable computing market with a smart watch, Forbes has reported.

Microsoft to press China over Windows 8 ban

2014-05-21 11:06

Microsoft has said it would maintain efforts to gain approval in China for its Windows 8 operating system after a ban announced by Beijing.

Microsoft CEO faces tough sell on Surface

2014-05-16 12:35

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella risks hitting a rough patch when he unveils the latest models of the tepidly received Surface tablet.

PlayStation 4 leads jump in US console sales

2014-05-16 09:01

Sony's PlayStation 4 has led a surge in console sales that has lifted the US video game market.

Microsoft fixes XP, IE bug

2014-05-01 20:25

Microsoft is helping the estimated hundreds of millions of customers still running Windows XP, which it stopped supporting earlier this month, by providing an emergency update.

IE phishing bug explained

2014-04-29 13:00

There has been some controversy over the bug in Microsoft Internet Explorer that may allow a hacker to take over a computer. Check out our video.

Nokia names Suri as CEO after Microsoft sale

2014-04-29 07:01

Nokia says it has appointed Rajeev Suri to head the new company after it sold its ailing mobile phone unit to Microsoft.

Nokia finalises deal with Microsoft - firm

2014-04-25 14:47

Nokia has completed the sale to Microsoft of its once iconic handset business, leaving factories in India and Korea out of the deal.

Microsoft reports strong sales of XBox One

2014-04-18 08:44

Microsoft says it it has sold more than five million XBox One consoles since they were launched in November.

Call for global firms to spend war chests

2014-04-16 09:59

The world's top firms should start spending the $2.8trn cash built up since the downturn as their thriftiness could be halting global growth, warn analysts.

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