Both Microsoft and Google are making noise in the augmented reality/virtual reality market, and their recent moves may transform how mobile developers approach this sector.
Microsoft will spend $26.2 billion in cash to acquire LinkedIn in a move aimed at helping professionals increase their productivity. And mobile will play a major role.
HPE, Cisco and Microsoft are enjoying a comfortable lead in the cloud infrastructure market-- one that includes private cloud hardware, public cloud hardware and cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft recently announced plans to "streamline" its smartphone hardware business, a move that could affect Windows Phone developers worldwide. Although nothing is official, Microsoft appears ready to move past Windows Phone development, and the move may prove to be a good one for a number of reasons.
Xiaomi will buy roughly 1,500 patents from Microsoft in a deal that will see the Chinese manufacturer install copies of software such as Office and Skype on its phones and tablets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Microsoft is enabling developers to integrate instant messaging, audio and video experiences into their custom iOS and Android applications. While its initial focus is to drive "remote advisor" solutions, the SDK could also be a draw to developing for the Office platform, and beyond.
Facebook and Microsoft have hatched plans to build their own submarine cable network that will bypass congested network routes.
Microsoft today announced it will cut up to 1,350 jobs in Finland and up to 500 jobs globally as part of its further withdrawal from the smartphone business. The company said it would record an impairment and restructuring charge of around $950 million related to the move, of which it said $200 million would relate to severance payments.
NBC Sports Digital is scaling up its online video streaming effort ahead of the Summer Olympics with the launch of a new end-to-end streaming service, Playmaker Media. While its inaugural client, the International Olympic Committee, isn't surprising, the service is clearly intended to compete directly with established end-to-end streaming providers like MLB Advanced Media.
Perhaps to settle questions once and for all – if that's possible – Microsoft can proceed with plans to test terrestrial use of the 2483.5-2500 MHz Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) band currently assigned for use by Globalstar.