Round two of Microsoft layoffs coming September 18: Sources

Posted 1 day ago ago at All About Microsoft with 8 recent echos

Microsoft will continue with its planned layoffs of 18,000 with job cuts across nearly all divisions of the company with its second wave of cuts later this week. Follow @maryjofoley Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July. That wave included some, but not all, of the former Nokia employees, my contacts say. It also included employees in the Operating Systems Group and just about every other group across the company. Microsoft also is planning to reduce...

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Microsoft announces 'Windows 9' event in San Francisco on September 30th

Posted 2 days ago ago at The Verge with 7 recent echos

Microsoft is expected to deliver a Windows Technical Preview at the event or soon after so that developers and enterprise customers can evaluate a number of changes the company is making. Screenshots and videos of the Windows Technical Preview have leaked over the past week, revealing the addition of a new Start menu, a virtual desktops feature, and a Notification Center. Microsoft also appears to be tweaking its desktop user interface to improve and flatten the traditional icons, alongside some...

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Windows 9: More evidence of Cortana shows up

Posted 2 days ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

In mid July, Neowinbroke the news that Cortana will be coming to Windows 9, and thanks to a leak of a build of the upcomingoperating system, we can now see more evidence of the digital assistant. As seenin the image above, the folks over at German have found the resource files for Cortana. Unfortunately, as we have previously noted, this is a partner build of Windows 9 and, as such, some features are not enabled. Cortana is one of those features, along with Internet Explorer12,...

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Leaked Windows 9 screenshots reveal early version of Cortana for PC

Posted 2 days ago ago at The Verge with 2 recent echos

Microsoft is also bringing over a number of other Windows Phone features to Windows 9, including Storage Sense and Wi Fi Sense. Storage Sense is designed to collect information on what data is being stored by apps or the system to make it easier to prevent a hard drive filling up. Its not yet clear how Wi Fi Sense will be implemented in Windows 9, but the Windows Phone feature allows devices to automatically connect to Wi Fi access points that do not have a passcode associated with them....

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How the next version of IE, codenamed 'Spartan,' might support extensions

Posted 2 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 2 recent echos

My sources say that the codename for this next IE release is Spartan. One of my contacts caught a glimpse of a zSpartan app that can be seen in one of the leaked Threshold screen shots from ComputerBase and WinFuture. Ive embedded that screen shot in this post. zSpartan is visible in the list of programs on the Start Menu, just below the word Video. Before Microsoft went public about its Cortana personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, there also were similar sightings of a zCortana app....

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Official handset image shows new Windows Phone with 'Windows' branding

Posted 3 days ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

Earlier this week, details emerged on Microsoft plans to change some of the branding for its mobile devices. The Nokia brand is being phased out and will no longer be used on future handsets, but in a change that will affect Microsoft hardware partners as well, the Windows Phone brand is also being dropped. The changes come as Microsoft shifts its focus to a single Windows brand one Windows platform for all devices and form factors. Microsoft has not publicly announced or even acknowledged that...

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Microsoft is looking to 'fundamentally change the way Windows is shipping'

Posted 1 day ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

Near the end of Ballmer tenure as CEO, he introduced the rapid release cycle for products at Microsoft. No longer will the company go years before significantly updating its products;instead, itwill ship features as soon as they are ready. Nadella agrees with this and has been pushing his teams even harder to ship faster. Now,thanks to a new job posting on Microsoft website, Windows is about to undergo even faster changes. According to a job posting on Microsoft website, they are looking to...

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Microsoft layoffs part deux: Coming soon

Posted 18 hours ago ago at GigaOM with 1 recent echos

Remember those layoffs Microsoft promised back in July? The next batch is due soon, tomorrow in fact, according to a company source, confirming what ZDNet already reported. News that the software giant needed to slim down big time first broke in late June. The actual announcement – plans to cut 18,000 people or about 15 percent of total headcount — came on July 17. About 12,500 of the jobs were axed almost immediately. Now, it looks like the next tranche happens Thursday. Microsoft...

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