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Microsoft’s NEW CEO Tells Women Not to Ask For a Pay Raise

Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Standout, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft’s NEW CEO Tells Women Not to Ask For a Pay Raise

Microsoft's NEW CEO Tells Women Not to Ask For a Pay RaiseThere’s a reason Microsoft left such a huge chasm between CEO’s – remember the hijinks of Steve B? and congratulations to new CEO Satya Nadella – it seems the folk that pick these people might need a little self reflection.

Having ranted all that, it seems the new CEO has done something we all thought unattainable, he’s made people give a f_ck about Microsoft for the first time in years.

Nadella achieved this emotional engagement by offering up the most misogynisticly deplorable advice to women in the workplace. Not since Australia’s Prime Minister advised women to dull-down their expectations has a man at the top uttered such fowl advice.

“I think it’d be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in large numbers, simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons” Tony Abbott

According to Nadella the female ‘confidence gap’ is a sham? Nadella made his pickled remarks on stage at an event to celebrate the marginalized accomplishments of women in the technology industry… Seriously?! :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED! Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP …Much to Microsoft’s Chagrin

Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP …Much to Microsoft’s Chagrin

Windows Users Refuse to Ditch XP ...Much to Microsoft's ChagrinMicrosoft is a little over a month away from killing off its überpopular Windows XP operating system – April 8, 2014 – However, it seems that punters aren’t entirely in agreement with the tech-giants death yell.

February’s trends for XP and Windows 8 were unwelcome news at Microsoft, but perhaps not unexpected. In the past weeks the company has been reduced to asking customers for help in shrinking XP’s still-strong presence and has reportedly severely slashed the price of Windows 8 licenses to makers of low-priced devices in an effort to boost sales.

Much to the chagrin of Microsoft, for the second month in a row, Windows XP and Windows 8 both defied the maker’s wishes, XP, which Microsoft just wants to go away, gained user share, and Windows 8, the OS Microsoft hopes will fuel sales of new devices, flatlined in February.

Windows XP increased its share by .3 of a percentage point in February, ending the month at 29.5 percent of all personal – desktop and notebook – computers globally. In January, XP had gained a quarter of a point. The fact that the well-aged operating system accounts for a third of all Windows based PCs also has to have Microsoft tearing out strands of hair. Killing off the OS is likely to upset once loyal Microsoft devotees, but is anything likely to halt the funeral? Not a hope in hell according to Microsoft

UPDATED! 16 March, 2014: Microsoft has upped the ante in its lame attempt to lure users away from it’s almost defunct OS, offering a $50 carrot for users who buy a new Windows 8.1 device :: Read the full article »»»»


Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile

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Just a week after CEO Steve Ballmer spruked his retirement, Microsoft has announced it will buy Nokia’s mobile phone unit for almost $8 billion. The Finnish phone maker will grant Microsoft a 10-year non-exclusive licence to its patents, and will itself focus on network infrastructure and services :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATE! Apple, Microsoft and Adobe Front Australian Parliamentary Inquiry

Posted: April 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE! Apple, Microsoft and Adobe Front Australian Parliamentary Inquiry

Australia's IT Price WarAustralia’s parliamentary inquiry into consumer electronics and IT pricing has heard testimony from Apple, Microsoft and Adobe, the testimony however failed to impress. Australia consumers pay up to 90 per cent more for some of the most commonly required IT products, the trap of course is that programs like Adobe’s Photoshop are essential, irreplaceable tools in many businesses. The price discrepancies rely heavily on an enthusiastic abuse of copyright and a heavy handed approach to geo-blocking.

The price gouging by some of the planets largest companies led the parliamentary inquiry to take the unusual step of forcing Apple, Microsoft and Adobe – The Big Three – to front up and explain their obscene pricing policies. The inquiry issued a threatening summons to the world’s technology behemoths, demanding they answer accusations.

Committee chairman Nick Champion says the inquiry has heard from many Australian consumers and organisations frustrated at the prices charged for digitally downloaded software, computer games, music, movies, and e-books. Matt Levey, head of campaigns for independent consumer organisation Choice, says Australian consumers should not have to pay so much more.

Microsoft, which employs 800 people in Australia, says attempts to compare absolute prices across different counties is of limited use because there are a range of regional factors that need to be taken into account. The company says it provides recommended retail prices for its products that take into account various market forces, such as the size of the market, and the consumers willingness to pay :: Read the full article »»»»


Europeans Fine Microsoft $700 Million Over Lack of Browser Choice

Posted: March 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Europeans Fine Microsoft $700 Million Over Lack of Browser Choice

MicrosoftThe technology behemoth that is Microsoft has been fined more than $AU700 million for failing to offer it’s OS users a choice of different internet browsers in Europe.

The company was found to have breached its own 2009 commitment to introduce a pop-up screen offering users a choice of browser, rather than just Internet Explorer. The pop-up was introduced as part of an earlier European Union competition case, but was dropped in a Windows 7 update in early 2011.

Microsoft claims the omission was simply the result of a “technical error”. The tech-behemoth was fined 561 million euros – $AU711 million – taking the total cost of its regulatory troubles in Europe to 2.15 billion euros – $AU2.75 billion – since 2002.

The European Commission, which acts as competition regulator across the 27-member European Union, said it found Microsoft broke its undertaking between May 2011 and July 2012. The Commission said it takes such settlement commitments very seriously :: Read the full article »»»»


OOPS! Microsoft Posts First Ever Loss, Half a Billion Dollars Misplaced?

Posted: July 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on OOPS! Microsoft Posts First Ever Loss, Half a Billion Dollars Misplaced?

OOPS! Microsoft Posts First Ever Loss, Half a Billion Dollars Misplaced?That behemoth that is Microsoft – under the steerage of Steve Ballmer – has reported its FIRST EVER quarterly loss as a publicly listed company.

The company misplaced almost half a billion dollars – $US492 million – in the fourth quarter due to a massive $US6.2 billion write-down related to its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, a digital advertising firm aimed at helping Microsoft compete against Google and others.

The news is dire, not deathly though, Microsoft still posted an annual profit of $US16.98 billion and said the results reflected “solid revenue growth and rigorous cost discipline”.

In stark contrast, that other behemoth, Google, has reported an 11 per cent jump in second quarter profit to $US2.79 billion. Google said the result was boosted by a 21 per cent jump in revenues from its internet sites.


Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

The end of an Era. Microsoft has drawn the curtain on an industry institution, The Microsoft Keynote at CES. For the past 15 years they have had a grip on the podium that kicks off America’s largest consumer and electronics show. This is the show that every Technoid worth his weight in silicon attends. Like Mecca it is every noids duty to make the journey at least once in their life time. With Steve Ballmer and Ryan Seacrest taking center stage for Microsoft’s final keynote address to the CES the attending Technorati seemed to have given the final show a collective Meh. Still Ballmer did his best to emulate a living human being with an intact sense of humor.

In honor of this auspicious occasion Australian techno – doff doff – remix masters Pogo have pulled together a salute to the partnership. It’s funny, it’s moving and it will get you tapping your toes. With the highlights of 15 years of keynote events presented in 120 seconds Pogo have packed in the memorable moments. With enough source material to give the best reality TV show an entertaining run for its money Pogo selected from 11 Bill Gates speeches – blue screen of death included -, 4 speeches from pre-eminent monkey man Steve Ballmer, 8 celebrity guests – including the Rock – and far too many interview sweaters to count. Read the full article »»»»