As we reported yesterday, Microsoft has officially announced that they are rebranding Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft did this re-branding to highlight the fact that Microsoft Azure supports broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud not just Windows. Today we are announcing that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, beginning April 3, 2014. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. Our commitment to deliver an enterprise-grade cloud platform for the world’s applications is greater than ever. Today we support one of  the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first, data-powered world, customers want a ...

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Xbox is Microsoft’s premier entertainment brand for the TV, phone, PC and tablet. Xbox offers some of the best and broadest games, as well as one of the world’s largest libraries of movies, TV, music and sports. It makes use of Kinect to provide all new way to interact with your content. Xbox SmartGlass allows any of your device to turn into second screen for Xbox experience. While some of the services are exclusive to Microsoft’s own platform, some of them are available across many platforms. Take Xbox Music, Xbox SmartGlass as examples, they are available on Windows, iOS and Android. According to recent job posting, Microsoft has a team working on bringing next generation entertainment experiences to the Windows, Android, and iOS platforms. They claim themselves as extremely well-funded startup and looking for people to develop iOS and Android apps based on Microsoft’s cloud platform. The interesting thing in ...

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As Microsoft and Nokia are close to completing the acquisition deal, both the companies are aligning themselves to start working on respective companies from Day 1 once the deal is completed. Nokia has already started reporting Devices and Services division under separate category in its financial reports. Nokia’s HERE team, CTO office has moved to different campus in Finland. Microsoft is also making some changes to accommodate the incoming Nokia group. The main change is that Stephen Elop will become the EVP of Devices division at Microsoft. Currently, Julie Larson-Green is looking after that job at Microsoft, and since the deal is close to completion, she is now moving on to new role at Microsoft. Larson-Green will become chief experience officer for products including Bing, Office and Skype, among others products. She’ll report to Qi Lu, the executive vice president who leads the Applications and Services Group. Read more about her role ...

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Microsoft is running a new promotion called the ‘Skype Collaboration Project’ that is allowing Skype users to make free group calls, free group screen sharing, no advertising and access to live customer support, for free. All of these features are typically reserved for premium account holders but you can get them free for 12 months.  After you enter your email address a code will be sent to your inbox. After the code is redeemed you see a message that shows a credit of $107.88. I’ll update this post as we learn more about the motive behind this offer. Redeem: Skype Offer   ...

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