HealthVault to shut after 12 years

  Microsoft will close its personal health records service HealthVault launched in 2009, on November 20 , 2019, as per an email sent to users and accessed of by ZDNet . Any data within the service will be deleted on the shutdown date, Microsoft said. It allows businesses and consumers to store personal health records…

Bing restored in China after being inaccessible

Microsoft in a statement said “ We can confirm that Bing was inaccessible in China, but service is now restored”. The outage caused concern that the service might have been blocked by the Chinese authorities, in the same way the firewall that blocks  Facebook and Twitter. Chinese authorities have also cracked down on Virtual Private…

Microsoft invests $200m in ride-hailing app Grab

Microsoft is investing $200m in Grab, as it seeks to encourage the use of its technology among  ride-hailing services around the world. Singapore based Grab has attracted investors like Japan’s Softbank who will invest $500m apart from Microsoft. Microsoft in the past invested in Uber in 2015 and partnered with India’s Ola two years later.…

Microsoft buys GitHub,  world’s largest coding platform for $7.5bn

Microsoft today confirmed that it acquired Git-Hub, a popular Git-based code sharing and collaboration service for $7.5billion  in Microsoft stock. GitHub raised $350m and the company was valued at £2bn in 2015. Former Xamarin CEO Nat Friedman ( now Microsoft corporate vice president)  will become the GitHub’s CEO. Former GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath will become…

Microsoft once saved Apple from Bankruptcy by investing $150m

Microsoft founded on April 1975, once invested $150 million to save Apple from Bankruptcy in 1997, when Microsoft’s market capitalisation was $146.68 billion. A deal was struck after Microsoft promised to support Microsoft Office for the Mac in return Apple agreed to make Internet Explorer its default web browser.

Microsoft snaps up SwiftKey for £170 million

Microsoft buys London based AI firm SwiftKey the maker of the popular predictive smartphone keyboard for  £170 million ($£250million). According to Microsoft “the development for both IOS and Android platforms will continue, in addition, they will explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the entire range of products and services.” SwiftKey is…

Xbox One dashboard shown in most complete video yet

Microsoft has shown off parts of its Xbox One dashboard previously, but the company has now started to demonstrate it fully with just under a month until the console is released. In a new video briefly posted to the official Xbox One site, Microsoft demonstrated apps, games, and TV switching from the very start of…

Microsoft pulls some Windows Phone web ‘apps’ following complaint

Microsoft started repackaging popular mobile websites into Windows Phone apps earlier this week, but it appears some of the companies involved weren’t aware of the effort. The software giant has now removed three of the apps: Southwest, Cars.com, and Atari Arcade. It’s not clear whether all three will return at some point, but at least…