Microsoft will begin selling the Xbox One videogame console in China in September, sources familiar with the plans told Re/code. An announcement is expected as early as Tuesday evening.
Last year, Microsoft struck a manufacturing partnership with BesTV. Such partnerships with non-Chinese companies were allowed under a newly created “Shanghai Free Trade Zone” aimed at encouraging new foreign investments.
Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets may be selling better than their first generation counterparts, but revenues from the Windows RT and 8.1 devices are still not making up for the amount of money the company is spending on its PC hardware products.
Adobe Systems released emergency security updates for Flash Player in order to fix a vulnerability that has been exploited in attacks against users since earlier this month.
The attacks were discovered by security researchers from Kaspersky Lab and were launched from a website set up by the Syrian Ministry of Justice to receive complaints about law violations. It’s not clear who was behind the attack, but the site had been compromised in the past by hackers.
Today, Skype announced that the telephony service would immediately make group video calling free for all Windows/Mac desktop users, along with Xbox One Live Gold subscribers. The feature, which was limited to Skype Premium subscribers, brings Microsoft's service closer in cost parity to Google Hangouts, which offered free group video calls beginning with its launch in 2013 (and even before that when Hangouts were embedded in the original Google+).
Microsoft Corp. announced it has completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The acquisition has been approved by Nokia shareholders and by governmental regulatory agencies around the world. The completion of the acquisition marks the first step in bringing these two organizations together as one team.