Microsoft disclosed in a statement that China is investigating the company in an antitrust probe after China government officials paid unexpected visits to the software firm’s offices.
Representatives from China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which is responsible for enforcing business laws, made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu.
Microsoft Corp. is in talks to acquire Israel-based cybersecurity startup Aorato Ltd., according to a person familiar with the matter, who said the deal was worth around $200 million and could close within the next two months.
Microsoft declined to comment and Aorato wasn’t immediately available for comment. Founded in 2011 by veterans of the Israel Defense Forces technology units, Aorato develops and sells software that monitors access to central communication components in enterprise IT systems.
Microsoft's widely used software for brokering network access has a critical design flaw, an Israeli security firm said, but Microsoft contends the issue has been long-known and defenses are in place.
Aorato used public information to craft a proof-of-concept attack that shows how an attacker can change a person's network password, potentially allowing access to other sensitive systems, said Tal Be'ery, its vice president of research.
Microsoft channel partners need to urgently redefine and evolve their businesses so that they can resell the company's cloud computing products, according to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.
Just as Microsoft has embarked on a sometimes painful reinvention, its partners need to follow suit, because the alternative is to miss a massive opportunity in cloud computing, a vehement Turner said Monday at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference.
Satya Nadella's message to the Microsoft troops yesterday underlines the way consumerization has changed computing already: To Microsoft, everyone is now a "dual user" who uses technology for work and play. That's two chances to lose a customer if Microsoft products don't delight them.