It was December 2012, and Doug Burger was standing in front of Steve Ballmer, trying to predict the future.
Ballmer, the big, bald, boisterous CEO of Microsoft, sat in the lecture room on the ground floor of Building 99, home base for the company’s blue-sky R&D lab just outside Seattle. The tables curved around the outside of the room in a U-shape, and Ballmer was surrounded by his top lieutenants, his laptop open. Burger, a computer chip researcher who had joined the company four years earlier, was pitching a new idea to the execs. He called it Project Catapult.
Microsoft: a technology company best known for Windows, Office, ...and curing cancer? While that last one may be very surprising, the company’s claims to fame may indeed feature some medical miracles in the near future. In fact, Microsoft says it might ‘solve’ cancer in the next 10 years.
Microsoft is continuing to follow through with the 2,850 additional job cuts company officials announced back in July that they'd be making during fiscal 2017.
The latest round of cuts, which happened this past week, affected both Redmond and London (as well as some other geographies).
Microsoft has patched a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that at least two threat actor groups have used for some time to serve malicious advertisements to between 1 million and 5 million users daily.
The dark satanic rumour mill suggests that Microsoft will be withdrawing the Lumia brand by the end of the year.
Vole has a cunning plan to replace it with a brand new Surface Phone and kick start its ailing smartphone business.
Lately Microsoft’s Lumia lineup has shrunk to just four models, and there’s nothing to indicate it’s working on a successor. Vole has removed the link to buy them from its US website. On the retail side, stores have started removing units from display, and are trying to shift remaining stock by offering steep discounts.