Less than three months after touting an ambitious original programming slate at its April 29 Newfront presentation, Xbox Entertainment Studios has been shuttered by Microsoft.
Microsoft is going to wind down Nokia's Asha and Series 40 feature-phone businesses over the next 18 months to focus solely on devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, according to an internal company memo. The decisions come as part of Microsoft's decision to cut 18,000 jobs, including 12,500 former Nokia workers, the largest restructuring in the company's history.
The job cuts Microsoft made to its Nokia devices business were not surprising, and they reflect Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's drive to change Microsoft into a software and services company that enhances productivity for enterprises and consumers through its platforms. Devices will still be a part of Microsoft, but they will be used for a specific purpose: to showcase the best Microsoft experience, primarily in high-end gadgets.
The axe is falling for former Nokia handset workers. In its largest round of layoffs to date, Microsoft said it will cut up to 18,000 jobs this year, or 14 percent of its workforce. It is expected that many of those cuts will be to employees the company acquired when it bought Nokia's devices and services business for around $7.4 billion.
Apple's new enterprise mobility partnership with IBM could put more pressure on BlackBerry and Microsoft as well as Google and OEMs that use Google's Android software, according to industry analysts.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella knows his company needs to change if it wants to stay competitive--and he said the key to fostering change at the company is to renew the firm's mainstream products but also to stay innovative and "incubate" new things like wearable devices.
Equinix is giving Washington, D.C., businesses another option to get Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute by offering the service out of its Washington, D.C., Cloud Exchange facility.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid out a manifesto for the company to move beyond the "devices and services" mantra supported by his predecessor Steve Ballmer and into an era where the software giant focuses on "productivity and platforms."
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Microsoft will release this fall a wearable fitness band that will display smartphone notifications, according to a report from SuperSite for Windows.