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Microsoft shifts ever further to cloud as it writes off entire Nokia acquisition

Nadella's mobile first, cloud first strategy will centre more on software and cloud services than devices

Software giant Microsoft has announced a ‘restructure’ of its phone hardware business that amounts to a write off of the entire Nokia acquisition, reports Telecoms.com.

Microsoft doubles cloud revenue in Q3

Nadella said Microsoft is well on its way to becoming a cloud-first, mobile-first company

Microsoft pulled in $21.7bn in revenues for the three months ending March 31, 2015, up 6 per cent year on year. But the company said its commercial cloud revenue more than doubled in the past quarter alone.

Microsoft reveals Office 2016, Skype for Business, Azure IoT services

Microsoft chief exec Satya Nadella previewed a number of new services at Convergence this week

Microsoft revealed a slew of new cloud offerings and updates to its productivity offerings at the company’s annual Convergence conference this week, including a developer and enterprise preview of Office 2016, a re-branded Microsoft Lync (Skype for Business), and an Azure-based suite of Internet of Things services.

Microsoft Q2 buoyed by cloud services, devices

Microsoft's Q2 2015 shows strong growth in its cloud services

Despite slipping profits in Microsoft’s second quarter financial results this year the company reported solid performance in its commercial cloud services, which at $5.5bn now represents close to a quarter of the firms revenues. The company’s chief executive Satya Nadella said the results show change is in full swing at the Redmond-based enterprise IT giant.

Microsoft and Dropbox integrate clouds

Microsoft has stepped up its open source strategy significantly this year

Microsoft is letting users of the company’s productivity suite store, access, edit and share Office 365 files directly from Dropbox’s cloud-based storage platform.

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs, Nokia integration a key driver

Nadella:'Microsoft needs to be a leaner, flatter organisation to realise Nokia synergies'

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced long-rumoured job cuts on Thursday. In a memo to staff Nadella said the company would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, or 14 per cent of the company’s workforce, as it realigns its corporate resources to focus on mobile and cloud and integrates Nokia within the wider business.

Microsoft and Salesforce ink cloud deal

Microsoft and Salesforce have announced integration of their enterprise software services

The move comes as Salesforce continues to shift focus from SaaS to mobile PaaS, and integrate its services with a growing range of enterprise cloud service providers. Earlier this year Salesforce launched a connector that bridges Oracle software with its CRM system; the two inked another deal last year that saw the CRM provider commit to using Oracle Linux as the basis of its cloud service as well as its Exadata system.

Microsoft FY13 results bolstered by Azure, Office 365 growth

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft told journalists and analysts Thursday that the company's solid performance was bolstered by its cloud growth

Software giant Microsoft released its financial results Thursday evening, announcing quarterly revenues of $20.4bn for the period ending March 31, 2014 and total annual revenues of $63.45bn. In a call with analysts Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella said the company saw strong momentum in its cloud services as the company as it continues to transition towards a more mobile and cloud-focused businesses.

Microsoft puts Azure at the centre of Internet of Things

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella said his company will continue to target the burgeoning Internet of Things market

Microsoft’s freshly minted chief executive officer Satya Nadella said this week that the Internet of Things (IoT) will play an increasingly large role in the company’s strategy moving forward. The company unveiled the latest version of SQL server and a number of Azure-based services designed to ingest, metabolise and rationalise data from IoT sensors.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella introduced a slew of mobile and cloud-focused updates Thursday, five weeks into taking the reins

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

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