Microsoft is giving OneDrive early adopters a 100GB bonus for checking out the newly-renamed cloud storage service, after having rebranded globally earlier today. The promotion, which is offered to the first 100,000 people to sign into OneDrive today, is on top of the regular 7GB of storage Microsoft offers to all new sign-ups.
We mentioned back in late January that Microsoft had been forced to rebrand its cloud storage system from SkyDrive to OneDrive. That move came after Microsoft lost a legal battle with Sky Broadcasting in Europe. The rebranding is now official and Microsoft has announced that OneDrive is available globally.
Microsoft Office for iPad has been teased for a while now, with news concerning it arising in various bits and leaks over the course of many months. The latest among them is word from various sources that Microsoft plans to roll out its productivity software in the first half of this year, a jump from the previously-projected Fall timeline.
Nokia has denied any risk of potential delay to its deal with Microsoft, despite tax issues in India threatening to scupper the transfer of a handset manufacturing facility as part of the phone division acquisition. While the Delhi High Court had previously given Nokia the go-ahead to include the Chennai plant, local tax authorities stepped in and claimed Nokia still owed income tax amounting to around $3.4bn.
Computer users are vulnerable to all sort of attacks that seek to steal personal information or install nefarious software on PCs. At times, the attacks target flaws in the computer operating system and at times, they target other software on the machine such as the web browser. Hackers have attacked web users recently using an unknown flaw in Internet Explorer.
Microsoft has worked hard to make its game consoles more than just for playing video games. With the Xbox 360, Microsoft worked hard to add all sorts of entertainment options to the console to make it as much a place for watching your favorite streaming content and movies as for playing games. That has continued with the Xbox One launching with a number of apps for streaming services.
Jason Holtman, who spent several years working for Valve and was the company's Director of Business Development, took up a job with Microsoft in the latter part of 2013, a move centering around Microsoft's PC gaming efforts. Now, less than half a year later, the company has confirmed Holtman has left the building.
Microsoft is tooling up for a big push into the Internet of Things (IoT), a run on new hires to the team suggests, with hints that consumer tech like wearables and automotive could be on the agenda. The company has been relatively quiet on its plans for computing as it spreads beyond PCs, tablets, phones, and consoles, though the IoT technology could work alongside Microsoft's previous research into HomeOS, a home automation system.