Technology giant Microsoft is working on a new project which combines autonomous drones, cloud computing and genomics in a bid to neutralize disease epidemics at the source. The development, titled Project Premonition, aims to use drone technology to access inhospitable areas and analyse the genetic data of mosquitoes to assess...
Toshiba and Microsoft have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership will leverage Toshiba’s IoT devices with Microsoft’s Azure IoT Cloud infrastructure. Toshiba will deliver sensor-data-driven applications in various market segments starting in calendar year 2015. The partnership will enable Toshiba and Microsoft...
Software giant Microsoft has teamed up with Indian gadget maker iBall to launch the Splendo. It is a dongle-sized PC that runs Windows 8.1. Splendo can be connected to TVs and monitors via HDMI. It’s powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and includes 32GB of onboard storage. It...
Today, Microsoft has announced that  it has acquired Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, after weeks of rumors. The software giant has revealed that it paid $2.5 billion for the gaming company,  a figure which falls in line with earlier estimates. With this deal, the founders of Mojang will depart the company,...
We are starting this week off with an interview with the Microsoft Country Manager for East and Southern Africa, Mr Eric Odipo who talked to us about Office 365 and some of the strategies to make it succeed in Sub Saharan Africa. I usually start off my interview with a...
Software giant Microsoft has announced a new entry-level phone that costs just $20. The new phone is aimed at emerging markets. It is a 2G-based Nokia 105 which features a 1.4-inch color display and can store up to 2,000 contacts. It has an FM radio and promises up to 35 days of standby...
You can now find local services in Uganda at the click of the button, after Africa 118 launched its online directory today. The East African tech firm, which has been supplying a mobile directory service in Kenya that bridges the information gap for both enterprises and consumers, has now introduced...
Reports coming in indicate that ailing Canadian giant BlackBerry is set to be bought. According to Phone Arena and Mobile Burn, The deal would apparently be worth roughly $7-billion. The reports however say that Microsoft isn't the only interested party, with Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo apparently in the running as well. The...
Microsoft has announced the winners of the Global Educator Challenge, which includes six educators from across Africa. John Gichuri from Kenya; Floyd Chanda from Zambia; Sachita Jeeta from Mauritius, Mokhudu Machaba and Warren Sparrow from South Africa and Nelly Hamed Abdelmoneim from Egypt were celebrated at the 2015 Microsoft...
Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said in a conference speech this week that Windows 10 would be the "last version" of the dominant desktop software. His comments were echoed by Microsoft which said it would update Windows in future in an "ongoing manner". Instead of new stand-alone versions, Windows 10...