As Microsoft gets ready to release its Xbox One later this year, the crucial battle for players will be fought outside the U.S. where the console lags. Yet many of the new features the company touted yesterday won't win over global gamers.
Microsoft Corp. unveiled its first new Xbox in almost eight years, seeking to position the console at the center of games and home entertainment against a growing roster of competitors that includes Apple Inc. to Facebook Inc.
Microsoft Corp. is revamping the Xbox to fend off a breed of competitors ranging from Apple Inc. to Facebook Inc. Those companies were nowhere in gaming when the software maker debuted its last version five years ago.
BlackBerry is counting on growth in emerging markets such as Brazil and Indonesia with a cheaper smartphone and a plan to expand the popular instant-messaging system that helped drive growth in those countries.
Cisco Systems Inc., the largest maker of computer-networking equipment, will have its appeal against the European Union’s approval of Microsoft Corp.’s $8.5 billion takeover of Skype Technologies SA heard by an EU court this month.
Microsoft Corp. named Amy Hood its first female chief financial officer, putting a 10-year veteran in charge of debt, finances and a growing cash pile at a software maker beset by plunging demand for personal computers.
Microsoft Corp.’s search for a new chief financial officer is pitting Tami Reller and Amy Hood -- the top finance executives at the company’s two most profitable divisions -- against each other, two people with knowledge of the matter said.