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  1. Microsoft achète la division affaires de l’entreprise lavalloise InCycle Software pour un montant qui n’a pas été dévoilé. Plus précisément, Microsoft achète la division InRelease, qui conçoit des solutions de gestion de développement continu d’applications. Grâce à cette acquisition, le numéro un mondial du logiciel dit vouloir «élargir son offre de solutions de développement des opérations utilisant Microsoft Visual Studio et Team Foundation Server.» Visual Studio est un ensemble d’outils qui permet de développer des applications Web, alors que Team Foundation Server est un système de développement collaboratif de logiciels. «L'acquisition d'InRelease ajoutera des capacités de gestion de lancement aux solutions de gestion du cycle de vie des applications (application lifecycle management, ou ALM en anglais) et de développement des opérations offertes par Microsoft, ce qui aidera les clients à offrir de meilleures applications plus rapidement et plus efficacement», a expliqué l’entreprise de Redmond dans un communiqué. «InRelease a été conçu comme un complément aux fonctionnalités existantes de Visual Studio. Nous sommes très heureux qu'il fasse maintenant partie d'une solution d'ALM intégrée dont tous les clients Visual Studio pourront bénéficier», déclare Claude Remillard, président d'InCycle Software. Fondée en 2002, InCycle Software possède des bureaux à Laval, New York, San Francisco et Seattle.
  2. Am I the only one that would pay more for electronics to improve these poor people's working conditions? BTW, This is proof that it is NOT an apple issue. (Like some of you believe) Report: Mass Suicide Threats at Xbox 360 Plant On Jan. 2, over 300 employees at a Foxconn plan in Wuhan, China threatened to throw themselves off a building in a mass suicide. Foxconn makes Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony products. These workers manufacture Xbox 360s. According to Chinese anti-government website China Jasmine Revolution (via Watch China Times), the workers were protesting denied compensation they were promised. On Jan. 2, the workers asked for a raise. Foxconn told them they could either keep their jobs with no pay increase or quit and get compensation. Most decided to quit with compensation. However, the agreement was supposedly terminated, and the workers never received their payments. Website Record China reported that the uproar the incident actually caused Xbox 360 production to be temporarily suspended. The mayor of Wuhan intervened to talk down the group down, and on Jan. 3 at 9pm, the group of 300 decided not to jump, ending what could have been a deadly game of chicken. Suicides at Foxconn made major news in 2010 when over a dozen employees committed suicide, leading to Foxconn installing suicide prevention nets at some of its facilities. In 2010, Kotaku asked Microsoft about Foxconn and the reported abuses. Microsoft's Phil Spencer said at the time, "Foxconn has been an important partner of ours and remains an important partner. I trust them as a responsible company to continue to evolve their process and work relationships. That is something we remain committed to—the safe and ethical treatment of people who build our products. That's a core value of our company." Kotaku is following up with Microsoft over this latest incident.
  3. Dans un blogue, Microsoft annonce qu'elle s'ouvre à la concurrence en permettant à son prochain système d'exploitation, Windows7, d'utiliser des programmes de ses concurrents. Pour en lire plus...
  4. Le PDG de Microsoft s'est dit content de voir le portail internet Yahoo!, qu'il avait tenté sans succès de racheter l'an dernier, désormais dirigé par une de ses connaissances. Pour en lire plus...
  5. La Commission européenne a envoyé une «lettre de grief» à Microsoft pour lui signifier ses soupçons d'un abus de position dominante dans l'intégration systématique d'Internet Explorer à Windows. Pour en lire plus...
  6. Les dirigeants de compagnies comme Microsoft et General Electric. soutiennent que l'incapacité de venir à la rescousse de l'industrie bancaire est une menace pour l'économie. Pour en lire plus...
  7. Le PDG de Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, dit ne pas vouloir revenir en arrière pour déposer une nouvelle offre d'achat. Pour en lire plus...
  8. Le milliardaire américain a revendu à perte toutes ses actions de Yahoo!, n'acceptant pas le refus de la direction de se faire acheter par Microsoft. Pour en lire plus...
  9. C'est au tour du géant américain de l'informatique de prendre des mesures pour contrer les effets du ralentissement de la consommation. Pour en lire plus...
  10. APRIL 8, 2009, 9:14 PM ET It’s not too surprising that microprocessor guru Marc Tremblay has decided to leave Sun Microsystems, which was experiencing challenges and executive departures well before the brouhaha over stalled takeover talks with IBM. More intriguing is the fact that he is going to Microsoft, which is not exactly a center of chip design. Tremblay, in an email, referred questions to a spokeswoman for Microsoft. She could only provide a statement with a few boiler-plate facts about his new job: He will hold the title of distinguished engineer in the “strategic software/silicon architectures” group under Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer. Marc Tremblay This is not a group that many people knew existed. The spokeswoman could not answer when it began operating, or how many people are in it. But she said Tremblay will manage a team of technologists “who will help set the company strategy for software and semiconductor technologies, as well as maintain relationships with semiconductor companies.” Stepping back, it’s easy to see how a person with Tremblay’s talents could help the company. Microsoft’s Xbox division, for example, has to think about which microprocessors to consider in designing a follow-up to its current gaming console. Its Windows group, meanwhile, has to design new versions of the operating system for the rapid proliferation of chips with many electronic brains rather than one or two. Tremblay, who was chief technology officer of Sun’s chip unit, certainly has the credentials. During 18 years at Sun, he amassed at least 100 patents–the most of anyone at Sun–and led the development of several important members of a chip line called Sparc that has long powered Sun’s flagship server systems. That hardware represents a sliver of the market compared with machines based on x86 chips, the kind sold by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. But Sun in recent years put out an eight-processor Sparc chip–part of a line that had the code name Niagara–that has sold very well for small servers. Tremblay, whose departure was reported Tuesday by the New York Times, is more closely associated with a chip called Rock that was designed for high-end machines. And Rock has not been such a happy story; in February, Tremblay told reporters that the chip, which will have 16 processors, won’t be ready until the second half of 2009–compared to an original arrival date of the second half of 2008. And that part of Sun’s server line faces long-term questions, whether or not IBM decides to buy the company. Billings for those systems declined 32% to $662 million in the second quarter ended in December, while the Niagara-type machines grew 31% to $369 million. (Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader for pointing out that Tremblay hails from Quebec, not France). Copyright 2008 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  11. Cette offre faite en janvier 2007 ressort des documents liés à une plainte d'actionnaires de Yahoo! contre le pionnier du Web. Pour en lire plus...
  12. Microsoft to Open Stores, Hires Retail Hand By NICK WINGFIELD Microsoft Corp. said it hired a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive to help the company open its own retail stores, a strategy shift that borrows from the playbook of rival Apple Inc. The Redmond, Wash., company said it hired David Porter, most recently the head of world-wide product distribution at DreamWorks Animation SKG, as corporate vice president of retail stores for Microsoft. In a statement, Microsoft said the first priority of Mr. Porter, who is also a 25-year veteran of Wal-Mart, will be to define where to place the Microsoft stores and when to open them. A Microsoft spokesman said the company's current plans are for a "small number" of stores. [microsoft store and retail concept] Microsoft In a warehouse near its Redmond, Wash., campus, Microsoft created mockups for how Microsoft products might be displayed either in its own stores or in a retailer's. [microsoft store or retail concept] Microsoft It remains to be seen whether the effort can add some pizzazz to Microsoft's unfashionable image, which Apple has sought to reinforce with ads that mock its competitor. Mr. Porter, in a statement, said there are "tremendous opportunities" for Microsoft to create a "world-class shopping experience" for the company's customers. "The purpose of opening these stores is to create deeper engagement with consumers and continue to learn firsthand about what they want and how they buy," Microsoft said in a statement. The move is a sign of the deeper role consumer-technology companies are playing in the retail business, despite the many risks of straying from their traditional businesses of making hardware and software. Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., encountered widespread skepticism when it first began opening its own retail stores in 2001. Eight years later, though, Apple's chain of more than 200 stores around the world are widely credited with helping the company boost sales of its Mac, iPod and iPhone product lines. The Apple stores, with their eye-catching architecture, highly-trained sales staff and "genius bars" that provide technical support, gave Apple a way to showcase its products in an environment where they weren't lumped in with a gamut of other electronics items. Sony Corp. and Bose Corp. also operate their own stores. At the same time, some large electronics retailers have fallen on hard times amidst the weakening economy. CompUSA Inc. last year closed most of its retail stores, while Circuit City Stores Inc. is in the process of shutting down all of its stores and laying off more than 30,000 employees. Microsoft has long flirted with the idea of doing its own store, even as it has tested ways that retail partners can better sell Microsoft products. In a 20,000-square-foot warehouse near its campus in the suburbs of Seattle, Microsoft has tested various retail concepts, complete with shelves displaying Xbox games and big computer monitors with touch-sensitive screens. Key details about Microsoft's retail plans still need to be worked out, though. Microsoft said the stores could feature a range of products from personal computers running its Windows operating system to cellphones running the company's Windows Mobile operating system to its Xbox videogame console. One of Mr. Porter's tasks will be to figure out whether to actually sell computers rather than merely show off their features. Any decision that favored some PC makers and left others off store shelves could anger some hardware partners. Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD Group Inc., which tracks retailers, said Apple doesn't face the dilemmas Microsoft will in the retail business because Apple makes the hardware and software for its products. "That's going to be a big challenge for Microsoft," Mr. Baker said. A spokeswoman for Hewlett-Packard Co., one of Microsoft's biggest hardware partners in the PC business, declined to comment on Microsoft's retail strategy. Spokesmen for Dell Inc. didn't respond to requests for comment. Microsoft's store plans could also irk existing retail partners like Best Buy Co., on whom Microsoft is especially dependent for sales to consumers. Best Buy representatives didn't return calls requesting comment. Microsoft said it will share the lessons it learns from its own stores with other retailers. The failures of other stores opened by technology companies will loom over Microsoft as it launches its stores. In 2004, computer maker Gateway Inc. shuttered a network of more than 188 company-owned retail stores after weak sales. Microsoft itself operated a Microsoft store inside a movie-theater complex in San Francisco beginning in 1999, but two years later shut down the store -- which showcased, but didn't sell, Microsoft products.
  13. Le géant américain de l'informatique Microsoft a procédé à l'ouverture officielle de son premier centre de développement canadien en banlieue de Vancouver. Pour en lire plus...
  14. Le groupe Internet annonce la fin des pourparlers avec le leader mondial de l'informatique et la conclusion d'un partenariat publicitaire avec son rival. Pour en lire plus...
  15. Le groupe Internet annonce la fin des pourparlers avec le leader mondial de l'informatique et la conclusion d'un partenariat publicitaire avec son rival. Pour en lire plus...
  16. Microsoft a informé Yahoo! de manière catégorique qu'il n'avait aucun intérêt à relever son offre, dont la dernière version proposait 33 $ par action. Pour en lire plus...
  17. Le président du conseil d'administration accuse le milliardaire de déformer la réalité et de manipuler les faits sur les événements récents avec Microsoft. Pour en lire plus...
  18. L'entreprise prévoit désormais un ralentissement économique prolongé ce qui aura un influence sur les résultats trimestriels. Pour en lire plus...
  19. Bill Gates, le cofondateur de Microsoft et le 3e homme le plus riche de la planète, prend sa retraite. Pour en lire plus...
  20. Sous le thème « Startups essentielles » - La deuxième édition du Festival international du Startup se tiendra à Montréal du 11 au 13 juillet 2012 MONTRÉAL, le 20 juin 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Reconnue pour la vitalité de ses festivals et la créativité de ses jeunes entreprises, Montréal est un endroit de choix pour la tenue du Festival international du Startup (Startupfest). Axé sur l'entrepreneuriat dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies, l'événement attire les créateurs, les entreprises en démarrage (startups), les investisseurs et les clients de cette nouvelle économie qui affluent des quatre coins du monde. Lancé l'an dernier, le festival tiendra sa deuxième édition du 11 au 13 juillet prochain et réunira des grands noms du domaine, tels que Dan Bricklin, Paul Mockapetris, John Wood, Stowe Boyd, Dave McClure, Howard Lindzon et Craig Walker. Ce festival offre aux participants une occasion en or de rencontrer de brillants joueurs de la scène internationale du démarrage d'entreprises technologiques. Centré sur les secteurs chauds, comme la mobilité, les jeux électroniques et les réseaux sociaux, le festival aborde aussi les technologies propres, l'éducation, les soins de santé et bien d'autres domaines. Sous le thème « Startups essentielles », l'édition 2012 rassemble les investisseurs visionnaires d'aujourd'hui et les entrepreneurs anticonformistes de demain au cours d'un événement qui est en passe de s'imposer comme un creuset de nouvelles idées et de maillage. Ces trois jours seront remplis de conférences inspirantes, d'exposés éclair, d'expositions, d'ateliers, de débats sur des questions d'avenir, mais aussi d'activités divertissantes et de prix en argent. Bref, le festival offre aux participants de multiples possibilités de réseautage professionnel, tout permettant de s'amuser en bonne compagnie. La liste des conférenciers se trouve au « Notre objectif est toujours d'informer, d'inspirer et de divertir », explique Philippe Telio, fondateur du Festival international du Startup. « L'an dernier, l'événement a attiré plus de 1 100 personnes du monde entier. Puisque cette année nous attendons des autobus nolisés de New York et de Québec, des trains de Waterloo et de Toronto, ainsi que des vols d'un peu partout dans le monde, l'édition à venir promet de remporter un succès retentissant sur la scène montréalaise et bien au-delà. » De plus, le Festival international du Startup a fait équipe avec le Festival Juste pour rire pour présenter des activités festives, comme ces exposés éclair (qu'on appelle aussi en anglais elevator pitches) et qui seront justement présentés dans un ascenseur, des jurys formés de grands-mères et toute une panoplie d'autres activités amusantes - une rareté dans la plupart des événements d'affaires. « Microsoft s'est engagée à accélérer le succès de jeunes entreprises innovatrices », a déclaré Christian Beauclair, gestionnaire supérieur, Groupe développement et plateforme, chez Microsoft Canada. « Il n'existe pas de meilleurs endroits que le Festival international du Startup pour découvrir une foule d'entrepreneurs et d'acteurs de l'industrie réunis sous un même toit au même moment. Ce festival est une formidable occasion pour nous d'entrer en contact avec des gens aux idées originales et de leur offrir l'accès aux outils de développement de Microsoft et à un écosystème qui les aident à démarrer leur entreprise. » Métropole multiculturelle, Montréal entretient une affinité naturelle pour la créativité et les nouvelles technologies et représente un environnement idéal pour les échanges entre les investisseurs, les créateurs, les développeurs et les entrepreneurs de la planète. Le fait que le Festival international du Startup se tienne encore une fois à Montréal est certainement gage de succès. L'édition 2012 du Festival international du Startup est parrainée par Microsoft, un commanditaire de niveau platine. L'événement s'échelonne sur trois jours, soit du 11 au 13 juillet 2012, à la gare maritime Iberville du quai Alexandra dans le secteur historique du Vieux-Port de Montréal. Renseignements : Philippe Telio Festival international du Startup (514) 303-7546 [email protected] Twitter: @ptelio and @startupfest
  21. Steve Ballmer, PDG de Microsoft, exclut un rachat malgré le départ du PDG Jerry Yang, qui y était hostile. Pour en lire plus...
  22. Microsoft a également décidé d'augmenter le dividende trimestriel versé à ses actionnaires de 18%, pour le porter à 13 cents par action. Pour en lire plus...
  23. Les profits ont grimpé à 4,5 G$ US, soit 46 cents l'action - ce qui est inférieur d'un cent par action aux attentes des analystes. Pour en lire plus...
  24. via le site de Microsoft : Press Release MICROSOFT CLOUD TO TOUCH DOWN IN CANADA Locally deployed Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will help power Canadian business Toronto, June 2, 2015 – Microsoft today announced plans to deliver commercial cloud services from Canada. Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will be delivered from Toronto and Quebec City in 2016, further strengthening Microsoft’s footprint in Canada’s competitive cloud landscape. “Soon, the Microsoft Cloud will be truly Canadian,” said Kevin Turner, Worldwide Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft, who travelled to Toronto to make the announcement. “This substantial investment in a Canadian cloud demonstrates how committed we are to bringing even more opportunity to Canadian businesses and government organizations, helping them fully realize the cost savings and flexibility of the cloud,” said Turner. According to IDC, total public cloud spend in Canada is projected to grow to $2.5B by next year. The fastest growth will be from Public cloud infrastructure with a strong 45 per cent increase by 2016. These new locally deployed services will address data residency considerations for Microsoft customers and partners of all shapes and sizes who are embracing cloud computing to transform their businesses, better manage variable workloads and deliver new digital services and experiences to customers and employees. General availability of Azure is anticipated in early 2016, followed by Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online later in 2016. Janet Kennedy, President of Microsoft Canada, says delivering cloud services from data centres on Canadian soil opens up significant new cloud-based possibilities for organizations who must adhere to strict data storage compliance codes. “We’re very proud to be delivering the Microsoft Cloud right here in Canada, for the benefit of Canadian innovators, entrepreneurs, governments and small businesses. Delivering the flexibility of hyper-scale, enterprise grade, locally deployed public cloud services is the ultimate Canadian hat trick.” Canadian Customers Already Using Cloud Today Canadian customers of all sizes are already in the Microsoft Cloud. Even today, Microsoft delivers cloud-based email, Office 365, and CRM Online to more than 80,000 Canadian businesses. Companies like Air Canada, Quebecor and Hatch are saving money while empowering their employees to collaborate, be more productive and mobile with Office 365, Yammer, and Skype for Business. “Information systems and technology continue to be a differentiator for Hatch as it helps us to gain advantages in the marketplace – our use of Microsoft cloud is an integral part of this success. We are now able to focus on our business while benefiting from all the innovation Microsoft offers with a Service Level Agreement we can count on.” Christopher Taylor, Global Director, Hatch. is a great example of an Ontario-based start-up leveraging Microsoft Azure, the company’s cloud-based infrastructure. The company delivers 850M page views per month on Microsoft Azure and owns no servers. is able to rent servers from Microsoft by the hour based simply on the demand they receive. “We only pay for what we use,” said Gary Manning, CTO and co-founder at “We estimate our cost per 1,000 users is only $0.07! We’d never be able to build that back-end infrastructure ourselves.” Governments in Canada Welcome the Microsoft Cloud Ontario’s Deputy Premier and President of Treasury Board, Deb Matthews, applauded Microsoft’s commitment to enabling Ontario businesses to compete globally. “This commitment by Microsoft will further enhance the ability of Ontario’s innovative business sector to thrive and compete with the best in the world,” said Matthews. “To date more than 3,200 Canadian startups have benefited from joining the free BizSpark program, many of which are based in Ontario. By bringing the power of the cloud to Canada and providing free access through BizSpark, our entrepreneurs can truly compete with the best in the world.” John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, praised the announcement as a significant boost to Toronto’s digital infrastructure. “Together with Microsoft, we’re bringing Toronto into the 21st Century,” said Mayor John Tory. “Toronto is home to a skilled and talented work force that is ready to bring ideas to life. The City is committed to investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure that’s needed to attract good jobs and fuel innovation.” Tory noted that it’s estimated that more than 14,000 jobs in Toronto are connected to cloud computing. To learn more about Microsoft’s cloud touching down in Canada visit Additional Quotes “Microsoft gives us the high-performance infrastructure we need to handle major fluctuations in traffic and demand for a majority of our media websites,” said Richard Roy, Vice President of IT and Chief Technology Officer, Quebecor. “We only pay for what we use, eliminating the need for costly up-front investment in hardware. Microsoft has completely transformed the way we build new IT environments – what used to take days or weeks can now be done in a matter of minutes. Our move to Microsoft’s cloud with has enabled us to innovate rapidly in response to changing forces in our industry.” “We decided to move to the cloud with the Office 365 suite because of the globalization of CDPQ’s investment activities and our need for simplified collaboration among our teams around the world”, said Pierre Miron, CDPQ’s Executive Vice-President, Operations and Information Technologies. “CDPQ also welcomes Microsoft’s decision to establish two data centers in Canada, one in Quebec City and the other in Toronto,” added Miron. “The City of Regina partnered with Microsoft Canada in 2013 to become one of Canada’s first public sector organizations to embrace Office365,” said Chris Fisher, Director of IT, City of Regina. “That strategic decision, which raised eyebrows amongst our peers, continues to pay dividends as the product matures. It is helping the City find cost-effective ways for employees to efficiently communicate with each other and the public.” “As proud Canadians and creators of the world’s first 100% cloud-based digital asset management system, we’re eagerly awaiting the new Canadian data centres coming online next year,” said David MacLaren, President & CEO of MediaValet. “Since launching the first version of MediaValet in late 2010, we’ve had opportunities to work with healthcare, government and higher education organizations in Canada, but been hampered by their rigorous data compliance needs. Microsoft’s investment in a Canadian cloud will open up doors to significant sectors of the Canadian market and help us grow our market share on home soil.” About Microsoft Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit For further information, please contact: Natasha Beynon Veritas Communications [email protected] 416.640.4660
  25. Microsoft ouvrira des boutiques dès l'automne Nelson Dumais, collaboration spéciale, 16 juillet 2009 | 14 h 46 La presse spécialisée faisait écho, hier, d'une annonce de l'Empire à l'effet que les premières Boutiques Microsoft seront ouvertes dès l'automne, possiblement en même temps que le lancement de Windows 7. Or, a précisé Kevin Turner, le COO («Chief Operating Officer») de Microsoft qui prenait la parole devant les participants du «Worldwide Partner Conference», ces magasins seront situés à proximité des très populaires Apple Store. Cette affirmation fait suite à une annonce similaire faite en février dernier où on parlait de surfaces commerciales permettant aux différents produits Microsoft d'être exhibés pour mieux les faire connaître et, éventuellement, vendus. Microsoft a même embauché un ancien de chez Wal-Mart, David Porter, pour diriger ce réseau de boutiques en devenir.