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Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo quizzed over subscriptions

Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo quizzed over subscriptions

Technology
Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are being investigated in the UK for the way subscriptions to their online gaming services are renewed.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it was "concerned" about whether the firms are acting legally.The CMA will also look at the firms' terms and conditions, as well as how they handle cancellations and refunds.It is seeking testimony from customers about how they have been treated by the games companies.Loyal serviceThe CMA said its investigation was at an "early stage" and it had not yet formed a view as to whether the companies have broken consumer protection law.In a statement, Microsoft said: "We have received a notification from the Competition and Markets Authority and will be co-operating fully with their ...
Microsoft: What went right under Satya Nadella?

Microsoft: What went right under Satya Nadella?

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device On Monday, it will be five years since Satya Nadella was announced as Microsoft's chief executive.Since taking charge he has turned the tech firm's fortunes around, making it the most valuable company in the world for the first time since 2002.Go on, admit it. You thought Microsoft was so last century, didn't you? In the late 80s and 90s, the company's Windows operating system ruled the world. Catching the waveBut where Bill Gates - chief executive from 1975 to 2000 - caught the wave of personal computing, so Steve Ballmer - 2000 to 2014 - failed to do likewise with mobiles. Although the Surface tablet is a modest success, Microsoft's smartphones have flopped despite the firm paying more than 5.4bn ...
Apple, Microsoft and Amazon could drive the market in the next wave of earnings

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon could drive the market in the next wave of earnings

Finance
The earnings season is about to get a lot more interesting with about a quarter of the S&P 500, nearly half of the Dow Jones Industrials and three of the four biggest companies in the world reporting in the week ahead. Mega-cap tech companies Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon report respectively on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There will be heavy focus on them, not just because they are the biggest stocks — Microsoft first, then Amazon and Apple fourth — but because they represent growth and have been market leaders. Facebook, the sixth largest stock by market cap, also reports on Wednesday. The bar has already...
Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Technology
Microsoft has paused the October update of its Windows 10 operating system after reports that some users found their documents disappeared once it was installed.On its support page, the firm asks affected customers to use their device as little as possible and to phone their local helpline.It is also asking people who have downloaded the update manually not to install it.The firm said the cases were isolated."Microsoft has paused the roll-out of the update while we continue to investigate reports from some customers," the firm said in a statement.Trust issue"Last night I updated to 1809, and it all went smoothly, but then I find that all my files in Documents are deleted. Gone. Poof. This included many crucial documents and financial info," wrote Stuart D...
Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

Technology
Russian attempts to launch cyber-attacks against US conservative groups have been thwarted, Microsoft says.The software company said Russian hackers had tried to steal data from political organisations, including the International Republican Institute and the Hudson Institute think tanks.But they had been thwarted when its security staff had won control of six net domains mimicking their websites.Microsoft said the Fancy Bear hacking group had been behind the attacks.Domain control"We're concerned that these and other attempts pose security threats to a broadening array of groups connected with both American political parties in the run-up to the 2018 elections," Microsoft said in its blog detailing its work.The thwarted attack w...