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Microsoft set to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, making it the biggest acquisition the software giant has made up to date. Microsoft will pay $196 a share – a premium of almost 50% to Friday’s closing share price. The deal is Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s latest effort to revitalize Microsoft, which was… Read More »

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Microsoft to Mentor StartUps Via #StartUpThursday9ja

Tech Giant Microsoft will start a program to mentor startups in Nigeria as part of its “African Startups” initiative. Through the initiative #StartUpThursday9ja , Microsoft Nigeria will enable successful entrepreneurs share their experience of what it takes to start and grow a business in Africa. Evaristus Ezekwem, audience evangelist at Microsoft, informed Footprint to Africa… Read More »

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Microsoft acquires iOS Groove app

On Wednesday, Microsoft confirmed that it did in fact acquire the Groove music app that was available on iOS from the startup Zikera. The news comes several months after Microsoft changed the name of the Xbox Music app to Groove. “Microsoft acquired Zikera’s Groove music app. We have nothing more to share,” a Microsoft spokesperson told… Read More »

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Microsoft acquires SwiftKey For $250M

Microsoft has London-based startup SwiftKey famed for their predictive keyboard mobile app in a deal worth an estimated $250 million. In a statement on the company’s blog, founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock, wrote: ‘We’re excited to announce an important milestone on SwiftKey’s journey. The startup, which makes keyboard apps for Android and iOS devices acquired… Read More »

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Microsoft plans to donate $1 billion in cloud computing resources

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella announced a new three-part initiative to ensure that Microsoft’s cloud computing resources serve the public good. As part of this initiative the recently formed Microsoft Philanthropies will donate $1 billion of Microsoft Cloud Services, measured at fair market value, to serve nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years…. Read More »

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Microsoft acquires ‘MinecraftEdu’ Education Edition for classroom learning

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it had acquired “MinecraftEdu,” a company that develops a tweaked version of Minecraft — specially designed for classroom learning. Over the last several years, “MinecraftEdu” has attracted a strong following and is used in more than 7,000 classrooms in more than 40 countries. Minecraft: Education Edition will be available free… Read More »

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Microsoft acquires email management app Accompli

Microsoft said it is buying the mobile email management application Accompli, in a deal reported to be worth more than $200 million. Microsoft said it is buying the mobile email management application Accompli, in a deal reported to be worth more than $200 million. The deal gives Microsoft a startup helping people more easily manage… Read More »

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Windows 9 ‘Threshold’ Update Leaked in Purported Screenshots

Microsoft’s upcoming Threshold update (expected to be released as Windows 9) has been leaked again in screenshots on Thursday. Two German websites posted 20 purported screenshots of the anticipated Windows 9, said to be an early build given to Microsoft partners as “Windows Technical Preview”, and is expected to be made available later this month… Read More »

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