Downloading and installing the Simplified Chinese ClearType fonts for Windows XP from Microsoft also makes Microsoft YaHei available on Windows XP.
In 1985, Windows 1.0 was released with Microsoft Write. It was a basic word processor, intended to be more complex than Notepad. It was very similar to the Macintosh version, and had all of the same features. It saved and wrote to Write .wri files, a new format created specifically for Microsoft Write. Later versions could save to the Word .doc format. Write was replaced with WordPad in Windows 95. WordPad can read .wri files, but is unable to save to them.
Microsoft YaHei has been distributed with Windows since Windows Vista, and is the default user interface font when the language is set to Simplified Chinese. It aims to be more legible than its SimSun predecessor when used with ClearType. It is also included in the Simplified Chinese version of Microsoft Office 2007.
Specifically, Microsoft Gaze is based upon contextual ads and rich entities. The contextual advertising offered by Microsoft Gaze uses semantic analysis to determine dominant keywords within the content of a published web site. Rich entities are defined within Microsoft Gaze as pieces of content that are enriched with additional pre-defined attributes that are interesting to the users.
Its Microsoft Dynamics business applications, which supported Microsoft's largest Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) deal in Australia and Microsoft SharePoint.
In June 2015, Microsoft announced it will rebrand its Nokia Care centres to Microsoft Care and then Lumia Care Point Locations. It was later reported that Microsoft would close the majority of their care facilities in Poland and other European countries in favour of having more large centralised facilities as opposed to smaller ones being a part of the larger restructuring within Microsoft's mobile devices strategy based on their plan of laying off former Nokia employees.
In addition, Microsoft Services provides IT support and solutions to government bodies. In 2011, the organization established a partnership with Brunei to develop the country's e-government objectives. This was achieved through the Microsoft Academy, a mentorship and training programme that develops the IT skills of government employees. In July 2012, the first batch of trainees successfully graduated from the Microsoft Academy program. There are 3 major service offerings: Enterprise Strategy, Consulting and Premier Support.
Microsoft Care (formerly Nokia Care) centres are physical locations created to deliver personalised customer support services and fix broken Lumia and Nokia-branded devices. This centres employ highly skilled engineers to repair and fix Nokia and Microsoft devices, though initially Nokia Care centres were the only place where customers could upgrade their Symbian devices prior to the launch of the Nokia Software Updater.
Microsoft YaHei UI, a version of Microsoft YaHei with alternate character design and reduced line height, was introduced with Windows 8. As part of Microsoft YaHei update, Microsoft YaHei UI is included in a TTC file along with Microsoft YaHei.
Even after the acquisition of Nokia's mobile device business by Microsoft, several Lumia devices were unveiled by Microsoft Mobile in September 2014 that still carried the Nokia name, including the Lumia 830 and Lumia 735. In July 2014, it had been reported by evleaks that Microsoft was attempting to license the Nokia name in a co-branding scheme, which would have possibly seen future devices branded as "Nokia by Microsoft". As a part of the change of ownership, the social network pages have also been rebranded as Microsoft Lumia rather than Microsoft Mobile; this sought to emphasize the Windows Phone over other Nokia mobile phones while also updating social network pages of Windows Phone to the new Microsoft Lumia branding. To reflect this change, Nokia Conversations was also rebranded as Lumia Conversations, and NokNok.tv to Lumia Conversations UK. However, the rebranding has not been consistent, as the Nokia Army was renamed the Spartan Nation and the support site for legacy phones, accessories, various Nokia-branded devices, and services, originally Nokia Discussions, was renamed the Microsoft Mobile Community. The Lumia Beamer was the last Lumia-branded application to have its URL changed from Nokia to Lumia, signifying the end of the transitional term during which Microsoft was allowed to use Nokia.com and related sites.
On January 22, 2015, the Microsoft Office blog announced that the next version of the suite for Windows desktop, Office 2016, was in development. On May 4, 2015, a public preview of Microsoft Office 2016 was released. Office 2016 was released for Mac OS X on July 9, 2015 and for Windows on September 22, 2015.
Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 was released in 1999 along with Microsoft Office 2000 Premium and Developer, but came separately on 2 CDs. It developed from the Picture It! 2.0 engine's .MIX format and expanded further into vector imaging technology. It required a separate installation from the main installer for the core Office suite, and was also released as a stand-alone product as part of Microsoft's Graphics Studio line of products (Greetings, etc.).
In November 2014, a post by a Microsoft Twitter account stated that all Nokia and Microsoft Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 would receive updates to Windows 10; however, following the official unveiling, Microsoft denied this, stating that they instead were targeting the "majority" of Lumia phones and that not all phones would receive the update or support all of its features. Later, Microsoft confirmed that low-end devices with 512 MB of RAM (including the Nokia Lumia 520, which represents 24.5% of all Windows Phone devices sold), would also get the Windows 10 upgrade, but reaffirmed that not all of its features would be supported on these devices. Additionally, Microsoft stated on January 16, 2015 that low-end Windows Phone 8.1 phones will not get some Lumia Denim features.
Microsoft released a new simulator in February 2012, titled Microsoft Flight, designed to replace the Microsoft Flight Simulator series and aimed at drawing new users into flight gaming. While claiming to be simpler to use for inexperienced users, it is incompatible with Flight Simulator, and does not allow the use of existing Flight Simulator add-ons (including aircraft, objects, and photographic scenery). On July 26, 2012, Microsoft cancelled further development of Flight.
The Microsoft Services organization provides IT consulting services and solutions through a network of IT professionals all around the world. It has billions of customer and partner interactions per year through onsite, phone, web, community and automated tools, helping organizations plan, deploy and run their current and future IT investments in support of their business goals. It also provides consumer customers and business partners with end user support services. A range of services, such as high level program and partner management services, is available for Microsoft's portfolio of offerings by audience segments: Enterprise, SMB, Consumer, Advertiser, Developer, and Partner.
Sometimes, the dominant keywords of a site are truly representative of what the content is by using technologies like KEX (keyword extraction) and smart algorithms. However, people are pretty complex and the dominant keywords may not actually reflect what the reader's main interests are. Microsoft Gaze approaches this complexity as an opportunity to engage people in a revolutionary way to learn more about what they want. This way, Gaze can serve more contextually accurate advertising.
In October 2015, Microsoft launched the first Lumia devices running on Windows 10 Mobile: the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550. In February 2016, the Lumia 650, which also runs Windows 10 Mobile, was launched. Sales of Lumia devices declined between fiscal years 2015 and 2016, with phone revenue decreasing by $4.2 billion or 56%. When Microsoft announced the acquisition in September 2013, 7.3 million devices were sold in the quarter, but this shrunk to 1.2 million at the quarter ending June 2016. Since the Lumia series make up 95% of total Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile sales, the operating system market share also shrunk along with it. Throughout 2016 Microsoft slowed down production volumes of Lumia devices, and it was speculated that the series would be discontinued by the end of 2016.
Today Microsoft is giving awards for top-performing partners in various countries.
Microsoft offers free runtime versions of Microsoft Access which allow users to run an Access desktop application without needing to purchase or install a retail version of Microsoft Access. This actually allows Access developers to create databases that can be freely distributed to an unlimited number of end-users. These runtime versions of Access 2007 and later can be downloaded for free from Microsoft. The runtime versions for Access 2003 and earlier were part of the Office Developer Extensions/Toolkit and required a separate purchase.
In May 2013, Microsoft began to launch mall kiosk locations known as Microsoft Specialty Stores, expanding upon the Surface-focused pop-up stores established during the launch of Windows 8. They have a smaller product offering, with a particular focus on Surface and Windows Phone product lines.