Microsoft chief financial officer Peter Klein is leaving at the end of June after three and a half years in the post, as the world's biggest software company struggles with sharply declining personal computer sales and a lukewarm reception for the new Windows 8 operating system.
Klein, an 11-year Microsoft veteran, is the latest in a line of top-level executives to leave the company, following Windows head Steven Sinofsky last November.
Microsoft has opened a flagship shopping site on Tmall.com, China's largest B2C venture and part of the Alibaba Group.
Alizilla, the news and commentary website of the Alibaba Group, reported that the new site, MicrosoftStore.Tmall.com, is an outlet for Microsoft products, including its Surface tablet computer, Office software, hardware and accessories and third-party OEM Windows phones and PCs. Over 50 Microsoft products are currently available on the site, according to Microsoft.
Retail Tech Japan, the largest exhibition in Japan that brings together IT devices and systems for the retail and distribution industry, opened on 5 March. US technology giant Microsoft showcased its new Windows 8-based retail devices in the four days event.
"Last year, we released Windows 7 for Embedded Systems. What we are doing today is evolving the Windows 7 technology into a new platform – Windows 8," said John Boladian, Business Group Lead for Windows Embedded in Asia.
Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Group has announced plans to roll out Windows 8-based platforms and technologies that enable retail industry devices such as digital signage, point-of-service (POS) terminals and kiosks.
These new intelligent systems will move beyond standalone entities to help retailers strengthen customer experiences and drive operational intelligence.
Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft and Google have become embroiled in a bitter dispute over who is the fairest of them all for online shopping, stepping up the battle between the tech giants. Microsoft threw the first punch when it launched a campaign for its Bing search engine “to highlight Bing's commitment to honest search results.” Meanwhile, Google announced earlier this year it would revamp its product search to become a shopping service with paid listings.
Microsoft's new PC, Surface, is now available for purchase at all Microsoft retail, holiday and online stores in the United States and Canada. With a starting price of USD499, Surface will also be available online at microsoftstore.com in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In China and Hong Kong, Surface will be available online at Suning.
Microsoft will hire 1,000 staff in China over the coming year, adding to the 4,500 the company already employs in the country, a senior executive said on Thursday.
The move is aimed at strengthening the company's position in a market it sees as key to future growth, but where software piracy and regulation remain serious hurdles. The new employees will be added in research and development, sales, marketing and services, said Ralph Haupter, CEO for Microsoft’s Greater China operation, speaking to reporters in Beijing.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its next-generation operating system tailored for a world shifting from personal computers to smartphones and tablets will be available on 26 October.
Microsoft's next-generation operating system will be available in October as the software giant strives to stay relevant in a blossoming mobile era centered on tablets and smartphones.
Microsoft has unveiled Surface – its own-brand family of tablets.
The touchscreen computers will be powered by its upcoming Windows 8 system and contain a choice of an Intel or ARM-based processor.
It allows the firm to challenge Apple's bestselling iPad with a device that can run standard applications such as its own Office programs and Photoshop.