Microsoft announces limited-time offer for VMware users to switch to Hyper-V

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it will soon be running a limited-period offer for the users of VMware server virtualization to switch over to using Microsoft Hyper-V.

The announcement of the new limited-time promotion by Microsoft comes against the backdrop of the imminent launch of Windows Server 2016, which is scheduled for release sometime in September with new per-core licensing.

Microsoft begins the rollout of Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Software giant Microsoft commenced the distribution of its major Windows 10 upgrade for 2016 -- the ‘Anniversary Update’ -- to customers on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The rollout of the Anniversary Update was started by Microsoft at around 1 pm ET.

The Anniversary Update is being rolled out to Windows 10 users across different devices through the update service of the operating system.

Federal appeals court rebukes U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on Microsoft’s Ireland server

In a noteworthy Thursday ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said that Microsoft and other technology companies cannot be forced by the U.S. government to turn over customer emails stored on overseas servers.

Microsoft announces new Skype for Linux Alpha application

Software giant Microsoft said in a Wednesday announcement that it has launched Skype for Linux Alpha application --- an "alpha" test version of the company's new Skype for Linux client for consumer users of its Skype voice- over-IP, instant messaging and teleconferencing service.