The Weekly Techno Briefs help you keep pace with the fascinating and constantly changing world of technology. HP has split its business into two entities, Facebook is adding new features, and Microsoft is launching its newest version of Windows. Catch up on some of the major events that have been making waves in the world of technology.
HP splits into twoHP will soon separate into two publicly traded companies. One company, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, will focus on cloud computing services and other tools for businesses, while the second, HP Inc., will handle personal computers and printers, according to wired.com. According to the website, the move is the result of dwindled sales of PCs and printers in recent years, partly due to the rise of smartphones, tablets and cloud computing services.
As a result, the giants of the computer hardware business like HP have been forced to rethink their strategies. By splitting itself in two, and investing more heavily in its own cloud computing services, HP seeks to retain its relevance in the face of competition from the likes of Amazon and Googles.
Microsoft set to launch Windows 10Microsoft is expected to release Windows 10 sometime in 2015, after the company's Build developer conference in April. Cnet reports that Windows 10 isn't just about PCs. The operating system will run on everything from desktops all the way down to smartphones, Xbox and tablets, and the user interface will adjust accordingly. The new version also brings back the new Start menu which can be customized and incorporates Live Tiles.
Indian e-commerce creates historyThis week India witnessed its biggest online sale. Flipkart claimed it sold products worth US$100 million (approximately €79 million or £62million) within 10 hours, while Snapdeal pegged its sales at Rs 1 crore (approximately €7.9 million or £6.2 million) a minute-which translates into a figure similar to Filpkart's. There were no sales figures from Amazon which also ran a three-day discount campaign. The sale on Flipkart started at 8:00 am and most of the products under scheme had been sold by the afternoon.
"The Big Billion Day is an unprecedented day for us as this is the biggest sale ever in India. With a range of exciting offers on quality products at disruptive prices available throughout the sale period, we have created history in Indian e-commerce," a joint statement said, according to Business Today. However, the event was not without issues, including incorrect pricing and site crashes despite deploying 5,000 servers leading to several customer complaints.
Link: Business Today
Facebook newsFacebook is all set to allow friends to send each other money using Facebook Messenger. The payment option lets users send money in a message in a similar way to how they send a photo. Users can add a debit card in Messenger, or use one they already have on file with Facebook. An in-app pin code also exists for added security around payments.
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