Ranking are rankings, right? Lists like this are mostly about perception. Still, Microsoft, thanks to its recent investments and enhanced focus on cloud and hardware, has found a place at the top. It has been listed as the second most valuable brand in the world — just behind Apple. Forbes has compiled this list,...

Some things change very slowly. Microsoft has enjoyed a spot among the world brand leaders, but in the latest list, the technology titan is ranked on the fifth spot. Apple, Google, Coca Cola and IBM all positioned ahead of the company. Still, it’s a good place to be in, even if the chart does not change much when it...

If all goes according to plan, Microsoft will acquire Nokia’s devices and services unit by the first quarter of 2014, pending approval from shareholders and regulatory bodies. And this means that Nokia’s illustrious Lumia brand name will come under Microsoft’s control in around half a year. The Windows Phone devices...