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Xamarin raises $54M in funding to bring Microsoft’s programming language to other platforms

Xamarin, the San Francisco-based company that allows developers to code applications for a variety of different platforms using Microsoft’s C# programming language, announced today that it has raised a $54 million Series C round of financing. The round was led by a number of firms, including Ignition Partners, Lead Edge Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Floodgate… Read More

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Microsoft relaunches OneNote for Android, with tablet and handwriting support

Android tablet users now have a better note-taking app from Microsoft. The company announced today that it’s launching a new version of OneNote for phones and tablets running on Google’s operating system, just in time for back-to-school season. The app, which is available for free, offers popular OneNote features including support for handwriting and a new tablet… Read More

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Change Internet Explorer’s name? Nah, here’s what Microsoft really needs to do with its web browser

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser has made great strides in recent years, embracing web standards and upgrading its user interface, as the company retires old versions of the browser and lobbies users to use the latest versions. But given its history with users and web developers, can the Internet Explorer name be salvaged? That was one question posed to the Internet… Read More

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First Reddit app built for a console arrives on Xbox One

Microsoft announced this evening that a new app called ReddX will debut on Tuesday morning, giving Xbox One owners a way to scan Reddit threads on their TVs. ReddX lets Xbox Live members in North America read text on Reddit, post links, up/down vote content, in addition to viewing images, videos, and GIFs. The app can also enter “Snap… Read More

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Microsoft Azure hit by “service interruption” affecting virtual machines, websites and more

Companies who rely on Microsoft Azure to power their online services are having a rough afternoon. A number of the services provided by Microsoft’s cloud platform are currently down in regions around the world. Users of the Virtual Machine, Cloud Services and Website products provided by Azure are the hardest hit by the outage, which… Read More

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Let’s say you’ve got $100 to invest: AMZN or MSFT?

This past week, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the big Rotary Club of Seattle, talking about the Pacific Northwest tech economy with a group of leading investors and entrepreneurs. We talked about a wide range of issues — hiring, education, the tech investment climate, key startups to watch, and the direction of… Read More

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PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One in the U.S. for 7th month in a row

Another month, another win for Sony. The PS4 was the best-selling console in the U.S. for July, marking the seventh consecutive month that Sony’s device has outsold Microsoft’s Xbox One. Sony noted earlier this week that nine months since debuting its PlayStation 4 console on Nov. 15, it has sold 10 million units to consumers worldwide. The company said… Read More

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Meet the 10 startups in Microsoft’s new Internet of Things and home automation accelerator

In June, Microsoft announced a new startup accelerator focused on companies building gadgets, devices and software for the connected home and Internet of Things. Now, we’re getting a closer look at the 10 companies Microsoft has picked to participate in the program, which begins this fall in Redmond. “We share the belief that over time… Read More

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Ballmer on $2B Clippers purchase: ‘It’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever acquired’

Compared to past NBA deals, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise — which became official today — is not only record-breaking, but also quite excessive. The previous NBA team to be sold was the Milwaukee Bucks, which went for $550 million in April. But Ballmer defended the price tag… Read More

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Sony has sold 10M PlayStation 4 consoles in 9 months

Nine months since debuting its PlayStation 4 console on Nov. 15, Sony has sold 10 million units to consumers worldwide. The gaming giant just announced the updated statistic at Gamescom 2014. Sony revealed in February that it had sold 5.3 million consoles, so the company has sold nearly double that in the past six months. Sony has outpaced… Read More

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Windows Phone’s enterprise pitch falls flat; iOS remains top dog for big business

One of Windows Phone’s advantages over other mobile operating systems is Microsoft’s enterprise software pedigree. The company has been pushing its smartphones as products for businesses that need to manage a large fleet of devices. But according to Good Technology’s Mobility Index Report, Microsoft hasn’t been making any headway in its attempt to draw enterprise… Read More

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Dis-Kinected: Xbox unveils three big holiday bundles, none with motion controller

If it’s true that videogames drive sales of consoles, then Microsoft is leaning heavily on that strategy by unveiling three new bundles today at Gamescom in Germany. While the idea of bundles is not new, Microsoft said this year’s options are “unparalleled,” and Xbox Head Phil Spencer added that they are excited “to offer fans more choice than ever… Read More

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Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana reportedly coming to Windows with ‘Threshold’ release

Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant, may soon extend her reach beyond Windows Phone to the PC. The assistant is appearing as an app inside the next version of Windows, code named “Threshold,” according to a report by Neowin. The virtual assistant appears as an app users can launch, and runs in a small window where users… Read More

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Microsoft researchers make long GoPro videos watchable with ‘Hyperlapse’ project

Action cameras like the GoPro have made it easy to capture first-person perspectives from daily adventures. But as Microsoft researcher Johannes Kopf discovered, that doesn’t always translate into watchable video. Kopf, who works in the Interactive Visual Media Group at Microsoft Research, wanted to show his friends and family what it was like to go mountain… Read More

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Meet Microsoft’s cell phone: Nokia 130 will sell for $25

Microsoft’s decision to wind down Nokia’s Asha, Series 40 and Nokia X Android phones, following its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business, doesn’t mean it’s exiting the market for basic mobile phones. The company this morning announced a new device, the Nokia 130. It includes some advanced features like video and music playback, and a flashlight, plus content sharing via SD card,… Read More

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Former Microsoft manager sentenced to 2 years in prison for insider trading

Ex-Microsoft manager Brian Jorgenson was sentenced to two years in prison today after pleading guilty to charges of insider trading. The 32-year-old worked in Microsoft’s corporate finance and investment division and used confidential information to help a friend, Sean Stokke, make trades that earned the pair more than $400,000 in an 18-month period. The duo started making the… Read More