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With difficult cutbacks, Satya Nadella starts to make his mark on Microsoft

When Satya Nadella was named Microsoft’s CEO earlier this year, one of the concerns among investors was that the company veteran would maintain the status quo, largely sticking to the gameplan laid out by his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. This morning Nadella made it clear that won’t be the case, cutting 18,000 jobs in the largest layoffs in Microsoft… Read More

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Microsoft cuts will also hit ‘shadow workforce,’ going beyond announced layoffs

Microsoft’s decision to cut 18,000 jobs from its workforce represents the largest round of layoffs in the company’s history, but it also understates the impact on the company and the job market. In addition to those core cuts, the company is aiming to significantly reduce its reliance on contingent workers — the thousands of vendors and contractors who… Read More

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Full text: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explains big job cuts

Long-term progress will require short-term pain. That’s one of the underlying messages delivered by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today as he outlined his plan to streamline Microsoft’s engineering as part of a larger set of 18,000 job cuts at the company. Here’s the full text of Nadella’s email to employees, made public by Microsoft. From: Satya… Read More

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Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, 14% of company, in largest layoffs in its history

Microsoft will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year, including 12,500 related to its acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, the company confirmed this morning. The overall figure represents about 14 percent of the 127,000 people employed by the company as of last month. It’s the largest job reduction in the company’s history — a major… Read More

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Xbox One sales double, one month after $100 price cut

Offering up a cheaper Xbox One is helping Microsoft sell quite a bit more consoles. The company announced today that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut from the Xbox One with Kinect — sales doubled in one month. We’ll have more… Read More

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Major Microsoft job cuts expected on Thursday

Microsoft will announce layoffs on Thursday that “substantially exceed” the largest job cuts in the company’s history, according to a New York Times report this afternoon, citing unnamed people who have been briefed on the company’s plan. Clues cited by the newspaper include tell-tale conference room reservations by human resource managers, which is traditionally the… Read More

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Can a wristband prevent sexual assault? UW concept brings sensors to the party

You’re at a club, dancing to a great DJ, and suddenly your wristband vibrates, signaling that one of your friends hasn’t responded to her wristband’s attempt to make sure she’s still conscious and in control. So you search the club and find your friend, extracting her from a potentially dangerous situation. That’s one of the core features of Vive,… Read More

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Cortana can turn off the lights: Insteon home automation app to integrate with Microsoft’s assistant

One of the features of Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant in Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to integrate the technology into third-party apps, and the home automation company Insteon provided an early example this morning — saying that users of its Windows Phone app will be able to speak to Cortana to dim the lights and adjust the temperature,… Read More

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‘Sensor Salon’ brings LCD screens, 3D-printed objects and sensors to fingernails

The maker movement is coming to the nail salon. That’s the vision of students from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., who presented their “Sensor Salon” project at Microsoft today — explaining how they created a prototype salon that brought together experts in design and development to create made-to-order technology for a client’s nails. Technologies… Read More

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Cisco agrees to deeper integration with Microsoft on cloud and datacenter products

Cisco announced a multi-year sales agreement with Microsoft at the Redmond-based company’s World Partner Conference today. The two companies will work together on selling cloud and datacenter services, and have agreed to deepen integration between some of their key products. In particular, the two companies will be working to integrate a number of products including… Read More

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Box rolls out unlimited storage for business customers, unveils new Microsoft Office integration

Declaring the “end of the storage wars,” cloud storage company Box this morning announced that it will start offering unlimited storage to customers on its $15/user/month business plan — expanding a feature that was previously available to those on its higher-priced enterprise plan. Box’s moves come amid heightened competition in online storage and collaboration, as evidenced… Read More

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Microsoft job cuts coming as soon as this week, could be biggest in company history, report says

Microsoft is poised to announce thousands of job cuts as soon as this week, and the cuts could end up being the largest in the company’s history — potentially exceeding the 5,800 employees laid off by the company at the height of the 2009 economic crisis, according to a report by Bloomberg News overnight, citing unidentified people familiar with… Read More

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Amazon employees most attractive, Apple workers just average, dating app finds

The top five tech companies typically fight over who employs the biggest brains, but in this competition, they were ranked by another more superficial factor: beauty. In a peer review on Hinge, a dating app that seeks to match up young professionals, Amazon employees were found to be the most sought-after, followed by Microsoft, Google and Facebook. In dead last was Apple. As… Read More

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AI breakthrough: Microsoft’s ‘Project Adam’ identifies dog breeds, points to future of machine learning

Microsoft Research has developed a new system for machine learning and artificial intelligence, called “Project Adam,” that advances the speed and efficiency of computers and their ability to learn.  Project Adam takes its cues from the human brain to absorb new data and teach itself new skills — such as distinguishing among different breeds of… Read More

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‘Dragons Adventure’ game for Windows blends real world and fantasy maps, for kids to play in moving car

Playing a game on a phone or tablet on the couch is one thing, but a new game for Windows Phone and Windows tablets shows what can happen when a moving vehicle and real-world location are part of the mix. The game, “Dragons Adventure: World Explorer,” is based on the “How to Train Your Dragon?” series, published by DreamWorks in partnership… Read More

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Microsoft Bing beats Google in World Cup predictions

Microsoft Bing’s prediction technology was perfect in the World Cup knockout stage — depending on how you look at it. Bing was 15 for 15 in picking the winners of each knockout match, including Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in today’s final. But Microsoft incorrectly predicted that Brazil would beat the Netherlands in Saturday’s rather… Read More

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How Skype saved the day for new ‘Planet of the Apes’

There’s telecommuting, and then there’s telecommuting. Matt Reeves, the director of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” had a problem. The final shot for his $150 million movie wasn’t working, and he needed a new one, stat. The team at Weta Workshop, which did the animation for all the film’s apes, said that he needed a… Read More

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Meet the new Microsoft: Key takeaways from Satya’s big memo — and yes, job cuts are likely

In certain circles, Microsoft memos are the stuff of legend. The seminal “Internet Tidal Wave” memo of 1995. The major “Trustworthy Computing” memo of 2002. The landmark “Shrimp & Weenies” memo of 1993. Depending on how the next month goes, Satya Nadella’s “Bold Ambition & Our Core” memo of 2014 could claim its own place in Microsoft lore. In case you missed it, the Microsoft… Read More

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Microsoft’s Nadella defends Xbox business, says console is key part of the family

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this morning responded to critics of the company’s Xbox business, defending its significance and making it clear that Microsoft won’t be spinning off its console anytime soon. The statements came as part of a larger strategy memo from Nadella to Microsoft employees, released this morning at the outset of the company’s new fiscal year. Here’s… Read More

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Microsoft will streamline engineering, make faster decisions, vows CEO Satya Nadella in new memo

Microsoft has a tradition of using massive strategy memos to set a new course or clarify the company’s direction, and CEO Satya Nadella continued the practice this morning with a 3,200-word missive to the company’s entire workforce. The memo lays out the company’s vision for a “mobile-first and cloud-first world,” using data and cloud computing to… Read More