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Say farewell to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 … in 2016

Microsoft announced new support policies for Internet Explorer today: Starting on Jan. 12, 2016, the company will only support the most recent version of the browser available for a particular version of Windows. “Running a modern browser is more important than ever for the fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services, connecting anytime,… Read More

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Surface losses reach $1.7B, testing the patience of Microsoft’s new leadership

Microsoft’s accumulated losses on its Surface tablets have reached $1.7 billion, according to an estimate this week by reporter Gregg Keizer of Computerworld, based on an analysis of Microsoft’s financial notes in its latest Form 10-K filing with the SEC. With cash and short-term investments of more than $85 billion, the company can certainly absorb the loss, but it’s still… Read More

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Satya Nadella’s first big hire: Microsoft confirms ex-Qualcomm exec Peggy Johnson as biz dev chief

Microsoft just confirmed that it has hired Peggy Johnson, a 24-year Qualcomm veteran, as the Redmond company’s new executive vice president of global business development, reporting to CEO Satya Nadella. “Peggy shares our worldview and knows what it takes to drive new growth in mobility and the cloud,” Nadella said in a news release. “Her experience uniquely… Read More

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Employee sues Microsoft, alleging discrimination in Azure division

A longtime Microsoft employee has sued the company, alleging that she was subjected to race, gender and age discrimination in her role as a software test manager in the Microsoft Azure cloud computing division. The suit by employee Nancy Williams was first reported by the Seattle Times. It alleges that Williams’ manager gave preferential treatment to male colleagues… Read More

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NFL players, coaches now using Microsoft’s Surface tablet during games

This upcoming football season, NFL players and coaches have the option to use a new device that will help them make more efficient in-game improvements: The Surface Pro 2. Microsoft is equipping teams this fall with customized tablets — 13 for players on the sidelines and another 12 for offensive and defensive coordinators in the coaching boxes. The weather-proof… Read More

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New data: Nokia acquisition makes Microsoft more international — and less male

As of June 30, for the first time in its history, Microsoft’s employed fewer people in the United States than it did internationally — 62,000 compared with 66,000 — according to new numbers released by the company as part of its annual Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The numbers also show a massive spike in… Read More

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Chinese protesters reportedly slam Microsoft over ‘hostile takeover and violent layoffs’

Microsoft is facing more pressure in China. Five days after a report surfaced that Chinese officials were investigating Microsoft’s offices in the country, protests reportedly have erupted in the country against Microsoft over layoffs associated with the acquisition of Nokia’s phone business. According to Reuters, hundreds of protesters held banners and shouted “Microsoft’s hostile takeover and… Read More

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Australian team wins Microsoft Imagine Cup with eye-scanning health app

Two medical students from Australia won Microsoft’s Imagine Cup global student technology competition this morning, prevailing over teams from around the world with Eyenaemia, their app for screening for anemia by taking a picture of the eye. Apart from producing an innovative app, the team of Jarrel Seah and Jennifer Tang didn’t hurt their chances by making a none-too-subtle reference… Read More

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Office for iPad gets PivotTables, presenter view and more with new update

Microsoft’s Office for iPad suite received a massive update today, and gained a bunch of capabilities that users have been requesting. The refresh includes a number of suite-wide capabilities, including the ability to export a file to PDF for easier sharing outside of the Office ecosystem. The update also adds support for third-party fonts users can… Read More

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Wireless pioneer John Stanton named to Microsoft board in latest bid by software giant to gain ground in mobile

John Stanton helped transform the mobile industry over the past three decades, serving in executive roles at McCaw Celluar; Western Wireless and VoiceStream Wireless. He’s also the former chairman of Bellevue-based Clearwire. Now the mobile phone pioneer is going to help guide Microsoft as it embarks on a challenging course of catching up to Apple… Read More

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Microsoft should dump Windows Phone, says former Windows evangelist Robert Scoble

You probably know tech pundit Robert Scoble from his experiences as an early adopter of Google Glass. But long before he showered with the high-tech specs, the 49-year-old spent three years as Microsoft’s technology evangelist for Windows. It’s been nearly a decade since he’s worked in Redmond, but Scoble has some simple business advice for his former… Read More

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Microsoft to sell Xbox One in China on September 23 for $600

Microsoft today announced that it will begin selling the Xbox One in China on Sept. 23, giving the company access to a massive gaming market. In partnership with BesTV New Media Co., which will help manufacture the Xbox One in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone, Microsoft will sell the console for 3,699 yuan (about $600) without the Kinect… Read More

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone gets ‘Live Folders’ on Start screen

Windows Phone users, your folders have arrived. Microsoft announced the first update to Windows Phone 8.1 this morning, including a feature that will let users organize the Live Tiles on their Start screens into “Live Folders,” as the company is calling them. It’s the latest example of Microsoft doing its own spin on features previously released… Read More

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Inside Microsoft’s hackathon: Big ideas and new traditions at a tech giant in transition

Each fall, for many years, Microsoft employees have bundled up and made the trek to Seattle’s Safeco Field to listen as top executives attempted to inspire them with a vision for the company’s future. Satya Nadella is replacing that tradition with a new one: Under sunny summer skies in Redmond on Tuesday morning, the new Microsoft CEO cranked a siren to start a… Read More

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Microsoft hires high-ranking Qualcomm exec Peggy Johnson, report says

Microsoft has hired a high-ranking Qualcomm executive, Peggy Johnson, who most recently oversaw the semiconductor company’s strategic partnerships and its initiatives to commercialize new technologies, according to a report by Re/code, citing unnamed sources. The hire hasn’t yet been confirmed by either company, and Johnson’s expected position at Microsoft isn’t known. It would be one of the first big… Read More

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First look at ‘Atari: Game Over,’ a Microsoft-funded documentary about the worst video game of all time

At San Diego Comic-Con, Microsoft released the first trailer for “Atari: Game Over,” a documentary about the rise and fall of Atari, and the renowned gaming company’s utter failure to make a commercial success out of its game version of “E.T.” It’s the first episode in “Signal to Noise,” a series of documentaries for its… Read More

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Office 365 migration service SkyKick raises $3 million

SkyKick, a Seattle-based startup that helps IT partners move businesses to Office 365, has raised an additional $3 million in capital to help fuel growth abroad. The 40-person company raised the fresh cash from a group of private equity investors, including Tim Ferriss and Navin Thukkaram. SkyKick is formerly known as CloudVisors, which launched in April 2011. It charges… Read More

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As tensions rise, China investigates Microsoft offices

Chinese officials reportedly visited Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, though no immediate reason was given for the investigations, according to Reuters. The visits by China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce come at a time when tensions have risen between technology giants and China, sparked in part be revelations of  U.S. National Security Agency contractor… Read More