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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

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Milestone: Windows Phone Store reaches 300,000 apps

It may have taken Microsoft longer than Apple or Google, but its Windows Phone Store now has more than 300,000 apps. WPCentral first noticed that the company just recently updated its “By The Numbers” page to reflect the milestone. “Hundreds more are added every day,” Microsoft added. It’s notable in part because the store had 100,000 apps… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Jean Paoli, president of Microsoft Open Technologies

There was a time when Microsoft and “open technologies” were diametrically opposed, but the Redmond company has increasingly been changing its approach, and philosophy, when it comes to open source technologies, interoperability and standards. One sign of that change: The creation of Microsoft Open Technologies in 2012. The subsidiary is led by Jean Paoli, a Microsoft veteran… Read More

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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