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Microsoft’s $7.2B Nokia deal is officially delayed until April

Nokia and Microsoft will have to wait a little longer to press the Start button. Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, originally expected to close this quarter, won’t be completed until April, the companies acknowledged tonight. Nokia announced the delay in a news release, saying that both companies are still committed to… Read More

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Microsoft defends its Hotmail snooping in Windows leak investigation

Responding to criticism of its investigation into an alleged leak of company trade secrets, Microsoft acknowledged overnight that it searched a Hotmail customer’s Microsoft accounts without a court order — but described the action as “extraordinary” and announced that it will add a new layer of outside review when it encounters similar situations in the… Read More

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Microsoft board member steps down after less than 2 years

Seagate Technology CEO Stephen Luczo, who joined the Microsoft board in May 2012 and was part of its CEO search committee, is stepping down from the board of the Redmond company after less than two years in the role. His departure, announced this afternoon, leaves Microsoft with 10 members, including recently appointed member G. Mason… Read More

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Former Microsoft software architect arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets

Alex Kibkalo, who worked as a software architect for Microsoft from 2005 to 2012, was arrested in Seattle today on federal criminal charges for theft of Microsoft trade secrets, according to reports by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and ZDNet. The Russian national, who worked for Microsoft in Russia and Lebanon, is accused of sending a French blogger… Read More

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Watch: Bill Gates picks his 13 favorite TED talks

Polio. Data. Education. These are all interests of Bill Gates, so it was no surprise to see the topics appear on his list of his top TED talks. The folks at TED asked Gates to name his favorite talks and though it was difficult for him, the Microsoft co-founder picked 13 of his favorites. Subjects include… Read More

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Eric Schmidt says students should use Google Docs over Office ‘because it’s free!’

Why use Google Docs over Microsoft Word? According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, there’s a very simple answer. As a part of CNN’s ongoing “Chicagoland” documentary series, cameras followed Schmidt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and IBM exec Stanley Litow into one of Chicago’s IBM-funded technical schools. As a part of the executives’ visit, a teacher… Read More

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Making sense of Xbox exec Marc Whitten’s new job at Sonos

When talking about the competitive landscape for Microsoft’s Xbox One, the conversation is nearly always about the console wars and how it stacks up against the PlayStation 4. But yesterday’s departure of Xbox exec Marc Whitten to Sonos, the wireless audio company, shows just how narrow-minded that viewpoint is: Microsoft’s competition for the Xbox One… Read More

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Microsoft shares hit 14-year high on Office-iPad news

Microsoft shares closed at $39.55 today, up nearly 4 percent — reaching their highest point in 14 years following reports that the company will unveil a version of the Office suite for Apple’s iPad next week as part a broader strategy shift under new CEO Satya Nadella. Here’s the question: Will the move to further… Read More

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Xbox One arriving in 26 additional countries in September

The Xbox One will be available in 26 additional countries later this year, Microsoft announced today. After debuting the console in 13 markets on Nov. 22, Microsoft will sell the Xbox One in several more countries by September, including Japan. The Redmond software giant originally announced that it would sell the Xbox One in 21… Read More

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Microsoft researcher Leslie Lamport wins Turing Award, the ‘Nobel Prize’ of computing

The 2013 A.M. Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science, has been given to Microsoft Research’s Leslie Lamport, whose behind-the-scenes work brought new levels of reliability and consistency to the distributed computing systems that power many of today’s most popular apps and services. Lamport, 73, a Microsoft principal researcher based in Silicon Valley, is… Read More

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Key Xbox exec Marc Whitten exits Microsoft for Sonos

Marc Whitten, the longtime Xbox Live leader who has worked most recently as Xbox chief product officer, is leaving Microsoft to join Sonos as chief product officer. Microsoft announced the news Monday afternoon, four months after the launch of the Xbox One and a week after the debut of the pivotal game Titanfall for the… Read More

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How Microsoft’s Developer Division changed its workspace, and transformed how it works

The employees in Microsoft’s Developer Division spend their days creating a virtual environment for software development — making Visual Studio and related technologies used to develop apps and services across the cloud, device and desktop. So it was with a great amount of thought that the leaders of “DevDiv,” as it’s known, completely upended the… Read More