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Microsoft exec Antoine Leblond leaving after nearly 25 years

Antoine Leblond, a Microsoft executive known for his leadership roles on the Office and Windows teams, is leaving the Redmond company after nearly 25 years. He’s the latest executive to leave Microsoft following last year’s “One Microsoft” reorganization and the more recent appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO. Earlier departures included Jon DeVaan, the longtime… 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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Internal memo: Microsoft names leaders for key Applications & Services Group

Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green’s shift to the company’s Applications & Services Group is part of a broader series of leadership changes announced this week for the division that includes Microsoft Office, Bing, Skype and other well-known apps and online services. Qi Lu, the executive vice president who leads “ASG,” as it’s known, sent out a… Read More

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GoDaddy to offer Microsoft Office 365 under exclusive deal, including new low-cost bundle

GoDaddy has struck an exclusive partnership with Microsoft to sell Office 365 email and productivity tools to the domain registrar’s small-business customers — including a streamlined, lower-cost Office 365 bundle. The partnership was announced this morning. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. It’s part of GoDaddy’s effort to reposition itself as a one-stop shop… Read More

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Office Remote: Control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint docs with a Windows Phone

Microsoft Research today debuted a new tool called Office Remote that lets you control Office apps like Word, Excel and Powerpoint with a Windows Phone. It’s ideal for those using Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 documents during a presentation or meeting. Office Remote allows you to advance PowerPoint slides and see speaker notes, navigate through… Read More

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Trulia’s new Market Leader unit is moving to Bellevue, doubling office space with 70,000 SF lease

In one of the biggest commercial real estate deals this year in Bellevue, Kirkland-based Market Leader plans to move into 70,000 square-feet of space in the Atrium Place building in December. That’s about double the amount of office space that the company previously held, prior to its acquisition by San Francisco-based real estate company Trulia. “We’re… Read More

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Pivot tables meet Master Chief: Microsoft offers free Xbox Live memberships with Office 365 subscriptions

Microsoft is putting together an unusual package deal for Office 365 subscription buyers, but unfortunately those in the U.S. won’t be able to take advantage. The Redmond software giant is offering 12 months of free Xbox Live memberships for anyone who purchases an Office 365 Home Premium (year-long) or Office 365 University subscription (4-year) before September 28th…. Read More

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Amazon’s rapid expansion in Seattle continues with two more 12-story office buildings

Amazon.com is expanding its Seattle footprint yet again. Vulcan, the investment arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is planning to build two 12-story office buildings for Amazon’s South Lake Union headquarters. The first building, which Vulcan calls “Amazon Phase VII,” will be 301,000 square-feet on the east side of 9th Ave. N. between Republican Street and Harrison… Read More

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Microsoft under rising pressure to release Office for iPad, Android

Can Microsoft really afford to wait to release its flagship productivity suite for Apple and Android devices? That’s the question increasingly being asked by analysts and investors as Microsoft’s Windows 8 struggles to gain traction in the tablet market, and the iPad continues to grow. The latest to join the chorus is ValueAct CEO Jeffrey Ubben, the… Read More

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Microsoft beats estimates as most divisions see growth

Microsoft just posted revenue of $17.41 billion for the quarter ended March 30, up 6 percent. Earnings per share were 60 cents, down slightly from the same quarter last year but still enough to beat the consensus of Wall Street analysts. Four of the company’s five divisions posted increases in revenue. Only the Entertainment &… Read More

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Video: A glimpse inside Microsoft’s high-tech Global Security Operations Center

On the Microsoft campus this week, hundreds of law enforcement and public safety officials are gathering for the company’s Worldwide Public Safety Symposium. The event includes a chance to check out Microsoft’s Global Security Operations Center, one of three facilities around the world that coordinate the safety and security of the company’s facilities, and more… Read More

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Office on the iPad? Microsoft claims ‘bad info,’ Daily stands by story, says pics are legit

Microsoft this afternoon took the unusual step of responding to The Daily’s report earlier today that Microsoft plans to bring Office to the iPad — saying the publication was “given bad info” by someone. The story, by Seattle-based tech reporter Matt Hickey, said the iPad version of the Microsoft Office suite had been finished by… Read More

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Microsoft hits profit estimates, lifted by Office and servers

Microsoft’s quarterly profits met Wall Street expectations, riding strong results in its Microsoft Business and Server & Tools groups, even as the Windows division continued to feel the effects of sluggish PC sales. The company this afternoon reported profits of $5.74 billion, or 68 cents a share, matching the consensus of analysts polled in advance… Read More