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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Review: When Slightly Better Is A Sign Of Excellence  Forbes

Although Microsoft is primarily known for its endeavours in software, the Surface family of devices has given it a foothold in the PC hardware market.

Satya Nadella gave a nod to a rumor about a new Microsoft bundle  CNBC

A consumer version of Microsoft 365 is on the way, almost two years after Microsoft unveiled a version of the bundle for workers.

Microsoft is finally killing the last of Windows phone, and wants you to switch to Android or iPhone instead  Chron.com

nokia lumia 920 Getty/Sean Gallup. Microsoft will no longer deliver security updates to phones running the Windows 10 Mobile operating system starting on ...

Get Ready for A Foldable Microsoft Surface...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week  Forbes

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? 1 — Microsoft is preparing for foldable ...

Microsoft Wants To Be The Netflix Of Games, According To CEO  Game Rant

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces the company's vision for the future in an interview, including plans to be the Netflix of games for the Xbox brand.

Game Rant
How Microsoft Could Make a Comeback in Video Games  Motley Fool

The company has trailed competitors in gaming lately, but that could change over the next decade.

Motley Fool
Microsoft Tethers Another Major Retailer to Its Cloud  The Motley Fool

Walgreens joins Microsoft's growing list of “anti-Amazon” cloud customers.

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TVHS students certified in Microsoft | News  Williamson Daily News

Williamson Daily NewsSeveral Tug Valley High School students achieved Microsoft Specialist Word Certifications. The class is taught by Amanda ...

Williamson Daily News
19 Years After Bill Gates Stepped Down as Microsoft CEO, These 2 Successors Have Left Their Marks  Motley Fool

This month marks the 19th anniversary of Bill Gates stepping down as CEO of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). It wouldn't be until 2008 that Gates would step away ...

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Why Microsoft's 'Power Platform' is one of its biggest bets for 2019 and beyond  ZDNet

'Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Power platform on top of what we're doing with Azure is the core of what we are doing as a company,' says CEO Satya ...

Hitachi Solutions Acquires Microsoft Azure Cloud Partner Capax Global  ChannelE2E

Hitachi Solutions America claims Capax Global acquisition creates Microsoft Super Partner for Azure cloud services, business applications, data, artificial ...

Amazon and Microsoft diverge on approach to housing crisis in their home region  GeekWire

As two of the world's most valuable companies, Amazon and Microsoft have created mind-boggling wealth and economic vitality in the Seattle region.

Microsoft side-steps channel in direct Azure play  ARNnet

Microsoft will allow customers to bypass the channel and purchase Azure services direct, in a strategy aimed at increasing adoption among small and mid-size ...

Microsoft is spending $500 million to offset big tech's impact on housing  Quartz

Microsoft is paying investing in the communities that tech companies, like itself, disrupted.

Microsoft’s latest patent will let you leave comments on other drivers  MSPoweruser

With Augmented Reality, there exists the concept of the annotated world, where users and companies would be able to add virtual information to real-world ...

Microsoft Earnings: Mark Your Calendar  Motley Fool

Software-giant Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has seen impressive growth recently. In the company's fiscal 2018, revenue and earnings per share saw double-digit ...

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Microsoft steps up with game-changing support for housing  The Seattle Times

Microsoft's effort to nudge the housing industry to produce more affordable and midmarket housing in King County is a tremendous contribution to regional ...

The Seattle Times
Microsoft Office has changed, how you use it should too  ZDNet

Office has evolved into a mix of applications that are continually adding new features and cloud services. Time to rethink how you use it.

Walgreens Partnership Strategy Won't End With Microsoft  Forbes

The declaration by Walgreens Boots Alliance chief executive Stefano Pessina that the retail drugstore chain's strategic partnership with Microsoft is designed to ...

Walgreens Inks a Massive Deal With Microsoft  The Motley Fool

The pharmacy is joining a growing number of retailers snubbing rival Amazon.

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Contribute to Microsoft's Idea Drive and make your Windows 10 idea a reality  Eurogamer.net

Microsoft is reaching out to Windows 10 users in a bid to find out what it can do to improve gaming on the PC platform."Team Xbox wants your input on how to…

Microsoft is separating Cortana from search in Windows 10  The Verge

Microsoft is making some big changes to Cortana in Windows 10. The software giant is planning to decouple search and Cortana in the Windows 10 taskbar, ...

The Verge
Here are the best Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets  Android Authority

Microsoft sells a variety of 2-in-1, convertible and standard laptops under its Surface brand, and we have a roundup of the current best choices.

Android Authority
Inside Kroger and Microsoft's New Smart-Grocery Partnership  Motley Fool

As someone who loves to eat -- and I mean, loves -- I've enjoyed following the current upheaval going on in the grocery industry. The gauntlet was thrown down ...

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Xbox One news: Shock PlayStation reveal and Microsoft next-gen update  Express

XBOX One news this week includes a new shock PlayStation reveal following what could be a major next-gen update from Microsoft.

The Microsoft-Walgreens deal is the latest tie-up between two industries that desperately need each other  CNBC

Health care companies and tech companies are working together these days. There are benefits to doing so on both sides.

Microsoft is preparing for foldable Windows devices  The Verge

Microsoft is working on support foldables and new dual-screen hardware for Windows. The software maker is adapting Windows 10 and its built-in apps to run ...

The Verge
Proactively JUST: How Microsoft's Long-Term Thinking Addresses Local Needs  Forbes

On the road to a more just marketplace, America can only get so far without the bold efforts of its corporate leaders. And tech companies, which have contributed ...

The Verge 2018 tech report card: Microsoft  The Verge

Microsoft's 2018 has been a year of growth, proving that the difficult changes CEO Satya Nadella has made are starting to pay off.

The Verge
Dow Jones Futures: Netflix Stock, Microsoft Stock, Salesforce Stock, Visa Stock, Adobe Stock Near Buy Points  Investor's Business Daily

Dow Jones futures: As the stock market continues to advance, watch large-caps Microsoft stock, Netflix stock, Salesforce stock, Visa stock, Adobe stock as they ...

Investor's Business Daily
Microsoft news recap: Bing Ads exclusive platform for Yahoo and Verizon search advertising, $500 million pledge for affordable housing, and more OnMSFT.com OnMSFT.com  OnMSFT

Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read! SwiftKey on ...

Here's How Xbox And Microsoft Win The Next Console Generation  Forbes

Here's how Xbox can with the console war after losing to PS4 this time around.

Microsoft to Officially Launch a Tel Aviv Event Hub  CTech

Next Tuesday, Microsoft's executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group Scott Guthrie will visit Israel to officially launch the company's event hub in ...

Microsoft Looks Set to Give Its Shareholders a Raise in 2019  The Motley Fool

I recently called Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) a "great dividend growth stock." The company has all of the elements that dividend growth investors should look for ...

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Microsoft blue biz bug bounty bonanza beckons  The Register

There's more money to be made from bug hunting in Microsoft code after Redmond announced its 10th active bug hunting reward scheme, the Azure DevOps ...

The Register
These 3 software companies are good bets during a slowdown, says Morgan Stanley  CNBC

Software giants Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, and Salesforce have surged in the last year—all handily outperforming the broader market—and Morgan Stanley ...

Microsoft's Project ReWeave helps handloom weavers to sell products online  Business Today

The e-commerce platform would help connect artisans to the buyers directly enabling them to expand to newer customers and markets.

Business Today
Microsoft Outlines Its 'Netflix for Games' Service | ScreenRant  Screen Rant

Microsoft reveals new details about Project xCloud, a streaming subscription *service* that the company sees as a 'Netflix for games.'

Screen Rant
Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today  The Register

Exclusive Alarmed Microsoft support partners can currently view support tickets submitted from all over the world, in what appears to be a very wide-ranging ...

The Register
Microsoft announces partnership with Walgreens to compete with Amazon in health care business  WPVI-TV

Microsoft has signed a huge deal with Walgreens in an effort to compete with Amazon in the health care business.

Microsoft CTO: Understanding AI is part of being an informed citizen in the 21st century  VentureBeat

Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott believes understanding AI in the future will help people be better citizens. “I think to be a well-informed citizen in the 21st century, you ...

Wayne State partners with Microsoft to help make students employable in high-demand jobs  Crain's Detroit Business

Wayne State University plans to start using Microsoft Corp.'s professional curriculum in courses to make students more competitive in the job market.

Crain's Detroit Business
Microsoft to hold HoloLens 2 press event next month  The Verge

Microsoft is holding a press event at Mobile World Congress next month, and it looks like we'll get some details on HoloLens 2. The software giant will hold its ...

The Verge
Microsoft closes out 2018 as the top public company  CNBC

In 2018 Microsoft reclaimed the coveted title of most valuable public company. Now it's held onto it for a month.

Microsoft: 'Expect a bumpy ride'. These are 2019's top 10 tech challenges  ZDNet

Microsoft forecasts how the world will respond to fake news, cyberattacks, AI, trade wars, and social-media regulation.

Bing Ads will serve all Yahoo search ads in new Microsoft-Verizon Media deal  Search Engine Land

This article has been updated with additional details about native advertising. Microsoft and Verizon announced Thursday an update to the partnership that has ...

Search Engine Land
Microsoft Stock Rated Among Top Software Picks  Investor's Business Daily

Corporate spending on technology will stay strong in 2019 and that'll help Microsoft stock, Salesforce.com and Palo Alto Networks, says Morgan Stanley.

Investor's Business Daily
Seattle Sounders and Reign FC unveil new jersey sponsor, replace Microsoft with online retailer Zulily  GeekWire

Players from the Sounders and Reign, Seattle's two pro soccer clubs, show off their new jersey sponsor, e-commerce company Zulily. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin ...

Can we trust tech giants with our faces? Google, Amazon and Microsoft can't agree on how to protect us  USA TODAY

There's a clear rift among the tech giants over how to protect Americans from unchecked face surveillance.

Microsoft's 'Forza Horizon 4' removes controversial dances at center of the 'Fortnite' lawsuits  Business Insider

The popular racing game "Forza Horizon 4" has removed the Floss and Carlton dances as emotes following multiple lawsuits against Epic Games.

Business Insider
Microsoft continues to build government security credentials ahead of JEDI decision  TechCrunch

While the DoD is in the process of reviewing the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract RFPs (assuming the work continues during the government shutdown), Microsoft ...

Will Microsoft Break the Internet?  Inc.

The giant of Redmond has a stealth project that could utterly change the way we use the web.

Microsoft wins $1.76 billion Department of Defense contract  Windows Central

Microsoft last week was awarded a $1.76 billion Department of Defense contract to provide Enterprise Services for a period of five years.

Windows Central
Microsoft AI powers India’s digital journey  The Financial Express

The American tech major demonstrates innovative use of its AI technologies to address pressing societal challenges in some of the key sectors, such as ...

The Financial Express
Microsoft puts up US$20000 bounty for Azure DevOps bugs  CRN Australia

Microsoft has introduced a new bug bounty program offering up to US$20000 for anyone that can find vulnerabilities in Azure DevOps.

CRN Australia
Long Seen as Tech's Sleeping Giant, Microsoft Is Reaping the Rewards of Its Stealth Approach  Adweek

As children, we're told patience is a virtue, that slow and steady wins the race. But in Silicon Valley, where the “build fast, break fast” ethos guides companies, ...

Earnings, the Fed, Government Shutdown,Trading Microsoft: Market Recon  TheStreet.com

This shutdown is starting to feel different from those that we have experienced in the past, is it not?...GS.

Apple strikes back at the stock market; Amazon tops Microsoft  Notebookcheck.net

Apple's stock price has been experiencing an upturn over the last couple of weeks. After reaching a 52-week low of US$142, the Apple empire struck back, and ...

From Microsoft to Zulily: Why the Sounders teamed up with Seattle e-commerce company that aims for rebrand  GeekWire

Zulily? Really? That was the reaction from many Sounders FC fans on Thursday as Seattle's pro soccer team announced its new jersey sponsor. Gone is ...

Cloud Should Shine for Amazon, Microsoft Earnings  The Wall Street Journal

Can Amazon.com and Microsoft keep their cloud businesses growing strong? It's the new $1.6 trillion question.

The Wall Street Journal
US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft  The Register

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced a contract worth an estimated $1.76bn for Microsoft Enterprise Services. The contract, which is set to run ...

The Register
Microsoft’s Security Business Should Be on Investors’ Radar, Analyst Says  Barron's

Microsoft 's security suite is often overlooked, but investors ignore it at their own peril, Deutsche Bank says. Where we were: Microsoft (ticker: (MSFT) has been ...

Microsoft and Kroger are taking on Amazon with a futuristic grocery store pilot  CNBC

The two outfitted Kroger locations will feature digital shelving displays with real-time price updates and product information.

Microsoft pulls buggy Office 2010 January updates  ZDNet

Microsoft's preparations for a new Japanese era coming later this year break Excel.

Coalition Pressures Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to Keep Facial Recognition Surveillance Away From Government  Fortune

A coalition of more than 85 activist groups sent letters to Microsoft, Amazon, and Google pressuring them not to sell their facial surveillance technology to the ...

Microsoft, Google Use Artificial Intelligence to Fight Hackers  Fortune

Last year, Microsoft Corp.'s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company's ...

CEO Satya Nadella didn't think it was worth celebrating when Microsoft became the world's most valuable company: 'That’s just not stable'  Business Insider

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told journalists that the price of Microsoft's shares wasn't the kind of metrics that thrill him.

Business Insider
Microsoft to add two new Microsoft 365 security, compliance bundles to its line-up  ZDNet

Microsoft is adding new Microsoft 365 packages to its subscription-*service* roster, as well as expanding availability of its MyAnalytics 'fitness tracker for work' ...

Microsoft’s M12 venture fund expands to India, invests in health care data startup Innovaccer  VentureBeat

Microsoft is joining India's burgeoning tech startup space. The company's corporate venture fund M12 has made its first investment in the country.

Microsoft's 2018, part 1: Open source, wobbly Windows and everyone's going to the cloud  The Register

It seems a lifetime (or two Windows 10 releases) ago, but 2018 started with Microsoft, and other software vendors, staring down the twin barrels of Spectre and ...

The Register
Global Virtual Private Network Products Market 2018 By Key Players:- Microsoft Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc, IBM  Industry News Today

Market Research Store Exposed a new deep Industry research report focuses on Virtual Private Network Products Market, delivers detailed analysis of market ...

Industry News Today
How Microsoft lost the web  Computerworld

Through a series of missteps and outright neglect, Microsoft essentially handed over the fate of its web browser – and its ability to shape the online world – to ...

The tech world’s best CEO? Microsoft’s Nadella, hands down.  Computerworld

Over the years, plenty of kudos have been directed at the people at the helms of big tech companies. Until recent hard times, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, ...

Surface Laptop 2 Review: Windows 10 Pro Powers Microsoft's Supercharged Laptop  Forbes

One of the curious abilities of the Surface Laptop is the ability to run Windows 10 Pro. While the marketing of Microsoft's lightweight laptop focused on ...

Microsoft President Brad Smith says these are the 10 biggest challenges facing tech in 2019  Business Insider

Microsoft CEO Brad Smith predicts tech will have to tackle artificial intelligence, US/China relations, state-sponsored cyberattacks, and more.

Business Insider
Microsoft to silence Cortana during Windows 10 setup  The Verge

Microsoft is disabling the Cortana voice-over during the Windows 10 setup. It was originally introduced to be helpful for new PC users, but IT admins found it ...

The Verge
Kara Swisher talks Gillette, Microsoft and Facebook with Scott Galloway on Pivot  Recode

On the latest episode of Pivot, Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway discuss the Gillette ad and more.

Amazon is the most valuable public company in the world after passing Microsoft  CNBC

Amazon's market value is about $797 billion Monday, compared with Microsoft's $783 billion.

The president of Microsoft says top leaders at the world's biggest tech companies meet regularly to talk about the major issues facing Silicon Valley and the world  Business Insider

Microsoft President Brad Smith told a room full of journalists that he has "sympathy" for executives at tech companies who find themselves under regulatory ...

Business Insider
The Microsoft Surface Go LTE Review: Unmatched Mobility  AnandTech

Microsoft's Surface Pro lineup has been a design win for the company for several years now. The Surface Go was launched in July of 2018 as a lower-cost ...

Why Microsoft (Not Amazon) Could Win The Pentagon Contract  Seeking Alpha

The majority of forecasts favor Amazon for the Pentagon contract while overlooking the partnerships that MS has made with the DoD since Nadella became CEO ...

Seeking Alpha
Innovaccer nabs $11 million from Microsoft’s VC arm to give doctors a better window into patient health  TechCrunch

Cracking the silos of digital health records promises to bring better care to patients by better informing doctors, according to Abhinav Shashank, the chief ...

Deal Alert: Massive discount on Microsoft Surface Go for Republic Day  MSPoweruser

To celebrate Republic Day in India, Flipkart is offering an amazing deal on the Microsoft Surface Go tablet. Microsoft launched the Surface Go as an alternative ...

Microsoft to set up 10 AI labs, train 5 lakh youth in India  Economic Times

BENGALURU: Microsoft India plans to train 5 lakh youth in artificial intelligence across the country over the next three years and set up AI labs in 10 universities.

Economic Times
Microsoft's wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2018  PCWorld

From the Surface Pro 6 to Windows 10 S, we list Microsoft's successes, failures and head-scratchers for all of 2018.

Microsoft Leads The AI Patent Race Going Into 2019  Forbes

There have been over 154000 AI patents filed worldwide since 2010 with the majority being in health fields (29.5%), Industry-specific solutions (25.3%) and ...

Google raises prices on its competitor to Microsoft Office for the first time in a decade  CNBC

Google is giving two tiers of its productivity suite a price bump, shortly after former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian takes control of its cloud division.

Microsoft reportedly working on Xbox and Windows 10 webcams for 2019  The Verge

Microsoft is reportedly planning to release new webcams in 2019 for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Thurrott reports that two new webcams are on the way, with ...

The Verge
Microsoft Launches E-Commerce Platform for Handloom Weavers to Sell Online  IndianWeb2

Microsoft India yesterday announced the launch of a new e-commerce platform re-weave.in, for handloom weavers under its Project ReWeave, part of its ...

Can Microsoft’s Partnerships Fend Off Amazon?  Investorplace.com

Can Microsoft's spat of dealmaking help MSFT stock and its partners keep Amazon at bay?

Become an Expert in Microsoft Excel for Less Than $35  Entrepreneur

Unlike most other things with origins in the mid-1980s, Microsoft Excel is still relevant today, and to an impressive degree. According to a recent study conducted ...

Microsoft’s Brief Comeback  The Wall Street Journal

Microsoft Corp.'s reign as world's most valuable company was short, but Amazon.com's could be shorter.

The Wall Street Journal
Microsoft's killer Windows 7 patch: Breaks networking, flags legit PCs as 'Not genuine'  ZDNet

Windows sysadmins wake up on Wednesday with an almighty Patch Tuesday headache.

Microsoft’s latest Teams features take aim at shift workers  TechCrunch

Collaboration tools tend to be geared toward workers who are sitting at a desk for much of the day, but there are plenty of shift workers, also known as first-line ...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella just laid out the company's vision for its 'Netflix for games'  Business Insider

Microsoft is building a *service* that intends to be the "Netflix for games." The goal of the *service*, named " Project xCloud," is to stream high-end video games to ...

Business Insider
One of Microsoft's coolest releases this year had nothing to do with Windows or Office — it lets you make a font from your handwriting  CNBC

Microsoft didn't make a big deal about it, but it released a very cool application called Font Maker this year. It lets you create a font out of your own handwriting.

Good news: Microsoft's Azure Data Box Disk is here. Bad news: UK South Storage is having a liedown  The Register

Updated Microsoft Azure's UK South storage region developed a distinct wobble today. The company reckons only a subset of customers have been affected by ...

The Register
Windows 10 is now more popular than Windows 7  The Verge

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is now more popular than Windows 7. Installed on more than 700 million devices, Windows 10 has finally passed ...

The Verge
Virtual reality training by companies like Microsoft is saving lives, millions of dollars, and ensuring the future of mixed reality  CNBC

Companies like Microsoft are now developing virtual reality to be used for workplace training, after VR profits slumped in the entertainment sector.

Microsoft font gives away forgery in bankruptcy case  Naked Security

In a case that could be straight out of a legal TV drama, a computing font has cost a couple two houses in a Canadian bankruptcy case. The Superior Court of ...

Naked Security

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Microsoft Corporation (MS) is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface lineup of touchscreen personal computers. As of 2016, it is the world's largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world's most valuable companies. The word "Microsoft" is a portmanteau of "microcomputer" and "software". Microsoft is ranked No. 30 in the 2018 Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by Microsoft Windows. The company's 1986 initial public offering (IPO), and subsequent rise in its share price, created three billionaires and an estimated 12,000 millionaires among Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions, their largest being the acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in December 2016, followed by their acquisition of Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in May 2011.As of 2015, Microsoft is market-dominant in the IBM PC-compatible operating system market and the office software suite market, although it has lost the majority of the overall operating system market to Android. The company also produces a wide range of other consumer and enterprise software for desktops and servers, including Internet search (with Bing), the digital services market (through MSN), mixed reality (HoloLens), cloud computing (Azure) and software development (Visual Studio).Steve Ballmer replaced Gates as CEO in 2000, and later envisioned a "devices and services" strategy. This began with the acquisition of Danger Inc. in 2008, entering the personal computer production market for the first time in June 2012 with the launch of the Microsoft Surface line of tablet computers; and later forming Microsoft Mobile through the acquisition of Nokia's devices and services division. Since Satya Nadella took over as CEO in 2014, the company has scaled back on hardware and has instead focused on cloud computing, a move that helped the company's shares reach its highest value since December 1999.In 2018, Microsoft surpassed Apple as the most valuable publicly traded company in the world after being dethroned by the tech giant in 2010.