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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Janet I. Tu.

October 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Microsoft beats Wall Street estimates in first quarter earnings

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Oct. 24, 2014.]

Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations for its fiscal first-quarter earnings with a combination of solid strength among its corporate customers, a fast-growing cloud business, and surprising progress in the consumer-hardware market.

For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Microsoft on Thursday reported revenue of $23.2 billion, profit of $4.54 billion and earnings per share of 54 cents.

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October 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Microsoft’s Garage becomes an incubator of consumer apps

For five years now, The Garage has served as Microsoft’s incubator for employees’ passion projects, an internal community of engineers, designers, hardware tinkerers and others from all different parts of the company who work on their own or with others on pet projects, some of which could potentially benefit the company.

Now, The Garage is being extended to also become a portal for customers to get “incubation” apps — lightweight, consumer-oriented, single-scenario apps that have been conceived of and brought to market quickly — into the hands of customers who can provide feedback, according to Microsoft. The apps include both those designed for work and for play.

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