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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.

July 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Microsoft beats on revenue, misses on profit in fourth quarter results

Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations for revenue but fell short in earnings per share in its fiscal fourth quarter earnings, reported today.

For the quarter ended June 30, Microsoft reported revenue of $23.38 billion, profit (net income) of $4.61 billion and earnings per share of 55 cents.

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July 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Microsoft imposes new rules on contract workers, requiring 6-month break from access

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Microsoft is imposing new restrictions on those who work for the company through vendors and temp agencies. The new rules limit those workers to 18 months of access to Microsoft buildings and corporate networks, after which they will be required to take a 6-month break from access.

The move could affect tens of thousands of contractors who work at Microsoft in various roles from software development to content provision. (Microsoft has always declined to say how many such “external staff” it uses.)

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July 17, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Microsoft laying off 18,000; at least 1,351 in Puget Sound area affected

This photo taken with a fisheye lens on July 3 shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond. Microsoft announced Thursday it will lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year.  (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

This photo taken with a fisheye lens on July 3 shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond. Microsoft announced Thursday it will lay off up to 18,000 workers over the next year. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Microsoft announced the biggest layoff in its history Thursday as CEO Satya Nadella said the company will cut 18,000 jobs — about 14  percent of the company’s workforce — over the next year.

Of those cuts, at least 1,351 will come from the Puget Sound area. That’s about 3 percent of the approximately 43,000 employees Microsoft has in this area.

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July 15, 2014 at 4:09 PM

What does Apple and IBM’s partnership mean for Microsoft?

Apple and IBM announced today a partnership to create new business apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Specifically, the companies are promising to bring more than 100 industry-specific apps and IBM big data and cloud services (including device management, security, analystics and mobile integration) to iOS devices. IBM is also offering new packages for device activation, supply and management, while Apple is offering service and support more tailored to enterprise needs.

So what does the deal mean for Microsoft, which has a strong presence in the enterprise but is still battling to get its smartphones and tablets into the hands of more business users?

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July 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Microsoft at WPC emphasizes “challenger mindset”

Shortly after Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft in February, he emphasized the reality of a Microsoft that had a lot of catching up to do in certain areas, and said the company was approaching that reality with a “challenger mindset.”

That message is also coming across clearly today at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference in a keynote address  from Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.

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July 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Microsoft’s annual company meeting now part of week of employee events in July

For years, Microsoft has held its annual company meeting in September.

This year, under new CEO Satya Nadella, the meeting will be held in July, as part of a weeklong series of events called oneweek. The oneweek events are intended to inform employees about, and inspire them to engage in,  the company’s vision and strategy for the upcoming fiscal year.

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