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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 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Microsoft holds first global employees hackathon

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times July 30, 2014.]

On Microsoft’s Redmond campus Tuesday, a number of huge white tents lined the soccer field. Inside them, groups of employees, clustered at tables, sat working on their laptops and exchanging ideas.

It was all part of the company’s first global employee hackathon, an event in which thousands of employees from all different divisions of the company work on some 2,700 projects.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cranks a siren to officially start a global employees hackathon in Redmond, part of oneweek, a weeklong series of events intended to inspire employees.  (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cranks a siren to officially start a global employees hackathon in Redmond, part of oneweek, a weeklong series of events intended to inspire employees. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

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July 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Windows Phone 8.1 gets an update; Cortana goes to China and UK

Windows Phone 8.1 is getting an update that includes live folders — essentially groupings of live tiles on the Start screen — while digital voice assistant Cortana is now headed to Windows Phones in China and the UK.

The Windows Phone 8.1 Update will add the Live Folders feature. (Screenshot of photo from Microsoft)

The Windows Phone 8.1 Update will add the live folders feature. (Screenshot of photo from Microsoft)

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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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