Microsoft’s retail stores are planning midnight launch parties for the release of the highly anticipated video game “Titanfall” next week.More
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Microsoft published today its most recent report on the numbers of requests and orders it receives from law enforcement agencies.More
Research firm IDC is projecting a growth rate of 19.4 percent for tablets (including 2-in-1 devices) in 2014 — down from the 51.6 percent growth rate in 2013.More
Microsoft recently released an ad that has been generating some buzz — but likely not for the reasons Microsoft intended.
The ad, called “Honestly: Wedding Planner,” features a woman talking about why she chose a Windows all-in-one PC with a touchscreen, rather than a Mac, and how she and her friends/bridesmaids use it to plan her upcoming wedding.More
Last year marked the biggest decline in PC shipments, and this year, shipments are also expected to fall, according to research firm IDC.More
Newly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, along with Bill Gates, were among those initially opposed to former CEO Steve Ballmer’s proposal to acquire Nokia’s handset business, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report today looking behind the scenes at what led to the eventual $7.2 billion acquisition.More
Microsoft is starting to roll out tonight its second major update to Xbox One — an update that comes just ahead of the launch of “Titanfall” next week.More
[Update: Here's the story, running in the print edition of The Seattle Times March 4, 2014, on the leadership changes.]
Microsoft has shared an internal email sent by newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella on the leadership shuffle reported on earlier, in which Mark Penn becomes chief strategist at Microsoft and execs Tony Bates and Tami Reller are out.More
Microsoft’s annual SharePoint conference begins today in Las Vegas, with former President Bill Clinton scheduled to deliver the opening keynote to about 10,000 attendees.
(The keynote, starting at 8:30 a.m., is being streamed here.)More
Qi Lu, head of Microsoft’s Applications and Services division (Office, Bing, Skype, etc), is speaking this morning at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. (A webcast of the Q&A is being streamed here.)
When asked about his impressions of new CEO Satya Nadella, Lu said that he’s had the opportunity to work with Nadella closely in a number of capacities. (We hear he was Nadella’s mentor for a time.)
“I hold very, very high regard for Satya,” Lu said. “Satya has already hit the ground running, driving a lot of focus forward.”
Lu said Nadella was driving clarity, focusing the “devices and services” strategy already in place at Microsoft on “high value services.”More