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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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October 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Analysts find some of Microsoft’s growing cloud metrics eye-catching

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Oct. 21, 2014.]

At a small gathering in San Francisco for reporters and analysts Monday, Microsoft announced a number of new cloud products and services.

But it wasn’t so much the offerings themselves that grabbed attention as some of the figures that Microsoft executives threw out.

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October 15, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Nadella apologizes for pay raise advice, says Microsoft will work on pay equity, diversity

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Wednesday apologized for remarks he had made last week at a women in computing conference, in which he said women needn’t ask for raises but to trust in the system to deliver the pay they deserve.

He called the feedback and comments he received “a humbling and learning experience.” He also said he was “100 percent committed to diversity and inclusion” at Microsoft, and that the company would be focusing immediately on equal pay for equal work, recruiting more diversity, and fostering a more inclusive culture.

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