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Microsoft Pri0

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 Matt Day.

Category: Google
November 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Microsoft offers Office free for Apple, Android mobile devices

Microsoft says it will offer its Office franchise free to some mobile customers, its latest effort to keep customers using its products in a less PC-dependent world.

Microsoft broke with longstanding tradition in March, announcing it would make the Office suite of word processing and productivity software available for the first time on Apple’s iPad.

Starting Thursday, users of iPhones, iPads can create and edit Office documents without a subscription to Microsoft’s paid Office 365 service, the company said. Similar service for Google’s Android tablets is in the works.

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November 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Google closing the gap with Microsoft on Forbes brand ranking

Hi there, readers. New Microsoft reporter Matt Day here. Janet’s left some big shoes to fill. I’m looking forward to getting started.

What better place to begin than where things stand now in tech land?

Forbes crunches some numbers in its annual ranking of the most valuable global brands, and again finds Microsoft coming in second to longtime leader Apple. 

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June 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Google Apps software disables Microsoft Outlook features

Microsoft and Google are having compatibility issues. Microsoft says Google software disables some features in Outlook, the company’s e-mail and calendar software. In a blog item posted by the Outlook team at 1:56 a.m. today, Microsoft developers said the Google Apps Sync, a plug-in, disables the search function in Outlook, making it difficult to search…

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June 15, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Microsoft news roundup: Bill Gates tie-less, cell phones cut, Google on Bing

Some bits and bytes on Microsoft from around the country: New York Post says Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin has a team of engineers dissecting Bing, Microsoft’s newly upgraded search engine. Early data after Bing’s launch at the beginning of June show that traffic numbers have improved for Microsoft’s search operation. MocoNews says Microsoft has stopped…

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May 28, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Can Microsoft get a big bang out of Bing?

As expected, Microsoft took the wraps off its overhauled search engine this morning, introducing a new brand name, Bing. The Wall Street Journal reported online that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer was demonstrating Bing at the Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, Calif. Here’s Microsoft’s release on the introduction. The Journal’s report said the…

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May 26, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Get ready to hear a lot about Bing, says Ad Age

It looks like Microsoft’s long-awaited revamp of Live Search is about to unfurl. Last week, word leaked out that the company would be unveiling its updated search engine, code-named Kumo, at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, which takes place this week in Carlsbad, Calif. Steve Ballmer is on the roster of…

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April 22, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Microsoft morning news roundup: Google’s netbook pops up, tidbits on social networking in Windows Live

Computerworld has some early info on Google’s Android software for netbooks, which would compete with Microsoft’s Windows software for the low-cost laptops built for basic computing like e-mailing and surfing the Web. Built by SkyTone in China, CW says, the new device undercuts most netbooks out there on cost, and should end up costing…

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