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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 Matt Day.

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April 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Microsoft signs Android and Chrome patent licensing deal with ZTE

Microsoft has signed another patent licensing agreement, this time with China-based ZTE, one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers. The agreement grants ZTE a license to Microsoft’s worldwide patent portfolio for technologies used in making ZTE phones, tablets and computers running Google’s Android or Chrome operating systems. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, though typically…

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April 2, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital opens investment office in Silicon Valley

Microsoft co-founder and Vulcan Inc. founder Paul Allen is opening an office in Silicon Valley to make investments in Internet and technology companies. The office, which will operate under Vulcan Capital — the investment arm of Vulcan Inc — will be located in downtown Palo Alto. It will “focus on making investments in the $10-million to…

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March 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Microsoft acquires cloud-monitoring startup MetricsHub

Microsoft is acquiring Bellevue-based MetricsHub, one of 10 startups that participated in the most recently completed round of the Microsoft Accelerator program. MetricsHub’s Active Cloud Monitoring technology monitors customers’ cloud applications and automatically scales the service up or down according to rules set by the customer. MetricsHub will now become part of Windows…

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February 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Surface tablets to be sold in more countries

Microsoft is expanding the number of countries in which it will sell its Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets, beginning in late March. The Surface RT, which is already being sold in the U.S. and Europe, will be available in Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan, according to an official blog post. The Surface…

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February 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Report: EU to fine Microsoft before end of March

Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter, is reporting that the European Union is planning to fine Microsoft before the end of March for not including a choice of rival browsers in some PCs sold in Europe. Reuters did not give a dollar figure for the fine but reported “the size of the fine…

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February 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Microsoft formally launches Outlook.com with multi-million-dollar ad campaign

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Feb. 19, 2013.] Here’s what an inbox from Outlook.com looks like. (Photo from Microsoft) For Outlook.com, the time has come to end previews and take the stage for real. Microsoft debuted its free, Web-based email service to the public in preview form last July. Since…

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February 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM

128 GB Surface Pro orders now being taken at online Microsoft Store

Quite a few would-be Surface Pro buyers were frustrated when they found out — following the launch of the Surface Pro last weekend — that many places didn’t carry it (especially the 128 GB version) and that, in many cases,¬† it wasn’t even possible to place an order. Microsoft has an update today, saying that…

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