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September 8, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Microsoft remakes, will launch MSN apps on iOS and Android

Microsoft unveiled a remade Sunday, emphasizing “premium” content from media partners, along with productivity and personalization capabilities — and answering the question of what direction MSN would be taking after substantial job cuts last fall signaled that the web portal was getting out of providing original content.

The new, which can been seen in preview at, began its rollout Sunday night.

The new (photo from Microsoft)

The new (photo from Microsoft)


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September 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

What do all the MSN cuts mean for its future direction?

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Sept. 14, 2013.] MSN is cutting a substantial number of its freelancers, contractors and vendors — all apparently in a move away from providing original content as Microsoft focuses on becoming a devices and services company. Notices were given this week about the cuts, effective…


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September 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

MSN cutting number of contractors, increasing full-time employees

Microsoft is cutting the number of contractors who work at MSN as part of the large company-wide reorganization announced in July.

The company did not say how many contractor positions are being cut but did say that different vendors, who provide the contract workers, would be affected to different degrees.

Full-time employees at MSN do not appear to be affected by the cuts and, indeed, the company says it’s planning to expand the number of MSN’s full-time employees.


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August 22, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Former Microsoft exec gives $500,000 to establish professorship at WWU

Retired Microsoft senior vice president David Cole and his wife, Denise Cole, have given $500,000 to their alma mater, Western Washington University to establish a professorship in the business school. The money will enable Western’s College of Business and Economics to hire its first professor of entrepreneurship. The person hired will teach courses in and lead a…


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