Microsoft

  • Screenshot Claims To Show Off The Coming Windows 8.1 Start Menu

    Screenshot Claims To Show Off The Coming Windows 8.1 Start Menu

    Mostly lost in the noise surrounding the World Cup final, a screenshot floated around the Microsoft-watching community. The image picked up attention because it contains what some claim is an image of the soon-to-return Start Menu in Windows 8.1. Microsoft promised that the user interface element would come back in a keynote this April. In the ensuing few months there hasn’t been much… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now something different. The data points: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and more… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Disaster Recovery Service InMage

    Microsoft Acquires Disaster Recovery Service InMage

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired InMage, a business continuity service that helps enterprises migrate their data between public and private clouds, replicate their on-premise assets in the cloud and recover their data in case things go awry. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Read More

  • The PC Market Has Its Strongest Quarter In Recent Memory

    The PC Market Has Its Strongest Quarter In Recent Memory

    Personal computers, long an ailing member of the larger technology market, had a strong second quarter. After consistent quarters of decline, the worldwide PC market was either up 0.1 percent, or down a modest 1.7 percent in the period, according to Gartner and IDC, respectively. In the United States, the PC market was up around 7 percent in the quarter, again according to the two firms. Read More

  • Satya Nadella’s Vision For A New Microsoft

    Satya Nadella’s Vision For A New Microsoft

    This morning Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released an internal memo detailing his vision for the company’s future. The new chief executive used the missive as a way to signal an intentional break with the past. That break? Sharpening its “devices and services” strategy to focus on “productivity and platforms.” Read More

  • Microsoft Closer To Removing European ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests

    Microsoft Closer To Removing European ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests

    Microsoft says it will be launching a form to process requests to remove information on its search engine Bing! under the so-called “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling in Europe soon. “We’re continuing to work out the details on how we plan to implement the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice and expect to launch a form soon for EU residents to submit… Read More

  • Microsoft Still Not Selling Its Xbox Business

    Microsoft Still Not Selling Its Xbox Business

    The second best false Microsoft meme is that the company will break off and sell its Xbox business. Why would it do that? It isn’t clear. It’s also not happening. At all. This morning, in a company-wide email that was also published online, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella detailed his strategy for the company. Read More

  • Microsoft CEO Gears The Company For Change, And A Renewed Focus On Productivity And Platforms

    Microsoft CEO Gears The Company For Change, And A Renewed Focus On Productivity And Platforms

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a letter to employees today via the Microsoft website, and while the missive is aimed at employees in terms of syntax, it’s clearly designed to address the public, too. The occasion for the letter is the kick-off of Microsoft’s fiscal 2015, ahead of the final results for FY 2014, which drop July 22. The subject matter is a call to action… Read More

  • Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

    Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

    Microsoft today announced a raft of new Office 365 plans for smaller businesses. The new offerings will eventually supplant its extant offerings. The company is lowering the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases to 300 from 25. Microsoft has preserved a $5 per seat per month Office… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Azure With 2 New U.S. Regions, Improved Hybrid Storage Solution And More

    Microsoft Updates Azure With 2 New U.S. Regions, Improved Hybrid Storage Solution And More

    Microsoft today announced a number of new features for its Azure cloud computing platform ahead of its Worldwide Partner Conference next week. There is quite a bit that’s new in this update, but the highlights are two new Azure regions for the U.S. (US Central in Iowa and US East 2 in Virginia) that will go live next week, as well as the launch of Microsoft’s newest Azure… Read More