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  • Xbox One Sales “More Than Double” In June, But Microsoft Doesn’t Disclose Absolute Figures

    Xbox One Sales “More Than Double” In June, But Microsoft Doesn’t Disclose Absolute Figures

    Today Microsoft announced that in June, sales of its Xbox One console “more than doubled.” It did not release a concrete sales figure for the time period, disappointingly. Microsoft last indicated a hard sales number for the Xbox One in April. It sold 115,000 consoles that month. It isn’t clear if its sales declined in the ensuing period thus making the doubling less… Read More

  • Intel And Microsoft Hit 12- And 14-Year Highs On Strength Of Improving PC Market

    Intel And Microsoft Hit 12- And 14-Year Highs On Strength Of Improving PC Market

    We’re apparently in the pre-Post PC market. The PC market has almost stabilized, and its re-found salubrity is helping players in the space. Intel and Microsoft both notched big gains today in the wake of Intel’s positive earnings report that came after the bell yesterday. Intel rose 9.27 percent during regular trading, pushing its market capitalization to $172.28 billion. Read More

  • Microsoft May Axe One-Fifth Of Its Nokia-Sourced Finnish Workforce

    Microsoft May Axe One-Fifth Of Its Nokia-Sourced Finnish Workforce

    According to a local-language report in Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, Microsoft is gearing up for around 1,000 layoffs in Finland. Microsoft acquired around 4,700 employees in the country when it purchased substantial assets from Nokia, a deal that closed in April. We reached out but Microsoft declined to comment. At work here is the fact that Microsoft is widely expected to be… Read More

  • Box Plans Deep Office 365 Integration As It Removes Storage Caps For Business Customers

    Box Plans Deep Office 365 Integration As It Removes Storage Caps For Business Customers

    This morning Box announced that it will integrate its cloud storage solution into Microsoft’s popular Office 365 productivity suite. The company also indicated that its ‘Business’ SKU will no longer have a file storage cap, joining its ‘Enterprise’ SKU in having unlimited storage attached to each user’s account. The storage play is simple: As the amount… Read More

  • Microsoft Presses Ahead With Its Cloud Strategy

    Microsoft Presses Ahead With Its Cloud Strategy

    This morning at its Windows Partner Conference, Microsoft made a lengthy pitch to its assembled clients that the cloud isn’t the future, but rather the present. The company presented its cloud products and services as a way for partner companies to generate more revenue and land more customers. Microsoft, however, wasn’t overly boastful during its speech — instead, the… Read More

  • 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