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  • Nokia Says It’s Disappointed With Indian Court Ruling That Rejected Asset Transfer To Microsoft

    Nokia Says It’s Disappointed With Indian Court Ruling That Rejected Asset Transfer To Microsoft

    Nokia’s transfer of its Indian manufacturing unit and other assets in the country to Microsoft is facing a legal hurdle that could force the Finnish phone maker to take some extreme steps including potential shutdown of the plant. If the Indian manufacturing plant is not transferred to Microsoft, it could mean less money for Nokia from the Microsoft deal. After India’s Supreme Court on… Read More

  • Microsoft To Launch $6.99/Month Office 365 Plan For Individuals This Spring

    Microsoft To Launch $6.99/Month Office 365 Plan For Individuals This Spring

    Microsoft today announced a new plan for Office 365 that’s geared to individuals who want to subscribe to its suite of productivity applications. For $6.99/month (or $69/year), you will be able to get a single license for Office 365 that you can use on one PC or Mac and one tablet. This new plan will launch later this spring. Just like Microsoft’s other Office 365 subscriptions, the… Read More

  • Microsoft Appoints ValueAct Capital’s Mason Morfit To Its Board

    Microsoft Appoints ValueAct Capital’s Mason Morfit To Its Board

    Today Microsoft announced in a combined press release that it has named ValueAct Capital's President Mason Morfit to its board, and that it will issue a quarterly dividend of $0.28. Neither piece of news is a surprise. Microsoft and ValueAct created a "cooperation agreement" in which the investing group got "regular meetings" with executives, and the option for Morfit to join its board. Given… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Free Shipping

    Gillmor Gang: Free Shipping

    The Gillmor Gang – Doc Searls, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — talk the usual smack about the complete fantasy known as IM interoperability. You'd think these stalwarts would acknowledge the Sisyphean nature of the task, but no siree Bob. Instead we have a real life get together brought to you in 6-frame stop animation courtesy Kevin Marks' LTE. Doc Searls and Keith Teare have… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Project Spark Beta Comes To Xbox One, Offering Cross-Platform Game Creation

    Microsoft’s Project Spark Beta Comes To Xbox One, Offering Cross-Platform Game Creation

    Microsoft’s ambitious Project Spark open world game creator launched in beta on Windows 8.1 back in December, with the promise that it would make its way to the Xbox One eventually, too. Today is the day that it ships on the next-generation gaming console, making it possible for Spark creators to build games on Windows 8.1 and play on their Xbox One, or vice versa. The beta so far has… Read More

  • Skype For Outlook Now Available Worldwide, Adds HD Video Calling Support

    Skype For Outlook Now Available Worldwide, Adds HD Video Calling Support

    Skype for Outlook.com, the integration of Skype’s messaging features into Microsoft’s webmail platform, is now available worldwide, the company is announcing this morning. To get started with the feature, users must first download a web browser plugin, which is available for IE, Chrome, Firefox and now, Safari, browsers. Afterwards, those who already have Skype accounts can link them… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Executive Changes With Reller, Bates Out The Door

    Microsoft Confirms Executive Changes With Reller, Bates Out The Door

    Today Microsoft confirmed the raft of executive changes that leaked yesterday. Senior executives Tony Bates and Tami Reller will exit the company, Mark Penn will move to a more ‘strategic’ role away from advertising, and the company’s ad efforts will be headed by Chris Capossela, who will be the executive vice president of marketing. Eric Rudder will take Bates’ job on an… Read More

  • Microsoft Adds An Intelligent Social Layer With Groups Feature To Office 365

    Microsoft Adds An Intelligent Social Layer With Groups Feature To Office 365

    Microsoft announced a major update to Office 365 today that adds an intelligent, machine-learning powered social network and "intelligence fabric" on top of its productivity apps. This Office Graph, as the company calls it, will slowly find its way across all of the Office 365 applications, but for now, Microsoft is only offering a sneak peek with a wide roll-out planned for the 2nd half of the… Read More

  • Early Shakeups In Nadella’s Microsoft

    Early Shakeups In Nadella’s Microsoft

    Earlier today Kara Swisher reported that Microsoft’s Tami Reller, executive vice president of marketing, and Tony Bates, executive vice president of the company’s Business Development and Evangelism group will both depart. A reportedly formal announcement date of Tuesday now appears to be little more than a coming perfunctory exercise in rehashing. If nothing else, the changes indicate… Read More

  • Microsoft Said To Be Considering A Free Version Of Windows 8.1

    Microsoft Said To Be Considering A Free Version Of Windows 8.1

    Microsoft is looking at a cost conscious crisis, relative to both mobile and desktop hardware, and on the heels of the news that it might be reducing its Windows Phone software license fee, there’s new evidence that it’s looking at pursuing the same strategy for the desktop. The Verge reports that Microsoft has an experimental free version of Windows 8.1 called “Windows 8.1 with… Read More