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  • Microsoft's axeman Satya Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

    09/18/2014 12:58:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 09/18/2014 | By Neil McAllister,
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has brought down his axe again, sending off the next batch of the 18,000 employees he has promised will lose their jobs by the end of the year. The Redmond supremo issued about 2,100 pink slips on Thursday, the Seattle Times reports, bringing the total number of layoffs to approximately 15,100 and counting. Throughout the process, Nadella has maintained that most of the cuts will come from Microsoft's new devices and services business, which it bought from Nokia in April. Professional positions and manufacturing jobs in Nokia's factories around the world will be eliminated, he said....
  • Microsoft agrees to $2.5-billion deal to purchase 'Minecraft'

    09/15/2014 7:59:44 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/15/2014 | Paresh Dave
    Microsoft Corp. plans to spend $2.5 billion to buy what it called the most popular online game on Xbox, the building adventure title "Minecraft." “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft," Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, said in a statement Monday. The purchase of the game maker Stockholm, Sweden-based Mojang is expected to close late this year. Compared with Microsoft's blockbuster "Halo" franchise, "Minecraft" should give the company a younger audience to...
  • Windows 8.1 continues to inch along: Progress is still coming at a snail's pace.

    09/10/2014 10:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    C/NET ^ | 09/10/2014 | Lance Whitney
    <p>Windows 8.1 carved out more of the desktop OS market last month, though its progress remains slow.</p> <p>For the month of August, Windows 8.1 eked out a 7.09 percent market share based on all the desktop OS traffic seen by Web tracker Net Applications. That number was up slightly from 6.56 percent in July, 6.61 percent in June, and 6.35 percent in May. Still in use among many people, Windows 8 scored 6.28 percent of the market last month.</p>
  • China Developing an Operating System to Take on Microsoft, Google and Apple

    08/27/2014 7:09:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/26/2014
    SHANGHAI — China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua, the government news agency, reported. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cybersecurity. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Windows from Microsoft and the mobile operating system Android from Google. The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile devices, Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing Ni...
  • Kim Komando: 3 surprising things that spy on you that you can't stop

    08/10/2014 12:22:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    Komando.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kim Komando
    Do you ever feel like you're being watched? In the past, you could chalk it up to paranoia, close the curtains and get on with your life. Thanks to technology, it's not just your imagination. You really are being watched in your home, at work and everywhere in between. From online advertisers and hackers to the NSA and other government agencies, everyone is trying to keep tabs on you. And things keep getting worse. If you think you know every gadget and organization that's a danger, think again. Here are three things spying on you that you probably didn't know...
  • Ballmer bucks swell gun initiative war chest to $3.4M [anti-gun Steve Balmer]

    08/11/2014 9:18:58 PM PDT · by steve86 · 3 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | August 11, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    A fresh cash infusion of $250,00 from ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and wife Connie has swelled the pro-Initiative 594 Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility warchest to $3.4 million. The Ballmers gave $125,000 apiece, swelling their total contributions to $600,000. The pro-594 campaign reports more than $1.1 million in cash on hand, according to its filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The alliance was formed, largely by faith leaders, after the December 2012, massacre of 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut. After the Washington Legislature failed to act, supporters collected signatures to put on the ballot a statewide initiative that...
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 becomes $150 cheaper... for students

    08/11/2014 10:57:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 08/11/2014 | Christian Bautista
    Microsoft is looking to profit from the back-to-school shopping season by introducing a temporary price drop on all versions of the Surface Pro 3. The discount cuts the price of the cheapest Surface Pro 3 model from $799 to $649. The entry level model has an Intel i3 processor, 64 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The $150 discount is also being implemented on the $999, $1,299 and $1,549 versions of the device. The $999 variant has Intel Core i5 processor, 128 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The $1,299 version has an Intel i5 processor, 256GB of...
  • Bill Gates vacations better than most aboard 450-foot luxury yacht near Italy

    08/09/2014 11:16:17 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 82 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/08/2014 | LEE MORAN
    Bill Gates doesn’t slum it when it comes to his vacations. The world's richest man has been photographed enjoying quality family time aboard an extravagant $330 million yacht. The Microsoft founder has been pictured on “The Serene,” a stunning 450-foot boat he’s renting from Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler for a cool $5 million per week. Moored off the coast of Sardinia, it reportedly has 12 state rooms, a seawater swimming pool, a cinema, a nightclub, a climbing wall, a gym and two hot tubs.
  • Microsoft Scraps Windows 8 Major Updates. Bets The Farm On Windows 9

    08/08/2014 12:48:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/08/2014 | Gordon Kelly
    It’s official, Windows 8 is a write-off . Sales for the operating system have been poor and now it is even starting to lose market share to Windows 7. To Microsoft MSFT -0.12%’s credit it has bravely persisted addressing issue after issue. Most notable was the major Windows 8.1 Update 1 patch released in April which makes the OS a genuinely credible platform. Still it remains far from perfect and now Microsoft is prematurely pulling the plug. In a blog post by Microsoft Senior Marketing Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc, he explains that there will be no more major update releases...
  • Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer (or MS won't support)

    08/07/2014 10:32:20 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    MSDN Blogs > IEBlog ^ | Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:07 AM | IEBlog
    As we shared in May, Microsoft is prioritizing helping users stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today we would like to share important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft offers innovative and transformational services for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, so you can do more and achieve more; Internet Explorer is core to this vision. In today’s digital world, billions of people use Internet-connected devices, powered by cloud service-based applications, spanning both work and life...
  • Man Posed as Microsoft Employee in Fraudulent Phone Call

    08/03/2014 8:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 2, 2014
    a South San Francisco resident received a phone call from a man fraudulently posing as a Microsoft Windows employee and asking for personal information on Wednesday, according to police. The suspect, calling himself Mike Johnson, told the resident that her computer had been compromised by a hacker and that he needed access to her computer to conduct a diagnosis. The victim did not provide any personal information to the suspect, according to police. Microsoft said that they do not contact their customers over the phone, nor do they have any records of anyone from the company calling the victim. The...
  • NY judge: US warrant can reach email in Ireland

    08/01/2014 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2014 7:27 PM EDT | Larry Neumeister
    U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. […] The Redmond, Washington-based software company has said rulings forcing it to turn over emails threaten to rewrite the Constitution’s protections against illegal search and seizure and could damage U.S. foreign relations. Its arguments were joined by large technology companies, including Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. …
  • Sarah Palin's new site is being blocked by Microsoft

    07/29/2014 7:51:19 AM PDT · by EternalHope · 67 replies
    Me | July 29, 2014 | EternalHope
    Microsoft's "SmartScreen Filter" is blocking Sarah Palin's new website (sarahpalinchannel.com). When I went to the site anyway (it's hard to do), the videos would not play. Whatever is wrong may have been caused by a deliberately orchestrated group of people reporting the site as unsafe to Microsoft, or it may simply be that Microsoft simply does not like Sarah Palin. Regardless of the cause, it may help if people go to the site and click on the "Report this site does not contain threats" choice.
  • Layoffs Prove the Deceit of Amnesty

    07/22/2014 11:12:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The shocking announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs is still sinking in. Most of those employees do not have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they are losing. In the United States, the number of engineering jobs has been sharply declining. In 2002 the number of electrical engineering jobs in the United States was 385,000, but despite increased demand for technology, the job total dropped to only 300,000 last year. And that number is not even for American workers, because thousands of these jobs are soaked up by the H-1B visa racket,...
  • Jeff Sessions criticizes Bill Gates's call for STEM worker visas amid Microsoft layoffs

    07/21/2014 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/21/2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized Microsoft founder Bill Gates for calling on Congress to increase STEM worker visas while the company plans to cut 18,000 jobs next year. “Super billionaires aren’t happy apparently. … They declare we need to import more foreign workers,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Mr. Gates says we need to let more and more people into our country to take those kinds of jobs.” Sessions was referring to an op-ed in which Gates called on the House to pass the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill. That legislation would increase the number of worker visas...
  • Microsoft Memo Buries Layoff News in 11th Paragraph, Greets Readers with Cheery ‘Hello There’

    07/20/2014 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 18, 2014 - 2:59 PM | Kelly Lawyer
    On Thursday, Microsoft announced it would cut 18,000 jobs (14% of the company workforce) in the next year, the largest reduction in company history. Since its acquisition of Nokia, experts predicted there would be some layoffs, but the number is double the amount predicted. Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s device unit (the hardest hit by the layoffs) and former CEO of Nokia, proceeded to bury the news about 12,500 layoffs in the eleventh paragraph of a corporate memo. Elop begins the memo with a cheery “Hello there,” stating Microsoft’s strategy is “focused on productivity and our desire to help people...
  • Microsoft decided to extort Windows 7 users too

    07/17/2014 9:17:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 90 replies
    semiaccurate.com ^ | Jul 14, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Not content to blow both feet off with a shotgun, Microsoft is going for the kneecaps now by blackmailing it’s customers. If you are still dumb enough to use Windows, you are about have your wallet shaken down by Microsoft in a familiar yet still unwelcome way.We don’t feel the need to sugarcoat this much because the company’s behavior is so blatant and uncaring it is almost staggering. Worse yet the victims, that would be almost all Windows users, have only themselves to blame because the pattern has been well laid out for years now. Microsoft has been unapologetically blackmailing...
  • Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs this year as it chops Nokia

    07/17/2014 8:35:02 AM PDT · by Scutter · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/17/2014 | Bill Rigby
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year as it almost halves the size of its newly acquired Nokia phone business and tries to transform into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company. The larger-than-expected cuts, announced on Thursday, are the deepest in the company's 39-year history and come five months into the tenure of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. He outlined plans for a "leaner" business in a public memo to employees last week.
  • Microsoft Layoffs to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs

    07/17/2014 7:20:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/17/2014 | By NICK WINGFIELD
    SEATTLE — Microsoft said Thursday that it planned to eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year in a shake-up intended to help the company move more quickly in the market. The cuts are the largest in the company’s 39-year history, representing about 14 percent of its work force. Microsoft will make the deepest cuts from the businesses it acquired from the Finnish phone maker Nokia. About 12,500 of the jobs being eliminated will come from the Nokia groups, resulting from the closing of a factory in Hungary and other changes. That is about half the number of employees...
  • Microsoft to Eliminate Up to 18K Jobs Over Next Year

    07/17/2014 5:45:35 AM PDT · by mykroar · 26 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 7/17/2014 | Victoria Craig
    <p>In a letter to employees early Thursday, Microsoft CEO Sataya Nadella said the tech giant will slash its workforce by as many as 18,000 jobs over the course of the next year, with the first round of 13,000 cuts coming within the next six months.</p>
  • Microsoft may announce its biggest layoffs ever on Thursday

    07/17/2014 3:36:19 AM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | July 16, 2014 | Stephen Lawson
    The action will be much bigger than the 5,800 job cuts announced in 2009, The New York Times said. Microsoft reportedly will announce the biggest round of layoffs in its history on Thursday as massive changes wrought by new CEO Satya Nadella start to take hold at the struggling IT giant.
  • Obama administration fights to seize Microsoft emails held in IRELAND in landmark legal battle

    07/15/2014 11:25:08 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 22 replies
    Dailymail ^ | July 15, 2014 | Daily mail reporter
    Obama administration fights to seize Microsoft emails held in IRELAND in landmark legal battle The U.S. Justice Department is claiming that Microsoft must hand over emails that the company stores in databases in Dublin, Ireland, in a case that is being watched closely by tech companies legal scholars. The U.S. federal government is claiming that it can force any company that conducts business operations within its borders to comply with warrants for data stored on its databases, even if those databases aren't physically located within the United States. Several companies that operate within the U.S. keep databases in other countries....
  • Common Core Equates George Washington to Palestinian Terrorists

    07/13/2014 3:30:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | July 12, 2014 | Dave Jolly
    How many times do I have to write about the problems discovered in Common Core teaching? This time it deals with Pearson Education, one of the leading companies that helps develop and train Common Core teaching. According to their website: “As the leading education services company, Pearson is serious about evolving how the world learns. We apply our deep education experience and research, invest in innovative technologies, and promote collaboration throughout the education ecosystem. Real change is our commitment and its results are delivered through connecting capabilities to create actionable, scalable solutions that improve access, affordability, and achievement.” [Emphasis mine]...
  • In Six Months, Microsoft Will Pull The Plug On Windows 7 Support

    07/08/2014 10:05:09 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7-8-2014 | JULIE BORT
    Microsoft will end free mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. That means no more security patches if hackers find holes, no more updated features or performance improvements. This move will mostly affect consumers. Businesses that pay for extended Windows 7 support, as most of them do, will be supported for another five years, until January 14, 2020. That's important, because many businesses are right now are in the process of upgrading their old Windows XP PCs, but they're moving to Windows 7, not Windows 8. There's some speculation that, given the popularity of Windows 7, Microsoft might...
  • The Reign Of Windows At Work 'Is Coming To An End' And Macs Are Rising Fast

    07/05/2014 11:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 307 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/05/2014 | Julie Bort
    It's been clear for some time that the iPad has taken the enterprise by storm as employees tote it to work and companies buy fleets of them. But Apple's PC, the Mac, has never been as dominant in the workplace, until now, according to new research from long-time Microsoft rival, VMware. VMware queried 376 IT professionals and found that they are increasingly being asked to buy and/or support Macs in the enterprise by employees who want Macs, not Windows machines. "Microsoft Windows has dominated enterprise desktops for close to three decades but it appears its reign is coming to an...
  • How Google plans to lock you away from iOS and Windows

    06/26/2014 4:10:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    PC World ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jared Newman
    In the past, one thing that’s always separated Google from its rivals has been the ability to use Google services across many platforms. Whether you owned an iPhone, an iPad, a Mac, or a Windows PC, you always had access to Google services like Search, Maps, and Docs. Of course, Google would prefer that you use Android and Chromebooks, but that rarely felt like a requirement. At this year’s Google I/O conference, we’re starting to see a different strategy emerge. Google is now making the case that if you want the full Google experience, you need to use Android devices...
  • Microsoft Suffers Another GSA Blow - Smartsheet Chosen In Place Of Microsoft Project (Google)

    06/26/2014 1:19:54 PM PDT · by uncommonsense · 18 replies
    Forbs ^ | 6/24/2014 | Ben Kepes
    When the General Services Administration (GSA), the agency in charge of supplying products and communications for US government offices, chose Google Apps for email and calendaring functions back in 2011, fear was no doubt struck into the heart of Microsoft. After all, the Microsoft MSFT -0.71% Office franchise has been the number one pick of Government agencies for decades. That the GSA would chose an upstart like Google GOOGL -0.35% was something of a shock. Well, the stress in Redmond continues with news today that the GSA has selected Smartsheet to be its online collaborative project management tool. This is,...
  • How conservatives can be banned from using Microsoft services

    06/19/2014 6:34:27 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 23 replies
    I gave a cursory read to the Code of Conduct in the updated Microsoft Services Agreement, which, among other things, states under Prohibited Uses states, You will not upload, post, transmit, transfer, distribute, or facilitate distribution of any content (including text, images, sound, video, data, information, or software) or otherwise use the service in a way that: ...Threatens...defames...degrades, victimizes, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals for any reason, including on the basis of age...sexual orientation, race or religion, or incites or encourages anyone else to do so. Obviously, this is purposely ambiguous and broad ("for any reason"!), but...
  • Microsoft strips some Windows 7 users of IE11 patch privileges

    06/16/2014 7:50:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    Computerworld ^ | June 15, 2014 07:32 AM ET | Gregg Keizer
    Computerworld - Microsoft has quietly stopped serving security updates to Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) on consumer and small business Windows 7 PCs unless the customer has successfully applied an April update for the browser. [....] Users who have not installed the IE security update issued on April 8 -- identified by Microsoft as MS14-018 -- on Windows 7, and who rely on Windows Update to download and install fixes, did not receive the June 10 IE update. Nor will IE11 receive any future updates, security or otherwise, until that MS14-018 has been installed. Windows Update will not display the appropriate...
  • 310 Microsoft patents used in Android licensing agreements revealed by Chinese gov

    06/16/2014 7:59:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    ZD/NET ^ | 06/16/2014 | By Charlie Osborne
    While Microsoft and Google are rivals in many arenas, Microsoft makes a substantial profit from patents used by Android vendors. However, despite Microsoft's commitment to transparency, these agreements have only been revealed in legal surroundings -- until now.Patent licensing deals agreed between the Redmond giant and Android device makers grant Microsoft revenue for every device made using the company's intellectual property. In November last year, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund estimated that Microsoft was making as much as $2bn in Android patent licensing agreements. These funds are believed to be covering losses in the tech giant's entertainment division, covering Xbox, Windows...
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Deliver 2014 Commencement Speech at Stanford

    06/15/2014 2:24:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Silicon Valley got a dose of tech star power when Bill and Melinda Gates arrived at Stanford Sunday to deliver the 2014 commencement speech. The couple are the founders and co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private foundation. "Sharing a mutual commitment to a better world, Bill and Melinda Gates have taken on some of the planet's toughest challenges. This boldness is an ethos that we also embody at Stanford, and one we seek to instill in our graduates ... " Stanford president John Hennessy said. Condoleezza Rice Backs Out of Rutgers Commencement Amid Protests...
  • Melinda Gates’ claim to not fund abortion is ‘outright deception’: pro-life group

    06/13/2014 6:22:51 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Jun 13, 2014 19:54 EST | by Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The claim by Melinda Gates, a Catholic, that the multi-billion dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does not fund abortion is "an outright deception," says Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International. Gates has made headlines in recent days after she wrote June 2 that the foundation "has decided not to fund abortion."
  • Microsoft Unveils Near-Real Time Language Translation For Skype

    05/28/2014 2:26:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/28 | Parmy Olson
    Skype hopes to make its international connections easier — though perhaps still a little awkward — with a new feature that automatically translates conversations almost in real time.Parent company Microsoft unveiled the new technology at the Code technology conference on Tuesday, where Skype vice president Gurdeep Pall made small talk in English with a German-speaking Skype manager in Europe.After saying a sentence in English, an automated voice translated his words into German. (You can watch the video here.)It’s not quite the real-time universal translator that characters on “Star Trek” used to speak to alien life forms. And inevitably for a technology...
  • Microsoft Shows Off Real-Time Skype Translator

    05/27/2014 11:19:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Wednesday May 28, 2014
    Microsoft Corp showed off a test version of a real-time, spoken-word translation service for Skype calls on Tuesday, the first time the world's largest software company has demonstrated the breakthrough technology publicly in the United States. Skype Translator, as it is currently called, allows speakers in different languages to hear the other's words spoken in their own language, according to a demo introduced by chief executive officer Satya Nadella at the Code Conference technology gathering in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
  • What are the four things for Microsoft can do to take Windows to the next generation ?

    05/26/2014 5:02:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Views Times ^ | 05/26/2014
    Mcrosoft's Surface Pro 3 event earlier this week showed the company at its strength. For the first time in many years, it's got most of its ducks lined up; hardware and software finally in unison. Yet, the company still finds itself in a losing battle against Apple in the tablet world and fighting ever declining PC sales. Despite Microsoft being in perhaps its best position yet, its event this week showed that the way it is going about selling the Surface is still problematic. It’s still failing at the tablet war and the Surface Pro 3 might not be the...
  • LEAKED: Windows 9 Is Coming Next Year And Will Fix A Lot Of Problems With Windows 8

    05/22/2014 7:57:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/22 | LISA EADICICCO
    Microsoft might be preparing to give the public its first taste of Windows 9 between the second and third quarters of 2015, according to a newly leaked document. Tech blog Myce has obtained a leaked internal Microsoft document from a source in China known as FaiKee.The document, first spotted on Myce's website by Windows blog WinBeta, lists both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 as scheduled for a release preview between Q2 and Q3 2015. Here's a screenshot of the document: Myce A release preview is exactly what its name suggests. It's a nearly finished version of the software that the public...
  • Microsoft announces 12-inch Surface Pro 3, 'the tablet that can replace your laptop'

    05/20/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    PC World ^ | 05/20/2014 | Brad Chacos
    It turns out that support page name-checking the Surface Pro 3 wasn't a typo after all. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the all-new Surface Pro 3, but this version is more than a mere spec boost over the Surface Pro 2: It's a whole new entry in the Surface lineup, and one designed "to replace your laptop." The Surface Pro 3 blends full Core i7 power—Surface head Panos Panay calls it "the thinnest Core product ever created," designed in close conjunction with Intel—with true tablet sleekness, sheer screen size aside. The Surface Pro 3 measures in at a mere 0.35-inch thick...
  • Microsoft is now irrelevant to computing, and they want you to know it

    05/16/2014 11:39:43 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies
    semiaccurate.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Opinion: Two recent cave-ins leave no doubt they are done for With two major cave-ins in the past few weeks, Microsoft is screaming at the top of its lungs about how irrelevant it is. If you didn’t understand the fall of Microsoft from powerful monopolist to computing afterthought, let SemiAccurate explain it to you. For the past few decades, Microsoft has been a monopoly with one game plan, leverage what they have to exclude competition. If someone had a good idea, Microsoft would come out with a barely functional copy, give it away, and shut out the income stream of...
  • How Satya Nadella Has Completely Changed Microsoft In Just 3 Months

    05/15/2014 11:48:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/15/2014 | Julie Bort
    Three months ago Microsoft announced that long-time Microsoftie Satya Nadella would become the company's third-ever CEO.That has turned out to be a very smart choice.In a few short weeks, the company has a fresh outlook and a more respectful attitude toward all of its constituents, its customers, developers and, most especially, its competitors.The sunny outlook is infectious. Microsoft's stock is trading at a 14-year high, hovering around $40 share.A quick tour of what's been going on at Microsoft shows the company making changes at a feverish pace.Within the past few days ...Nadella proved that Microsoft's war with Apple is over....
  • Microsoft decouples .NET Framework from Windows: C# for iOS and Android using their native code.

    05/15/2014 10:49:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fierce Enterprise Comminications ^ | 05/15/2014 | By Scott M. Fulton, III
    In one of Monday's extraordinary announcements from Microsoft during its TechEd conference in Houston, program managers both announced and demonstrated the ability to build applications for multiple computing platforms, including iOS, using the .NET Framework once heralded as the crown jewel of Windows--specifically, to build and deploy applications that compile to those platforms' native code, without requiring plug-ins or interpreters. "One of the most exciting aspects of .NET going forward is that we are truly embracing openness," declared Habib Heydarian, a program manager for Microsoft's .NET team, during a demonstration Monday. "You can leverage your existing assets, your existing skills,...
  • Microsoft patents uber-cool smartwatch (and unlike smart bra, this may actually hit the market)

    05/11/2014 8:10:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 05/11/2014 | By Vamien McKalin,
    We've long known that Microsoft is working on a smart watch device, but we had no idea what to expect when it comes to design or features. Now, due to a patent filed by the software company back in 2012, and grant this week, this smart watch could turn out to be something special. The diagrams show that this device will rely a lot on sensors that are designed to read heart rates among other things. Not surprising, because almost every current and future smart watch we know of are designed with reading the user's heart rate in mind. The...
  • Microsoft patches Internet Explorer bug for Windows XP

    05/02/2014 6:29:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    telegraph ^ | 02 May 2014 | Sophie Curtis
    Microsoft has issued a patch for a security vulnerability in Internet Explorer to all versions of Windows, including Windows XP, despite claiming it would release no more patches for the outdated operating system after 8 April 2014. Earlier this week, both the UK and US governments advised citizens to consider using alternatives to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser, after the company discovered a vulnerability that could allow hackers to gain access to users' computers and steal their data. The vulnerability made headlines because it coincided with the end of support for Windows XP, meaning that anyone still running the 13-year-old operating...
  • Microsoft rescues XP users with emergency browser fix

    05/01/2014 10:50:49 AM PDT · by dayglored · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 1, 2014 | Jim Finkle
    Microsoft is helping the estimated hundreds of millions of customers still running Windows XP, which it stopped supporting earlier this month, by providing an emergency update to fix a critical bug in its Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft Corp rushed to create the fix after learning of the bug in the operating system over the weekend when cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc warned that a sophisticated group of hackers had exploited the bug to launch attacks in a campaign dubbed "Operation Clandestine Fox. ...
  • Stop using Microsoft's IE browser until bug is fixed, US and UK warn

    04/28/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    CNET ^ | 4/28/2014 | Seth Rosenblatt
    It's not often that the US or UK governments weigh in on the browser wars, but a new Internet Explorer vulnerability that affects all major versions of the browser from the past decade has forced it to raise an alarm: Stop using IE. The zero-day exploit, the term given to a previously unknown, unpatched flaw, allows attackers to install malware on your computer without your permission. That malware could be used to steal personal data, track online behavior, or gain control of the computer. Security firm FireEye, which discovered the bug, said that the flaw is being used with a...
  • Stop using Microsoft's IE browser until bug is fixed, US warns

    04/28/2014 1:52:29 PM PDT · by dayglored · 56 replies
    Cnet ^ | Apr 28, 2014 | Seth Rosenblatt
    In a rare move that highlights the severity of the security hole in one of the Web's most popular browsers, the Homeland Security Department's Computer Emergency Readiness Team says to stop using Internet Explorer until Microsoft can fix it. Security firm FireEye said that it is currently being used to attack financial and defense organizations in the US via Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11. Those versions of the browser run on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8, although the exploit is present in Internet Explorer 6 and above.
  • Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security gap

    04/28/2014 10:19:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
    Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a link to a malicious website. The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser. …
  • McMorris Rodgers Met with Microsoft CEO on Day She Revealed August Amnesty Goal

    04/28/2014 9:48:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Apr 2014 | by Tony Lee
    On the day that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) told a local newspaper that she believed amnesty legislation could be brought to the floor by August, she met with Satya Nadella, the new CEO of Microsoft. “I believe there is a path that we get a bill on the floor by August,” House GOP Conference Chair McMorris Rodgers said last Friday. “We’re going to have to push that this is a legal status, not amnesty." That same day, she tweeted a photo of herself with Nadella from her verified @cathymcmorris Twitter account.
  • New zero day vulnerability identified in all versions of IE

    04/27/2014 4:26:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 95 replies
    Cnet ^ | Apr 27, 2014 | Steven Musil
    A new zero day vulnerability that resides in all versions of Internet Explorer has been spotted in the wild, Microsoft confirmed late Saturday. The vulnerability, which could allow remote code execution, is being used in "limited, targeted attacks," according to an advisory issued by Microsoft. While all versions of the web browser, IE 6 through 11, are affected by the vulnerability, attacks are currently targeting IE versions 9, 10 and 11, according to security firm Fire Eye, which first reported the flaw Friday. The attack leverages a previously unknown "use after free" vulnerability -- data corruption that occurs after memory...
  • Microsoft’s third quarter earnings beat Wall Street expectations

    04/24/2014 3:04:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 04/24/2014 | Janet I. Tu
    For its fiscal third quarter, which ended March 31, Microsoft beat analysts’ expectations. The company posted earnings per share of 68 cents on revenue of $20.40 billion. It reported $5.66 billion in profit. Analysts had expected Microsoft to report third-quarter revenue this year of about $20.38 billion, and earnings per share of 63 cents, with profit of $5.26 billion, according to a Bloomberg consensus estimate.
  • Bill Gates wishes he wasn't so rich

    05/04/2006 10:40:32 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 101 replies · 2,459+ views
    cnn ^ | 5-4-6
    REDMOND, Wash. (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday he wished he were not the world's richest man. "I wish I wasn't. There is nothing good that comes out of that," said Gates, whose personal fortune sank by billions since last week when the software giant disappointed investors by saying new investments would crimp earnings. The corporate leader who made Microsoft into the world's largest software maker - and who is also one of the biggest philanthropists - is seen as a man who does not like publicity. He explained that he did not like the attention of...