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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014



  HP Stream revealed: Microsoft's Chromebook killer is a Chromebook clone
Time: 07:48 EST/12:48 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Andi Stabryla

Microsoft drove out Linux as the platform of choice during the netbook craze, and now the Windows maker is hoping it can do the same to the latest PC upstart, the Chromebook.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014



  Microsoft aims to be greener and drops ALEC membership
Time: 22:37 EST/03:37 GMT | News Source: CNET | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it's cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative public-policy lobbying group. It appears this decision was made due to ALEC's lobbing efforts to block the development of renewable energy. Microsoft had previously been a member of ALEC's Communications and Technology Task Force. In a statement, the company said it has halted all participation in this group.

"In 2014 Microsoft decided to no longer participate in the American Legislative Exchange Council's Communications and Technology Task Force, which had been our only previous involvement with ALEC," the company said. "With this decision, we no longer contribute any dues to ALEC...we are no longer members of ALEC and do not provide the organization with financial support of any kind."

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  HTC One M8 Gets Reimagined as a Windows Phone Battleship
Time: 22:33 EST/03:33 GMT | News Source: Mashable | Posted By: Erick Cordero

The HTC One M8 is one of the most well-received Android phones of the year, so when Microsoft approached the company about making a new Windows Phone, it requested the M8 specifically. "The M8, as our flagship, has been doing fantastic," says Jeff Gordon, HTC's online communications manager. "Microsoft came to us a while back and, loving what we did with the HTC One M8 for Android so much, they wanted to do something similar, but running Windows Phone software."

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  Microsoft Develops Ruggedized Touchscreen for Its Devices
Time: 22:31 EST/03:31 GMT | News Source: Softpedia | Posted By: Erick Cordero

A patent that Microsoft has recently filed reveals that the company is working on a ruggedized touchscreen for its devices, which could help bring tougher tablets and smartphones to the market.

As reported by Microsoft-News, Microsoft has already tried to prove that its devices are very durable with several occasions, including Surface product launches when Panos Panay, the man in charge with the Surface division, dropped the tablets during live demoes.

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  Bye bye, Ballmer -- Steve bows out from the board at Microsoft
Time: 22:30 EST/03:30 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Having left his post as CEO of Microsoft six months ago, Steve Ballmer today further cut his ties with the company. In a letter to Satya Nadella, he explains that it would be "impractical" to continue to serve on the board of directors. The decision comes after the purchase of the LA Clippers, and Ballmer's letter makes reference to "the start of the NBA season" meaning that his "departure from the board is effective immediately". But Steve is not cutting the umbilical cord entirely; he remains a shareholder and wants to keep his hand in to some extent.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014



  Microsoft pulls updates, recommends uninstall
Time: 08:19 EST/13:19 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Andi Stabryla

Since Patch Tuesday this past week, Microsoft has been receiving reports of severe system errors caused by one or more of the updates. In response, the company has pulled several updates from download channels and offered advice on how to remove them. In one case, it recommends that users uninstall the update.

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  Microsoft pulls its August Windows update after users report crashes
Time: 08:15 EST/13:15 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Andi Stabryla

Microsoft has pulled its August Update for Windows after users reported crashes and issues restarting their systems. The company is currently recommending users uninstall the update.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014



  Standing Alone, Microsoft Asks Feds for Privacy Legislation
Time: 20:43 EST/01:43 GMT | News Source: Advertising Age | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft used the Obama administration's request for comment on its big data report to bemoan the U.S. government's surveillance practices while also demanding federal legislation. The company stood alone among its tech brethren in its support of comprehensive federal privacy legislation, as firms including Amazon, Google, and Twitter pushed against a new law.

It's a matter of trust in foreign markets, said the Redmond firm. "Without new privacy legislation, U.S. companies will find themselves increasingly disadvantaged compared to foreign providers that will compete against U.S. companies in their home and other jurisdictions based on more protective privacy regimes," wrote David Heiner, Microsoft's VP and deputy general counsel, legal and corporate affairs, in an Aug. 5 letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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  Microsoft Debated Rebranding Internet Explorer
Time: 17:32 EST/22:32 GMT | News Source: TechCrunch | Posted By: Erick Cordero

In a Reddit AMA session, the Internet Explorer team revealed that it has discussed rebranding the browser. The team made its comment in response to a question regarding the negative public image that Internet Explorer earned.

It’s fair to say that Internet Explorer has improved rapidly in recent years. Its brand, however, has lagged. Microsoft has introduced advertising to combat Internet Explorer’s image issues.

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  Windows 'Threshold' to go public within weeks
Time: 17:31 EST/22:31 GMT | News Source: ComputerWorld | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft will issue a preview of "Threshold," the current code name for Windows 8's successor, as soon as next month, according to an online report today. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, citing unnamed sources, said that Microsoft will deliver a "technical preview" of Threshold late in September or early in October. Previously, Foley had reported that Microsoft would offer a preview of some kind this fall.

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  Microsoft launches WindUp, its own Snapchat rival
Time: 17:29 EST/22:29 GMT | News Source: ITProportal.com | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft has launched its own Snapchat rival called WindUp. According to the Windows Phone Store, the app lets users "wind up" their friends as "they race to see what you've posted." The firm also announced that WindUp lets users share "pictures, videos and audio snippets, as well as text."

The software giant will be hoping to capitalise on the recent criticism levelled at Snapchat, particularly with regard to user privacy.

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  Despite Microsoft's takedown, GameOver Zeus botnet rises again
Time: 17:27 EST/22:27 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Back in early June Microsoft announced it had taken down the GameOver Zeus botnet, in an effort to protect customers. But, thwarting the internet bad guys is much more difficult in practice than it is in theory. Now security researches claim the phoenix is rising from its ashes.

The folks at Arbor Networks, a security research firm, have been keeping regular tabs, and have noted a sudden and very rapid growth. The rise is actually due to a new variant that seems to be spreading quickly, but has become most prevalent in the US.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014



  Microsoft opens new site for Lumia beta tests
Time: 11:42 EST/16:42 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Andi Stabryla

Microsoft is closing the Nokia Beta Labs site, but users will still be able to test apps under development via the new Lumia Beta Apps site, designed to elicit more feedback and make it easier for users to participate. The new site is powered by UserVoice, which also hosts the Windows Phone Feature Suggestion box page.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2014



  Microsoft Readies $25 Feature Phone
Time: 00:03 EST/05:03 GMT | News Source: PC Magazine | Posted By: Erick Cordero

In a world of smart, sometimes you've just got to be dumb. That's Microsoft's strategy, highlighted by today's debut of the $25 Nokia 130 feature phone. Whether in the market for your first cell phone or just looking for a backup device while on vacation, the Nokia 130 comes with a 1.8-inch color display and a battery that lasts up to 36 days on standby.

It also boasts a built-in video player, a music player with up to 46 hours playback on a single charge, and everyday essentials like a flashlight, FM radio, and USB charging.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014



  Microsoft and iFixit launch Pro Tech Network gadget repair site
Time: 11:20 EST/16:20 GMT | News Source: ITProportal.com | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft and gadget repair website iFixit have announced the launch of Pro Tech Network, a service designed to teach more people how to fix gadgets. The partnership should help give people the skills they need to fix devices, set up businesses and recycle the valuable materials within electronic products.

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  What to expect on August's Patch Tuesday
Time: 11:17 EST/16:17 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Erick Cordero

As all Windows users will know, the second Tuesday in each month means it's patch time. So that system admins don’t get caught out Microsoft has published its advanced notification ahead of August's Patch Tuesday. So what can we expect to see in this round of updates? There are nine bulletins in total for software including Internet Explorer, Windows and Office. Two are rated "critical" as they allow for remote code execution.

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  Living With a Surface Pro 3
Time: 11:15 EST/16:15 GMT | News Source: PC Magazine | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is an interesting hybrid. Microsoft markets the device as "the tablet that can replace your laptop," and in its introduction, the company compared it to a MacBook Air. After living with it as my primary notebook for the past couple of weeks, I'm not completely convinced. It has some nice features and is particularly light given its power as a Windows notebook, but it has some quirks and limitations that may narrow its appeal.

As with previous Surface devices, the Surface Pro 3 is a tablet with a cover that acts as a keyboard, so you can also use it as a desktop. But this version is much more powerful.

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  Microsoft to drop support for older versions of Internet Explorer
Time: 11:12 EST/16:12 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft announced today that it's dropping support, including security updates, for older Internet Explorer versions. The changes, which take effect in 18 months, are meant to push the vast Windows installed base to Internet Explorer 11.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: MONDAY, AUGUST 04, 2014



  The pane points of Microsoft's 'one Windows'
Time: 09:21 EST/14:21 GMT | News Source: CNET | Posted By: Robert Stein

Still, what if Microsoft really tried to create one version of Windows that ran on laptops, tablets, and phones using either x86 (Intel or AMD) or ARM (Qualcomm, Nvidia, and so on) processors? In addition to having to reconcile a fair amount under the hood, there would be significant user interface differences between the desktop, tablet, and handset flavors of Windows.

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  Microsoft Enhances Office For iPad
Time: 09:19 EST/14:19 GMT | News Source: InformationWeek | Posted By: Robert Stein

Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed that Office for iPad has been downloaded more than 35 million times since launching four months ago. Though the company did not provide granular financial breakouts, Microsoft also indicated that Office for iPad, which is free but requires an Office 365 subscription for full functionality, contributed to soaring consumer Office 365 revenue over the last quarter. With the new features, Microsoft hopes to continue this momentum.

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  Microsoft Power Query for Excel
Time: 09:19 EST/14:19 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin.com | Posted By: Robert Stein

Microsoft Power Query for Excel is an Excel add-in that enhances the self-service Business Intelligence experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery, access and collaboration.

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  Microsoft Says It Is Suing Samsung Over Smartphone-Patent Contract
Time: 09:14 EST/14:14 GMT | News Source: Wall Street Journal | Posted By: Robert Stein

Under a 2011 deal, Samsung pays Microsoft an undisclosed amount for each Android phone and tablet it sells. Nomura Securities analyst Rick Sherlund last year estimated Microsoft collects roughly $2 billion annually from patent fees on Android devices.

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  How long before Microsoft Windows XP disappears?
Time: 09:14 EST/14:14 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Robert Stein

Netmarketshare's monthly updates on the state of the operating system and browser markets are useful not because the numbers are accurate — they clearly have a margin of error — but because they show trends. The most obvious trend at the moment is the decline of Microsoft's ancient Windows XP. This enables us to project how long it will be before Windows XP finally disappears, and you're welcome to have a go in the comments below.

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  NFL and Microsoft Partner Up, Stash Surface Pro 2 Tablets on the Sidelines
Time: 09:13 EST/14:13 GMT | News Source: PC Magazine | Posted By: Robert Stein

Are you ready for some tablets? A new $400 million partnership between the National Football League and Microsoft is giving heavily modified versions of Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablets sideline access to this year's games. Coaches and players will be able to use the tablets to transcend the print photographs of yesteryear and receive images about a team's formations for review on the sidelines.

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  What Microsoft Has Done Right (And Wrong) In China With Xbox One
Time: 09:09 EST/14:09 GMT | News Source: Forbes.com | Posted By: Robert Stein

But will China’s consumers actually care? That’s the question observers (myself included) have been asking since whispers of the console ban being lifted first came up. After all, the country’s console restrictions have not been strictly enforced, and gray-market imported consoles (many of which have been hacked to play cheap pirated games) have been easily available in China’s electronics markets all along. But despite the proliferation of these less-than-legal consoles, China’s gaming market is still dominated by the PC and mobile platforms.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY, AUGUST 01, 2014



  Windows 8 Overtakes Windows XP in the United Kingdom
Time: 21:37 EST/02:37 GMT | News Source: Softpedia | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have lost users worldwide, but as far as the United Kingdom is concerned, Microsoft’s modern operating systems continue their growth. Figures provided by market researcher StatCounter reveal that Windows 8 has grown so much that it managed to finally overtake Windows XP, thus becoming the fourth most popular operating system in the country.

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  BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users
Time: 21:34 EST/02:34 GMT | News Source: Reuters | Posted By: Erick Cordero

BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients.

BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM features in a bid to make it a more viable messaging tool for clients such as corporations and government agencies that are on the lookout for a secure messaging service.

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  Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung
Time: 21:32 EST/02:32 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suit against Samsung over what Microsoft claims is a breach of contract by Samsung involving Android patent royalties. Microsoft filed its complaint against Samsung in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York on August 1 following what Microsoft claims to have been "months" of attempts between the two companies to resolve their dispute.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014



  Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Cortana coming to new markets
Time: 20:40 EST/01:40 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Today, Microsoft announces the first major update for Windows Phone 8.1, called Update 1. It introduces new features and improvements over the version which the software giant unveiled earlier this year at Build 2014, and makes way for Cortana to arrive in new markets.

In Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft adds Live Folders, allowing users to group live tiles on the Start screen. Like the name suggests, it is able to display updating information on its tile, coming from the items it contains. A live folder can be created by dragging a live tile on top of another.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014



  Microsoft again writes off Surface inventory, renews profitability doubts
Time: 09:46 EST/14:46 GMT | News Source: ComputerWorld | Posted By: Robert Stein

For the June quarter, Microsoft said Surface had booked $409 million in revenue, a 16% decline from the previous quarter. Microsoft has never said what revenue it recorded in the 2013 June quarter -- instead it lumped that quarter with two others, Q4 2012 and Q1 2013, tallied the trio and came up with $853 million -- so a year-over-year comparison was impossible.

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  Microsoft's Open Interoperability Gamble Rolls New Dice
Time: 09:42 EST/14:42 GMT | News Source: Forbes.com | Posted By: Robert Stein

Faced with the reality of a future where Windows is neither its flagship brand or cash cow, Microsoft’s journey to a cloud and services-centric world means it will be happy enough if users centre their world around Office 365, Bing, Azure, OneDrive and Skype — even if they use an iPhone or other Android/Linux device to do so. Establishing this new firmament in the eyes of the always-critical software application developer community was always going to be tough. The firm created its CodePlex free and open source project hosting site back in 2006 with some considerable success. Developers have been able to create software projects to share and download (but let’s say ‘collaborate’ because Microsoft would prefer us to) with others.

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  Apple vs. Microsoft: The winner is...
Time: 09:41 EST/14:41 GMT | News Source: USA Today | Posted By: Robert Stein

Apple’s runaway success is cooling along with innovation, while Microsoft is making changes to get its mojo back. But Apple’s success over the past five years has put it far enough ahead that Microsoft will need to keep putting up some big numbers to catch up. It’s easy to let biases creep into the debate. Microsoft fans laugh at Apple users who actually try to work on an iPad, and Apple users scoff at Windows Phone’s small market share. So, let’s check the opinions and biases at the door and just compare these two tech giants with cold, hard facts.

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  Windows development set to be 'unified' by Microsoft
Time: 00:14 EST/05:14 GMT | News Source: BBC | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft has said work is under way to "unify" parts of its different Windows operating systems. Chief executive Satya Nadella discussed the effort while briefing analysts following Tuesday's earnings update. "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," he said. The firm also confirmed it had recently scrapped a new type of tablet.

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  Microsoft launches Windows Phone training portal in attempt to woo consumers
Time: 00:13 EST/05:13 GMT | News Source: examiner | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Unfortunately for current Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, Windows Phone continues to plod along in the race for market share in the U.S, but with a renewed vigor thanks to recent structural changes within the company, the software and technology giant are now starting to pull out all the stops to show consumers just how capable their Windows Phone platform is. Thanks to a new interactive training portal that was posted by the Windows Phone team on July 23, potential customers can now see just how easy it is to use the new Windows Phone 8.1 software.

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  Uber drives into the Windows Phone Store
Time: 00:11 EST/05:11 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Taxis suck. Waiting for taxis sucks, paying for a taxi is always more difficult than it needs to be, and actually riding in a taxi? Well, that sucks too. That's why on-demand ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity over the past couple of years: They're fast, clean, and dead-simple to pay for. At least, they are for iPhone or Android users. Neither service is available for Windows Phone, so Live-Tile-loving mobile users have been stuck with waving their hands and praying for taxis, or using mobile versions of ride-sharing websites, like chumps.

No more. Wednesday, Uber came to Windows Phone.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014



  San Francisco camera company GoPro launches video channel on Xbox One
Time: 01:07 EST/06:07 GMT | News Source: *Linked Within Post* | Posted By: Erick Cordero

The San Francisco-based company is expanding the reach of its popular video series that is helping the camera manufacturer diversify into a full media company. The channel, which is similar to those available on Xbox 360 and Virgin airlines flights, launched at 10 a.m. Tuesday for customers of the Microsoft gaming console.

The world's most popular online video brand is expanding its audience. GoPro officially launched its channel on Xbox One Tuesday morning — increasing the reach of the most popular video brand on the Internet. GoPro spokeswoman Kelly Baker told the Daily News the channel went live at 10 a.m. and users of Xbox One can download the channel and begin watching a large collection of the company's videos. The new platform allows users to stream the videos on a big screen, high-definition television. They can also watch an assortment of the fast-paced videos with an up-close perspective continuously.

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  Microsoft Tipped to Launch Windows 8.1 Update 2 on Aug 12, Might be Working on Single Windows for All Devices
Time: 01:04 EST/06:04 GMT | News Source: International Business Times | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft might release the Windows 8.1 Update 2 on Aug 12. The update was always expected in August, though no specific dates were mentioned, so far. Microsoft, too, hasn't confirmed the rumoured Aug 12 launch date even though it seems probable on at least one count. It's a Tuesday and Microsoft rolls out its bug fixes and patches on the second Tuesday of every month, something that is referred to as the Patch Tuesday, as is mentioned in Ubergizmo. There is another reason though for users to pin their hopes on the reported Aug 12 launch date for the update. The rumour has its origins in the Russian site PCPortal.org.ru which has a reputation of sorts in being fairly accurate with its predictions.

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  Satya Nadella Just Made The Single Best (And Most Obvious) Decision For Microsoft Windows
Time: 01:02 EST/06:02 GMT | News Source: Business Insider | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Satya Nadella just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform. Microsoft had been inching up to this for a while. At its developers conference in April, the company announced developer tools for "Universal Windows Apps" also known as the "Holy Grail" of app development.

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  Microsoft Starts Receiving Orders for Surface Pro 3 Docking Station
Time: 00:59 EST/05:59 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin.com | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft today started getting orders for the Surface Pro 3 docking station, an accessory that basically turns your tablet into a full-featured PC with access to external monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, speakers and all kinds of USB devices. The Surface Pro 3 docking station comes with 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port, 1 Mini DisplayPort connection, one security clock slot and 1 3.5 mm audio jack input.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014



  'Nadella Effect' makes Ballmer $2.8B richer
Time: 16:29 EST/21:29 GMT | News Source: ComputerWorld | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's "devices and services" strategy may be in tatters, discarded by his successor, Satya Nadella, but Ballmer must be smiling all the way to the bank. According to U.S. Securities and Exchange (SEC) documents, Ballmer owns more than 333 million shares in Microsoft. At Monday's closing price of $44.83, those shares were valued at $14.9 billion.

On the day before Ballmer stepped aside, Microsoft's share price was $36.48, putting his portfolio's worth at just over $12.1 billion. Because of the 23% increase in share value since Feb. 3, Ballmer's Microsoft holdings have appreciated in value by almost $2.8 billion.

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  Lenovo says it's still committed to small-screen Windows tablets in the U.S.
Time: 07:12 EST/12:12 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Lenovo has issued a clarification on its tablet strategy: Refuting an earlier report to the contrary, the world’s largest PC maker will continue to sell Windows tablets with displays smaller than 10 inches in the U.S. That’s good news for the greater Microsoft story line, but these devices will still face immense pressure from small-display Android-based tablets, which cost much less.

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  Another Screen Shot Of The Upcoming Windows Start Menu Leaks
Time: 07:04 EST/12:04 GMT | News Source: TechCrunch | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Another week, another leak. Today we have a new, purported screenshot of the upcoming return of the Start Menu to Windows.

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  Digital Hints Point Towards More Unified Windows Experience
Time: 07:00 EST/12:00 GMT | News Source: TechCrunch | Posted By: Erick Cordero

A job posting and a LinkedIn page are driving conversation in the Microsoft-watching community this morning. The job listing details a position on the “XAML team [...] building the UI framework at the core of the ‘One Microsoft’ OS.” The goal of that team is to “[enable] developers to create UI that works well across all of [Microsoft's] devices: phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox.”

‘One Microsoft OS’ is what the operating system group calls Windows, for what it’s worth. So that’s nothing too new.

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  Microsoft starts taking orders for Surface Pro 3 docking station
Time: 06:57 EST/11:57 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft is now taking orders for its new Surface Pro 3 docking station, which it claims will turn its tablet into a "full-blown desktop PC". The dock is due to go on sale on 15 August in the US priced at $199.99; in the UK it's priced at £164.99 and goes on sale on 12 September (UK Surface Pro 3 buyers will also have to pay more for the tablet itself compared to US shoppers). The first version of the dock went on sale in October last year.

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  Microsoft consolidates its IT pro tradeshows into one
Time: 06:55 EST/11:55 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft is consolidating its TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, SharePoint, Lync and Exchange conferences into a single, new unified tech conference. Microsoft execs announced the new event -- minus its name -- on the Channel 9 blog on July 21.

Microsoft execs said the new conference will be held the week of May 4, 2015 in Chicago. They said they would provide more details in September 2014 about the event.

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  Microsoft looking to end bugs in software by monitoring developers
Time: 06:54 EST/11:54 GMT | News Source: BetaNews | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Modern programs are so complex that bugs are pretty much unavoidable, but Microsoft is looking at ways of reducing coding errors as much as possible, including trialling an experimental approach that involves monitoring developers as they work.

The idea is to track eye movements and other mental and physical characteristics of the developers, in order to spot when their alertness levels drop or they are struggling with a task -- which is when errors are most likely to creep into their work.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014



  Microsoft Claims Xbox One Sales Doubled Since Price Cut
Time: 01:23 EST/06:23 GMT | News Source: Time Magazine | Posted By: Erick Cordero

The Xbox One’s price drop from $499 to $399 in early June is apparently paying dividends: Microsoft says in an Xbox Wire post that Xbox One sales have more than doubled since the company began selling a Kinect-less version of its flagship games console on June 9.

The “more than double” claim is based on undisclosed May sales, and Microsoft says its data stems from sold-through units, meaning purchases, not just units shipped to stores. The company adds that Xbox 360 growth is “solid” as well.

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  Microsoft Talks More About Next Version of Windows
Time: 01:20 EST/06:20 GMT | News Source: Toms Hardware Guide | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, provided some insight about what Microsoft plans to implement in the next version of Windows, namely Windows 9 Threshold. He said the company is "hard at work" on the next-generation OS, which backs up claims that Microsoft is pushing to get Windows 9 out to customers as quickly as possible.

For starters, Prophet said that the new Start Menu will be better because it will have Live Tiles and Modern UI apps. This we already know thanks to the screenshot provided by Microsoft during BUILD 2014 in April, and the more recent leaks surrounding Windows 9. But the timing of the new Start Menu is unknown. It will either find its way into Update 2 slated to launch next month, or Windows 9, which could arrive as a public beta in Q4 2014 followed by the full release in April 2015, according to some reports.

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  Microsoft readies $199 Windows 8 laptop and $99 tablet to combat Chrome OS and Android: Will this plan work?
Time: 01:18 EST/06:18 GMT | News Source: *Linked Within Post* | Posted By: Erick Cordero

It appears Microsoft has finally admitted to itself that the Google Chromebook laptops are a real threat that could damage the Windows business more than how it is already damaged due to Windows 8. In light of Google's onslaught on Microsoft's core business, the company is hoping to keep ahead by having its partners release cheap Windows-based devices.

This wouldn't be the first time Microsoft has to up against an adversary that wanted to combat Windows with cheap laptop devices running a none Windows operating system. In the past, we saw the rise of the Netbook; however, at the time these devices were running Linux based operating systems. The move proved popular among manufacturers, and this forced Microsoft to get involved and completely remove Linux as a threat.

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  Nokia X Gets Axed By Microsoft
Time: 01:13 EST/06:13 GMT | News Source: Readwrite.com | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Adding insult to injury, Microsoft will kill some of the Nokia X Android smartphones that Nokia released earlier this year.

“We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an email explaining the 18,000 job cuts coming to Microsoft, including 12,500 from the Nokia division.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014



  Microsoft may drag out layoffs for a year
Time: 22:53 EST/03:53 GMT | News Source: ComputerWorld | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft yesterday said it could take as long as a year to lay off the 18,000 workers who will be eventually shown the door, making for a long, drawn-out morale-busting process that was criticized by both labor experts and industry analysts. "I'm definitely not a fan," Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, said of the lengthy process.

"You owe it to your long-term Nokia and Microsoft employees to do it as quickly as possible," added Miller, who, like many of his colleagues the Kirkland, Wash.-based research firm, is a former Microsoft employee. "You also owe it to yourself to do it as cleanly and quickly as possible. The longer it drones on, the more randomized people get."

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014



  As it lays off workers, Microsoft also kills its low-end Nokia X smartphones
Time: 19:30 EST/00:30 GMT | News Source: ComputerWorld | Posted By: Erick Cordero

As Microsoft announced its largest job cuts ever today, it also signaled a retreat from its low-end Nokia X line of Android phones.

Microsoft said 18,000 jobs will go in the next year; that represents about 14% of the company's 127,000-member work force. A total of 12,500 of the layoffs will come from factory and professional jobs that were part of the Nokia acquisition in April. That acquisition added about 25,000 jobs at Microsoft.

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  Ahead of earnings release, Microsoft says Xbox One monthly sales doubled
Time: 06:02 EST/11:02 GMT | News Source: Neowin | Posted By: Erick Cordero

On Tuesday, Microsoft will announce its earnings for the company's fiscal year fourth quarter. Ahead of this earnings announcement, Microsoft has said that the Xbox One has doubled the sales of the prior month which can likely be attributed to the new SKU launching with the $399 price point. On June 9, Microsoft unbundled the Kinect from the Xbox One and lowered the price to that of the PlayStation 4, $399. The new SKU marks a $100 decrease in price from the version of Xbox One bundled with the Kinect sensor, which Microsoft is also still selling.

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  The XPocalypse Begins: Windows XP Hacked to Spread Malware
Time: 05:55 EST/10:55 GMT | News Source: Softpedia | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Security company TrapX Security warns that a number of Windows XP devices have been infected to spread malware and help cybercriminals steal documents and other sensitive data.

TrapX says that malware was injected into terminal scanners running Windows XP Embedded belonging to a Chinese manufacturer, with the infection then being used to send scanned data, such as origin, destination, contents, value, to, and from details, through an established comprehensive command and control connection (CnC) to a Chinese botnet that was terminated at the Lanxiang Vocational School located in the “China Unicom Shandong province network.” The malware, which is called “Zombie Zero,” appears to be exploiting Windows XP systems and is triggered once the scanners are connected to a wireless network.

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  Windows 9 will shine because of Windows 8’s failings
Time: 05:48 EST/10:48 GMT | News Source: ITProportal.com | Posted By: Erick Cordero

I know it’s a little crazy to talk about how well a future operating system will do, especially when Windows 9 hasn’t even been officially announced yet. But we do already know a fair bit about Windows 8.1’s successor and that, I think, is enough to build a reasonable case.

Windows 8.x is a flop. As much as I love it, I’m a realist. The operating system has taken 20 months to grab just 12.54 per cent market share. Windows Vista, the previously used example of a failed OS, was at 19.82 per cent in the same time frame. Windows 7, which followed Vista, has been a great success, and there’s every reason to think Windows 9 will do much, much better than Windows 8.x has.

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  Microsoft aims to power Chicago datacenter with wind power
Time: 05:45 EST/10:45 GMT | News Source: ZDNet | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft said it will buy 175 megawatts of wind energy from the Pilot Wind Project in Illinois in a 20-year pact. The purchase adds to the 110 megawatts of energy from the Keechi Wind Farm in Texas last year.

For Microsoft, the Pilot Wind Project energy purchase boils down to power its Chicago datacenter. Pilot Wind is operated by EDF Energy. Microsoft's purchase gives the Pilot Wind project a steady revenue stream and Microsoft gets to offset its carbon output.

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  Windows Phone 8.1 Cyan Update Now Available, Here’s Everything You Need To Know
Time: 05:43 EST/10:43 GMT | News Source: Redmond Pie | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Having wrapped up the acquisition of Nokia earlier on in the year, Microsoft’s BUILD developers conference was largely focused around the Windows Phone 8.1 update. Having been seen as a distant third place to iOS and Android thanks to its lack of key features, Windows Phone has struggled to make a dent in the market share of the Big Two, but with the newer software promising some great features including a voice assistant in Cortana, there’s renewed optimism that the software giant may finally stake more than just a token claim to the smartphone industry.

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  Microsoft starts taking EU 'right to be forgotten' requests
Time: 05:35 EST/10:35 GMT | News Source: Reuters | Posted By: Erick Cordero

Microsoft Corp on Wednesday started taking requests from individuals in Europe who want to be removed from its Bing search engine results following a court judgment in May guaranteeing the "right to be forgotten." Microsoft, whose Bing search engine has 2.5 percent of the European search market, follows market leader Google Inc which complied with the ruling in May, and started removing some search results last month.

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