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"We are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data," Microsoft says. "Government snooping potentially now constitutes an 'advanced persistent threat' alongside sophisticated malware and cyberattacks."
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden succeeded where President Barack Obama couldn't -- getting Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! to upgrade computer security against hackers.
As the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years on Friday, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the company's fast-growing cloud computing business and its effort to catch up to rivals in tablet and smartphone sales.
Bill Gates, who was Microsoft's CEO until Steve Ballmer took over in 2000, said at a shareholder meeting on Tuesday that he and other directors have met with "a lot of CEO candidates." Ballmer is retiring.
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in a report to Congress on Wednesday says for the first time said cloud computing, which connects Internet services, "represents a potential espionage threat." The report fails to cite any examples of the Chinese government using the technology in attacks.
A secret U.S. court authorized expanded government collection of Internet data for terrorism investigations even after finding "longstanding and pervasive violations" of prior court orders, documents released late Tuesday show.
New controls from Google and Microsoft include algorithms that block images, videos and paths to illegal content and a halting of auto-complete features on child abuse search terms, according to the statement. They'll work with the crime agency and Internet Watch Foundation to take down peer-to-peer networks featuring images of child abuse.
Sony is releasing the PlayStation 4 game console this week and forecasts sales of 3 million units worldwide by year-end as the company seeks to gain an early advantage over Microsoft's Xbox One.
From the smallest and newest of ventures to Triangle tech giants, executives and entrepreneurs as well as corporations share spotlight at WRALTechWire's second Full Steam Ahead awards. And the voting was close in several categories.
Analysis: Technology Business Research believes this focus on end-user experiences, regardless of device and delivery model, is the focal point of Microsoft's strategy that will enable the company to continue this growth trend and reaffirm its position as a leading provider of enterprise and consumer solutions.
Several technology and life science firms with a major presence in North Carolina crack the top 25 in the annual World's Best Multinational Workplaces ranking. NetApp, Cisco, Google, Microsoft and Novartis all make the list.
A bigger start menu with higher-resolution displays will enable the software to run on phones with 5- and 6-inch screens for the first time, Microsoft said today in a blog post. The update also includes a "Driving Mode," which is designed to help drivers avoid distractions while operating a vehicle.
Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer received $1.26 million in compensation for the 2013 fiscal year, missing out on more than half of his potential bonus as the company struggles in mobile devices.
Microsoft Corp. directors have discussed chief executive officer candidates including Ford Motor Co.'s Alan Mulally as they look for a successor to Steve Ballmer, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Microsoft is rolling two new Surface tablet computers and several accessories as it tries to boost its tablet business as sales of traditional desktop and laptop computers decline.
Microsoft is expected to announce today a new Surface tablet computers, including a version with a smaller screen to compete with Google's Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad Mini.
The new repurchase program, which has no expiration date, replaces another $40 billion buyback plan that was due to lapse at the end of this month. The company's quarterly dividend will rise 22 percent to 28 cents a share, payable to shareholders on Dec. 12.
Microsoft is offering a promotion that includes giving credit worth a minimum $200 to customers who turn in "gently used" Apple Inc. iPads to its stores. The gift card is for Microsoft stores, and the company suggests upgrading to a Surface.