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Posts tagged “Microsoft”

6:57 a.m. Tuesday

Microsoft sells mapping operation to Uber, sheds ad service to AOL

Microsoft Corporation    Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella has been saying he wants to focus more on the company's core software business and related services, while warning employees of the need to "make some tough choices in areas where things are not working." Microsoft representatives indicated Monday that both the AOL and Uber deals are an outgrowth of that strategy.

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Updated 7:36 a.m. Monday

Airbnb raising $1.5B as rival gets $40M; SapceX rocket explodes; Office goes Android; Facebook, Instagram updates

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Airbnb is raising $1.5 billion; a rival to Airbnb is raising $40 million; SpaceX rocket explodes; Microsoft takes Office to Android; and updates from Facebook as well as Instagram.

June 24

Premium Lock Report: 'Cloud' services not necessarily cheaper than internal platforms

Is "cloud computing" cheaper than running information technology applications on your own internal resources? It's often touted that way, but a new report from Information Services Group says "cloud" is not always cheaper. WTW Insiders can access the details.

Pricing in the "cloud" Pricing in the "cloud"

June 18

Premium Lock Inside Microsoft: Nadella's moves end a corporate civil war

Analysis: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a host of executive and organizational changes on Wednesday, and Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil believes he knows why all the changes were made.

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Updated June 17

Microsoft shakes up management team; three senior execs leaving

Microsoft Corporation    Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and two other senior executives are leaving Microsoft as part of the technology company's move to realign its senior leadership team. Some organizational changes also are being made.

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June 17

In Microsoft CEO's own words: Explaining his big exec shuffle

Satya Nadella    In an email to Microsoft employees on Wednesday, CEO Satya Nadella explained the biggest organizational and executive changes he has made since taking over the company's leadership in February 2014. As three senior executives leave, Nadell writes: "To better align our capabilities and, ultimately, deliver better products and services our customers love at a more rapid pace, I have decided to organize our engineering effort into three groups that work together to deliver on our strategy and ambitions." Here's the complete letter.

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June 10

Premium Lock Microsoft acquires Morrisville-based software firm BlueStripe

BlueStripe Software, a Morrisville-based developer of application management software, is now part of Microsoft. The tech giant disclosed the acquisition Wednesday in a blog post. The companies have worked together for several years.

A sample of BlueStripe applications A sample of BlueStripe applications

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June 10

The best is yet to come: New features coming from Apple, Google

​New features promised for smartphones, tablets and watches could improve how we interact with technology. Although it's too soon to tell how well these will work in practice, here's a look at what I'm looking forward to most this fall.

Digital Life Review: Coming This Fall Digital Life Review: Coming This Fall

June 5

Venture firm Pappas sues 'John Doe;' RT Foundation COO retiring; taco bikes in Raleigh; Microsoft's mobile app move; Softbank's $1B investment

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Durham venture capital firm A.M. Pappas files suit against unknown critic; the COO of the research Triangle Foundation is retiring; taco bikes are coming to Raleigh via entrepreneur Justin Miller; Microsoft makes a big mobile apps play; and Softbank invests $1 billion in an ecommerce firm.

June 1

Premium Lock Windows 10 in July; tossing $200K Mac; Intel's $17B bid; no nukes in Godzilla game; Silk Road founder gets life

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of the latest news: Windows 10 is coming in July; a $200,000 Apple antique is tossed; Intel makes $17 billion bid for Altera; new Godzilla game avoids nukes; and Silk Road founder gets a life sentence.

May 26

Premium Lock Microsoft drops bid for Salesforce

Microsoft Corporation    Microsoft decided not to buy Salesforce because the price was too high, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

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May 15

Premium Lock Facebook joins Google, Microsoft in push for better contractor pay, benefits

Facebook  "Taking these steps is the right thing to do for our business and our community," says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. "Women, because they comprise about two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationally, are particularly affected by wage adjustments. Research also shows that providing adequate benefits contributes to a happier and ultimately more productive workforce."

May 1

Premium Lock Moody's upgrades Quintiles; Tesla's home battery; Apple App Analytics; LinkedIn tumbles; Windows 10 open for Apple, Android apps

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science related news: The financial service Moody's upgrades Quintiles after Q moves to refinance debt; Tesla's new home battery product is unveiled; Apple is testing App Analytics; LinkedIn shares tumble; and Microsoft opens up new Windows to Apple, Android apps.

April 24

Premium Lock Inside Microsoft: 'Transform and perform' strategy pays off

Satya Nadella    Analysis: Microsoft's latest earnings report shows that its strategy of focusing on lifetime customer value in the transition to the cloud stabilizes its performance, concludes Technology Business Research analyst Kelsey Mason.

Updated April 20

Premium Lock Windows 10 may be coming in late July

New Microsoft logo Will Windows 10 hit the market in July? CNET reports that LIsa Su, the CEO of Advanced Micro Devices disclosed the release date during a conference call Friday discussing AMD's first-quarter earnings.

April 8

Premium Lock IBM Bluemix boosts NASA hackathon; Microsoft-Google patent case; HondaJet world tour; nCino's new client; Informatica goes private

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: IBM's Bluemix to help in NASA app hackathon; Microsoft and Google square off in a crucial patent battle; HondaJet preps for world tour; Wilmington's nCino lands a new client; and Informatica is going private in a deal worth over $5 billion.

April 7

Premium Lock Google, Microsoft to have key roles in new Obama climate initiative

Climate Change Data graphic Microsoft, through drone research, and Google, with 10 million hours of donated computing time, are part of a new global climate initiative to be unveiled by President Obama today.

Updated March 31

Premium Lock Google-Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

Microsoft Cheaper Surface Google is releasing its cheapest ​Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.

March 27

Premium Lock Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off

New Microsoft logo Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off -- but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft.

March 19

Premium Lock As Explorer loses ground, Microsoft readies new web browser

Microsoft Corporation    Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.

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