Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

microsoft-earnings A search warrant commanding Microsoft to turn over certain customer email data that is currently stored overseas was unfrozen late this week. The company declined to comply. In a statement, Microsoft said that it “will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal.” This protest act by Microsoft, arguing that domestic warrants should not be able to command access to data… Read More


Microsoft Azure Now Supports Google’s Kubernetes For Managing Docker Containers

containers Back in June, Microsoft announced that it would bring support for managing Docker containers with the help of Google’s open-source Kubernetes tool to Azure and today, it is making good on this promise. Most of the work on this integration was done by Microsoft Open Technologies, the company’s subsidiary for working on open-source technologies and interfacing with the open-source… Read More


Standalone Kinect For Xbox One Will Go On Sale October 7 For $149.99

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 9.26.07 AM Starting October 7, consumers who opted to buy an Xbox One without a Kinect will be able to snag one for $149.99.
Microsoft unbundled the Kinect device from the Xbox One in a bid to lower the price of its current-generation console. Since then, according to the company, Xbox One sales have increased by more than 100 percent.
The Xbox One is part of Microsoft’s larger Windows strategy… Read More


Microsoft Promises Fix For Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 5.02.29 PM The issue that is causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to restart and tell users that they are overheating is an error, according to Microsoft. The company has promised a fix in short order. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet hybrid has an Intel Core i7 processor option; Microsoft says the chip requires “[its] fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds – and for the unit to… Read More


11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week (8/22)

This week had our writers investigating new engineering, aerospace and NASA hires for Amazon Prime Air, self-reflecting on social media involvement and getting drunk with robots. 1.  Tom Hanks launched the Hanx Writer typewriter app for iPad, and it soared to the top of the iTunes App Store charts ranking first in the Productivity section, and Overall. 2. Former Microsoft CEO Steve… Read More


Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft’s Board

Steve Ballmer Steve Ballmer is out at Microsoft.
In a public exchange of letters, the former Microsoft CEO announced that he is stepping down from the software company’s board, effective immediately. Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for his service to the firm, and for his “support” during his early days as CEO. Read More


Looking Ahead To Windows 9

msft-sun1 A preview of Windows 9 will be made available in either September or October, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. That timeline keeps ‘Threshold’ — Windows 9’s codename — out into the public market as a finished product likely in early 2015. The Windows 8 era isn’t merely closing, it’s racing to an end. Last weekend I posited that as Windows… Read More