Satya Nadella’s Vision For A New Microsoft

msft-sun1 This morning Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released an internal memo detailing his vision for the company’s future. The new chief executive used the missive as a way to signal an intentional break with the past. That break? Sharpening its “devices and services” strategy to focus on “productivity and platforms.” Read More

Microsoft Closer To Removing European ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests

gavel1 Microsoft says it will be launching a form to process requests to remove information on its search engine Bing! under the so-called “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling in Europe soon. “We’re continuing to work out the details on how we plan to implement the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice and expect to launch a form soon for EU residents to submit… Read More

Microsoft Still Not Selling Its Xbox Business

msft-sun1 The second best false Microsoft meme is that the company will break off and sell its Xbox business. Why would it do that? It isn’t clear. It’s also not happening. At all.
This morning, in a company-wide email that was also published online, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella detailed his strategy for the company. Read More

Microsoft CEO Gears The Company For Change, And A Renewed Focus On Productivity And Platforms

Microsoft Nadella Elop Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a letter to employees today via the Microsoft website, and while the missive is aimed at employees in terms of syntax, it’s clearly designed to address the public, too. The occasion for the letter is the kick-off of Microsoft’s fiscal 2015, ahead of the final results for FY 2014 which drop July 22. The subject matter is a call to action,… Read More

Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

Microsoft Office 365 logo Microsoft today announced a raft of new Office 365 plans for smaller businesses. The new offerings will eventually supplant its extant offerings. The company is lowering the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases to 300 from 25. Microsoft has preserved a $5 per seat per month Office… Read More

Microsoft Updates Azure With 2 New U.S. Regions, Improved Hybrid Storage Solution And More

azure_azure Microsoft today announced a number of new features for its Azure cloud computing platform ahead of its Worldwide Partner Conference next week. There is quite a bit that’s new in this update, but the highlights are two new Azure regions for the U.S. (US Central in Iowa and US East 2 in Virginia) that will go live next week, as well as the launch of Microsoft’s newest Azure… Read More

Microsoft’s Project Spark Game Creation Tool Will Come Out Of Beta In Early October

Project Spark Sci-fi Microsoft today announced that the retail version of its Project Spark game-creation tool for PC and Xbox One will be available in October. It’ll go on sale in the Americas on October 7, in Asia-Pacific countries on October 9 and in Europe on October 10. The retail version will sell for $39.99 and include a bunch of new content for users to use in their own games, as well as… Read More