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Microsoft's new software partnerships: Separating impact from image

Microsoft has been busy forging new alliances with a variety of software vendors in recent months. But how much real substance is there in its latest partnerships?

Read a choose-your-story adventure inspired by ‘Project Spark’

It’s 11 a.m. and you’re still in your pajamas – plaid shorts, a faded David Bowie t-shirt and worn moccasin slippers. Brows furrowed, deep in thought, you tap your fingers on the desktop, creating concentric circles in your now-cold coffee. Show More Summary

Microsoft Research builds a safe 'Haven' for shielding apps in the cloud

Microsoft researchers have built a prototype of a new app-shielding technology called Haven, which builds on top of Microsoft's previous Drawbridge operating system work.

Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android patent-licensing royalties in 2013

A newly unsealed legal document indicates that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android patent-licensing royalties in 2013 alone.

Microsoft: 29 percent of our global workforce is now women

Microsoft shared some updated diversity statistics, showing that the company has grown the percentage of women in its overall workforce from 24 to 29 percent over the past year.

A first look at Windows 10 — Weekend Reading: October 3rd Edition

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the introduction of Windows 10, the relationship between Microsoft and the NFL, and a YouthSpark expedition into the jungle with five young technologists. Terry Myerson, executive...Show More Summary

Microsoft's Windows 10: More on the 'under the covers' security, Store features

Microsoft's Windows 10 will include more than just user interface tweaks. Here are some of the expected security, manageability and Store changes coming to the next version of Windows client.

Microsoft starts rolling out its new Office 365 small and mid-size business plans

Microsoft is revising its Office 365 plans for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Here's what's included in the three new plans and what they cost.

A closer look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview

The first release of Windows 10, officially known as the Windows Technical Preview, is designed primarily to make life easier for mouse-and-keyboard aficionados who were turned off by the touch-oriented Windows 8 interface. Here's what you'll find inside.

The heart of the jungle: How five young technologists changed their communities, the jungle and themselves

Even in the jungle, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It will also be one of the only times to catch Sara Stifler, Sathya Narayanan Subramanian, Dominic Co, Juan Carlos Murillo and Laura Fulton holding still. It will be...Show More Summary

New Office 365 plans for small and mid-sized businesses available today

On Thursday, we released a new set of Office 365 plans tailored to meet the needs of businesses ranging in size from one to approximately 250 employees. The new plans are specifically designed for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) at a price point that makes Office 365 an easy decision. Show More Summary

Microsoft and NFL give more to fans and teams

For a lot of people in the U.S., autumn is synonymous with football. Now that the NFL season is in full swing, fans and teams can find new and better ways to experience this fall favorite thanks to the ongoing collaborative sponsorship between Microsoft and the NFL. Show More Summary

Hands-on with Windows 10: Installing the Windows Technical Preview

Microsoft's first prerelease version of Windows 10 is now available as a public Technical Preview. Here's what you need to know before you dive in.

First preview build of Windows Server Next available to testers on October 1

Microsoft is making technical previews of the next version of Windows Server Standard, Hyper-V and Datacenter available to testers for early evaluation.

Microsoft to detail more of its next-generation developer story in November

A beta of the next version of Microsoft's Visual Studio and other new tools for Windows developers are expected to get updates in November.

Office Sway re-imagines how you create and share interactive content

The introduction of Office Sway provides an easy way to make and share interactive creations using the cloud and adapting to whatever device people use to view your creations. A “Sway” is the canvas you create using Sway. Drop in your content from your cloud storage, your devices or social networks. Show More Summary

Microsoft adds new Sway presentation application to the Office family

Microsoft's Sway presentation application, available starting today in preview form, is the newest member of the Office product family.

Microsoft's Windows 10: What's new and how to get the preview bits

Microsoft will open up its first public preview build of the next version of Windows client on October 1. Here's what you need to know about Windows 10.

Windows 10: ‘The first step of a whole new generation of Windows’

Windows 10 “represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows,” writes Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Operating Systems, in a blog post. “Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Show More Summary

Microsoft christens the next version of Windows as Windows 10

Call it 'Threshold' no more. The next and last major version of Microsoft's Windows client operating system will be called Windows 10 when it is released next year.

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