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Microsoft acquires cloud-security vendor Aorato

Microsoft has purchased its fifth non-U.S.-based company this year by buying Israeli cloud security vendor Aorato Ltd.

Microsoft acquires Aorato to give enterprise customers better defense against digital intruders in a hybrid cloud world

I’m pleased to announce today that Microsoft has acquired Aorato, an innovator in enterprise security. We are making this acquisition to give customers a new level of protection against threats through better visibility into their identity infrastructure. Show More Summary

Hands-on with Windows 10 Preview build 9879

In the not-so-distant past, Windows development was a series of three-month milestones. That schedule has been thrown out with Windows 10, which has so far delivered new builds every three weeks. The latest Windows 10 Preview to be delivered is build 9879. Show More Summary

Microsoft to deliver locally hosted Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM services in Japan

From cloud platform to productivity to business apps, the Microsoft cloud is built for business at a global scale, and part of that is making the cloud more efficient and trusted for customers and partners around the world. Last month we announced the expansion of Microsoft Azure which is now available in 19 regions around the globe. Show More Summary

Microsoft delivers second update to Windows 10 tech preview

Windows 10 testers are getting a second update to the tech preview in less than two months. Here's what's in it.

Microsoft’s complete cloud helps businesses thrive

Today, Microsoft is hosting c-level executives from around the world to talk about how technology is driving business transformation. The CxO Next event brings together CEOs, CMOs and other c-level business leaders with IT leadership...Show More Summary

Microsoft to open source more of .NET, and bring it to Linux, Mac OS X

Microsoft is porting its server-side.NET stack to Linux and Mac OS X, and is making more of that stack available as open source.

Microsoft delivers preview of Visual Studio 2015; new free Community version

Microsoft is rolling out a slew of Visual Studio announcements meant to enable devs to create any and all kinds of apps on a variety of target platforms.

With a new platform-neutral Microsoft, why go Windows?

The days of counting on Microsoft to deliver first and best on Windows are gone. Will Windows 10 bring them back next year?

Army veteran transitions from military medic to Microsoft coder, thanks to academy

In her former life, Rachel Woolley was an Army medic for convoy platoons in Iraq. She completed her service at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. While there, she qualified for a programShow More Summary

Microsoft rebrands Lync as 'Skype for Business'; readies 2015 releases

Microsoft is rebranding its unified-communications line-up from Lync to Skype for Business, and is readying the next releases of those products for the first half of 2015.

Skype for Business, which brings the best of Skype and Lync, due out in 2015

Skype has broken the distance barrier worldwide by bringing people together via video on computers, phones and tablets. Meanwhile, Lync simplifies and unifies the different tools people use to communicate for work. Drawing upon the strengths of both programs, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business, it was announced Tuesday. Show More Summary

Get hands-on with the new Lumia 535, the ‘5x5x5’ smartphone

The newest addition to the Lumia line of Windows Phone devices, the Lumia 535, comes with a 5-inch screen, 5-megapixel front-facing wide-angle camera, 5-megapixel rear camera and integration with Microsoft experiences such as Skype and OneNote. Show More Summary

Microsoft pushes its dual-use vision with $199 Work & Play Bundle

Microsoft is bundling together four of its subscription services into a new $199 Work & Play Bundle which it is offering in the U.S. through early January 2015.

Microsoft HR chief and senior leadership team member Lisa Brummel to retire

Microsoft veteran Lisa Brummel, the head of human resources at the company since 2005, is retiring at the end of 2014.

What Microsoft's Sway says about the future of Office

Microsoft's Sway aggregation/presentation app offers clues about the company's future intentions in the productivity and platforms space.

Microsoft pushes ahead with its quest to make apps more intelligent

Microsoft is attempting to redefine 'productivity' with new apps like Sway and the coming 'Revolve' contact-calendar app that embed more intelligence inside.

The productivity engine

Words matter. They define, they shape, they influence, they have power. But most importantly, they evolve as our understanding of them and the world evolves. And so it is with the word “productivity.” In the world of technology, theShow More Summary

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