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Microsoft updates its mobile-device management timeline, game plan

Eight months after launching its Enterprise Mobility Suite, how close is Microsoft to enabling users to manage not just devices, but also the apps and data on those devices?

More productivity for all, smarter cities, and Eddie Vedder and Microsoft raise money for rare disorder — Weekend Reading: Nov. 7th Edition

October may have left you in a candy-induced haze, but the first week in November comes with opportunities for increased productivity and news of inspirational people, and their actions. Read on! Microsoft Thursday announced new andShow More Summary

It really is a new Microsoft

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, faced plenty of skepticism when he took the job earlier this year. But even skeptics have to admit that things have changed in Redmond. Here are four things the old Microsoft would never have done...

Minecrosoft: Microsoft's Mojang acquisition is finalized

Microsoft has finalized its acquisition of Minecraft maker Mojang, which it bought for $2.5 billion.

Microsoft refreshes Office for iPad, iPhone; more features now free for consumers

Microsoft is making available new versions of its Office apps for iPads and iPhones, and is making more of the core Office functionality available for free to consumers.

Microsoft kicks off its Office for Android tablets preview

Microsoft is opening up its preview program for Office for Android and plans to deliver the final version of the suite in early 2015.

More Office. Everywhere you need it.

In March, we announced Office for the iPad®, a major step in commitment to bring Office to everyone, on every device and anywhere they need it. Since then, customers took to the App Store and downloaded Office for their iPads more than 40 million times and we’re delighted with the feedback we’ve received. Show More Summary

Pilot program helps people with sight loss navigate cities like never before

I stood in a cul-de-sac in Reading, a suburb 30 minutes west of London, preparing for one of the most unique journeys of my life. “Journey” may seem a strong word for walking a few blocks and getting on a bus. At my normal pace, it should only be 444 steps from the Tudor-and-brick-walled quietude of Tamarisk Avenue to the bus stop around the corner. Show More Summary

Weird science: How shaky web usage reports distort our view of tech markets

Monthly reports from two big analytics firms have become a staple of tech journalism recently. Two anomalies in this month's reports make the case for data skeptics. Did XP usage suddenly plunge last month? And is a Chinese web browser really taking off in the U.S.?

Microsoft preps preview of new version of its Azure SQL database-as-a-service

Microsoft is preparing to release a preview of a new version of its Azure SQL database before year-end which is aimed at simplifying the move of database applications to the cloud.

Microsoft, Dropbox team up; new Office-centric features, apps on tap

Microsoft and Dropbox are partnering to improve integration between Dropbox and Microsoft Office.

Microsoft to make per-user Windows licensing available to enterprise customers

Microsoft is making a new per-user Windows licensing option available available to its enterprise customers which may help simplify bring-your-own-device scenarios involving Windows, iOS and Android.

Microsoft adds Cortana support to Dynamics CRM 2015

Microsoft's latest CRM release, Dynamics CRM 2015, will be available in December 2014 and will feature built-in support for Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant.

Microsoft starts taking sign ups for its Skype Translator preview

Microsoft is seeking testers for its Skype Translator real-time video translation service, which will be available in limited preview form before year-end.

Microsoft makes Surface Pro 3 available to U.S. government users on GSA schedule

Microsoft is slowly continuing to expand availability of its Surface Pro 3 tablets by expanding its reseller ranks, as well as getting the devices on the U.S. GSA government schedule.

Microsoft's fitness band: What kinds of software and services are inside?

Microsoft's fitness band may be the first device to leverage the coming Windows 10 Internet of Things operating system, as well as a number of brand-new Azure cloud services.

Distinguished Engineer Laura Butler is the brilliant, mischievous mind behind some of Microsoft’s most iconic products

Children love bubbles and water fountains. Most adults tend to find more exhilaration from an incoming text. Sometimes, however, there’s that rarest of souls, a grown-up who manages to find beauty in both. Those are the types of people you want to be around, because their contagious joie de vivre delivers a jolt of energy to your ho-hum day. Show More Summary

Inside Microsoft’s futuristic Applied Sciences lab with Distinguished Scientist Stevie Bathiche

If Microsoft designers have groupies, then they look like the chipper young guys who pop out from around corners at Studio B to greet Stevie Bathiche. Tagging behind Bathiche, distinguished scientist with Microsoft’s Applied Sciences...Show More Summary

What's next for Microsoft's platform as a service?

Microsoft's Azure team is moving toward remaking the platform as a service part of Azure so that it is more 'microservice oriented,' says Mark Russinovich, the Azure Chief Technology Officer.

Microsoft releases surprise Outlook for Mac update, new Office due in 2015

Microsoft released a new version of Outlook for the Mac today, aimed exclusively at Office 365 subscribers. The company also detailed ambitious plans for Office for the Mac upgrades next year.

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