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Eight questions to ask before you buy your next smartphone

Wireless providers in the United States make it easy to pay more than you should for a smartphone and an accompanying data plan. Here are eight questions you can ask (and answer) to make sure you get the best possible deal.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 aims to break down sales-marketing silos

Microsoft's next CRM release codenamed 'Vega,' available in cloud and on-premises flavors, is due in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Microsoft updates OneDrive and Skype for iOS 8

Microsoft, continuing in its mobile-first, cross-platform vein, is updating its services and software for Apple's latest operating system release.

When it comes to smartphones, size matters

Is the iPhone 6 big enough? In recent years the market has made it clear that bigger is better, at least up to a point. Apple's new devices, launched this week with much fanfare, have startled some longtime fans but are still downright conservative compared to the competition.

Microsoft reorgs its Trustworthy Computing group; cuts some staff

The fallout from Microsoft's latest round of layoffs is continuing, with a reorg and job cuts affecting the company's Trustworthy Computing group.

Microsoft acquires ‘Minecraft’ maker Mojang and Microsoft Dynamics 2015 is due out in fourth quarter – Weekend Reading: Sept. 19th Edition

This week, Microsoft announced it is buying Mojang, developer of block-building game sensation “Minecraft,” and that Microsoft Dynamics 2015 is coming soon. “Minecraft’s” Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which is behind the blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Show More Summary

Microsoft to close Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley

Microsoft Research's Silicon Valley, with about 50 employees, is one of the casualties of Microsoft's latest round of 2,100 job cuts.

What's new for business users in Microsoft's Office '16'?

Microsoft is privately testing a technical preview of the next version of its Office client for Windows. Here are a few features expected to be part of 'Office 16.'

Microsoft cuts another 2,100 employees worldwide

As part of a second wave of cuts announced in July, Microsoft is laying off 2,100 employees worldwide on September 18.

How much does an iPhone 6 really cost? (Hint: It's way more than $199)

To paraphrase Mark Twain: There are lies, damned lies, and smartphone prices. Every review I've read of the new iPhone 6 this week says the price starts at $199. That's not true. The total prices that buyers pay for smartphones on two-year contracts from American carriers will shock you.

Microsoft readies new Azure Data Factory service

Microsoft is working on a service that will allow Azure users to take advantage of more analytics and data services. And Apache Storm support may be coming to Azure soon, as well.

Microsoft shuffles its board of directors

Microsoft is replacing two long-term retiring board members with two new ones later this year.

Microsoft makes Azure Active Directory Basic generally available

Microsoft makes new 'basic' version of Active Directory in the cloud generally available.

New directors named to Microsoft board, quarterly dividend announced

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft Foods Group Inc., and Charles W. Scharf, chief executive officer of Visa Inc., have been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective Oct. Show More Summary

Round two of Microsoft layoffs coming September 18: Sources

Microsoft will continue with its planned layoffs of 18,000 with job cuts across nearly all divisions of the company with its second wave of cuts later this week.

Microsoft rolls out its first OneNote smart watch app and it's for Android

Microsoft has a new version of its OneNote note-taking app that will work on Android Wear watches.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 to be made available in the fourth quarter

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2014, it was announced Tuesday. The new release is designed...Show More Summary

Microsoft's new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with iOS, Android and Windows devices

Microsoft will deliver next month a single mobile keyboard that works with iOS, Android and Windows tablets and phones.

The American business traveler’s guide to Europe on $5 a day (in smartphone charges)

How I spent two weeks on the road and avoided $50,000 in painful roaming charges just by swapping a tiny SIM card.

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