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Microsoft will open a flagship store at 677 Fifth Avenue in New York

Microsoft is opening a new flagship store in New York City. The company has signed a lease for a space at 677 Fifth Avenue and plans for it to be the “centerpiece” of its retail ambitions. “This is a goal we’ve had since day one – we were only waiting for the right location,” David Porter, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Worldwide Retail Stores said. “And now we have it.” Similar to Apple’s iconic stores, Microsoft wants it to be more than a place where you simply buy Lumia smartphones or a Surface Pro 3. The software maker says there…

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Microsoft accidentally reveals ‘Windows TH’ name on preview site

We don’t know what the official name for the next big release of Windows will be called yet — Microsoft is expected to unveil it at an event this week — but the company may have accidentally outed it. Spotted by The Verge, a page for the ‘Windows Technical Preview‘ talks about the “next version of the Windows client Operating System” under the heading ‘Windows TH.’ It also offers download buttons and links to information about features of the new version but the links are not functional. The page also mentions a new ‘insider preview’ program that appears to offer frequently updated preview builds…

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Windows Phone is great, but requires you go all-in on Microsoft

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Windows Phone has come a long way from its beginnings in 2010. I was one of the very first adopters of the Windows Phone 7 platform, but eventually left after two years of disappointments for brighter shores. I was recently given the opportunity to try Microsoft’s latest flagship, the Lumia 930, to see just how far Windows Phone has come from those early days and I’ve been impressed by just how well Microsoft has featured matched other platforms. Windows Phone 8.1 is incredibly beautiful; perhaps the most attractive part of the phone which certainly sets itself apart from Android and…

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WSJ: Microsoft is in talks to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2 billion+

Microsoft is reportedly in “serious discussions” to acquire Mojang, the independent game studio behind the popular Minecraft game, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. A source told the paper that the deal could top $ 2 billion and close “as early as this week.” Minecraft has developed a passionate following, especially among kids. A $ 2 billion valuation would be a huge win for the Swedish developer, which has largely taken an anti-establishment stance. The deal could, however, be a huge blow to fans if Microsoft decides to turn the game into a Windows/Xbox exclusive. Microsoft declined to comment…

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Google releases Slides for iOS, updates Sheets and Docs apps with Microsoft Office editing

Google today launched a Slides for iOS app, while updating its Docs and Sheets apps to support opening, editing and saving Microsoft Office files. These three products represent Google’s push to claw both consumer and enterprise customers away from Microsoft Office. Most of the business world still runs on Microsoft’s renowned productivity apps, so it makes sense that – at least for now – Google should support them as widely as possible. Only when users are confident that Slides, Docs and Sheets can work seamlessly alongside Microsoft Office will Google start making some serious progress in this area. Slides is Google’s…

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Ax Falls at Microsoft as Company Looks to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs

Source: recode.net – Thursday, July 17, 2014
Asa Mathat Microsoft on Thursday announced it plans to cut up to 18,000 jobs this year–its deepest-ever cuts–as the company looked to digest its Nokia acquisition and reposition itself for the future. Following the Nokia acquisition, completed in April, Microsoft had roughly 127,104 employees, meaning the cuts could reduce nearly 15 percent of its workforce. Microsoft said the company is “moving now” on 13,000 of the job cuts, with the vast majority of the overall cuts coming in the next six months and fully implemented over the next 12 months. Some 12,500 of the cuts are coming from the Nokia Devices and Services unit–roughly half that unit’s workforce. The company said it expects pre-tax charges over the next four quarters of $ 1.1 billion to $ 1.6 billion for severance and other costs. The cuts are just the latest acknowledgement by Microsoft and new CEO Satya Nadella that the company is committed to making tough decisions to improve its position in the technology landscape. “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce,” Nadella said in a note to employees Thursday. “It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas. My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible.” After years of being so dominant that it drew the ire of antitrust regulator

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Microsoft is retiring older versions of Skype for Windows and Mac, wants you to update today

If you haven’t already upgraded to the latest versions of Skype’s desktop apps, you might want to soon. The Microsoft-owned VoIP service has announced that it’s going to “retire” older versions of Skype for Windows (6.13 and under ) and Mac (6.14 and under) in the coming months. The software giant has introduced a number of significant updates to Skype this year, including cross-platform message-syncing, and free group video calls, so it’s worthwhile upgrading anyway. While it’s not clear exactly what ‘retiring’ means, in terms of whether it will simply stop working or will just no longer be supported, Microsoft…

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Microsoft now lets Outlook.com users import from IMAP-enabled email providers, including Yahoo Mail

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Microsoft today announced Outlook.com users can now import email from IMAP-enabled email providers, including Yahoo Mail. The addition is part of the service’s import wizard, which lets you keep your old email addresses, but manage them all from Outlook.com. To import your Yahoo Mail into Outlook.com, navigate to Options and then click “Import email accounts.” Microsoft has added a specific option for Yahoo, so select it, enter your Yahoo email address, your password, and then click Import. Doing this will set up your Yahoo email address as a “send from” account, meaning you can use Outlook.com to send emails from…

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Microsoft teases Kinect’s refreshed look for Windows v2

In November last year, Microsoft started delivering Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to developers — building up expectations for the next-generation version of Kinect to land soon. Today it took the wraps off the hardware’s final look. The sensor is pretty similar to the Kinect for Xbox One, but it says “Kinect” on the top panel while the Xbox Nexus — the green “X” — has been dropped in favor of a simple power indicator. In the meantime, the hub accepts three connections: the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC, and power. Microsoft notes that the power cables will differ according…

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Microsoft starts rolling out Xbox One February update with content management, USB keyboard support, and more

Microsoft today started rolling out the Xbox One February update, three days after it was initially scheduled to go live. The first system update was released just two months ago, fixing a slew of issues.

Here are some of the new features in today’s update:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space: you can see how much space your content takes up and better manage it. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. My Games and My Apps have been split into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. You can also now pick the order in which you want your content to load and there’s a boot progress indicator for tracking updates.
  • The battery power indicator is back: You can see it right on the home screen and track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • You can now use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

Most Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that lets you say “Xbox On” to turn on the console) will get the update when they turn off their console: everything will happen automatically during off-peak hours in your local time. If you’re not using the feature, you’ll be asked to manually download and install it soon. The next update is scheduled for March 4.

See also – Xbox One review: A multimedia extravaganza that also plays games and Overview: Here’s how Skype will work on the Xbox One


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