BARCELONA, Spain — Microsoft will update its Windows system this spring to address some of the gripes people have had when they use devices without touch capabilities.
Date: 02/23/2014 | Business
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP on April 8, but there are still many users whose computers run the outdated software. That’s why the company has asked tech-savvy users to encourage their friends to upgrade their computers or buy new ones.In a recent blog...
Date: 02/13/2014 | Business
BEIJING — It is one thing to censor search engine results for Internet users within China, but it's quite another to limit access to websites deemed sensitive to the Chinese government for people in the United States or abroad.That is the...
Date: 02/12/2014 | Nation & World
Since it became apparent last week that Satya Nadella was in line to become only the third chief executive of Microsoft Corp., the Indian community in Silicon Valley has been bubbling over with pride.That his ascension would generate such excitement might seem surprising at...
Date: 02/06/2014 | Business
Microsoft Corp.’s new leadership could almost double the company’s valuation by parting with a good chunk of the businesses it uses to court consumers.
Date: 02/04/2014 | Business
LOS ANGELES — Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company’s next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.
Date: 02/04/2014 | Business
SEATTLE — Even if the Seattle Seahawks lose to the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl, the team has rewarded owner Paul Allen — by beating his old company, Microsoft, as an investment.Allen bought the pro football team as a favor to his native city in...
Date: 02/01/2014 | Business
SEATTLE — Microsoft's board is preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company's enterprise and cloud chief, chief executive officer and is discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, according to people with knowledge of the process.One...
Date: 01/31/2014 | Business
LOS ANGELES — Microsoft Corp. reported revenue and earnings for its fiscal second quarter that topped Wall Street expectations, as the company sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retailers and doubled revenue from its line of Surface tablets from a quarter earlier.
Date: 01/23/2014 | Business
ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- The glowing winter wonderland inside the mall here, adorned with fake snow and pulsing with electronic music, beckons weary holiday shoppers. But there's no Santa, and no elves; instead, tablets and laptops are the lure of Google Inc.'s high-tech holiday display.
Date: 12/19/2013 | Business
REDMOND -- Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year.Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday. Ballmer said in August he would retire within 12 months.
Date: 12/17/2013 | Business
WASHINGTON -- A former executive at software giant Microsoft is assuming oversight of the Obama administration's efforts to repair the troubled HealthCare.gov website, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.
Date: 12/17/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- The cellphone encryption technology used most widely across the world can be easily defeated by the National Security Agency, an internal document shows, giving the agency the means to decode most of the billions of calls and texts that travel over public airwaves every...
Date: 12/14/2013 | Nation & World
SEATTLE -- Microsoft's board is considering Qualcomm Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf among candidates to replace Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, people familiar with the matter said.Mollenkopf is on a list of several choices under serious consideration as the board...
Date: 12/13/2013 | Business
DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally will stay at the automaker through 2014, Director Edsel Ford II said Thursday. Mulally didn't confirm the timetable.Mulally, considered one of the leading candidates to take the...
Date: 12/05/2013 | Business
Microsoft plans to encrypt data flowing through all of its communication, productivity and other services as it seeks to reassure users in the United States and beyond that it will guard their personal information from snooping governments, the company announced Wednesday night.
Date: 12/05/2013 | Nation & World
Gadget junkies love a new machine. The Xbox One is fun to mess around with, whether you're experimenting with the voice and motion controls of its Kinect camera or using such apps as YouTube and Netflix to feed Internet video to your big-screen TV.But most early buyers will...
Date: 11/23/2013 | Business
Bill Gates should serve as Microsoft's chief executive officer for a year as the software company he co-founded seeks a replacement for Steve Ballmer, according to Charles Schwab.The chairman of Charles Schwab Corp. spoke Wednesday at The Year...
Date: 11/20/2013 | Business
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp.'s board will meet on Nov. 18 to trim a list of chief executive officer candidates, with the goal of whittling the roster to three to five people, said a person with knowledge of the process.Directors are aiming to have...
Date: 11/15/2013 | Business
SAN FRANCISCO -- Stephen Elop, a candidate to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft chief executive officer, would consider breaking with decades of tradition by focusing on making popular software programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint available on a broad variety of smartphones and...
Date: 11/08/2013 | Business
LOS ANGELES -- Microsoft posted quarterly revenue and earnings Thursday that easily topped Wall Street forecasts, marking a healthy start to a companywide overhaul it announced in July that should help the software giant transform into a devices and services company.Its...
Date: 10/24/2013 | Business
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Alan Mulally, the man who has led Ford Motor Co.'s turnaround from near financial ruin, would not say Thursday if he has talked to Microsoft about the CEO job at the software giant.
Date: 10/24/2013 | Business
NEW YORK -- Microsoft has pulled a Windows update from its website after it caused some customers' devices to crash.The company said it removed the RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store during the weekend.
Date: 10/20/2013 | Business
LOS ANGELES -- Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting today. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge...
Date: 10/17/2013 | Business
ASHLAND, Ore. -- Recognizing millions of dollars of gifts from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's charitable foundation, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is changing the name of its oldest and largest theater.
Date: 10/14/2013 | Northwest
SEATTLE --?? Microsoft's board is working toward having the successor to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer in place by the end of this year and is winnowing a list of candidates, said people with knowledge of the discussions.The board is...
Date: 10/10/2013 | Business
Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer was awarded 79 percent of his target bonus for the company's latest fiscal year, with the software giant citing falling profits for its Windows division and sluggish sales of the Surface tablet.
Date: 10/03/2013 | Business
SEATTLE — Microsoft directors have discussed chief executive officer candidates including Ford's Alan Mulally as they look for a successor to Steve Ballmer, according to people with knowledge of the matter.Directors have also floated the...
Date: 10/02/2013 | Business
NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. is expected to announce new Surface tablet computers, including a version with a smaller screen to compete with Google's Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad Mini.The company has an announcement event scheduled in New York on Monday.
Date: 09/22/2013 | Business
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, who will be retiring within a year, says the company is still working to make sure that the personal computer remains relevant as "the device of choice."He made his comment as Windows, which dominated computing for...
Date: 09/21/2013 | Business
Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web -- even to those who don't use Windows 8.
Date: 09/09/2013 | Northwest
Now that we know the National Security Agency is watching our every move online, it seems almost pointless to try to avoid it. But try we do, as a new Pew Research Center survey shows.Eighty-six percent of U.S. Internet users have used some method to cover their tracks...
Date: 09/08/2013 | Nation & World
Alan Mulally's tenure at Ford Motor Co. is back in the headlines after a report that he is considering leaving the CEO post before 2015 to pursue another high-profile job.Reuters cites sources who say the board is aware of Mulally's pursuit of...
Date: 09/06/2013 | Business
REDMOND -- Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s devices and services business, and getting access to the company's patents, for a total of $7.2 billion in an effort to expand its share of the smartphone market, the companies announced late Monday.
Date: 09/03/2013 | Business
SEATTLE — Microsoft, within weeks of announcing plans by Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to retire, will probably boost its dividend amid calls by an activist shareholder to return more cash to investors.ValueAct Holdings, which in...
Date: 08/28/2013 | Business
With Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer set to retire from his job within a year, the tech industry and Wall Street are now focused on who's next in line to take on the daunting task of running the world's largest software company.He or she must fill the shoes of Ballmer, who...
Date: 08/23/2013 | Business
NEW YORK — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who helped Bill Gates transform the company from a tiny startup into the world's most valuable business, announced plans Friday to retire sometime in the next year — a move that presents another challenge to the tech giant as it...
Date: 08/23/2013 | Business
Microsoft will roll out the first major update for Windows 8 nearly a year after the operating system made its debut.
Date: 08/14/2013 | Business
EAST HAVEN, Conn. -- A former Microsoft executive and his teenage son are presumed dead after their small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood a few blocks from an airport while trying to land, setting fire to two houses and killing as many as four other people, the man's brother and...
Date: 08/10/2013 | Northwest
NEW YORK -- Microsoft stock took a big hit on Friday after the Redmond-based software giant reported disappointing results for the latest quarter. The stock fell the most in more than a decade after the company on Thursday...
Date: 07/19/2013 | Business
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp.'s profit missed analysts' projections as Windows sales were hurt by shrinking demand for personal computers and the company wrote down the value of unsold inventory of its Surface tablet.
Date: 07/19/2013 | Business
Saying that Microsoft Corp. will be able to innovate "with greater speed, efficiency and capability," Chief Executive Steve Ballmer unveiled a sweeping realignment of the software giant on Thursday that emphasizes services and devices more than at any time in the company's history.
Date: 07/12/2013 | Business
SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. has decided its entire business needs a new operating system.CEO Steve Ballmer is restructuring the company to cope with a quickening pace of technological change that has left the world's largest software maker...
Date: 07/11/2013 | Business
CARMEL, Ind. -- Blue Horseshoe said Monday that it reached a deal to sell certain lines of warehousing and transportation supply chain technology to Microsoft Corp. for an undisclosed sum.
Date: 07/08/2013 | Business
A surprise popped up in the iTunes Store on Friday: an iPhone version of Microsoft Office.The app has its limitations. It's free to download but only works for those who subscribe to Microsoft's Office 365 service, which costs $10 per month or $100 per year. It isn't meant...
Date: 06/15/2013 | Business
If recent reports are to be believed, the National Security Agency has broad powers to capture private information about Americans. They know who we're calling, they have access to our Gmail messages and AOL Instant Messenger chats, and it's a safe bet that they have other interception...
Date: 06/13/2013 | Nation & World
Microsoft Corp. will expand its retail reach by opening hundreds of stores inside Best Buy locations across the U.S.
Date: 06/13/2013 | Business
Walking into the Microsoft Store is a bit like picking up a Windows 8 device. Tablets, mobile, gaming and accessories are separated into dedicated "bays," each arranged to mirror the colorful tiles of the new Metro home screen that replaces the traditional desktop in the latest Windows operating...
Date: 06/13/2013 | Business
WASHINGTON -- Eager to quell a domestic furor over U.S. spying, the nation's top intelligence official stressed Saturday that a previously undisclosed program for tapping into Internet usage is authorized by Congress, falls under strict supervision of a secret court and cannot intentionally target...
Date: 06/09/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts...
Date: 06/06/2013 | Nation & World
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.The...
Date: 05/31/2013 | Business
REDMOND -- Will gamers want One?After four years of development, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One entertainment console and touted it as an all-in-one solution for playing games, watching TV and doing everything in between. Microsoft wants...
Date: 05/22/2013 | Business
SEATTLE -- Microsoft's search for a new chief financial officer is pitting Tami Reller and Amy Hood -- the top finance executives at the company's two most profitable divisions -- against each other, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Date: 05/09/2013 | Business
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales.
Date: 05/07/2013 | Business
NEW YORK -- Microsoft is offering enhanced security for its email, storage and other services.
Date: 04/17/2013 | Business
SAN FRANCISCO -- The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it's starting to look like it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology.
Date: 04/10/2013 | Business
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals.
Date: 04/09/2013 | Business
NEW YORK -- Ericsson, the Swedish maker of telecommunications equipment, has agreed to buy Microsoft's Mediaroom business, which makes the software that powers AT&T's U-Verse TV service, the companies said Monday.Neither company said how much Ericsson is paying.
Date: 04/08/2013 | Business