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April 17, 2000
Microsoft should stop playing Monopoly and grow up. EDWARD H. ROMAN Victorville
April 7, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft Corp. is finally pulling the plug on a piece of technology that has refused to go away. On Tuesday, the software giant will stop supporting Windows XP, the still ubiquitous computer operating system that's been around for almost 13 years, an eternity in tech terms. Even though XP was born well before smartphones and cloud services took over the tech landscape, an extraordinary number of consumers and businesses have clung to it despite Microsoft's best efforts to get them to upgrade to subsequent operating systems.
June 13, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Step away from the controller. Microsoft this week is unveiling a set of video games that don't require people to navigate their way around a complex controller with more buttons than the cockpit of a Boeing 747. Following on the massive success of Nintendo's Wii, Microsoft is introducing a technology, code-named Project Natal, that ditches the controller altogether. Instead, the games will rely on a device the size of a stapler that perches on top of a living room TV to recognize faces, obey voice commands and track body movements.
April 2, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Look out, Siri. Watch your back, Google Now. Here comes Cortana. At its annual Build 2014 conference on Wednesday, Microsoft took the wraps off Windows Phone 8.1. The new features include a personal digital assistant called Cortana.  Cortana is Microsoft's challenge to voice-activated services such as Google Now and Apple's Siri. The new Cortana will be powered by Microsoft's Bing search engine. Users will be able to use a feature called a "Notebook" which will let them decide exactly which things Cortana should keep track of. They can also select quiet hours during which Cortana won't bug them.
July 12, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
Amid rumors that Inc. is developing its own smartphone to rival iPhone and Android devices, a former Microsoft phone executive has joined the online retailing giant. The ex-Microsoft executive, Robert Williams, announced his new job on Linkedin and Twitter. He is now director of Amazon's Appstore. Appropriately, amid all the speculation over new developments at Amazon, his Twitter bio currently reads , “working on a top secret project called .... oops, gotta go.” Williams, a 15-year veteran at Microsoft, was senior director of business development at the company's phone division for four years.
March 27, 2014 | Chris O'Brien
Officially, the Microsoft press conference Thursday in San Francisco was intended to take the wraps off the long-awaited version of its Office for iPad. While it's a big deal, it was also the first public appearance of Satya Nadella since becoming Microsoft chief executive this year. And that, as much as a product launch, was what drew dozens of reporters to a Microsoft office in the city.  Nadella, dressed in a snug, black T-shirt and speaking comfortably in front of a series of big monitors, said the event was the first in a series of opportunities he would take to begin laying out his vision for where he wants to take Microsoft.  "Our customers want to know where we're going and what is our innovation agenda," he said.  Broadly speaking, that strategy is "mobile-first, cloud-first.
March 3, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Anyone who thought new Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella might take a less combative approach than his predecessor might want to think again. On Monday, the company confirmed a number of executive changes, most notably the elevation of Mark Penn to the role of c hief strategy officer. "His focus on using data to quickly evaluate and evolve our campaigns has driven new insights and understanding," Nadella said in a memo to Microsoft employees that was posted on the company's website.
February 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft is encouraging users to try its Bing and OneDrive services by offering them 100 GB of free cloud storage for one year. Users can earn the storage by signing up for Bing Rewards, a program that gives users credits every time they use Microsoft's search engine. Those credits can then be traded in for rewards, such as gift cards. Microsoft said users who earn 100 credits can redeem them for the free storage with OneDrive, the company's cloud service that was formerly known as SkyDrive.
February 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Google, Twitter and Microsoft were among the nation's tech companies who lent their support to an anti-spying protest Tuesday that urged Congress to restrict the National Security Agency's powers. " The Day We Fight Back " campaign, formally supported by civil liberties groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and websites, including Reddit, aims to end "mass surveillance -- of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world," according to a news release from the coalition.
February 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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 post, the Redmond, Wash., company said readers of its Windows blog are likely running a more modern version of the operating system, but their friends and family may not be. "We need your help spreading the word to ensure people are safe and secure on modern up-to-date PCs," Microsoft said in its blog . PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Microsoft will no longer run tech support for users of the 12-year-old Windows XP software or issue updates that protect the operating system from viruses after April 8. The problem is many users still run Windows XP and either don't want to upgrade their machines or don't know that they need to. In the post, Microsoft said tech-savvy users should encourage their friends to check and see if their computers are capable of upgrading to Windows 8.1, the latest version of the computer software.
February 5, 2014 | Chris O'Brien
Since it became apparent last week that Satya Nadella was in line to become only the third chief executive of Microsoft, the Indian community in Silicon Valley has been bubbling over with pride. That his ascension would generate such excitement might seem surprising at first. Indians have become a force in Silicon Valley, where about 15% of tech start-ups have Indian founders and a handful of notable companies, such has Adobe Systems, have Indian chief executives. Yet Nadella's appointment is being hailed by Indians as something more.
February 5, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
The conventional wisdom that emerged in recent days about Satya Nadella boiled to a simple, singular word that was repeated over and over again:  Safe. The 22-year Microsoft was the "safe choice" to be the third chief executive in Microsoft history. The simple judgment wasn't intended to be harsh. But it also wasn't meant to be flattering.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The people saying it were generally Wall Street analysts and investors who had hoped the company would find a guru from the outside to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer.
February 4, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella, a longtime insider, to be only its third chief executive. The company also said that co-founder Bill Gates would step down as chairman in a historic shift at one of the world's most important technology companies. PHOTOS: Google unveils new Glass frames Nadella, 46, who joined Microsoft in 1992, is executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, working primarily with business customers. Although his division posted more than $20 billion in revenue last year, making it larger than most other tech companies, analysts have said he faces a huge challenge in assuming control of the sprawling Microsoft business.
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