March 3, 2014 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP on April 8, but there are still many users whose computers run the outdated software.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 |
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 |
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.