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Microsoft Build: 8 Things To Watch – InformationWeek

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

With Windows 9, new developer tools, and a competitor to Apple’s Siri, Microsoft could come out swinging at the Build conference. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Microsoft’s Windows franchise is in transition. Almost a year and a half after launching, Windows 8 is still an underperformer that’s done little to prop up falling PC sales, compel upgrades from Windows XP users, or reverse…

The Secret iOS Feature That Could Change the Internet – TIME

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Apple This post is in partnership with Fortune, which offers the latest business and finance news. The article below was originally published at Fortune.com. A few weeks ago, a messaging app called FireChat launched. It looks, at first, like just about any other messaging app in an already very crowded market, but FireChat is sneakily subversive and quite possibly the most important thing to happen to the Internet since international…

Scratch That: One Cat’s Struggle With Internet Stardom – NPR

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

i i hide captionBruiser’s hat-wearing skills aren’t in doubt — but does he have what it takes to be a true Internet celebrity? Renita Jablonski Bruiser’s hat-wearing skills aren’t in doubt — but does he have what it takes to be a true Internet celebrity? Renita Jablonski hide captionCheezburger announced its new collaboration with Betabrand on April 1. Cheezburger + Betabrand No matter what the market’s doing, a certain breed…

OkCupid protests Firefox over CEO’s anti-same-sex marriage donation – CNN

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

(CNN) — Dating site OkCupid is calling for its members to ditch Firefox and use another browser to search for love. The company is protesting Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, who supported an anti-same-sex marriage campaign. Firefox is owned by Mozilla. When OkCupid members navigate to the site on a Firefox browser, they are met with a message encouraging them to use an alternative browser to access the site, including…

Microsoft hits home run with Office for iPad – CBS News

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

It has taken years of development — and endless, vigorous denials that the product even existed — but Microsoft [MSFT] finally unveiled its Office suite for the iPad last week. Ironically, it did this on the first day of the annual Macworld conference in San Francisco. And now that I’ve had a few days to explore its capabilities, it’s obvious that this isn’t a typical we’ll-get-it-right-in-the-next-version product release from the…

Microsoft Azure Matches Amazon’s Price Cuts And Introduces New "Basic" Tier – TechCrunch

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

After Google’s drastic price cuts for its cloud computing services, Amazon quickly matched them. Given that Microsoft always promised to match prices, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the company today announced its own round of massive price cuts. Prices for compute on Microsoft Azure (previously known as Windows Azure) dropped by up to 35 percent and Microsoft cut storage prices by up to 65 percent. With these changes, Microsoft matches…

OkCupid protests Firefox over CEO’s anti-same-sex marriage donation – CNN

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

(CNN) — Dating site OkCupid is calling for its members to ditch Firefox and use another browser to search for love. The company is protesting Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, who supported an anti-same-sex marriage campaign. Firefox is owned by Mozilla. When OkCupid members navigate to the site on a Firefox browser, they are met with a message encouraging them to use an alternative browser to access the site, including…

Microsoft Build 2014 to highlight ‘One Windows’ progress – CNET (blog)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Screenshot by CNET While Microsoft execs have made substantial progress in the past couple of years toward breaking down silos inside the company, there’s still a long road ahead. This year’s Microsoft Build conference, which kicks off in San Francisco on Wednesday, will highlight how far the company has come — and also shed more light on how far it has yet to go — toward delivering “One Windows.” (Microsoft…

Microsoft Azure Matches Amazon’s Price Cuts And Introduces New "Basic" Tier – TechCrunch

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

After Google’s drastic price cuts for its cloud computing services, Amazon quickly matched them. Given that Microsoft always promised to match prices, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the company today announced its own round of massive price cuts. Prices for compute on Microsoft Azure (previously known as Windows Azure) dropped by up to 35 percent and Microsoft cut storage prices by up to 65 percent. With these changes, Microsoft matches…

OkCupid protests Firefox over CEO’s anti-same-sex marriage donation – CNN

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

(CNN) — Dating site OkCupid is calling for its members to ditch Firefox and use another browser to search for love. The company is protesting Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, who supported an anti-same-sex marriage campaign. Firefox is owned by Mozilla. When OkCupid members navigate to the site on a Firefox browser, they are met with a message encouraging them to use an alternative browser to access the site, including…

Microsoft taps Spencer to head Xbox, Elop VP of Devices – USA TODAY

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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Microsoft Build 2014 to highlight ‘One Windows’ progress – CNET (blog)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Screenshot by CNET While Microsoft execs have made substantial progress in the past couple of years toward breaking down silos inside the company, there’s still a long road ahead. This year’s Microsoft Build conference, which kicks off in San Francisco on Wednesday, will highlight how far the company has come — and also shed more light on how far it has yet to go — toward delivering “One Windows.” (Microsoft…

Microsoft Azure Matches Amazon’s Price Cuts And Introduces New "Basic" Tier – TechCrunch

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

After Google’s drastic price cuts for its cloud computing services, Amazon quickly matched them. Given that Microsoft always promised to match prices, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the company today announced its own round of massive price cuts. Prices for compute on Microsoft Azure (previously known as Windows Azure) dropped by up to 35 percent and Microsoft cut storage prices by up to 65 percent. With these changes, Microsoft matches…

Microsoft Is About to Blow Up ATMs All Over the Country – TIME

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Chris Ratcliffe—Bloomberg/Getty Images This post is in partnership with Fortune, which offers the latest business and finance news. The article below was originally published at Fortune.com. After April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will end support, including automatic security patches, for its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system. This may sound like an inconvenience primarily for government agencies and aging uncles, but another major set of Windows XP users are the automated teller…

Why The Microsoft Surface Just Died Last Week – Forbes

Monday, March 31, 2014

Would I purchase the Microsoft Microsoft Surface? Not anymore. And I’m not sure that you should either. I’m looking for a new laptop and the Surface has been one of the top contenders. I like it a lot. And although a slow seller for Microsoft it’s been gaining in popularity and many reviewers have given it high marks. It’s a powerful little laptop, lightweight with a Windows 8 touchscreen and…

Facebook Will Build Drones and Satellites to Beam Internet Around the World – Wired

Monday, March 31, 2014

A still from an promotional video showing how Facebook and Internet.org will deliver internet access via aerial drone. Image: Internet.org Mark Zuckerberg is putting together a lab where a team of Facebook engineers will build flying drones, satellites, and infrared lasers capable of beaming internet connections to people down here on earth. Revealed this afternoon by the Facebook CEO and founder, it’s known as the Facebook Connectivity Lab. According to…

With Office for iPad, Microsoft Kills Its Old Ideology – Wired

Monday, March 31, 2014

Illustration: WIRED Finally, Microsoft is opening itself up to the real world — and to some free love. Almost four years to the day after the release of the first iPad, Microsoft deigned to put out a version of its flagship software package, the Office productivity suite, for the Apple tablet. The company had previously hoarded Office for its own Windows-based tablet system, a conservative approach designed to protect the…

Microsoft’s Office Apps for iPad Off to a Good Start – Re/code

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It may have taken years to get to Apple’s App Store, but Microsoft’s new Office apps look to be having a fine debut. The apps, which are part of Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity suite, currently hold the first through fourth spots in the most downloaded free apps charts as of Saturday afternoon. Microsoft Word is No. 1, while Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote round out slots two, three and four. That’s…

The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft – TechCrunch

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Editor’s note: Peter Yared is the CTO/CIO at CBS Interactive. Microsoft had become an oft-ignored, behemoth to the North, despite $77 billion in revenue and $57 billion in profits. It seemed that the mobile revolution had passed it by. Although Steve Ballmer was already making many of the right moves, it took new CEO Satya Nadella to fully accept that Microsoft had to move beyond Windows into a new future of apps…

Facebook looks to drones, lasers and satellites for Internet access – CNN

Friday, March 28, 2014

(CNN) — Two thirds of the world population does not have Internet access. Facebook already has more than a billion users on its service, but before it can sign up the rest of world it needs to get them online. The social media company announced a new step in its ambitious plan to bring affordable, basic Internet access to “every person in the world.” Facebook’s new Connectivity Lab will research…