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Read all the latest news about Microsoft from reporter Matt Day and The Seattle Times business staff.

Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:53:43 -0700


Microsoft outages hit some Xbox Live, Outlook, Skype services

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:31:24 -0700

Microsoft services went down for some users Tuesday. The company said it was working to fix the problem.

Microsoft, Adobe build on cloud partnership

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:28:18 -0700

Microsoft and Adobe will create a shared data language to make it easier for customers to make sense of information.

Trump’s immigration policies give Vancouver’s tech sector an extra bump

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Vancouver’s tech payroll has grown 27 percent in the last decade, fueled partly by flexible Canadian immigration policies. Though that’s drawn U.S. companies frustrated with U.S. limits, B.C. officials consider it a short-term advantage and hope to develop homegrown talent.

Bill Gates meeting with Trump to talk foreign aid

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:25:15 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tech billionaire Bill Gates is meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss progress in programs for global health and development as well as domestic education. Gates, who as the co-founder of Microsoft is the world’s wealthiest man, will highlight the “indispensable role that the United States has played in achieving these gains,” […]

Microsoft appoints LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman to its board

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:11:17 -0700

Reid Hoffman has joined the board a few months after Microsoft closed a $26.2 billion deal to buy the professional social networking firm.

British Columbia expanding tax breaks to attract virtual-reality firms

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:06:30 -0700

Premier Christy Clark kicked off the second annual BCTech conference Tuesday by adding to a recent streak of tax credits and other programs designed to boost the province’s technology sector.

Microsoft launches Teams app to take on Slack

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:30:00 -0700

Businesses that use Microsoft’s Office 365 web-based productivity suite will see the new workplace-messaging application appear starting Tuesday. The app will challenge startup Slack’s hot software.

$50M Paul Allen, Microsoft gift boosts UW computer science school, but not the admission crunch

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 06:02:00 -0800

Paul Allen’s gift to the University of Washington’s computer science school won’t increase the number of students who can enroll there; the UW is looking to the state Legislature to pick up that tab.

Paul Allen gives $40 million to UW computer science; regents name school after billionaire

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:09:59 -0800

The University of Washington has elevated its computer-science department to the status of a school, and named it after Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Q&A: Nintendo of America chief Fils-Aime says early Switch sales top previous consoles

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:59:55 -0800

In an interview, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime talks about the company’s strategic break from its rivals, virtual reality and plans for the Switch gaming console.

Microsoft invests in Swedish startup Pickit

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:07:25 -0800

Pickit builds a tool that curates images for use in documents.

Microsoft’s employee program donates record $142M to nonprofits in 2016

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:01:00 -0800

The donations, which include employee gifts and the Redmond company’s corporate match of contributions and payment for volunteer hours, went to some 19,000 nonprofits and schools.

Bill Gates concerned about digital isolationism

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:30:38 -0800

In a Reddit AMA, the Microsoft co-founder says he is concerned about digital isolationism that can fuel the spread of false information and encourage people to encounter only information that confirms their own beliefs.

Nokia starts post-Microsoft reboot with a ‘dumb’ phone

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:02:26 -0800

The phone brand’s new owner is pitching Nokia’s glory days before the smartphone era, releasing an updated take on a feature phone that debuted in 2000.

UW, UBC’s Cascadia urban data project gets $1M from Microsoft

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:06:45 -0800

The Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, seeded by a $1 million grant from Microsoft, will aim to bring data science to bear on issues faced by communities in Washington state and British Columbia.

Microsoft invests in maker of drone air traffic management software

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:49:00 -0800

The venture capital arms of Microsoft, Airbus and Qualcomm have led a $26 million investment in AirMap, a builder of drone air traffic management software.

EU data-privacy regulator raises concerns about Microsoft’s Windows 10

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:30:13 -0800

The European Union’s data-protection watchdog says it “remains concerned” about the level of protection of personal data scooped up by Microsoft’s Windows 10.

Microsoft helps build a mosquito trap with brains

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0800

A new high-tech mosquito trap is promising to accurately capture particular mosquito species — those capable of spreading the Zika virus and certain other diseases — that health officials wanted to track, and let others buzz on.

Microsoft delays February’s batch of security updates

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:41:34 -0800

The patches have been delayed until March, the company said, citing an unspecified “last minute issue that could impact some customers.”

Microsoft calls for digital Geneva Convention to shield civilians from government-sponsored cyberattacks

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:30:00 -0800

Following an increase in cyberwarfare, which can inflict collateral damage on individuals, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for governments to agree on norms to shield civilians in cyberspace.