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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 Feb 2017 09:30:43 -0800


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.

Amazon Web Services takes on Microsoft, Google with new voice, videoconferencing tool

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:29:08 -0800

AWS launched Chime, calling and video messaging software available as a web application, and on Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices.

Microsoft’s ‘Forza’ video games top $1 billion in sales

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:52:37 -0800

The Xbox racing game franchise, launched in 2005, joins “Halo,” “Minecraft,” “Gears of War” and “Age of Empires” in Microsoft’s billion-dollar club.

Watch: Seattle Times reporter Matt Day talks Trump travel ban, impact on tech companies on Q13

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:43:40 -0800

Matt Day, who covers Microsoft and technology for the Seattle Times, spoke about the impact of Trump's travel ban on the area's tech industry, which has come to rely heavily on immigrant talent.

U.S. judge allows Microsoft challenge of government gag orders to proceed

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:56:52 -0800

A federal judge has allowed Microsoft's challenge of U.S. government secrecy orders attached to searches of emails and other electronic files to proceed, but dismissed a portion of the lawsuit.

E3 video-game trade show will sell tickets to public this year

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:43:22 -0800

The trade show will sell public tickets for the June conference, a new audience for what had been an industry- and media-focused event.

Microsoft to defend cloud-computing customers from patent trolls

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:01:00 -0800

Microsoft is eager to differentiate itself from its larger rival in the cloud world,, by bolstering its promises to secure customers’ data and defend them from legal complications.

Trump’s immigration order sends ripples of worry through tech industry over H-1B visa program

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:31:20 -0800

The turmoil over immigration issues, sparked by President Trump’s travel restrictions, reaches deeply into the area’s tech industry, which has come to depend heavily on immigrant talent. The industry is especially concerned about the future of H-1B and other visa classifications.

Microsoft, Google, Facebook and 124 more tech companies support legal challenge to Trump entry ban

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:13:43 -0800

A giant list of leading U.S. technology companies signed on to a legal filing objecting to President Trump's ban on entry into the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

‘What if they don’t let me back in’: Seattle-area families still worried after Trump travel-ban suspended

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 19:16:26 -0800

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was quiet Saturday despite predictions of chaos after a federal judge blocked President Trump’s travel ban. But the legal brinkmanship had locals alternately elated and anxious.

Microsoft to move Michigan technology center to Detroit

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:42:06 -0800

DETROIT (AP) — Software maker Microsoft plans to move its Michigan Microsoft Technology Center to downtown Detroit in early 2018. The Redmond, Washington-based company and Detroit-based real estate business Bedrock announced Friday that Microsoft will use more than 40,000 square feet in Bedrock’s One Campus Martius building. The technology center is one of more than […]

Microsoft asks for exception to Trump travel ban for workers, students

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:02:50 -0800

The company asked the secretaries of State and Homeland Security for exceptions to Trump's entry ban for people who have student or employer-sponsored work visas and have emergencies or business needs abroad.

Police stop nude jogger on Microsoft campus after seeing ‘illuminated’ buttocks

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:15:51 -0800

The man was not charged with a crime, but police warn that running in the buff could be considered indecent exposure.

Tech firms may face tough fight if guest-worker programs are next Trump target

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:56:18 -0800

Tech companies across the country lashed out at President Trump’s executive order instituting restrictions on refugees and people from seven countries. Next, they may be facing another order that's likely to ignite controversy: reforming guest-worker visa programs.

Microsoft ramps up criticism of ‘misguided’ immigration ban

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:25:02 -0800

The software company says Trump's executive order barring entry into the U.S. for citizens of seven countries is "a fundamental step backwards," and imperils U.S. values and reputation abroad.

Microsoft reaches out to its workers affected by immigration ban

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:13:34 -0800

Microsoft President Brad Smith said the company had reached out to its employees from majority-Muslim countries, but added there may be others with permanent-resident status who could be banned from re-entering the U.S. under the new policy.

Microsoft’s stock-market value surges past $500 billion

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:17:55 -0800

The Redmond company’s market capitalization crossed the half-trillion-dollar threshold Friday. By that stock-market gauge, Microsoft is more valuable than at any time since 2000.