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Ex-Microsoft CFO named to advisory role in Trump team

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:25:28 -0800

Chris Liddell served as Microsoft’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2009, then moved on to the top finance job at General Motors.

Microsoft buys Swedish developer of Simplygon software tool

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:13:22 -0800

Microsoft is acquiring Donya Labs, builder of Simplygon, a software tool that helps video game makers and other companies visualize images in three dimensions.

Former Microsoft exec Qi Lu joins China’s Baidu

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:28:38 -0800

The artificial-intelligence expert, a former Microsoft executive vice president, will take up his post immediately, Baidu said.

Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson reflects company’s shift on business dealings

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:00:00 -0800

Peggy Johnson, one of Microsoft’s top executives, is the company’s point person when it comes to relations with other companies and potential partners.

Microsoft steps up in Olympia with public agenda

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:13:50 -0800

From improving education to using data to improve criminal justice outcomes and the cloud to address inequality, Microsoft has something to say about the state's future.

Ex-workers at Microsoft claim jobs monitoring child porn, abuse caused PTSD

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:58:30 -0800

The former employees say they didn’t receive proper mental-health support as they suffered from the psychological impact resulting from their work.

PC sales continue on long downward slide

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:42:22 -0800

Personal-computer makers sold about 270 million units in 2016, a decline of more than 6 percent the previous year, according researcher Gartner.

Microsoft pioneer Ric Weiland’s huge bequest changed science, society

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Ric Weiland’s name is not widely known. Yet his extraordinary $170 million bequest has played a critical role in making progress toward an HIV cure, legalizing same-sex marriage and building the LGBTQ movement.

Live updates from CES 2017 in Las Vegas: Don’t forget the PCs

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:25:59 -0800

CES officially kicked off on Thursday. So far, Amazon's Alexa has been the darling of the convention. What surprises does Friday hold? We'll update this post all day.

CES: Carmakers hitch ride with tech on futuristic road

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:51:40 -0800

The marriage between automobiles and high-tech is increasingly evident at CES. Carmakers are showing off technology supporting everything from entertainment and information systems to processing power for self-driving capabilities.

Live updates from CES 2017: Nvidia touts artificial intelligence aims, launches cloud gaming service

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:03 -0800

What major announcements can we expect from companies appearing at CES 2017? We’ll be updating this post with the news of the day.

Pet project: Microsoft’s cat, dog calendars earn big bucks for charities

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

The decade-old fundraising effort puts employees’ cats, dogs, even iguanas on a calendar and yields tens of thousands of dollars for a couple of animal-related nonprofits.

Microsoft pulls in no-bid defense contract worth almost $1 billion

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:43:10 -0800

The Defense Information Systems Agency will get support from the Redmond company’s software developers and product teams.

Microsoft says it wouldn’t help build Muslim registry

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:46:48 -0800

The company’s statement comes after tech workers sign a petition pledging not to assist with any effort designed to target Muslims, immigrants or other groups.

Amazon, Microsoft workers sign ‘never again’ pledge to oppose Trump’s call for Muslim registry

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:29:59 -0800

Microsoft and Amazon employees are among those who signed the pledge, which says they “stand in solidarity” with Muslim Americans, immigrants and others.

Bill Gates chats with Donald Trump for first time, remains hopeful on climate goals

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:56:25 -0800

Asked in interviews this week about the odds of achieving his goals of fighting climate change in light of the shift in political winds, Gates struck an optimistic tone.

Amazon kicks out Microsoft in latest major Seattle expansion

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:14:11 -0800

Microsoft and Group Health Cooperative, tenants of the Westlake Terry building, will have to vacate once Amazon is ready to move into the entire office complex.

Bezos reportedly to attend Trump tech summit despite long-running spat

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:18:45 -0800

An invitation to the Wednesday meeting went out to tech leaders last week from members of Trump’s transition team.

How Microsoft emerged from the darkness to embrace the cloud

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

After suffering through a decade of product delays, missed opportunities and lackluster stock performance, Microsoft found a rebirth of sorts through cloud computing.

Seattle’s cloud-computing boom is new force helping to drive Washington economy

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

Companies like Amazon and Microsoft are now experts in the cloud, generating thousands of jobs and opportunities for those in the tech industry.