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

Last Build Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:31:46 -0700


Facebook’s invisible Seattle team wrangles the digital deluge in massive cloud

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Facebook has become one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the Seattle area since opening here in 2010. About a quarter of its local engineers work on the company’s massive cloud infrastructure — supporting some of the most widely used pieces of software in the world.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella condemns Charlottesville violence in memo to employees

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:13:30 -0700

The Microsoft CEO’s memo, sent to workers Monday, said in part, “There is no place in our society for the bias, bigotry and senseless violence we witnessed this weekend in Virginia provoked by white nationalists.”

Bill Gates makes largest donation of Microsoft stock since 2000 with $4.6 billion gift

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:48:17 -0700

While the recipient of the gift of 64 million Microsoft shares wasn’t specified, Gates has made the majority of his donations to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the charity he and his wife use to direct their philanthropic efforts.

Microsoft agrees to change Windows 10 after Kaspersky’s antitrust claims

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:29:56 -0700

The Russian anti-virus software company had accused Microsoft of favoring its own tools at the expense of other security software in Windows 10.

4 Microsoft laptops lose Consumer Reports recommendations

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:59:02 -0700

The consumer group’s report, which pulls recommendations for two versions each of the Surface Laptop and Surface Book, said the devices showed “poor predicted reliability in comparison to most other brands.”

‘Dota 2’: Big crowds, high stakes and plenty of KeyArena drama

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:43:19 -0700

Esports have drawn interest from heavyweights in traditional media, including Turner Sports, which has a camera crew in Seattle to wrap up their four-episode documentary series “Road to the International.”

Microsoft’s state, local income tax bill is lowest in 15 years

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0700

The Redmond company’s U.S. state and local income-tax bill of $30 million in its just-completed fiscal year is the smallest since it started reporting the figures in 2003.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos briefly passes Bill Gates as world’s richest person

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:58:29 -0700

A surge in Amazon’s stock price Thursday morning gave Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a net worth of $92.3 billion, versus $90.8 billion for Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. But Bezos held the No. 1 spot only briefly, as Amazon’s stock reversed direction.

Seattle’s software job openings outpace Silicon Valley’s

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700

The Seattle metro area accounted for 16.9 percent of the open software-related jobs posted on Glassdoor’s website on June 1. Silicon Valley — including the San Francisco and San Jose metro areas — came in at 16 percent.

Microsoft may dump Paint from Windows

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:33:31 -0700

Microsoft Paint, the graphics editor found in Windows, will not receive new updates and may be removed from future versions of the operating system.

Microsoft scrambles to become player in new game of sports analytics

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Seattle Reign women’s soccer team has a new tool to help in player conditioning. It’s among a dozen teams piloting Microsoft’s Sports Performance Platform, a data monitoring and analytics program that officially launched last month.

Microsoft’s sales of Office 365 beat out traditional Office for first time

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:43:35 -0700

Revenue from business sales of the Office 365 productivity suite topped traditional corporate Office sales for the first time last quarter — a milestone in Microsoft’s transition from selling packaged software to cloud-computing products.

Microsoft’s results beat analysts’ forecasts as profit more than doubles

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:26:38 -0700

The Redmond company’s quarterly profit more than doubled from a year ago on growth in its cloud-computing products.

Microsoft product names leave software world in a swirl

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Windows updates are among the many places Microsoft has replaced technical speak (remember Windows Service Packs?) with brand names, but that opens the door to new dilemmas. Fall or autumn? Secure Productive Enterprise, or something a little more enticing?

Seattle modeling firm sues Microsoft over missed payments

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:37:20 -0700

Genesis Industries claims it wasn’t paid in full and that the Microsoft employee who managed its contract decided not to renew the arrangement after being confronted about his alleged inappropriate behavior toward its employees.

Baidu using Microsoft’s cloud to power self-driving-car project outside China

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Microsoft has taken a back seat in the highly competitive race to develop self-driving cars, but its neutral position has borne some fruit.

Monday Memo: Microsoft, T-Mobile earnings; state jobs data

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0700

The business week ahead

Microsoft gets OK for buying green power outside Puget Sound Energy

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:05:33 -0700

State regulators approve Microsoft move to lower its carbon footprint by acquiring clean power on wholesale markets rather than buying from PSE.

Microsoft’s revised policy aims to bring new voices to its board

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:38:42 -0700

The new language in Microsoft’s corporate-governance guidelines formalizes moves the board has made in recent years to make it more responsive to change.

Microsoft’s new, free iPhone app helps the blind see

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:03:28 -0700

Microsoft’s Seeing AI app, which relies on the iPhone camera, can read out short snippets of text, describe people, identify products and currency denominations, and take a stab at identifying the objects in a person’s surroundings.