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

Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:51:38 -0700


Helping those left behind: New kind of tech hiring emphasizes skills, not college degrees

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:51:38 -0700

Microsoft on Wednesday gave $25 million to a program that fosters skills-oriented hiring, training and education, to expand it from Colorado into other states. The idea is to help the two-thirds of adults who don’t have college degrees but do have skills sought by employers.

Microsoft offers employees four weeks of paid family caregiver leave

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:11:41 -0700

Microsoft employees with ailing members of their immediate family will be able to take up to four weeks of paid time off to help care for them, the latest addition to the Redmond company's relatively generous leave policies.

Microsoft signs cloud-computing partnership with Box

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:23:52 -0700

Microsoft and Box, which builds on-demand file storage and sharing tools, will work on new links between their products and jointly sell some tools.

When the going got tough, Nintendo and Microsoft decided to go for broke on video-game strategy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Facing speculation that they would have to reboot or rethink their video game businesses to respond to rival Sony’s dominance, Nintendo and Microsoft instead doubled down on what makes their devices stand out.

Microsoft’s ‘Play Anywhere’ program fails to attract big game studios

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Microsoft’s year-old Play Anywhere program lets people play video games on both a console and a PC. But big game studios haven’t opted in.

‘Extraordinary’ Microsoft engineer Charles Thacker, who inspired the PC revolution, dies at 74

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:44:13 -0700

Obituary: Charles Thacker, who helped usher in the modern personal computer as the designer of the Xerox Alto computer and worked at Microsoft Research for 20 years, died at his Palo Alto, California, home recently.

Heave-ho! Microsoft’s ‘Sea of Thieves’ gets players to work as a crew in pirate-ship game

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Microsoft’s upcoming pirate adventure cooperative-play game is one of its biggest gaming bets and a break outside the safe genres of big-budget games.

E3 2017: Digital add-ons give video game makers a billion-dollar boost

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:20:04 -0700

Enabled by digital storefronts and internet downloads, more game studios are selling new content after the initial sale of a video game in a bid to keep people engaged and coming back for more.

E3 2017: Video-game industry optimistic, cautious about U.S. political climate, trade group leader says

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Mike Gallagher, head of the Entertainment Software Association, says members of his trade group favor tax reform, but they are more cautious on social issues.

Justices side with Microsoft in Xbox 360 class action case

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:15:03 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving Microsoft Corp. another chance to stop a class action lawsuit filed by owners of the Xbox 360 video game system who claim the console has a design defect that scratches game discs. The unanimous ruling on Monday said game owners could not use a procedural tactic to […]

Bereaved father, Microsoft data scientists crunch numbers to combat infant deaths

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:00:00 -0700

Spurred by a colleague’s family tragedy, a Microsoft team deployed analysis and data visualization tools and found promising leads in combating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Seattle Children’s Hospital is partnering with Microsoft to further the research.

Microsoft aims for hard-core gamers with Xbox One X

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:31:57 -0700

The new console is the latest step in Microsoft’s effort to brand its gaming franchise as the home for dedicated gamers after losing market share to rival Sony.

Microsoft at E3: the Xbox One X, ‘Minecraft,’ and other highlights

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:29:39 -0700

The Xbox One X, formerly Project Scorpio, will arrive in November and come with the power to render games in 4K ultra-high-definition, Microsoft said at its E3 briefing.

Amid tumult of video game business, Seattle game-maker FlowPlay abides

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Seattle company has survived for a tumultuous decade by sticking to a pretty unglamorous market niche: casual, social games played in a web browser. And it’s making a profit, too.

Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, Nintendo Switch will be stars at E3 video game show

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The annual video game conference runs for six days in Los Angeles.

Microsoft borrows from Amazon’s philosophy as its cloud grows

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:21:18 -0700

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise chief, says the Seattle-area cloud-computing rivals have learned from each other’s strengths.

Kaspersky files antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Europe

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:13:06 -0700

The Russian cybersecurity firm says Microsoft is favoring its own Windows Defender tool at the expense of independent antivirus software.

Seattle-area firms crowd out other U.S. contenders in top 10 of Barron’s most respected companies

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:50:14 -0700

In a Barron’s survey of most respected companies by professional money managers, three Seattle-area firms made it to the top 10.

Gov. Inslee calls Trump’s climate-pact withdrawal ‘pathetic’ — plus other Northwest reaction to U.S. abandoning Paris accord

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:23:32 -0700

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord — which kept a campaign promise — drew quick rebukes from prominent Washington state Democrats, as well as some Republicans and business leaders.

Microsoft reboots Skype with new features aimed at Facebook, Snapchat

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

In addition to cosmetic changes and new features, Microsoft modernized Skype’s underlying infrastructure to improve its reliability.