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

Last Build Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:18:24 -0800


Microsoft cheers year of ‘solid progress’ at shareholders meeting

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:55:02 -0800

With Microsoft shares near a record high, executives touted success in selling next-generation software tools at the company’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday.

Canadian company buys majority stake in Trilogy International

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:06:09 -0800

The Bellevue-based Trilogy counts wireless vet and new Seattle Mariners CEO John Stanton among its founders.

Microsoft agrees to more transparency on taxes in Australia

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:23:57 -0800

The Australian government is one of the most aggressive in highlighting the issue of multinational corporations avoiding taxes through extensive use of tax havens.

Bill Gates and a Swiss fragrance company battle the stink of poop

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:17:34 -0800

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is teaming up with a Swiss fragrance company to make a perfume that masks the smell of poop.

College’s computer-science diversity a lesson for tech firms

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:25:34 -0800

As a former member of the Microsoft board, Maria Klawe knows the deep challenge tech companies face in diversifying their workforce. As president of Harvey Mudd College, she’s helped the science and engineering school attract an enrollment that’s majority women.

Women’s share of Microsoft jobs drops again

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0800

The latest data on the diversity of the Redmond software giant’s workforce, released Thursday, showed a second consecutive annual drop in the proportion of women employed by the company.

Russian regulator moves to shut LinkedIn after court ruling

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:23:02 -0800

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s state telecommunications regulator has moved to block business-focused social network LinkedIn after a court ruled it violated a law on data storage. Roskomnadzor said Thursday it has sent a notice to communications providers requesting them to block access to LinkedIn. Last week, the Moscow city court rejected LinkedIn’s appeal against a […]

Microsoft offers concessions in EU review of LinkedIn bid

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:34:02 -0800

The concessions may allow the deal to win early-stage approval.

Microsoft, Amazon buildings sell in $300 million deal

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:37:45 -0800

Taken together, the transaction marked the third-biggest real estate deal of the year in King County.

Congress urged to bar US acquisitions by China state firms

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:29:07 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Chinese investment in the United States keeps setting records, congressional advisers suggest changing U.S. law so Chinese state-owned companies can be barred from buying or gaining control of American businesses. The concern is that such enterprises could use technology, intelligence and market power “in the service of the Chinese state,” the […]

Microsoft joins Linux Foundation in another nod to open-source code

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:23:06 -0800

The move is the latest sign that the software giant is embracing open-source technologies it formerly treated with hostility.

Microsoft, Elon Musk’s AI group strike partnership, cloud deal

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:53:04 -0800

The two will collaborate on ways to advance artificial intelligence research and its use.

Paul Allen’s Living Computers: Museum + Lab rebooted to add new, emerging technologies

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:32:02 -0800

The Living Computer Museum, built around Paul Allen’s collection of historic computers, has expanded with hands-on exhibits on virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, and computer-generated art and music, all intended to appeal to a younger and less geeky audience.

Amazon to drop dreaded stack-ranking performance reviews

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:11:14 -0800

The Seattle company has vowed to make evaluations simpler and more focused on staffers’ achievements, rather than how they look compared to their peers.

Russia set to block LinkedIn after court ruling

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:18:16 -0800

A Russian court ruled that LinkedIn, soon to be bought by Microsoft, breached the country’s data protection rules, a sign of growing tensions for U.S. tech companies operating in the country.

What tech leaders said about Trump’s victory

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:44:37 -0800

Their comments in the wake of the election range from broad congratulations to commitments to diversity to blunt talk.

For some, the Zune is not gone and definitely not forgotten

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:53:26 -0800

The Microsoft music player, launched 10 years ago this week, may have been ill-fated, but it remains more than a memory for a dedicated group of fans on Reddit.

Russia to block LinkedIn after court ruling on user data

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:35:12 -0800

MOSCOW (AP) — Business-focused social network LinkedIn faces being blocked in Russia after a court ruled it broke a law on data storage. The Moscow city court rejected LinkedIn’s appeal against a ruling that it had broken a law that requires personal data on Russian citizens to be stored on servers within Russia, court spokeswoman […]

Trump impact: Microsoft’s global reach may narrow

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:53:08 -0800

The company faces a mixed bag of possibilities. More restrictions on immigration, for instance, could adversely affect a key element of the company’s workforce. The tilt of possible tax policies, on the other hand, could be to its benefit.

A $2 trillion stash stranded overseas gets closer to coming home

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:55:31 -0800

There is a growing political consensus that the time has come for change in the tax rules to encourage repatriation of the vast troves of corporate earnings held outside the country.