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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, 22 Nov 2017 18:21:49 -0800


Proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules alarms Washington’s congressional Democrats

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:03:42 -0800

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposes ending rules requiring internet service providers grant users equal access to online content.

Amazon says it has grabbed Symantec cloud business in duel with Microsoft

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:09 -0800

Amazon Web Services says the security firm has chosen its cloud-computing services to run "the vast majority" of its cloud workloads, an announcement that comes little more than a month after Microsoft's Azure touted its own slice of Symantec's cloud business.

Bill Gates just gave us 50 million ways to re-think the human brain

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist donated $50 million this week to fight Alzheimer’s. Together with company co-founder Paul Allen, the two remind us how devastating a hobbled brain is to anyone touched by the disease.

Microsoft has more women in workforce than last year, thanks mainly to LinkedIn

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0800

The Redmond company made slight progress in its efforts to increase racial and gender diversity within its workforce in 2017, boosted in part by its acquisition last December of LinkedIn.

Microsoft makes education version of ‘Minecraft’ tougher to keep up with students’ skill levels

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Microsoft now has 2 million licensed users across 115 countries playing the education version of “Minecraft.” But it had to develop a tougher version of the tutorial game because students were too skilled.

Climate negotiators look to leaders to boost talks

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:18:33 -0800

BONN, Germany (AP) — Diplomats began wrapping up negotiations on advancing the Paris climate accord Tuesday at a global conference in Germany, setting the stage for political leaders to fly in and provide a final shot of momentum. The talks now in their second week are largely technical in nature. But the Trump administration’s threat […]

Stack ranking system for employees penalizes women, suit alleges

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0800

A recent lawsuit against Uber says its stack ranking system for performance reviews unfairly and disproportionately hurts women. Microsoft and Goldman Sachs have faced similar legal challenges.

Microsoft’s LinkedIn faces setback in China as it runs afoul of new rules

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:13:48 -0800

LinkedIn is a rare foreign internet company in a country that blocks Facebook, YouTube, Google and other online mainstays in the rest of the world. It persists in China by closely adhering to local rules, but those rules are being ratcheted up.

LinkedIn brings resume help to Microsoft Word

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:36:34 -0800

A new Office 365 feature, called Resume Assistant, will give suggestions and allow users to see data from LinkedIn as they revise or create new resumes.

Xbox One X positions Microsoft to appeal to serious gamers

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:19:14 -0800

Microsoft's Xbox One X debuts Tuesday, with a $499 price tag and a promise of more power than ever before.

Microsoft joins Princeton in suit against U.S. to stop termination of DACA

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:25:26 -0700

Microsoft and Princeton filed a lawsuit against the federal government, saying ending the DACA program is unconstitutional and would hurt schools and businesses.

Microsoft doubles down on digital innovation in Vancouver, B.C.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:34:27 -0700

Microsoft plans to expand its Vancouver, B.C., office, partner with the British Columbia Institute of Technology to create mixed reality courses, and bring its TEALS program to Vancouver.

Court decides in favor of Microsoft in ‘hostess bar’ expense case

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:41:46 -0700

A King County Superior Court judge ruled against two former Microsoft managers who said they were inappropriately fired from the company after they questioned another employee’s expense reports.

Microsoft exec Julie Larson-Green leaving company after 25 years

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:20:37 -0700

Larson-Green was an instrumental figure within Microsoft for decades, serving recently as the chief experience officer of the Office team.

Despite tech giants’ colossal power, regulators keep their hands off

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 17:05:00 -0700

Commentary: A handful of technology giants — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon — control the technological platforms that will dominate life for the foreseeable future. But they are spared from regulation and much government scrutiny of any kind.

Former Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire still a force in politics — this time, behind the scenes

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Five years out of office, former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire remains influential. She’s aiding a longtime friend's bid for Seattle mayor, her son-in-law's run for city attorney, and is CEO of an initiative by Amazon, Microsoft and other corporate leaders to shape the region’s future.

Jeff Bezos zips past Bill Gates to become world’s richest person as Amazon stock surges

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:34:17 -0700

Shares of Amazon and Microsoft soared toward record highs on Friday, bolstered by strong financial results that had Wall Street analysts scrambling to revise their already sunny forecasts for the technology giants. The stock surge pushed Jeff Bezos’ wealth past Bill Gates’.

Microsoft beats forecasts as cloud boosts quarterly results

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:38:55 -0700

Revenue from Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing service, grew 90 percent during the fiscal first quarter. Total revenue climbed 12 percent as profit rose 16 percent.

End of an era: Microsoft stops making motion-tracking Kinect device

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:32:13 -0700

Although the device captivated casual gamers when it was first released in 2010, the technology never caught on quite enough with game developers, and Microsoft slowly began to move away from the Kinect.

Tech giants are paying huge salaries for scarce artificial intelligence talent

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:28:24 -0700

Typical AI specialists can be paid from $300,000 to $500,000 a year or more in salary and company stock. That’s because there are fewer than 10,000 people in the world who have the skills necessary to tackle serious artificial intelligence research.