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Microsoft Announces Plans to Lay Off 18,000 Employees

Microsoft Announces Plans to Lay Off 18,000 Employees

The biggest group affected by Microsoft's July 17 layoff of 18,000 people are the 12,500 former Nokia employees who joined Microsoft as part of the Nokia handset acquisition. That leaves another 5,500 Microsoft employees, out of its current workforce of close to 130,000, who are being let go. Who are these individuals? ...

Microsoft is Closing the Original Video Content Branch of Xbox

Microsoft is Closing the Original Video Content Branch of Xbox

Microsoft will shut down the Xbox Entertainment Studios, ending an ambitious foray into original video programming. The Santa Monica studio will be shuttered as Microsoft focuses on strengthening its core videogame business. The majority of the Xbox Entertainment’s 200 employees work in southern California and Vancouver, ...

Bing, Like Google, Gives Europeans the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Bing, Like Google, Gives Europeans the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Microsoft has started accepting requests from users in Europe who want to remove search links from Bing under a recent “right-to-be-forgotten” ruling by Europe’s top court. The company has asked European residents, who want Microsoft to block search results that show on Bing in response to searches of their names, to ...

Microsoft: You Should Use Weak Passwords on Non-Essential Sites

Microsoft: You Should Use Weak Passwords on Non-Essential Sites

Users should use and reuse weak passwords for websites which don't hold valuable information, say researchers from Microsoft, overturning decades of accumulated wisdom on internet security. By not having to worry about remembering complex unique passwords for every individual website, users can focus their efforts on ...

Sony and Microsoft May Launch ‘Early Access’ Games

Sony and Microsoft May Launch ‘Early Access’ Games

While Steam's year-long experiment with selling unfinished games through its "Early Access" program has had its share of issues, it's hard to understate the impact it has had on the way PC games are developed, marketed, and sold, with games like Day Z and Rust becoming best sellers before they're even finished. This hasn't ...

Windows Phone 8.1 Update (and Cortana) is Now Rolling Out

Windows Phone 8.1 Update (and Cortana) is Now Rolling Out

Microsoft is starting to distribute Windows Phone 8.1 to existing Lumia devices this week. The Lumia Cyan update provides the full Windows Phone 8.1 software, alongside some tweaks and customizations specifically for Lumia handsets. Windows Phone 8.1 includes a personal digital assistant in the form of Cortana, a number of ...

Microsoft’s ‘Project Adam’ Significantly Ups the Bar in the AI War

Microsoft’s ‘Project Adam’ Significantly Ups the Bar in the AI War

We’re entering a new age of artificial intelligence. Drawing on the work of a clever cadre of academic researchers, the biggest names in tech—including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple—are embracing a more powerful form of AI known as “deep learning,” using it to improve everything from speech recognition ...

Microsoft’s Holiday Goal: Conquer Google’s Chromebooks

Microsoft’s Holiday Goal: Conquer Google’s Chromebooks

Microsoft is aiming straight for Google’s Chromebooks this holiday season. At the company’s partner conference today, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed that HP is planning to release a $199 laptop running Windows for the holidays. Turner didn’t provide specifications for HP’s "Stream" device, but he did detail ...

Microsoft Frees Nearly 5 Million Infected PCs in Digital Crime Bust

Microsoft Frees Nearly 5 Million Infected PCs in Digital Crime Bust

Microsoft said it has freed at least 4.7 million infected personal computers from control of cyber crooks in its most successful digital crime-busting operation, which interrupted service at an Internet-services firm last week. The world's largest software maker has also identified at least another 4.7 million infected ...

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

Will Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 replace your laptop? That’s the million dollar question. Microsoft says it absolutely can – and they’re right. The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft’s newest tablet. The device has a bigger screen than its predecessors (12”), is more powerful and comes with better accessories. All in ...