Microsoft sets $399 price for Minecraft-playing virtual reality set

Microsoft still hopes it can put the “reality” into virtual reality sales. The Redmond, Wash-based tech giant announced Monday that its holiday season foray into what it calls mixed reality will be marked by $399 headset/controller bundles from partners such as HP, Lenovo, Dell and Acer, along with a selection of games and other VR experiences. That pricing is roughly […]

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Microsoft’s new Outlook.com design includes better search and more GIFs

Microsoft is starting to roll out a new Outlook.com beta today. It’s an opt-in web-only beta that is activated through a “try the beta” toggle on Outlook.com, and it should be available to all users within the next few weeks. This is the third design iteration of Outlook.com since it first launched in 2012. Microsoft is updating the Outlook.com design with some subtle changes, including an improved conversation view, and […]

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Microsoft Funds Faster Internet for U.S. Heartland to Bridge Gap

For years, Microsoft Corp. focused its efforts to expand high-speed internet access on developing markets around the world. Now, the company is waking up to the problem in its own backyard, after the 2016 presidential election shed light on how far rural parts of America had fallen behind cities in reliable, fast connectivity — and the challenges that gap poses for residents. […]

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Microsoft is building a smart antivirus using 400 million PCs

Microsoft is turning to artificial intelligence to create the next generation of antivirus software. The company is under massive pressure to deliver a cybersecurity solution that will work for millions of computers, as hackers ramp up attacks and raise the stakes. In recent weeks, for example, the WannaCry ransomware devastated more than 200,000 computers worldwide, many of which were running outdated […]

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CEO Satya Nadella Seeks to Change Microsoft’s Image

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella is pushing the company to shed its not-invented-here approach and learn where it can improve. “We want to push to be more of a learn-it-all culture than a know-it-all culture,” Mr. Nadella said Monday during an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive 2016 global technology conference. One of Microsoft’s challenges has been its […]

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Microsoft Joins With Adobe to Compete With Amazon in Cloud

Microsoft Corp. is joining with Adobe Systems Inc. to offer cloud-based products to their large mutual customer base, helping the software giant to better compete with leading cloud contender Amazon.com Inc. Adobe will make Microsoft’s Azure platform the preferred vehicle for offering Adobe’s business-software tools for marketing and creative services, the companies said in a statement. At the same time, […]

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Microsoft, GE team up on industrial cloud

Microsoft and GE are joining forces for new cloud technologies that will bring improved use of big data to production. GE will bring its Predix industrial data-gathering operating system to Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, the two companies announced Monday at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. The deal is the first in a planned strategic partnership between GE and Microsoft. “Every industry […]

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Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics

Microsoft has a birthday present for Windows 10 users: more capabilities for its Cortana digital assistant and new ways to ditch passwords. The company is also changing the notices it sends to users of previous versions, following complaints that it was too aggressive in pushing them to get the free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft’s “Anniversary Update,” scheduled for release Aug. […]

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Microsoft ending Xbox 360 production

It’s not going anywhere, though Microsoft has stopped manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles, the company announced today. “Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us.” Spencer added that Microsoft “will […]

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