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Bill Gates steps down from the Microsoft board of directors

Bill Gates steps down from the Microsoft board of directors

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45 years after he started his company, Bill Gates is stepping down from the boards of Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway. While he’s not had a day-to-day role within the company since 2008, he’s now stepping away more fully to focus on his charitable endeavors. Gates announced his decision in a LinkedIn post, saying he wants…
Microsoft shifts Build conference online amid coronavirus spread

Microsoft shifts Build conference online amid coronavirus spread

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The dangerous coronavirus has caused another event to move to an online-only format. After Google and Facebook canceling their in-person developer events, Microsoft said last night that it’s moving the Build conference to a virtual platform. The conference was scheduled to take place in Seattle between May 19 and May 21. [Read: Hackers are using…
Microsoft delivers emergency patch to fix wormable Windows 10 flaw

Microsoft delivers emergency patch to fix wormable Windows 10 flaw

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Microsoft on Thursday released an unscheduled fix for a critical security bug that makes it possible for attackers to remotely execute malicious code that can spread from vulnerable machine to vulnerable machine without requiring any interaction from users. The flaw, in version 3 of Microsoft's implementation of the Server Message block protocol, is present only…
Cortana’s not Alexa—skills are going away in Windows 10 version 2004

Cortana’s not Alexa—skills are going away in Windows 10 version 2004

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Enlarge / Pictured: a full set of Office 365 icons on the taskbar. Not pictured, for good reason: "Cortana, play Old Town Road."Microsoft Today, Microsoft announced a major shift in focus for its personal assistant, Cortana: she's getting out of the consumer gadget business and focusing on productivity. The new version of Cortana will debut…
Microsoft, Sony, EA and others drop out of GDC over coronavirus concerns

Microsoft, Sony, EA and others drop out of GDC over coronavirus...

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Sony had been expected to unveil details on its upcoming PlayStation 5 during GDC. James Martin/CNET Following the cancellations of both Mobile World Congress 2020 and Facebook's F8 developers conference because of concerns about the coronavirus, the future of Game Developers Conference 2020 is in doubt. Studios are dropping out in droves, with the latest announcements coming from…
Microsoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iOS and Android

Microsoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iOS and Android

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The homescreen in Microsoft Office for iOS. Samuel Axon Pressing the add button brings up three options: Notes, Lens, and Documents. Samuel Axon Selecting documents lets you pick from these options for Excel, Word, and PowerPoint documents. Samuel Axon The other major feature at the top level in this app is Actions, which gives you…
Microsoft brings combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint app to iOS

Microsoft brings combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint app to iOS

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It was just a couple of days ago that Microsoft publicly introduced its super-handy combined Office app to the Google Play Store. The app packs Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF tools, and a variety of features into a single app instead of forcing you to download a separate one for each utility. At the time, we wondered…
Microsoft just combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single handy Android app

Microsoft just combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single handy...

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Most of us have more apps than we need on our phones, so I’ve always been a little annoyed that reading Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents requires separate apps – even if I’ll only ever use some of them sparingly. Fret no more: today Microsoft publicly released the first unified Office app for Android.…
Amazon wins court injunction on controversial JEDI contract

Amazon wins court injunction on controversial JEDI contract

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Cloud-computing and retail behemoth Amazon won a legal victory today against rival Microsoft, as a federal judge agreed to order a hold on a massive federal contract Microsoft was awarded late last year. Amazon late last year filed suit against the Trump administration over the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud-computing contract. Amazon last month…
Microsoft now sees Amazon and Google as its main gaming threats

Microsoft now sees Amazon and Google as its main gaming threats

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The coming launch of Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X later this year (along with the continued success of the Nintendo Switch) point to a pretty familiar battle brewing in the ever-cyclical console wars. But Microsoft President of Gaming Phil Spencer said in a recent interview with tech site Protocol that the gaming giant…

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