July 17, 2014 A large layoff is under way at Microsoft, as the technology company says it will cut 13,000 jobs in the next six months. All but 500 of those layoffs are related to the Nokia phone division.
Satya Nadella, Microsoft's next CEO.
February 4, 2014 Satya Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. Most recently, he led the company's "cloud and enterprise" group. Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, will no longer be the company's chairman. He's going to be a "technology adviser" to Nadella.
An employee stands at the Microsoft booth during the 2013 Computex in Taipei on June 4, 2013.
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February 3, 2014 Google, Yahoo and others said they received thousands of secret-court-approved government requests for their users' content. The companies said only a small percentage of their users were affected by the requests.
Satya Nadella, who's reportedly in line to be Microsoft's next CEO.
January 31, 2014 CEO Steve Ballmer announced last summer that he would be retiring. The search for a successor may be coming to an end. News outlets report that one of Microsoft's executive vice presidents is in line to take over. There's also word that co-founder Bill Gates may be replaced as chairman of the company's board.
A man walks past a Microsoft billboard featuring Windows XP in November 2001 in Beijing.
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January 24, 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in April. But the company faces a challenge as it herds its users away from the 12-year-old operating system: With so many computing options on the market, customers leaving XP behind might end up turning their backs to Microsoft, too.
Those are the hands of David Bradley, an original member of the IBM PC team and the inventor of the control-alt-delete function, hitting the right keys.
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September 27, 2013 Microsoft's co-founder wishes Windows PCs had been given one start-up key instead of the famous three-key combination. But fans are both nostalgic about what was required and say it helped protect their PCs from some problems.
That's a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone snapping an image of a Windows icon.
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September 3, 2013 Microsoft is spending $7.2 billion for Nokia's mobile phones business. The thinking, analysts say, is that to succeed in other areas — tablets and PCs — Microsoft needs to build its Windows Phone business.
Nokia was the only large phone manufacturer in the world to commit to selling phones running Microsoft's operating system. Now Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business.
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September 3, 2013 Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business and licensing key patents for $7.2 billion. Microsoft is aiming to boost its share of the smartphone market, which is dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iPhone. The deal may also provide a hint of who will take over when Microsoft's CEO leaves.
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer oversaw a system called "stack ranking," which employees have called toxic.
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August 28, 2013 The corporate culture at Microsoft seems to go against the tech industry's trend toward more empowered employees. The focus on the software giant's inner workings comes as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer prepares to depart.
Microsoft's next chief will face a host of challenges, including doing more to encourage innovation.
August 23, 2013 As speculation begins about who will replace Steve Ballmer as CEO, NPR's Steve Henn has some advice for his successor: Take bigger risks — and more of them. Do more to encourage innovation and don't forget the PC just yet.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the Microsoft "Build" conference in San Francisco in June.
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August 23, 2013 Steve Ballmer became the company's CEO in January 2000. In recent years, Microsoft has come under increasing criticism for not keeping up with the shift to mobile phones.
Don Mattrick, president of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, greets the crowd at the Xbox One reveal event in Redmond, Wash., last month.
June 19, 2013 Microsoft has changed policies regarding Internet connection and used game capabilities for its upcoming Xbox One gaming console. The company says it is responding to feedback from consumers.
Buttons with the Microsoft logo are seen at a Comp USA store in 2007.
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June 6, 2013 The illicit computer program reportedly infected five million computers worldwide, stealing bank account credentials. Dozens of banking institutions were hit by the enterprise.
Since it was first filed in August of 2004, Ubuntu's Bug #1 attracted many comments. With comment number 1834, Mark Shuttleworth declared the issue fixed today.
May 30, 2013 In the more than eight years since it was written, the open-source operating system Ubuntu's "Bug #1" was seen as a rallying call: "Microsoft has a majority market share." But the entry was officially closed Thursday, as Ubuntu leader Mark Shuttleworth said things had changed since 2004.
An Xbox 360 video presentation at the E3 Media and Business Summit in Los Angeles in 2008. Microsoft is scheduled to introduce its newest Xbox on Tuesday.
May 20, 2013 Microsoft has had few blockbuster successes in recent years. On Tuesday, when the tech giant is scheduled to introduce its new Xbox, it will be targeting more than just hard-core gamers. Analysts say Microsoft will also be aiming to make its console the center of entertainment in your living room.
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