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Apple-Led Rockstar Consortium Sells off Smartphone Patents

The Rockstar Consortium has agreed to sell about 4,000 smartphone and other technology patents to RPX Clearinghouse for $900 million. Rockstar, which is made up of Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, purchased the patents from the bankrupt Nortel Networks back in 2011 for $4.5 billion. RPX announced in a press release that it plans [...]

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Microsoft Drops Nokia Name from Lumia Smartphones

The time has finally come to say goodbye to Nokia smartphones. Microsoft announced today that it is dropping the Nokia brand from Lumia devices, which will now be known as Microsoft Lumia. The technology giant acquired Nokia’s phone business back in April for $7.2 billion. That deal allowed Microsoft to continue using the Nokia name [...]

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Microsoft Unveils Preview of Windows 10

Microsoft has revealed an early preview of the next version of Windows with the goal of creating a consistent experience across multiple devices. The company isn’t bothering with sequential numbering for its operating system and is jumping straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10. This latest incarnation of the OS will work across devices, including [...]

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Microsoft Layoffs Continue with another 2,100 Employees Cut

Microsoft is laying off another 2,100 people as part of its previously announced plan to reduce its workforce by 18,000 employees. The company said that, of the 2,100 positions cut, 747 are in Microsoft’s home state of Washington, while the remainder will be spread across other locations worldwide. It’s not clear which areas of the [...]

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Steve Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

Steve Ballmer has brought his time with Microsoft to a conclusion with the announcement that he is resigning from the company’s board of directors. Ballmer previously served as CEO of Microsoft for 14 years, before stepping down in February to make way for Satya Nadella to take over the role. Though he has largely remained [...]

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Microsoft Confirms Largest Ever Job Cuts

Microsoft has confirmed the rumors of jobs cuts following its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business. CEO Satya Nadella said in an email to all employees that the software giant plans to cut its workforce by 18,000 jobs over the next year, with former Nokia employees accounting for around 12,500 of the jobs lost. Microsoft had [...]

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Microsoft Prepares for Job Cuts Following Nokia Acquisition

Microsoft is prepping what could be its biggest round of layoffs in five years. The software giant recently completed the acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit in April and Bloomberg reports that the company is looking to make cuts at Nokia and in areas of Microsoft that overlap with its newly acquired business. The layoffs are [...]

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Microsoft CEO Redefines the Company Core Focus

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has sent a letter to all employees outlining where he sees Microsoft’s core going forward. The letter, which was also posted publically on the company’s website, makes it clear that Microsoft is leaving behind the “devices and services” label which former CEO Steve Ballmer used to brand the company. “While the [...]

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Microsoft Reportedly Preparing Smartwatch

Microsoft is reportedly working on a smartwatch that will monitor a user’s heart rate and sync with smartphones, according to a report by Forbes. The report states that the device draws on Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division’s optical engineering experience to provide continuous heart rate measurement without the need to activate a specific switch. Naturally, the [...]

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CEO Satya Nadella Talks About the Future of Microsoft

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella gave his first public interview since taking over as CEO this week at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Among the topics covered were his plans for Microsoft’s future and the role of founder Bill Gates, who has been on hand to offer advice. “I run the place,” Nadella said. [...]

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