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Xbox One adds music videos to streaming service

Xbox Music, Microsoft's music streaming product for its game console franchise, is adding music videos to the gaming console, the company said Tuesday in a blog post.

"Once a TV staple, music videos are now primarily housed on the internet, where easy access is key," it wrote, noting that when customers play a track on their Xbox One using Xbox Music, the song will automatically play as a video if it is among the 92,000 that are being added.

Vevo, a joint venture between venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group with a strategic … Read more

Skype rolls out to Outlook.com users worldwide

Users of Outlook.com around the world can now tap into Skype without having to leave their inbox.

Skype integration with Outlook.com is now available worldwide, according to a blog posted Tuesday by Skype marketing executive Karen Tong. The expanded rollout follows a limited release for users in the US, UK, Germany, and other countries last year.

To enable Skype integration with your Outlook.com account, first download and install the necessary plugin. After the installation completes, you're prompted to open your Outlook.com account.

In Outlook.com, click the Messaging icon on the upper right corner. If … Read more

Bill Gates reclaims 'world's richest person' title with $76B

Microsoft has gotten a new CEO, bought Nokia's devices and services business, and had better-than-expected earnings the past few months -- another big change is that company chairman Bill Gates has reclaimed his title as the world's richest person.

Forbes released its annual rankings for the world's richest people on Monday showing that Gates overtook telecom mogul Carlos Slim for the first time in four years. Gates' current net worth is $76 billion, up from $67 billion last year, while Slim's fortune fell from $73 billion to $72 billion. The Microsoft chairman has held the No. … Read more

Microsoft confirms Bates, Reller to exit company

In the most extensive management shift at Microsoft since Satya Nadella took the helm -- though likely not the last -- vice presidents Tony Bates and Tami Reller will be leaving the company.

The new CEO confirmed the departures on Monday in an e-mail to Microsoft employees. "We need to drive clarity, alignment and intensity across all our work. With that as a backdrop, I want to share a set of changes to the leadership team," he wrote.

Word of the executive shuffle first leaked Sunday in a story posted by Kara Swisher at Recode.

Bates, who was … Read more

Microsoft intends to bring Xbox Live to iOS, Android games

Microsoft's Xbox Live hub is one of the most robust, well-developed social gaming spheres out there, and it's about to go more mobile in a big way.

The company is looking into bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android games, rounding out the cross-functionality of the service and extending it from Xbox consoles, Windows phones, and machines all the way to iPhones and Android handsets, according to a report from The Verge Monday.

The news was originally hinted at in a recent Microsoft job listing that read, "We will create a modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, … Read more

Microsoft to bring social, machine learning tech to Office 365

Microsoft is about to make some big changes as to how Office 365 looks and works.

At the company's SharePoint 2014 conference, which kicks off on March 3, executives will preview some of these coming changes -- specifically ones involving social and machine-learning technologies that Microsoft is baking into its cloud suite of Office apps. Once these technologies begin rolling out later this year, the lines between Exchange, SharePoint, and Yammer will be blurred, and social collaboration will become more of a centerpiece of the more tightly integrated suite.

Microsoft has built what it's calling the "Office Graph,"Read more

Windows XP won't die without a fight

Microsoft continues to urge people to dump Windows XP as it preps to end support for the operating system next month, but the 13-year-old OS refuses to go away quietly.

XP's cut among desktop operating systems actually rose slightly the past two months, according to the latest Web traffic numbers from market tracker Net Applications. In February, XP's share inched up to 29.5 percent from 29.3 percent in January and 28.9 percent in December.

Of course, those are minor increases, a possible blip in XP's long-term decline. Just two years ago, XP was still … Read more

Google, Samsung diss MicroNokia in China -- report

Google and Samsung have taken to the China Ministry of Commerce to express concern over Microsoft's impending $7.5 billion acquisition of Nokia, a new report claims.

The companies went before the Ministry of Commerce recently to say that the acquisition could give Microsoft too much control over the patent market by taking on Nokia, which has a massive patent portfolio, and thus could put competitors in a troubling competitive position, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the talks.

Microsoft isn't technically taking on all of the Nokia's mobile patents in the … Read more

Microsoft to lose execs Bates and Reller, report says

The executive lineup at Microsoft could see more high-level changes this week.

Vice presidents Tony Bates and Tami Reller will be leaving the company, with an announcement of the departures coming in the next few days, according to a story posted Sunday by Kara Swisher at Recode, citing "numerous sources close to the situation."

No word was given on where Bates or Reller might be headed.

Bates has been serving as Microsoft's chief of business development and evangelism, while Reller has been the software maker's head of marketing. The Recode report said that Bates' duties will … Read more

For Oscars ads, Samsung is at one with Microsoft notion

Once upon a time in 2013, I saw that Microsoft was committed to being "One Microsoft."

There had, apparently, been several. But now everyone has buried the hatchets and done their kumbayas.

I fear that Samsung might have thought this was such a good idea that it seeped subliminally into its collective brain.

Ad Age tells me that Samsung's new campaign -- launching during the Oscars this evening -- is called "One Samsung."

Can it be that there is only one infinite way to tell everyone that your company is one, not two or four?… Read more