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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

Microsoft's latest stab at Apple: Macs are no good for weddings

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to discuss the fact that Apple has no feelings.

Anyone with a heart knows that if you're going to plan a wedding, you have to be able to poke and stroke your laptop screen. Otherwise, it's bad karma.

That is my initial reading of Microsoft's latest ad aimed at belittling Apple.

There have been a few lately. Everything from telling you you'll fail at college if you use an iPad to sending a decaying apple to iPhone users.

Here we have a lovely, soon-to-be-lovelier woman planning her wedding.

"… Read more

Windows 8.1 update said to arrive when XP ends

April 8 is the day support for XP ends. Though it may be cold comfort for XP users, it may also be the day that Microsoft updates Windows 8.1.

Early April is shaping up to be a watershed of sorts for Windows users. At the same time that support for Windows XP is ending, the Windows 8.1 update is arriving to the general public, according to Neowin, citing a tweet from Supersite for Windows.

That date was also suggested earlier this month.

And April 8 is also the day for Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday," when it … Read more

Get 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage for free

I can't pass up an opportunity to make fun of Microsoft, so let's dive right in.

Bing Rewards: Microsoft's blatant way of bribing users to use Bing instead of Google.

OneDrive: Microsoft's admittedly decent cloud-storage service that used to be known as SkyDrive -- until a lawsuit forced Microsoft to change the name six years after it launched. (Face-palm.)

The standard OneDrive freebie account comes with 7GB of space, but for a limited time, you can get 100GB of OneDrive storage for one year when you "spend" 100 Bing Rewards points.

The idea, of … Read more

Windows Phone to be fastest growing mobile OS, says IDC

Windows Phone could be the only major mobile OS to see a gain in market share in the next few years.

Released Wednesday, IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker forecasts a rise in Windows Phone's global market share from 3.9 percent this year to 7 percent in 2018. That may not seem like a huge leap, but such growth will outshine the market share declines predicted for the other major mobile platforms.

Although it will still dominate the smartphone landscape, Android will see its global market share drop from 78.9 percent this year to 76 percent … Read more