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Microsoft reports strong sales of XBox One

Microsoft said Thursday it has sold more than five million XBox One consoles since they were launched in November. The news came a day after video game competitor Sony said it had sold more than seven million PlayStation 4 consoles since mid-November. Sony's numbers refer to sales to consumers while Microsoft's involve sales to retailers.

Microsoft launches 'Cortana' smartphone assistant

Microsoft on Wednesday took on Apple's Siri and Google Now with a smartphone personal assistant dubbed "Cortana." Windows Phone vice president Joe Belfiore introduced Cortana onstage at the technology titan's annual developers conference. "Cortana is the first truly personal digital assistant who learns about me, and the things that matter to me most, and knows about the whole Internet," Belfiore said in a presentation.

Microsoft stops probing Hotmail to plug leaks

Microsoft on Friday scrapped a policy which allowed it to peek at Hotmail messages to plug leaks or investigate intellectual property theft. The change came after news broke last week that the US technology titan peered into the account of a French blogger who had gotten hold of inside information about Windows software in 2012. While the tactic seemed unsavory, it was deemed legal because Microsoft terms of service grant permission for the company to access or disclose information about a user to protect its "rights or property."

Microsoft chief crows on Twitter as iPad Office soars

Microsoft chief Satya Nadella took to Twitter to crow on Friday as Office software tailored for iPads soared to the top of the charts at Apple's online App Store. "Looks like it's a pretty productive Friday for #iPad owners!" Nadella said in a Twitter message that included a picture showing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint were the three most popular free applications at the App Store. Microsoft unveiled a version of its popular Office software suite for iPad tablets a day earlier as the company's new chief moved to expand its "Internet cloud" footprint.

Microsoft delivers Office for rival Apple's iPad

Microsoft unveiled a version of its popular Office software suite for iPad tablets Thursday as the company's new chief moved to expand its "Internet cloud" footprint. Newly anointed Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella laid out a vision of making the company the master of programs and services offered in the cloud for whatever gadgets people prefer. The US technology titan underscored that goal with the release of Office software tailored for iPads made by longtime rival Apple.

Former Microsoft employee charged with stealing, leaking trade secrets to blogger

SEATTLE - FBI agents arrested a former Microsoft employee Wednesday on charges that he stole trade secrets from the company and leaked them to a blogger. Federal prosecutors are accusing Alex A. Kibkalo of stealing trade secrets related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft's "Activation Server Software Development Kit," and giving that information to a tech blogger in France.

Microsoft hopes 'Titanfall' can boost Xbox One

Tech titan Microsoft -- which has struggled to keep pace with Sony and its PlayStation 4 -- is pinning its hopes on a new action video game, ironically named "Titanfall." The highly anticipated game for the new generation Xbox One console lands this week in a major global release, with Microsoft is betting it will keep the company in the forefront of the battle for the living room and home entertainment. "The challenge is finding the 'killer game,'" says Avi Greengart of research firm Current Analysis.

Microsoft needs to get back to innovation roots

Microsoft's new chief executive Satya Nadella says the tech giant needs to start thinking like a startup again if it wants to move ahead in the new technology landscape. "Culturally, I think we have operated as if we had the formula figured out, and it was all about optimizing, in its various constituent parts, the formula," Nadella said in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday. "We've had great successes, but our future is not about our past success. It's going to be about whether we will invent things that are really going to drive our future."

Microsoft denies Chinese-language Bing search censorship

Microsoft on Wednesday denied censoring Chinese-language search results across the globe, but the group behind the accusation stood firm. "We can emphatically confirm that they are not," Microsoft's senior director of Bing search engine Stefan Weitz said in a blog post addressing talk of political censorship. "Bing search results outside of China are not subject to and are not modified in any way based on Chinese law."

Gates to step down as chairman, take on new role at Microsoft as company names Nadella CEO

REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company's small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is also leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.
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