Consumer Reports no longer recommends these Microsoft devices

Consumer Reports is sort of like a purchaser’s Bible – if it says a product is good, you can generally trust that it is. According to the Seattle Times, four of Microsoft’s laptops and tablets have had their Consumer Reports recommendation withdrawn. Not an ideal situation for Microsoft – especially right before the back to school season. Consumer Reports allegedly withdrew the recommendations after a survey showed that these devices caused problems for their owners after a mere two years of ownership. Two versions each of the Surface Laptop and Surface Book were officially blacklisted for “poor predicted reliability in

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Microsoft set to lay off thousands of employees

Microsoft will lay off thousands of employees across the globe as part of its plan to change the company’s sales organization. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft will merge parts of its enterprise customer business with its small-and-medium-enterprise business unit. According to a comment Microsoft made to GeekWire, “Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners.” The goal is to focus more on the growing cloud computing business side of things, including Microsoft’s rapidly expanding Azure business. As of the fiscal quarter that ended in March, Azure’s run rate reached $15.2 billion. In the same time period, its intelligent

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Microsoft vs Slack in the battle of workplace communication apps

Slack has been making a splash as a workplace collaboration tool, taking advantage of a new and interesting business communications market. But according to the Seattle Times, software giant Microsoft has decided to give the new start-up a run for its money by unveiling its workplace-messaging software, Microsoft Teams. Like Slack, Microsoft Teams allows users to set up chat rooms with individuals and groups, make expandable threads, and share files. If your business or school uses Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity suite, you should already be able to access the new application with no extra charge. Microsoft Teams has been two

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Office 365 struggled in 2016

Microsoft’s Office 365 for consumers has been around for four years now and has sold 25 million subscriptions. However, according to ComputerWorld, the rate of new subscribers plunged down 62 percent from 2015. In each of the final three quarters of 2016, Office 365 subscriptions grew by approximately 900,000 subscribers, which is its smallest period of growth since early 2014. Subscriptions reached an all time high in the first quarter of 2015, with 3.2 million additions. Microsoft has never set public goals for its subscription numbers, but have spoken in the past about transferring its software business from a one-time

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Dear Apple customers: Microsoft really wants your business!

Apple versus Microsoft – it’s a question that divides a lot of people. According to an article from CNET, Microsoft wants to make switching sides an appealing option for those on team Apple. It’s making an offer of up to $650 for anyone in the United States willing to switch their MacBook Pro or MacBook Air for a Surface Book or Surface Pro. Users interested must make the trade-in at a Microsoft Store or on Microsoft.com, according to Brian Hall, corporate VP of marketing for Microsoft devices. One reason Hall believes users will switch teams is because the updated MacBooks

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Windows 10 in Exchange For a New Computer?

Windows 10’s free upgrade period ends July 29, and Microsoft really wants you to take advantage. From now until Friday, all American and Canadian Microsoft retail stores are offering to install Windows 10 on compatible devices for free. And if Microsoft can’t complete the upgrade by the end of that business day, they will give you a free 15-inch Dell Inspiron notebook. Of course, some conditions apply. If your PC isn’t capable of running Windows 10, the offer isn’t valid. However, you may be eligible to receive $150 credit towards a new PC. Also, the offer specifies that your computer

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Microsoft Scoops Up LinkedIn for $26.2B

Microsoft is scooping up LinkedIn in one of the biggest tech mergers to date. The deal will cost Microsoft $26.2 billion, or $196 per share, all cash. This is Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition. LinkedIn has a prestigious history. At one point it was the best-performing social network in the stock market, until it was beat out by Facebook. It has a base of 433 million members across the globe, and last year has a revenue growth of 35 percent, reaching $3 billion. Microsoft plans on using LinkedIn’s database of professional information as a distribution program for its software systems. In

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PayPal Cutting Support for Microsoft, BlackBerry

Online payment processor PayPal has recently announced it will stop supporting Amazon Kindle, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows’ mobile apps in order to dedicate more effort to Apple iOS and Android devices. As of June 30, these platforms will no longer be affiliated with PayPal. For many, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Microsoft’s recent news that it is getting out of the mobile game gives PayPal little reason to stay, and likewise BlackBerry has been declining in popularity for years now. The only question is why PayPal would choose to abandon Amazon Kindle, which is still widely used by consumers.

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Did Microsoft Just Give Up on Smartphones?

Microsoft announced this week it intends to sell its entire feature phone business FIH Mobile – the Foxconn subsidiary – as well as Finnish company HMD Global Oy for only $350 million. Microsoft has a rocky history with the mobile phone industry. In 2013, retiring CEO Steve Ballmer purchased Nokia’s weak mobile phone business, mostly because Nokia is one of the only brands that used the Windows 10 Mobile OS. And while Nokia is great at pumping out inexpensive handsets worldwide, its products didn’t fit into Microsoft’s software-based business model. This was evident when current CEO Satya Nadella laid off

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FCC, FTC to Investigate Mobile Security Updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are launching parallel probes into the mobile industry’s security update practices. The agencies want to determine how manufacturers issue security updates for mobile devices, and how carriers review and release the patches. “As consumers and businesses turn to mobile broadband to conduct ever more of their daily activities, the safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” stated an FCC press release. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the

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