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Microsoft redesigns Bing Image Search to be more touch friendly, adapt based on your query and device

Microsoft today announced a significant update to Bing Image Search. The company says the new user experience adapts based on your query and screen resolution, is touch friendly as well as “extensible enough to support the direction we’re heading in.” As Bing has gained new search suggestions and alternate content, and as users increasingly access the service from a wider array of devices (with and without touch), the old experience just couldn’t cut it. Microsoft admits it “struggled to cleanly support new content, different resolutions and input methods.” With the new design, the results page expands to the full width…

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Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 More Employees

Microsoft Way street sign As expected, Microsoft hit go on a number of layoffs today, letting 2,100 people go, including 747 people in the Seattle-Redmond area, where the company is headquartered. The firings come as a second wave of the layoffs that were previously announced. Out of 18,000 expected cuts, 13,000 were pulled off nearly immediately. Today’s 2,100 brings the total number to just over 15,000,… Read More

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Microsoft reduces Windows Dev Center fee from annual to one-time, details Benefits program for developers

Microsoft today announced the lifetime Dev Center account and a new Dev Center Benefits program. In short, the company is reducing its Dev Center fee from annual to a one-time lifelong registration, and detailing several new features for its Windows an…

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Microsoft gets Minecraft, but will it get the fans?

The buzz around the sale has caused players to become uneasy; Microsoft claims it will do everything to retain the loyalty of Minecraft devotees It was announced yesterday that Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the company that created Minecraft, in a US$2.5 billion deal. Though both parties seem content with the purchase, the decision comes with

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Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%

 Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend.
Leaving the board are Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon. Marquardt is best known for his work in venture capital, and Dublon for her work at JPMor…

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Microsoft launches OneNote for Android Wear and Share extension for iOS 8, updates Office Lens for Windows Phone

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Microsoft today made three major OneNote announcements. The company launched OneNote for Android Wear and a Share extension for iOS 8, as well as updated Office Lens for Windows Phone. Android Wear The Android Wear news is arguably the biggest, as it is the debut of the first OneNote smartwatch app. If you own an Android smartwatch, you can now capture notes by simply saying “OK Google, take a note.” To get started, you just have to download the free OneNote for Android Wear app from Google Play. Then just start dictating notes to your wrist. In addition to a…

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Microsoft Builds A Mobile Keyboard For iOS, Android And Windows

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 8.27.07 AM Microsoft has built a universal hardware keyboard for the three operating systems that have large global market share: iOS, Android, and Windows. The new piece of metal, called the ‘Universal Mobile Keyboard,’ will be available in October. The device marks the continuance of the company’s cross-platform efforts, but in something of a new way: The keyboard is hardware, made… Read More

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Microsoft unveils Universal Mobile Keyboard for Android, iOS, and Windows, coming in October 2014 for $79.95

Microsoft today added four new accessories to its lineup, all set to arrive before the holiday season this year. The biggest addition is arguably the wired Xbox One controller for Windows, but the company also revealed a universal keyboard and two new mice. Microsoft’s pitch for this new keyboard is simple: it works with your tablet as well as your smartphone. The Universal Mobile Keyboard is compatible with Android and iOS devices, as well as Windows tablets (but not Windows Phone smartphones). The keyboard’s feature list is as follows: Designed for iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets: The OS…

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