Microsoft introduces Surface 3: The thinnest and lightest Surface yet


REDMOND, Wash. — March 31, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. is introducing a new Surface, the Surface 3. Like Surface Pro 3, it’s a tablet that can replace your laptop but is thinner, lighter and even more affordable. Powerful and efficient, Surface 3 is optimized to run full Windows and Office and features long battery life. The ability to run Windows apps and the versatile pen experience1 — great for taking notes or marking documents — make Surface 3 ideal for students, schools and anyone looking Read more [...]

Polycom and Microsoft expand relationship through new series of video collaboration solutions for Skype for Business


SAN JOSE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. – March 18, 2015 – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) and Microsoft Corp. announced today an expanded relationship through which Polycom plans to deliver a new series of video collaboration solutions purpose-built for Skype for Business called Polycom® RoundTable®. The first device in this new offering is the Polycom® RoundTable® 100, an affordable and easy-to-use video solution for huddle rooms that will allow small to midsized businesses (SMB) and teams with Read more [...]

Fuji Xerox and Microsoft announce patent agreement


TOKYO and REDMOND, Wash. — March 19, 2015 — Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC announced on Thursday a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. Building on a 2007 cross-licensing agreement, today’s agreement ensures that Microsoft and Fuji Xerox continue to benefit from access to each other’s substantial and valuable patent portfolios and accelerate research and development. “Today’s agreement demonstrates the power of patent licensing to stimulate engagement and Read more [...]

Microsoft to require suppliers to provide paid leave to workers


The software giant said that paid leave is an important benefit for workersSuppliers that do business with Microsoft in the US will have to provide employees handling the company’s work with at least 15 days of paid leave each year, Microsoft announced on Thursday.“We believe paid time off is an important benefit for workers in our economy,” Brad Smith, general counsel and executive president of legal and corporate affairs at Microsoft, wrote in a blogpost announcing the new initiative. Related: Read more [...]

Microsoft has a new secret weapon in its war on Google: ‘Dogfooding’


The cliche “eat your own dogfood” has become so baked into Silicon Valley’s culture that there’s a one-word term for it: “dogfooding.” Simply put, it means using the tech you make and/or sell. And that’s Microsoft’s latest plan to get the world using Office 365, its online version of Microsoft Office and its competitor to Google Apps. On Wednesday, Microsoft rolled out a new plan that encourages its massive network of resellers to move their own businesses Read more [...]

Microsoft and Samsung Electronics expand partnership to bring Microsoft services to more customers on more devices


REDMOND, Wash. — March 23, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have expanded their global partnership to bring Microsoft mobile productivity services to more consumers and business customers. Samsung is planning to pre-install Microsoft services and apps on its portfolio of Android devices and will deliver secured mobile productivity for businesses through a new Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business Pack. Microsoft is committed to reinventing productivity in a mobile-first, Read more [...]

Microsoft introduces Lumia 430: The most affordable Lumia smartphone


REDMOND, Wash. — March 19, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Thursday unlocked the promise of smartphone ownership for many more people with the introduction of Lumia 430 Dual SIM, the latest addition to its affordable range of Lumia smartphones. Built with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 software, a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor featuring a dual-core CPU running at 1.2GHz, and with Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive pre-loaded, the Lumia 430 Dual SIM was designed to help people achieve more at work, Read more [...]