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Report: Microsoft Layoffs To Enter Second Phase This Week

The second round of Microsoft's planned 18,000 job cuts -- the largest layoffs in the company's history -- will reportedly take place on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Lync Security Patch the Latest To Be Pulled by Microsoft

Microsoft on Tuesday quietly pulled a Lync security update that was released just last week as part of its September "Patch Tuesday" rollout.

Microsoft To Unveil Windows 9 'Technical Preview' This Month

Microsoft will give an early look at its next Windows desktop operating system in an event on Sept. 30, according to invitations sent by the company to members of the press on Monday.

Dynamics CRM 2015 Coming in Fourth Quarter

Microsoft will release the next major update to Dynamics CRM, previously code-named "Vega," sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft Rolls Out Azure Management Improvements

Microsoft announced a number of improvements for Azure last week, including alerts and role-based controls.

Microsoft Azure AD Sync Tool Hits General Availability

Microsoft on Monday launched its Azure Active Directory Sync Services tool, nearly two months after releasing it as a second preview.

Microsoft Boosts OneDrive with 10GB File Uploads, Folder Link Sharing

Microsoft on Thursday announced a number of improvements to its OneDrive cloud storage service, including a higher file upload limit, an easier way to share links to OneDrive folders and support for folder drag-and-drop operations using the Google Chrome browser.

Report: Microsoft Dumping 'Windows Phone' and 'Nokia' Branding

Microsoft plans to discontinue the use of "Windows Phone" and "Nokia" branding on its mobile devices by the end of this year, according to a media report on Wednesday.

New Microsoft Azure SQL Database Tiers Hit General Availability

After nearly four months in preview, the new service tiers for Microsoft's relational Database as a Service offering became live on Wednesday.

Microsoft Rolls Out 'Delve' for Office 365 in Limited Release

Delve, formerly code-named "Oslo," became available to select Office 365 subscribers on Monday.

Microsoft Adds App Sharing Feature to Office 365 ProPlus

Microsoft recently added a "shared computer activation" feature for Office 365 business subscribers, making it possible to share a computer or a virtual machine with Office 365 solutions among multiple users.

Microsoft Launches New Flagship Windows Phone, Readies 'Denim' Update

Microsoft took the wraps off three new Windows Phone Lumia devices on Thursday at the IFA technology conference in Berlin.

Microsoft Exec Talks Azure Pricing, Cloud Economics

Microsoft is committed to keeping pace with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the cloud price wars, reiterated Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Group at Microsoft.

Microsoft Extends MPSA To Include Software Assurance

Microsoft's Product and Services Agreement (MPSA), the company's new licensing plan for organizations with over 250 users or devices, now includes Software Assurance (SA).

New Azure SQL Database Service Tiers Coming September

Microsoft is planning to roll out its new service tiers for Azure SQL Database sometime next month with a new pricing plan, the company said on Wednesday.

With Azure ML, Microsoft Lowers the Barriers to Predictive Analytics

The cloud-based service would let partners deploy complex machine-learning models for their customers in a matter of hours, instead of months.

Microsoft May Implement New Update Schedule with Windows 9

The next version of Windows may feature a more regular update release cycle similar to Office 365, according to a new report.

Faster Windows Cycle Brings Subtle Changes to Microsoft Support Policies

The traditional Windows release cycle of once every three years -- with a service pack or two thrown in -- became mostly old news last year, when Microsoft switched to annual product releases.

Microsoft Launches Azure Search Preview, Other Improvements

Microsoft last week rolled out preview releases of Azure DocumentDB and Azure Search, as well as announced the general availability of Azure HDInsight.

Microsoft Feature Phones To Run Opera Browser by Default

Opera Software has entered a deal with Microsoft in which its Opera Mini browser will come preinstalled on new Microsoft feature phones, the company announced on Thursday.