EU approves Microsoft’s $19.7B Nuance deal, clearing last major hurdle for big acquisition

Microsoft Image The European Commission gave unconditional approval to Microsoft’s pending acquisition of speech technology company Nuance Communications for $19.7 billion in cash, clearing the way for…

Surface Trio? Newly discovered Microsoft patent filing shows hinged device with three displays

A diagram for three-screen device from a Microsoft patent filing. (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office) Microsoft has released two versions of its Surface Duo handheld device, each…

Paul Allen’s L.A. site sells for $65M, part of effort to scale back late Microsoft co-founder’s projects

Late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. (Vulcan Photograph) A 120-acre site bought by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for $20 million in 1997 within the Beverly Crest…

Microsoft’s Pluton security processor debuts on AMD chips in new Lenovo ThinkPad laptops

New ThinkPad Series Z laptops from Lenovo will include Microsoft’s Pluton security processors in an AMD CPU. (Lenovo Image) Lenovo unveiled two new laptops made out of…

‘Rainbow Six’ developer plans to bring Ubisoft+ subscription service to Xbox

Ubisoft’s forthcoming Rainbow Six: Extraction pits crack military operatives against invasive alien not-zombies. (Ubisoft Image) The third-party development studio behind the Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy video…

Tech in the wild: Seattle-area startup Thingy will test Amazon Sidewalk to connect remote sensors

Thingy AQ provides information to first responders in wildfires. (Thingy Photo via Amazon) Scott Waller is a former Cisco and Microsoft systems engineer and network architect who…

Microsoft Teams gets walkie-talkie button on Zebra devices in broader push for frontline workers

Microsoft Teams will get a dedicated push-to-talk button on Zebra devices used by frontline workers. (Microsoft Image) Zebra Technologies, maker of mobile devices widely used in warehouses,…

It’s official: PCs are back

Source: Canalys Microsoft’s original mission was “a computer on every desk and in every home.” OK, sure, it was a “temporal goal,” not an enduring mission, as…

Microsoft ends production of the Xbox One as focus turns to new consoles

The Xbox One, left, is officially out of production, as Microsoft focuses on its newest consoles, right. (Photo: Thomas Wilde) Microsoft has discontinued its Xbox One video…

Microsoft board approves outside review of harassment and discrimination policies, including assessment of Bill Gates investigation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company is “committed not just to reviewing the report but learning from the assessment so we can continue to improve the…