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Meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s anti-Ballmer

Meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s anti-Ballmer

Satya Nadella wears hoodies. He understands the rules of cricket. More importantly, the newly-named Microsoft CEO understands hardware, something Steve Ballmer has struggled to convince the company, its board and investors, and indeed its OEM partners and customers, that he does over the course of his tenure. "I want us to be able to take our focus and innovation forward" Nadella said of his aims at the company where he's already spent 22 of his 46 years.

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Microsoft Photosynth adds super-high res graphics and new Spin scenes

Microsoft Photosynth adds super-high res graphics and new Spin scenes

Microsoft's Photosynth 3D photo tool may not be the company's best-known product, but it probably deserves to be, with new features today that add high-resolution graphics for immersive 60-megapixel scenes. The update, which Microsoft promises are as smooth as the footage you'd get from a Steadicam rig, uses intelligent processing of multiple frames of the same scene, so that for instance "spin" videos - where the photographer walks around shooting all angles of an object - are clean of extraneous detail like birds or people when you watch the video, but have all of that detail visible when you pause.

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Steve Ballmer bids final farewell to stockholders

Steve Ballmer bids final farewell to stockholders

As exiting CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer steps down from his post as most electrifying man to present a product onstage, he also sends out a more solemn letter to the shareholders of the company. Here in the final 2013 Fiscal Year annual report, Ballmer makes the case for the change of Microsoft to a devices and services company as a wholly positive one. He suggests that a growth of revenue this year to $77.8 billion and a return of $12.3 billion to shareholders (up 6 and 15% respectively from the year before) means that Microsoft is fully on-track for the 2014 Fiscal season.

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Google Chromecast gets iFixit teardown treatment

Google Chromecast gets iFixit teardown treatment

A lot of gadgets have passed through the halls of iFixit, getting their turn on the chopping block and having their internal guts dissected. Some of them have been extremely difficult to open up, while others are pretty easy. The Chromecast, on the other hand, is just a piece of nothing if you ask the iFixit folks. They didn't even give it a repairability score.

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Xbox One Live Cloud gets multiplayer kudos from Titanfall devs

Xbox One Live Cloud gets multiplayer kudos from Titanfall devs

Microsoft may have junked its demands for Xbox One always-on connectivity, but game developers like Titanfall's Respawn are doing their level best to persuade you to keep the next-gen console hooked up, with Xbox Live Cloud processing the carrot. The server-side crunching - which Microsoft has previously described as in effect three virtual consoles adding their processing abilities to that of the user's own Xbox One - has been given a breathlessly positive write-up by Respawn engineer Jon Shiring, who waxes lyrical about the system's potential for multiplayer gaming.

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Xbox One used games policy leak claims limited discounts and publisher cut

Xbox One used games policy leak claims limited discounts and publisher cut

Used game sales on the Xbox One will use a digital authorization system requiring the console to validate titles against Microsoft's servers every 24 hours, retailer leaks have suggested, also building in a cut for both Microsoft and publishers with each transaction. Microsoft had confirmed that pre-owned games sales would be permitted on the new console, but declined to detail exactly how the system would operate. Now, according to retailers speaking to MCV, details of the proposed system have been leaked.

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Microsoft BUILD registration open now – early bird gets the discount!

Microsoft BUILD registration open now – early bird gets the discount!

Developers hoping to jump aboard the Microsoft BUILD ship should get their clicking fingers out now because Early Bird registration has begun! Those of you developers out there that find themselves amongst the first 500 signing up for the conference today through http://www.buildwindows.com/ will be grabbing a $500 USD discount under the price that the rest of the crowd will be paying - make with the keyboards!

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Microsoft confirms Windows Blue

Microsoft confirms Windows Blue

We've been hearing a lot about Windows Blue through the grapevine, but Microsoft has finally confirmed that something dealing with the codename "Blue" is coming eventually. While the company specifically mentioned that a product with "Blue" in the title wouldn't be hitting the market, it seems that all of these recent leaks and rumors may have validity.

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