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Microsoft fixes Surface Pro 2 battery goof with new firmware

Microsoft fixes Surface Pro 2 battery goof with new firmware

Microsoft has released its second attempt at a firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 tablet, after a December upgrade left some users with reduced battery life and a Windows 8 slate that would unexpectedly go in and out of sleep mode. The new firmware release is only of use for those Surface Pro 2 owners who managed to install the December 10th update before Microsoft pulled it following complaints.

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Microsoft: We welcome Google contact lenses (& yes, we did them first)

Microsoft: We welcome Google contact lenses (& yes, we did them first)

Microsoft has weighed in on Google's plans to commercialize contact lenses that track blood sugar levels, after comparisons were drawn between them and a previous Microsoft Research project on something notably similar. The two schemes are indeed connected, Microsoft Research's Desney Tan said today, pointing out that the late 2011 project he led on glucose-sensing lenses with integrated displays was done in collaboration with Babak Parviz and Brian Otis who are at running Google's scheme. However, rather than being frustrated, Tan says he welcomes the development.

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Microsoft and GoDaddy partner up to offer Office 365 small business exclusive

Microsoft and GoDaddy partner up to offer Office 365 small business exclusive

Microsoft and GoDaddy have teamed up to bring Office 365 as the latter company's exclusive business-class productivity and email service. This will open up Office 365's exposure to more small businesses, and is part of what Microsoft says is a "long-term strategic service". For now, Office 365 via GoDaddy is only available in the United States and Canada, but will be rolling out to other customers across the globe in the next three months.

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Microsoft’s blog and Twitter accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Microsoft’s blog and Twitter accounts hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Over the weekend, Microsoft's official blog and a couple of its Twitter accounts were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, a breach that followed the New Year's infiltration of Microsoft's Skype blog and social accounts. In addition to the company's official blog, the Microsoft News (@MSFTNews) and Xbox Support (@XboxSupport) on Twitter were also breached, all of them used in the same slightly-strange manner as the SEA's previous exploits.

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Surface Pro 2 gets sly upgrade as Microsoft swaps CPU

Surface Pro 2 gets sly upgrade as Microsoft swaps CPU

Microsoft has quietly upgraded the Surface Pro 2, with new hardware including faster processors being sent out to those who returned their Windows 8 tablets after the December firmware update debacle. Although Microsoft yanked the firmware package before every Surface Pro 2 user could upgrade it, some owners sent back their tablets for replacement, only to find, WinBeta reports, that the hardware returned had a newer generation of Intel Core i5 processor inside.

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Microsoft’s secret OS tinkering might spawn an open-source language

Microsoft’s secret OS tinkering might spawn an open-source language

Microsoft's clandestine Midori, a skunkworks project developing a non-Windows OS, could spawn a new open-source programming language called "M#" insiders claim, a spin-off of existing C#. Chatter of the scheme came after one Midori team member publicly confirmed a new language was in development; that, sources told ZDNet, is M# (aka "M-Sharp"), developed alongside Midori, and is being seen as potentially even more evidence that the mysterious platform will see a launch.

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Santa tracking wars: Google vs Microsoft

Santa tracking wars: Google vs Microsoft

It has begun - Santa has officially begun his run around the world in sleigh. Two major trackers have begun the tracking of Santa’s trip, both aiming for real Santa Tracking supremacy. Here we take a (relatively simple) look at the major differences between the tracking of Santa with NORAD and the tracking of Santa with Google.

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Jim DuBois named Microsoft corporate vice president and CIO

Jim DuBois named Microsoft corporate vice president and CIO

Microsoft has announced today that Jim DuBois, a company faithful, has been appointed the new chief information officer, as well as corporate vice president. Under the new CIO position, DuBois will be responsible for "delivering a broad range of IT initiatives" to the company's customers base and employees. This isn't a new task for DuBois, who has been the interim CIO at Microsoft for the past half year.

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