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Microsoft executives’ bonuses may be tied to diversity numbers

Microsoft executives’ bonuses may be tied to diversity numbers

While Microsoft has seen a ‘very modest’ gain in the number of racial minorities it employs, the percentage of women working for the company has been on the downswing, and so the company is buckling down on the issue. According to a new report, Microsoft will tie its executives’ bonuses to the company’s overall diversity goals. Fail to reach diversity goals and some executives may not see their fall bonuses.

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Skype doesn’t require accounts anymore just to get started

Skype doesn’t require accounts anymore just to get started

Once upon a time, Skype was the household name when it came to voice communications over the Internet. Today, that pie has been munched up by many services and companies, like Slack for teams and businesses. As part of its attempt to reclaim lost ground, Microsoft has spread Skype far and wide with new features and new audiences. It latest trick? Making it possible to use Skype without having to sign up for an account first. Together with its free tier, Microsoft has just made it far too simple for people from all over the world to get connected.

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Microsoft: Visual Studio for Mac preview is inbound

Microsoft: Visual Studio for Mac preview is inbound

Microsoft recently announced plans to launch Visual Studio for Mac, something it revealed in a blog post that was deleted a short while after it went live. Though the announcement appears to have been made prematurely, all the details are now public and it seems the preview will arrive during the company's Connect developer event. Once it does, the days of Mac users having to use a Windows or virtual machine to run the software will officially end.

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Microsoft details Black Friday 2016 deals: sales start November 24

Microsoft details Black Friday 2016 deals: sales start November 24

Some companies have already started their Black Friday sales, but Microsoft isn't one of them. The company's deals won't be available until November 24, but they have been detailed ahead of time, giving you a chance to figure out where your money's going. In addition to expected items like discounted Xbox One consoles and Surface tablets, Microsoft is also offering deals on things like a year of Office 365.

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Kaspersky blasts Microsoft’s anti-competitive anti-virus practice

Kaspersky blasts Microsoft’s anti-competitive anti-virus practice

Microsoft is not brand you’d associate with anti-virus software, unless you mean it in a pejorative sense. But starting Windows 8, the company has turned its Windows Defender into a full-blown anti-malware, anti-virus program to exactly change that negative image. Not exactly a good news for creators of anti-virus software like Kaspersky Labs. In fact, according to the company’s Eugene Kaspersky, Microsoft is being downright anti-competitive. In a rather vocal blog post, the Russian billionaire has revealed that he is taking his complaints to the EU’s and Russia’s anti-trust bodies, where Microsoft already doesn’t have good standing.

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Microsoft Surface table could use a projector, not a screen

Microsoft Surface table could use a projector, not a screen

The word “Surface” in Microsoft has come a long way. It started out as a futuristic idea of a coffee table that also functioned as a touch screen computer. Since then it has become a brand than embraced 2-in-1 tablets, a giant whiteboard/screen computer, and, more recently, an all-in-one PC that’s a creative’s wet dream. It might, however, come full circle soon. A recent Microsoft patent filing for an “INTERACTIVE INTEGRATED DISPLAY AND PROCESSING DEVICE” shows the company toying again with the idea of a computer table, but one that uses projectors and sensors instead of more expensive touch screens.

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Canceled Nokia Moonraker smartwatch shown off in video

Canceled Nokia Moonraker smartwatch shown off in video

In the tech industry, we are sometimes left wondering about ideas and products that never came to be. Just a few days ago we saw a glimpse of the modular Ara smartphone. This time, we’re being treated to what could have been Nokia’s first ever smartwatch. Given recent events, perhaps its only smartwatch. The Moonraker, as it was called, never reached the market, but that doesn’t mean there was no actual smartwatch produced. And for the first time, we’re actually seeing a real working, finished smartwatch that could have been.

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Surface Book with Performance Base Review

Surface Book with Performance Base Review

The Surface Book was one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets last year, but the company isn't holding back when it comes to talking up its Performance Base upgrade. Landing in time for the holidays, the new model is actually only 50-percent changed: while the screen-turned-tablet is the same as before, the keyboard section has been squeezed full of extra graphics potency and more battery life. That doesn't come cheap, mind, with this newest model starting at $2,399.

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Windows 10 to get a virtual touchpad for external displays

Windows 10 to get a virtual touchpad for external displays

Although still not as widespread, it is no longer uncommon for computer users to face more than one screen at a time, whether in a more permanent multi-monitor setup or in an ad hoc presentation. Controlling external screens and projectors are no problem for desktops and laptops but can be cumbersome for tablets. Soon it won’t be. Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Insider build showcases a new Virtual Touchpad feature that would allow users to navigate external displays using their tablets, even without a mouse attached.

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Surface Pro 3 battery bug fixed again, refunds offered

Surface Pro 3 battery bug fixed again, refunds offered

Is this finally the end of the Surface Pro 3’s woes? Will owners finally be able to move on? One would certainly hope so, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed nonetheless. Microsoft has just rolled out a firmware upgrade that should, hopefully, end all battery problems for the now “deprecated” Surface tablet, which has irked owners to no small extent. But perhaps even better, the company has changed its previous stance regarding out-of-warranty exchanges and has decided to refund those owners as well.

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Microsoft rolls out Xbox Insider Program to all Xbox One owners

Microsoft rolls out Xbox Insider Program to all Xbox One owners

Microsoft has announced some big changes to its Xbox Preview Program. First and foremost, it's no longer being called the Xbox Preview Program, but rather the Xbox Insider Program. Microsoft says this change is being made to reflect "how we are expanding to offer opt-in opportunities to provide feedback," on the Xbox platform.

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Microsoft Surface Dial ads show the wonders you can create

Microsoft Surface Dial ads show the wonders you can create

As fascinating as the Surface Studio might be, without one particular optional accessory, it’s really just a gigantic, but well endowed, Surface tablet. Microsoft all-in-one computer’s spellbinding appeal is thanks partly to the Surface Pen but probably more importantly thanks to the odd but fancy Surface Dial remote control. And to hammer down on how game changing this little puck can be, Microsoft has released not one, not even two or three, but five ads that show how, with the right app mixed with the right tool, great things can happen.

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