The ostensible catalyst for the bump in share price was the latest rumor pointing to Satya Nadella's likely appointment as the next Microsoft chief executive. The relief rally also reflected the recognition that Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood is likely going to play a much larger role at the company -- and that's good news for any coming Microsoft transition. More about that in a moment.
With the big-money crowd nervously watching potential meltdowns in overseas markets and tapering at home, it's surprising to see … Read more
Recode's Kara Swisher says that the tech giant has ordered up two new search-related initiatives, codenamed Fast Break and Curveball. Details are still scant about the specifics of each project, but they will reportedly bring the company back to some of the nitty-gritty of taking queries -- algorithmic search and search advertising.
The projects are reportedly priorities for the company, both with three-to-four month time frames, and involving some of the company's bigwigs: search chief Laurie Mann, mobile head Adam Cahan, and … Read more
Anyone interested in the original Surface Pro tablet can save a hefty amount of cash through a new sale at Best Buy.
The promo trims $400 off the regular retail price of $900, bringing your cost down to just $500. The offer is valid online and at Best Buy retail outlets, but it's only good Friday and Saturday.
The Surface Pro comes with 128GB of storage space, a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display with a 1,920x1080 resolution, 720p HD video cameras on the front and rear, and a stylus pen.
Other retailers have trimmed the price of the … Read more
When a NeoGaf user started leaking Xbox One-related bombshells Wednesday night, alarms must have started going off in Redmond.
Microsoft has since come out and confirmed that yes, its first Xbox One dashboard update will indeed come in March, and yes, the company will be releasing its previously employee-only all-white console later this year. The rumors didn't stop there, and ranged from leaked photos of the purported Titanfall bundle to a concise roadmap for the Halo series.
But what was most important to the future of Xbox hardware -- and the console market as a whole -- slipped in … Read more
(Update: ZDNet is calling the report into question, saying, "if Microsoft did make skipping the Metro Start screen a default option, the company would give developers even less of a reason to write Windows Store/Metro Style apps.")
The expected update for Windows 8.1 could bypass the touch-centric tiled start screen and jump directly to Windows desktop, according to a fresh report.
This … Read more
Is Microsoft's long search for a new CEO about to end? A Bloomberg report says that the company's board is preparing to name Satya Nadella as Microsoft's next CEO. It also says the board may decide to replace Bill Gates as chairman.
If Nadella, now in charge of cloud computing, is about to become only the third CEO in Microsoft's 38-year history, the company will put in charge the sort of brainy technologist who is closer to the Gates mold than the hard-charging salesman that is Steve Ballmer. Nadella is in charge of the organization responsible … Read more
Microsoft may finally be set to reveal its next CEO.
Yes, that rumor has been a running gag after current boss Steve Ballmer announced his impending retirement last year. But now a story published Thursday by Recode points to a possible finale to the saga. Citing "sources close to Microsoft," Recode's Kara Swisher says that the board could name its candidate as soon as next week with the nod going to Microsoft's own Satya Nadella.
The Xbox One rumor mill is on overdrive. Word has it that the console could come in white, might get an update in March, will arrive in more markets, and could soon be available without a Blu-ray drive.
These speculations come via a report from The Verge, which has been checking out online forums and talking to inside sources. Chief among the rumors is a possible major update to Xbox One's dashboard. Apparently, Microsoft is working to fix various issues with the console's Live service. This update release could come as soon as March.
The Verge has also … Read more
Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Ericsson's chief executive officer, Hans Vestberg, informed his company's board of directors that he is not planning to step down to take the top job at Microsoft. Vestberg's name had surfaced in recent weeks as a possible candidate to replace the job that will be left open by Steve Ballmer'… Read more