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UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

U.S. abstains from global pledge to curb online violence

Livestreaming terrorist attacks. Using social media to spread deadly ideas. Manipulating banned videos to keep sharing them online. World leaders and tech bosses are meeting Wednesday in Paris to find …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Microsoft offers software tools to secure elections

Microsoft announced an ambitious effort it says will make voting secure, verifiable and more transparent with open-source software. Two of the three top U.S elections vendors have expressed interest in …


Melinda Gates talks ‘brash’ Microsoft culture in new book

Looking back at her time as an early Microsoft employee, Melinda Gates said the brash culture at the famously tough, revolutionary tech company made her want to quit, but that …


Microsoft overhauls how it investigates office misbehavior

Microsoft is revamping its practices for investigating workplace investigations after a group of women shared stories of discrimination and sexual harassment.


Face recognition researcher fights Amazon over biased AI

Facial recognition technology was already seeping into everyday life – from your photos on Facebook to police scans of mugshots – when Joy Buolamwini noticed a serious glitch: Some of …


Melania Trump talks up homework with kids on ‘Be Best’ tour

Melania Trump gave a second-grader a pep talk about homework Monday as she toured an Oklahoma elementary school to open a three-state tour – including Washington state – highlighting her …


Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

The Vatican and Microsoft are teaming up to promote ethics in artificial intelligence.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Longtime dream of cloud-based gaming closer than ever to coming true

Major companies from Microsoft to Verizon are exploring how to replace game downloads with internet-based game services hoping to do for video gaming what Netflix and Spotify have done with …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 9:57 a.m.

Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle housing crisis in Seattle, Eastside

Blessed with a balance sheet that allows for sweeping gestures, Redmond tech giant Microsoft is responding to the region’s widening affordability gap with a $500 million pledge to address homelessness …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

Walgreens partners with Microsoft to battle Amazon

Walgreens Boots Alliance is teaming with Microsoft to design “digital health corners” for its stores as both companies battle an ever-expanding Amazon.com.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Kroger, Microsoft create futuristic grocery store. Amazon, take note.

Kroger Co. and Microsoft are joining forces to bring the ease of online shopping to brick-and-mortar grocery stores.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Microsoft tops Apple to become No. 1 on Wall Street

The Redmond, Washington, tech giant, which had briefly overtaken Apple’s market capitalization in intraday trading earlier this week, finally closed at No. 1 on Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Washington justices reinstate Microsoft retaliation case

Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a former Microsoft employee who accused the company of laying her off in retaliation for taking prior legal action in a …


Microsoft reports modest increases in workforce diversity

Microsoft showed a small increase in the proportion of women in its employee ranks, rising 1.1 percentage points to 26.6 percent, from 25.5 percent last year.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Microsoft to keep working with US military, despite concerns

Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries among the software maker’s own employees that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Former Microsoft director indicted on embezzlement charges

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embezzle $1.5 million from the company and using his …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of Seahawks, dead at 65

Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel and professional sports, died Monday. He was …


Appeals court will consider class-action question in Microsoft gender-bias case

Women suing Microsoft alleging widespread gender discrimination will get another chance to convince a court that their claims should be considered together as a class, after the Ninth Circuit Court …


Microsoft to contractors: Give new parents paid leave

Microsoft will begin requiring its contractors to offer their U.S. employees paid leave to care for a new child.


Microsoft’s anti-hacking efforts make it an internet cop

Microsoft stands virtually alone among tech companies with its aggressive approach, which uses U.S. courts to fight computer fraud and seize hacked websites back from malicious perpetrators. In the process, …


Microsoft threatens to pull Gab services over anti-Semitic posts

Microsoft Corp. threatened to suspend web-hosting services it provides to Gab.ai after getting a complaint about anti-Semitic posts on the social-media site, a new twist in the technology industry’s controversial …


Microsoft wants to add 72 generators at data center

Microsoft wants to add 72 emergency backup generators at its Quincy data center, and the Washington Department of Ecology is accepting comments through Aug. 31 on the proposal.


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition, saying it’s too risky to leave to industry alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important and potentially dangerous for tech giants to police themselves.


Data software firm Snowflake lands on Microsoft’s Azure cloud

Snowflake, a California cloud-computing data software company, has launched its products on Microsoft Azure, another boost for the Redmond company as it competes with Amazon’s popular cloud service.


Microsoft unveils smaller, cheaper Surface tablet

Microsoft has unveiled its smallest and least expensive Surface tablet yet, a long-rumored portable device that will compete with Apple’s iPad Mini.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

Women suing Microsoft did not prove companywide bias practices, judge says

Two women suing Microsoft over gender discrimination did not prove that performance reviews were conducted so uniformly across the company that thousands of other women could join the bias case, …


Judge blocks effort to expand Microsoft gender-bias case to thousands of women

A federal judge declined to grant class-action status to a case against Microsoft that claims widespread gender discrimination.


Microsoft follows Amazon in pursuit of cashier-less stores

Microsoft is working on automated checkout technology that could help retailers compete with Amazon’s new cashierless stores.


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 2:48 p.m.

Judge in Microsoft gender discrimination case has tough questions for women’s lawyers

Lawyers for a group of women suing Microsoft for gender discrimination faced tough questions from a federal judge in Seattle on Monday about whether their clients — and the thousands …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

Microsoft embraces collaboration in $7.5B deal for GitHub

CEO Satya Nadella said the all-stock deal pairs Microsoft with the “world’s leading software development platform,” a destination where developers around the world go to share and review each other’s …