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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Microsoft: ‘carbon-negative’ by 2030 even for supply chain

CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen “not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.”

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Microsoft: $250M more for affordable housing in Seattle area

One year after Microsoft announced it was committing $500 million toward affordable housing in the Seattle area, it’s upping that by half.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

NSA discovers security flaw in Windows, Microsoft issues fix

The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system and tipped off the company rather than exploit it for its own intelligence needs.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday

Microsoft will stop providing free security updates for the Windows 7 operating system on Tuesday, meaning computers using it will be more vulnerable to malware and hacking.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Microsoft looks to detect sex predators in video game chats

Microsoft says it has developed a technique to detect online predators who try to groom children for sexual purposes using the chat function in multiplayer video games.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Bill Gates pushes for higher taxes on rich as wealth soars

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates started the last decade worth more than $50 billion and with a pledge to donate large parts of his fortune to charity.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Bellevue preps for thousands more commuters

As Amazon and other companies expand there, Bellevue is prepping for thousands more commuters

Microsoft keeps building in North Carolina with 500 more jobs

Microsoft Corp. is ready to grow its North Carolina workforce even further with 500 new jobs in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Microsoft shareholders defeat 2 activist proposals

Microsoft’s shareholders have voted to defeat two proposals by activist investors calling for the company to add a rank-and-file employee on its board of directors and report on gender disparities …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Microsoft makes small strides in hiring women and minorities

Microsoft released a report that showed the company has hired more women and minorities, but highlighted persistent diversity challenges facing the world’s largest software maker.

Oracle presses ahead with Pentagon cloud lawsuit despite Amazon’s contract-bid loss

Oracle is pressing forward with a long-running legal challenge to the Pentagon’s massive cloud computing contract, its third such attempt to upend the procurement since the project was announced 18 …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Pentagon hands Microsoft $10B ‘war cloud’ deal, snubs Amazon

The Pentagon has awarded Microsoft a $10 billion cloud computing contract called JEDI.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Microsoft returns with smartphone after high-profile flops

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Duo as part of a new lineup of Surface computers. It marks a reversal for a company that abandoned smartphones following lackluster demand for its own …

UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Microsoft pays $25 million to settle corruption charges

Microsoft is paying more than $25 million to settle federal corruption charges involving a bribery scheme in Hungary and other foreign offices.

UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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 …