Microsoft acquires ‘Minecraft’ maker Mojang and Microsoft Dynamics 2015 is due out in fourth quarter – Weekend Reading: Sept. 19th Edition

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This week, Microsoft announced it is buying Mojang, developer of block-building game sensation “Minecraft,” and that Microsoft Dynamics 2015 is coming soon. “Minecraft’s” Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which is behind the blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, talked about “Minecraft’s” widespread appeal to gamers of all ages and abilities, on all kinds of devices. “This is a game that has bound its … Read more »


New directors named to Microsoft board, quarterly dividend increase announced

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft Foods Group Inc., and Charles W. Scharf, chief executive officer of Visa Inc., have been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective Oct. 1. The company also announced that the board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share, reflecting a 3 cent or 11 percent, increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. … Read more »

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 to be made available in the fourth quarter

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2014, it was announced Tuesday. The new release is designed to address ongoing needs for businesses to collaborate among different divisions and groups to better take advantage of opportunities and to meet the evolving needs of their customers, the company said in a … Read more »

To connect more than 20,000 employees worldwide, Carlsberg Group chose Office 365

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Since JC Jacobsen founded the Carlsberg brewery more than 160 years ago to serve the Danish market, it’s grown tremendously – especially within the past 14 years – and with Microsoft’s help, the company manages their operations around the world from a central base. The Carlsberg Group introduced a vision for business it calls “GloCal,” which aims for global efficiency while staying true to its local roots. The company chose … Read more »

Minecraft to join Microsoft

Minecraft to join Microsoft

Microsoft has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer, and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise. The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect … Read more »

NFL hero Steve Gleason battles ALS with cutting-edge tech and the power of human spirit

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Spokane’s 3rd annual Gleason Fest was billed as a “grassroots, indie music festival,” but everyone there knew something more profound was afoot. As I watched the sun set over the outdoor stage at Division and Main Street, Lukas Nelson (yes, Willy’s son) played to the crowd like a man possessed. He sweated out every note of his new songs and blues-tinged renditions of Paul Simon and Tom Petty classics. Steve … Read more »

Weekend Reading: September 12th Edition—Rebuilt MSN combines content from media outlets with personal productivity tools

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As we head into autumn, we’ve got stories on a revamped MSN, the expanded availability of the Surface Pro 3 docking station and highlights of the YouthSpark program as it enters its third year. The new Web experience of the rebuilt MSN merges premium content from the world’s leading media outlets with personal productivity tools. “With a quick hover, you can easily check your email, browse your OneDrive, or even … Read more »

Expanding technology education to turn the tide of rising youth unemployment

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Despite pockets of recovery in the global economy, worldwide unemployment continues to rise, particularly among youth between the ages of 15 and 24. In the 2014 Global Employment Trends report, “Risks of a Jobless Recovery,” the International Labour Organization states that the global youth unemployment rate rose to 13.1 percent in 2013, resulting in 74.5 million unemployed young people around the world. This fact underscores the reason that, as we … Read more »

A first look at the new MSN

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For nearly two decades, MSN has been a place where millions of us go every day to discover and connect with what’s important in our lives. Whether it’s a great article that sparks us to think differently or following our favorite sports team, MSN has always aspired to keep us in the know. At the same time, how we explore, discover and interact with our favorite content has changed in … Read more »

Remembering Eric Lundquist, eWEEK Editor in Chief

Twitter brought bad news on Friday. Eric Lundquist, one of the very early, always respected, incredibly bright chroniclers of the tech industry, passed away. It’s a big loss. Eric was there at the very beginning of the PC era. I often think about this industry we’re in. It was born and made great by the inventors and dreamers, the businesspeople and the technologists, the partners and competitors and those who … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Sept. 5th Edition — New devices unveiled at IFA and Xbox One coming to 29 new markets

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It may be time to put away those flip flops and linen whites, but there’s no post-Labor Day blues for Weekend Reading. We’ve got a September that’s already full of sizzle. Check it out. It’s been an exciting week in Berlin at IFA, one of the world’s largest consumer electronics trade shows, where Microsoft announced additions to the Lumia line of devices, including the ultimate Skype and selfie phones, while … Read more »