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 »

Flagship Lumia 830, two new phones, a phone update and accessories galore — that’s #morelumia

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New additions to the Lumia family of smartphones, announced Thursday, will give users the choices they want, along with accessories that make using the phones even more of a snap, and an update that makes the devices more customizable still. Microsoft shared the Lumia news during a webcast Thursday, Sept. 4. Among the announcements: The flagship Lumia 830, the thinnest (8.5mm) and lightest (150g) Lumia yet. The phone has “serious … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Aug. 29th Edition – Surface Pro 3 now in 28 markets and Royal Caribbean provides 40,000 crew members with Windows tablets

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This week, we’ve got stories on Surface Pro 3’s increased availability worldwide, Royal Caribbean Cruises going more high-tech by giving its crew Windows 8.1 tablets, and Bing in the Classroom’s lesson plans are back for a second school year. Surface Pro 3 is now available in 25 additional markets around the world, bringing the total to 28 markets, including the United States, Canada and Japan. The 25 new markets are: … Read more »

Updates coming to Xbox One include more social features, new ways to watch TV

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Starting in the early access program later this month, new social features making it easier for gamers to connect with their friends and new ways to access their TV and entertainment throughout their homes will be coming to Xbox One, writes Major Nelson in a blog post. Among the updates: New “Friends” section. Users can see at a glance what’s going on with their friends. They can stay up-to-date with … Read more »

Weekend Reading: Aug. 8th Edition — Surface Pro 3 to launch in 25 more countries and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online adds new markets

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Summer slowdown? Not really. We learned that Surface Pro 3 is heading to 25 more countries soon, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is adding new markets and Peggy Johnson was named executive vice president of Business Development. So, let’s jump in: Surface Pro 3, already in the U.S., Japan and Canada, will be available in 25 more countries starting Aug. 28: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, … Read more »

Surface Pro 3 will be available in 25 more markets starting Aug. 28

Surface Pro 3, which has gotten a great reception in the U.S., Japan and Canada, is on its way to 25 more markets starting Aug. 28. Customers will be able get Surface Pro 3 featuring 4th-generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 models from Microsoftstore.com, Surface retail partners, and Authorized Surface Resellers beginning on that date. The Surface Pro 3 will be available in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, … Read more »

Peggy Johnson to head Global Business Development at Microsoft

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Margaret L. (Peggy) Johnson has been named executive vice president of Business Development, reporting to Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella, it was announced Tuesday. Johnson joins Microsoft from Qualcomm, where she most recently served as executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and was president of global market development. In that role, she was responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships. To learn more, read the press … Read more »

Taking charge: Chris Cortez’s journey from 2-star general to Microsoft VP

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You could call him “General.” Thousands of Marines did during his 33 years in the Corps. But Chris Cortez, true to his roots – the son of a father who picked fruit in the fields of Northern California, and whose devoted mother could not read or write – does not put on airs. It is not his way. Calling him Chris is just fine. His appearance is neat, tidy, spare. … Read more »

Microsoft kicks off //oneweek and you won’t believe the hacks!

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There were “easier” projects that could have been done for //oneweek. Members of the Ability Hackathon: Eye Gaze team had a list of them, mulled them over and weighed their pros and cons. But Steve Gleason hadn’t asked the team about easy. He’d asked for some real help. The former NFL player, living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), uses his Surface Pro to speak with the help of eye-tracking technology. … Read more »