Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. In the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, I guess they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. We’ll use the month of July to have a dialogue about this bold ambition and our core focus. Today I want to synthesize the strategic direction and massive opportunity I’ve been discussing for the past few months and the fundamental cultural changes required to deliver on it. On July 22, we’ll announce our earnings results for the past quarter and I’ll say more then on what we are doing in FY15 to focus on our core. Over the course of July, the Senior ...

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With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft released a touch based IE to work well with touch devices. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft improved the user experience of the touch browser with lots of UI changes and new features such as browser sync across Windows devices. With all the releases, the UI of desktop version of IE remained the same. Based on the response from Microsoft Connects website, it looks like Microsoft may revamp the UI of desktop IE with the next release of the browser. The user suggestion, It would be brilliant if the favourites bar on future versions of IE could be the same colour as the windows 8 window colour – this would finally unify all aspects of IE, and make it all link together as on programme – rather than the favourites and menu bar looking like a crude add-on. To finally be able to use IE as a whole ...

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  Coming in June, popular entertainment apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, YouTube, Twitch, ESPN, NFL, Xbox Music, and experiences such as Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive, OneGuide, and Upload Studio for Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be available to everyone with an Xbox Live account—whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. Microsoft announced this changes yesterday along with the announcement about new low powered Xbox One SKU that starts at $399 without Kinect. Because of this announcement, many non-gamers may want to cancel their Xbox Live Gold subscription. Microsoft today announced that starting in June, customers can cancel and receive a pro-rata refund of any unused remaining days between the date of cancellation and the date their paid Gold membership ends. Will I be able to cancel my Gold membership? Yes. Once the Xbox One and Xbox 360 system updates become available in June, Xbox Live ...

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