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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it will now roll out twice yearly updates for Windows and Office in March and September, starting with “Redstone 3”   —  IT Pros, mark your calendars.  Starting in September 2017 with Windows 10 ‘Redstone 3,’ Microsoft will begin rolling out new feature updates …
Apr 20, 2017, 1:50 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes its Wunderlist successor, To-Do, available in preview as part of Office 365; Wunderlist will “eventually” be retired   —  Microsoft's ‘Project Cheshire,’ the successor to its Wunderlist to-do app, is now in public preview for many Office 365 users on a variety of devices.
Apr 19, 2017, 11:50 AMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft buys Intentional Software, which develops productivity scenarios for future workplaces; founder, ex-Microsoft exec Charles Simonyi, to rejoin the firm   —  Microsoft is acquiring Intentional Software, a Bellevue, Wash.-based productivity-app vendor whose well-known founder is a programming expert and former Microsoft manager.
Apr 18, 2017, 12:25 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms that just about a dozen Windows Phone models will officially support the Windows 10 Creators Update   —  Microsoft is rolling out a new test builds for Windows 10 to phone Insiders (and to PC users), while acknowledging that only a dozen or so Windows Phone models will get Windows 10 Creators Update.
Apr 15, 2017, 5:15 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to buy Kubernetes container-orchestration vendor Deis   —  Containers, containers, containers: Microsoft is buying Deis, a San Francisco-based Kubernetes orchestration specialist for an undisclosed amount.  —  Microsoft is buying Kubernetes container-orchestration specialist Deis for an undisclosed amount.
Apr 10, 2017, 11:30 AMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says HoloLens has 150 apps one year after dev kit launch; Elizabeth Hamren, former chief marketing officer at Oculus, will head marketing for HoloLens   —  MIcrosoft has hired Elizabeth Hamren, the former CMO of Oculus VR at Facebook, to run a new dedicated Mixed Reality marketing team.
Mar 30, 2017, 2:50 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it will sell customized “Microsoft Edition” versions of Galaxy S8, S8+, which will be bundled with Office, Cortana, more, at its US retail stores   —  Microsoft-customized versions of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones will be available for purchase in Microsoft retail stores in the U.S.
Mar 30, 2017, 11:50 AMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft is testing Ruuh, an English-speaking AI chatbot aimed at the Indian market   —  Microsoft is testing Ruuh, another new AI chatbot, which is aimed specifically at the Indian market.  —  First there was Tay.  Then there was Zo.  Now there's Ruuh — Microsoft's latest AI chatbot.
Mar 29, 2017, 6:50 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft adds automated call routing and analytics features to Skype for Business, as Amazon and Google push into the space with Chime and the new Hangouts   —  Microsoft is adding new features to its high-end Skype for Business service, just as Amazon and Google are trying to get into the enterprise cloud-conferencing game.
Mar 27, 2017, 12:10 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Outlook, OneDrive, Xbox issues resolved, but Skype is still experiencing problems after Microsoft services hit by account authentication issue on Tuesday   —  Two weeks ago, a widespread authentication issue prevented a number of Microsoft users from accessing their cloud services.
Mar 21, 2017, 3:00 PMIn context

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