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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it has fixed an issue deactivating licenses on some Windows 10 Pro machines, says update will be automatically applied over next 24 hours   —  Microsoft's back-end activation issues which caused a number of Windows users to get false product-activation-error messages seems to be nearly fixed.
Nov 8, 2018, 10:05 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes the pro version of its WhatsApp-like Kaizala app, normally available for $1.50/user/month, free for Office 365 commercial users worldwide   —  Microsoft's WhatsApp-like Kaizala application is rolling out worldwide to Office 365 commercial customers for no additional fee.
Nov 6, 2018, 4:35 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Corporate VP of Cortana, Javier Soltero, is leaving the company by year's end, as Cortana moves from AI + Research to the Experiences & Devices team   —  Microsoft's head of Cortana is going to depart the company before the year is over, as Microsoft brings more of its research projects …
Nov 6, 2018, 12:18 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's former Windows chief Terry Myerson says he's joining Madrona Venture Group as a venture partner and the Carlyle Group as an operating executive   —  The former head of Microsoft's Windows unit has resurfaced after leaving the company earlier this summer and will be involved with two different investment firms.
Oct 23, 2018, 12:20 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Office 2019, the successor to Office 2016, now generally available for Windows and Mac, with a feature list that's a subset of what Office 365 ProPlus users get   —  Microsoft is starting to roll out Office 2019, its on-premises Office suite for Windows and Mac, and will be delivering the Office 2019 servers within the coming weeks.
Sep 24, 2018, 12:45 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft unveils Microsoft Search, a unified, smart search box for Bing, Windows, Office, more, available in 2019; rolls out a preview for bing.com, office.com   —  Microsoft is both refining and expanding its unified search mission, so as to deliver a single smart search box across Windows 10, Office, Bing, Edge and more.
Sep 24, 2018, 9:27 AMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says Skype is coming to Amazon Alexa devices later this year, letting Alexa users make outgoing voice and video calls, accept incoming calls, and more   —  Microsoft and Amazon are working together to bring Skype calling to Alexa-powered devices, which brings into question, again, where Microsoft is going with Cortana.
Sep 20, 2018, 6:50 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Managed Desktop launches as a subscription service whereby Microsoft provisions, deploys and manages companies' Windows 10 devices   —  The rumors were true: Microsoft's MMD service, which officially starts rolling out today, is a subscription service via which Microsoft provisions …
Sep 17, 2018, 4:20 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft quietly ends its Surface Plus hardware subscription program that allowed trade-in upgrades after 18 months and no-interest financing for two years   —  Microsoft is ending its Surface Plus financing program for consumers and students today, August 31, just a little over a year after announcing it.
Aug 31, 2018, 5:15 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft will let Office 365 Personal and Home subscribers install Office apps on an unlimited number of devices from October, up from one and 10 respectively   —  Microsoft is making a number of tweaks to its Office 365 consumer subscriptions as of October 2.  Here's what's changing.
Aug 30, 2018, 2:15 PMIn context

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