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From: Don Green2/28/2021 3:34:27 PM
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From: Don Green3/22/2021 3:30:15 PM
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Microsoft's Redmond headquarters will have soft opening next week
Mar. 22, 2021 3:00 PM ET Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) By: Brandy Betz, SA News Editor

Starting on March 29, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will allow some staff to return to work the Redmond and Seattle headquarters.Last year, Microsoft announced a six-stage path to fully opening its offices after the pandemic-related closures. Stage four, or soft opening, is underway at a number of offices and coming next week to the HQs.Stage five will include a fuller open with restrictions, and stage six will be fully opened."Currently, Microsoft work sites in 21 countries have been able to accommodate additional workers in our facilities – representing around 20% of our global employee population. On March 29, Microsoft will also start making this shift at our Redmond, Washington, headquarters and nearby campuses," says EVP Kurt DelBene in a blog post."As we watch for progress against the virus in the region and continue to evaluate our guidance, employees who work at Redmond work sites or nearby campuses have the choice to return to those facilities or to continue working remotely, and also have the flexibility to do a mixture of both," continues DelBene.

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From: Sr K3/25/2021 8:55:40 PM
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Microsoft Is in Exclusive Talks to Acquire Discord

Deal valuing chat app at $10 billion or more could be completed next month


Originally favored by gamers, San Francisco-based Discord offers voice, text and video chatting.
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Updated March 25, 2021 7:56 pm ET

Microsoft Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire messaging platform Discord Inc. for $10 billion or more, according to people familiar with the matter, as the software giant seeks to deepen its consumer offerings.

Microsoft and Discord are in exclusive talks and could complete a deal next month, assuming the negotiations don’t fall apart, the people said.

Originally favored by gamers, San Francisco-based Discord offers voice, text and video chatting. The platform’s popularity has surged since the pandemic took hold as people stay home and connect online—as has that of other chat services, like Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp and Signal Messenger LLC. Discord has been considering an IPO.

Microsoft, which has a market value of more than $1.7 trillion, has been on the hunt for an acquisition that would help it reach more consumers. Last summer, it held talks to buy the popular video-sharing app TikTok amid a high-profile geopolitical standoff prompted by the Trump administration, before abandoning the effort.

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From: E_K_S5/3/2021 9:23:56 PM
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[url=https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9538991/Bill-Melinda-Gates-DIVORCING.html]Melinda Gates, 56, files for divorce from Bill, 65, claiming marriage is 'irretrievably broken', court docs reveal - and there is NO prenup: Daughter Jennifer says $130B split is 'challenging time' for family [/url]

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From: Don Green6/5/2021 12:02:48 PM
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How to Clean Boot Windows 10



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When you're trying to fix a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or resolve other critical Windows 10 errors, you want to follow a process of elimination. If you don't know exactly what's causing the error, one of your first steps should be performing a clean boot, which involves starting up without any applications or non-Microsoft services running.

How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10Setting up for a Windows 10 clean boot is easy if you follow these simple steps. Note that you must be using an account that has admin rights to your PC.

1. Launch the System Configuration utility. You can do that by entering msconfig into the search box and clicking the top result or hitting Windows + R and entering msconfig as the command to run.

How to Clean Boot Windows 10 (tomshardware.com)

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From: Don Green6/8/2021 4:50:04 PM
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Microsoft pulls all future Windows 10 updates - for now

Microsoft has said it is pausing the rollout of preview Windows 10 updates for the foreseeable future as it possibly gears up for the reveal of something big.

The company has said no more preview builds of Windows 10 21H2 will be released over the next few weeks, meaning users won't receive any early looks at new features, services or tools.

The news comes as Microsoft is heavily expected to unveil the next generation of its software, possibly called Windows 11, at an event on June 24.

techradar.com

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From: Don Green6/12/2021 8:53:00 PM
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Windows 10 was supposed to be the last version of the operating system — here’s why Microsoft might have changed its mind.
Just before Microsoft released Windows 10, an employee said the operating system would be the last version of Windows.Some people expect Microsoft to introduce Windows 11, though.

There are good reasons for Microsoft to roll out a major update, rather than another incremental enhancement to Windows 10.Just before Microsoft released Windows 10, an employee said the operating system would be the last version of Windows.Some people expect Microsoft to introduce Windows 11, though.

There are good reasons for Microsoft to roll out a major update, rather than another incremental enhancement to Windows 10.

cnbc.com

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From: Don Green6/14/2021 12:05:43 PM
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Microsoft will end Windows 10 support in October 2025

K. Holt|06.14.21
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Microsoft has revealed when it will put Windows 10 out to pasture. It will stop support for the current operating system on October 14th, 2025. That means Microsoft expects the transition to the next version of Windows, which it will show off on June 24th, to take around four years.

The company quietly announced the news in a support page update, as spotted by Thurrott. Previously, the page noted when Microsoft would end support for certain versions of Windows 10. It now states Microsoft started supporting Windows 10 Home and Pro on July 29th, 2015 and reveals the operating system's "retirement date." The end-of-support timeline puts the Windows 10 lifecycle at a hair over 10 years, similar to previous iterations of the OS.

As for what we're expecting from Windows 11 (or whatever it's called), there will probably be a redesign, including a revamped Windows Store. Microsoft recently canceled Windows 10X, which was initially going to be for dual-screen devices. It said it would bring some features planned for that OS into the standard version of Windows. Perhaps that'll make it easier for manufacturers and developers to support dual-screen devices without having to work with a separate version of Windows.

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From: Don Green6/16/2021 8:18:18 PM
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Microsoft names CEO Nadella to chair the board

Jun. 16, 2021 8:10 PM ET Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) By: Jason Aycock, SA News Editor

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella has been named chair of the board.Nadella was a unanimous selection of the independent directors, and he takes over the chair from John Thompson, former CEO of Symantec.Thompson will resume the role of lead independent director, which he held from 2012-2014 (at which time he replaced Bill Gates as chair while Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer as CEO)."In this role, Nadella will lead the work to set the agenda for the board, leveraging his deep understanding of the business to elevate the right strategic opportunities and identify key risks and mitigation approaches for the board's review," Microsoft says."As lead independent director, Thompson will retain significant authority including providing input on behalf of the independent directors on board agendas, calling meetings of the independent directors, setting agendas for executive sessions, and leading performance evaluations of the CEO."

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From: Don Green6/22/2021 6:00:49 PM
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The stakes for Microsoft's Windows update

Data: Statcounter Global Stats; Chart: Axios Visuals
While there are many ways Microsoft could improve Windows, a key area is helping people work across multiple devices, including smartphones, writes Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried.

    The company is unveiling a new version of Windows on Thursday.
The big picture: The long-term health of its business still depends on a thriving Windows ecosystem.


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