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Top Microsoft execs weigh in on Trump’s immigration ban

Slowly but surely, the tech world is reacting to a sweeping executive order signed by Trump on Friday that closes the United States’ borders to refugees and citizens from a number of countries. Some have shared personal stories or reflected on the ways in which such policy will negatively impact …

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Microsoft offering legal help to employees affected by Trump immigration order

At first, President Trump’s immigration order looked like it would mostly affect refugees from seven majority Muslim nations (which itself is shameful). The order is so sweeping, however, that it also includes any green card and visa holders from these countries. So if you were a citizen of these countries …

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Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools

Microsoft today announced Intune for Education, a new tier of its existing enterprise application and device management service that’s specifically meant for school. In addition, the company announced that a number of its partners will soon start shipping a wider variety of affordable Windows 10 PCs. This move comes shortly …

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Microsoft partners with Trimble, University of Cambridge to make HoloLens a better tool for the construction industry

Microsoft has long positioned its HoloLens augmented reality (AR) helmet as a tool for the enterprise. One of the verticals the company has been especially interested in is construction and late last year, Trimble’s $1,499 SketchUp Viewer became the first commercial HoloLens application for the construction industry in the Windows …

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Microsoft Q2 earnings edge higher on Office and cloud services growth

Microsoft reported financials for its fiscal second quarter today, posting earnings of $0.83 per share on $26.1 billion in revenue. Growth was led by its Office and cloud segments, which the company is betting on to fuel future growth. Microsoft’s results compared with Wall Street’s forecast of $0.79 per share on revenue of $25.3 billion …

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Watch Microsoft Accelerator London’s Demo Day Here

TechCrunch is pleased to offer Microsoft Accelerator’s London Demo Day today at 4:00 p.m. GMT, 8:00 a.m. PST. The Microsoft Accelerator is a six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs scale to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the world, from Seattle to Beijing, from London to Tel-Aviv. The Microsoft Accelerator in London …

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Microsoft is killing Xbox One’s Snap mode

I always really, really liked the idea of “Snap Mode” on Xbox One. It’d let you run a game on 75% of the screen, all while running another app on a vertical sliver of the screen. Playing Titanfall and watching Always Sunny? Yes please. Alas, the feature’s real world execution …

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is joining the Starbucks board

Satya Nadella is set to join the board of Starbucks. The Microsoft CEO was announced as one of a trio of nominees who, if approved by shareholders, will increase the size of the coffee brand’s board to 14 people. Starbucks said Nadella was put forward for his “invaluable insight in international operations and …

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Court won’t reconsider DOJ argument in Microsoft customer data case

Microsoft won a narrow victory in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals today, as the court split 4-4 on whether to rehear arguments from the Department of Justice about why it wants to access Microsoft customer data stored on servers in Ireland. The Justice Department and Microsoft have grappled over …

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Microsoft acquires 3D optimization service Simplygon

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Simplygon, a company that develops 3D-optimization solutions for game developers and other industries that need to visualize 3D data. Simplygon’s SDK is used by many major game development studios and the company recently expanded into the AR/VR market, too. Given Microsoft’s push into AR …

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