It looks like Marissa Mayer drove a pretty hard bargain with Microsoft (YHOO, MSFT)

Last week, Marissa Mayer took a big step toward undoing one of her predecessor's business deals by renegotiating Yahoo's search contract with Microsoft. Before, Yahoo and Bing had an exclusive search deal. All of Yahoo's search listings and paid search ads that appeared on desktop PCs were served by Microsoft, and Microsoft took a portion of the revenue for its ads. As of May 1, Yahoo is dependent on Microsoft for only a little more than half (51%) of the search ads and the "algorithmic" Web search Read more [...]

We just got a closer look at Microsoft Office 2016, and here are the features we like

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Microsoft to require suppliers to provide paid leave to workers

The software giant said that paid leave is an important benefit for workersSuppliers that do business with Microsoft in the US will have to provide employees handling the company’s work with at least 15 days of paid leave each year, Microsoft announced on Thursday.“We believe paid time off is an important benefit for workers in our economy,” Brad Smith, general counsel and executive president of legal and corporate affairs at Microsoft, wrote in a blogpost announcing the new initiative. Related: Read more [...]

Microsoft and Samsung Electronics expand partnership to bring Microsoft services to more customers on more devices

REDMOND, Wash. — March 23, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have expanded their global partnership to bring Microsoft mobile productivity services to more consumers and business customers. Samsung is planning to pre-install Microsoft services and apps on its portfolio of Android devices and will deliver secured mobile productivity for businesses through a new Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business Pack. Microsoft is committed to reinventing productivity in a mobile-first, Read more [...]

Microsoft introduces Lumia 430: The most affordable Lumia smartphone

March 19, 2015: This press release was updated post-publication to include Ukraine in the group of select markets to where the Lumia 430 will begin rolling out in April 2015. REDMOND, Wash. — March 19, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Thursday unlocked the promise of smartphone ownership for many more people with the introduction of Lumia 430 Dual SIM, the latest addition to its affordable range of Lumia smartphones. Built with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 software, a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor Read more [...]

Fuji Xerox and Microsoft announce patent agreement

TOKYO and REDMOND, Wash. — March 19, 2015 — Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC announced on Thursday a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. Building on a 2007 cross-licensing agreement, today’s agreement ensures that Microsoft and Fuji Xerox continue to benefit from access to each other’s substantial and valuable patent portfolios and accelerate research and development. “Today’s agreement demonstrates the power of patent licensing to stimulate engagement and Read more [...]