Microsoft's downsizing could spawn a larger competitor in the crowded field of music streaming apps. MixRadio, part of Microsoft's Nokia division, is seeking investment to become its own company. More flexible work arrangements and better prospects to grow their skills and turn their ideas into action could attract thousands of recently laid off employees at Microsoft to jobs at startups. Microsoft is moving its Yammer product into its Office 365 and Outlook development teams. And Yammer co-founder and chief executive David Sacks announced that he is leaving Microsoft. Satya Nadella is painting an upbeat vision of Microsoft's future, saying the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units will become profitable. Microsoft has started work on unifying parts of its various Windows operating systems, according to CEO Satya Nadella. But before anyone gets too excited, be aware it won't be that simple.
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
Mobile Technology Spotlight
T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T's New Promotion While Verizon Wireless is moving to throttle bandwidth hogs, a scrappy T-Mobile is taking on the giants with a limited-time promotion it hopes will drive up the churn rates of its wireless rivals.