Windows 10 was again in the news this week as Microsoft delivered updates to the preview versions of the platform for the PC and phone, although the firm has yet to reveal a release date for the latter.
Elsewhere, a reshuffle of the organisation saw Stephen Elop leave the company for a second time, after re-joining when the software giant bought Nokia's handset business last year.
Microsoft also joined those calling for greater patent transparency, and declared that it will start encrypting Bing search traffic by default.
Windows 10 PC, Mobile previews updated as 29 July release date nears
Microsoft is putting the finishing touches to its Windows 10 platform with updates released this week to the preview versions of Windows 10 for x86 PCs and Windows 10 Mobile for phones and small tablets.
Stephen Elop sacrificed in Microsoft's quest for software and hardware unity
Microsoft has announced a major reshuffle of its executive leadership and the divisions they manage, in a shake-up that will see Stephen Elop leave the company.
IBM, Microsoft, ARM and others back open patent database
A number of high-profile companies, including IBM, Microsoft, ARM, BAE Systems, Shazam, Patent Properties, Conversant, Aistemos and Finjan, have combined to tackle the lack of transparency and clear information around who owns what in terms of patents and the protection of intellectual property.
Microsoft backs encrypted Bing searches by default
Microsoft has announced that it will encrypt Bing search traffic by default from this summer. Bing already offers the ability to encrypt searches, but the wider rollout is part of Microsoft's and the industry's plans to encourage broader use.
Microsoft Academy boosts IT skills education in South Wales schools
Microsoft is working with the Welsh Education Authority to improve IT skills and technology access in the South Wales county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff. The county's schools have also joined the Microsoft IT Academy, which offers free IT training for teachers and official qualifications for students in Office applications.
Microsoft offers startups $120,000 of free access to Azure cloud
Microsoft will give startups up to $120,000 worth of Azure cloud credit as part of its BizSpark Plus programme aimed at supporting growing businesses across 47 countries.
Skype for Web beta goes global, adds Chromebook and Linux chat support
The beta version of Skype for Web is now available globally, after the Skype team posted a blog update announcing the move.
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