This was a busy week for Microsoft, as the firm disclosed the purchase of professional social network LinkedIn for the staggering sum of $26.2bn.
Microsoft also incurred the wrath of IT administrators everywhere when a fix included in the latest round of Patch Tuesday updates turned out to be flawed, and support staff were left to pick up the pieces.
Elsewhere, the countdown to the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update continued apace after the company released two new preview builds to the Windows Insider test community this week.
Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2bn
Microsoft has bought LinkedIn for a huge $26.2bn in one of the biggest tech deals in the firm's history. The all-cash purchase values the shares at $196, and is expected to close before the end of the year.
Microsoft faces ire of IT staff with faulty Patch Tuesday update
Microsoft has created problems for system administrators with the latest Patch Tuesday update after one of the fixes exposed drives that were supposed to be hidden.
Patch Tuesday: Microsoft issues five critical fixes covering IE, Edge and Office
Microsoft has issued the latest Patch Tuesday security update, releasing 16 fixes for core products including five rated critical.
Microsoft pushes out new builds for PC and Mobile as Windows 10 Anniversary Update nears
Microsoft has released new preview builds of Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile as the firm focuses on finalising the code for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update due within weeks.
Microsoft delivers Windows 10 Preview Build 14367 for PC and Mobile
Microsoft has delivered another preview release build of Windows 10 for the PC and mobile phone platforms, just days after the previous update.
Microsoft lifts the lid on Project Bletchley blockchain-as-a-service offering
Microsoft has announced details of a new Azure-based blockchain-as-a-service offering called Project Bletchley that aims to make it easier for enterprises to adopt and build on blockchain services.
Microsoft shows how to link Power BI and Azure ML to visualise big data
Microsoft highlighted the firm's analytics credentials by detailing how platforms can be used together to produce output in a way that chief information officers and others can act on, specifically using Power BI to visualise results from the Azure Machine Learning service, now part of the broader Cortana Intelligence Suite.
Microsoft buys Wand Labs to boost 'conversation-as-a-platform' chatbot push
Microsoft has announced the acquisition of a messaging app developer called Wand Labs that the firm said will accelerate its conversation-as-a-platform plans. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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