Microsoft is bundling together four of its subscription services into a new $199 Work & Play Bundle which it is offering in the U.S. through early January 2015.
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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Send her an email with your rants, rumors, tips and tattles. Confidentiality guaranteed.
Microsoft veteran Lisa Brummel, the head of human resources at the company since 2005, is retiring at the end of 2014.
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Microsoft has finalized its acquisition of Minecraft maker Mojang, which it bought for $2.5 billion.
Microsoft is making available new versions of its Office apps for iPads and iPhones, and is making more of the core Office functionality available for free to consumers.
Microsoft is opening up its preview program for Office for Android and plans to deliver the final version of the suite in early 2015.
Microsoft is preparing to release a preview of a new version of its Azure SQL database before year-end which is aimed at simplifying the move of database applications to the cloud.
Microsoft and Dropbox are partnering to improve integration between Dropbox and Microsoft Office.
Microsoft is making a new per-user Windows licensing option available to its enterprise customers which may help simplify bring-your-own-device scenarios involving Windows, iOS and Android.
Microsoft's latest CRM release, Dynamics CRM 2015, will be available in December 2014 and will feature built-in support for Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant.
Microsoft is seeking testers for its Skype Translator real-time video translation service, which will be available in limited preview form before year-end.
Microsoft is slowly continuing to expand availability of its Surface Pro 3 tablets by expanding its reseller ranks, as well as getting the devices on the U.S. GSA government schedule.
Microsoft's fitness band may be the first device to leverage the coming Windows 10 Internet of Things operating system, as well as a number of brand-new Azure cloud services.
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