Stack ranking, an employee-evaluation process that has been roundly criticized by many current and former Microsoft employees, is being abolished at the company.
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Microsoft is introducing a new philanthropy program aimed at youth outreach in which it is investing half a billion dollars over three years.
Microsoft is moving a number of its healthcare products and people to a new health-focused joint venture it is forming with GE.
Microsoft has signed yet another patent-protection deal with an Android phone/tablet maker. This time it's Samsung which is paying Microsoft an undisclosed amount for licensing undisclosed patents.
Microsoft's new review and compensation system -- designed to help the company attract and keep tech talent -- is beginning to roll out. Will the new system slow or spur more Microsoft defections?
With Google phasing out its Google Health electronic-records service, Microsoft is wooing Google Health users and developers to move their data and applications over to Microsoft's HealthVault alternative.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced to the troops on April 21 plans to overhaul the company's employee review and compensation system.
Microsoft is moving full-steam ahead with its healthcare push, while Google may be pulling back -- and possibly pulling out all together -- from the electronic medical records space.
Most of the TechFest 2011 projects that Microsoft is highlighting visibly are those that focus on using gestures, touch, computer vision and speech as ways to interact with PCs and other computing devices.
A "surprise" employee-only Town Hall meeting on benefits, the departure of a 24-year veteran Microsoft Technical Fellow and other tidbits round out this week in Microsoft news.