What’s up with Microsoft and the metaverse?

Microsoft dreamed up its AR headset over a decade ago. What’s happened since?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 27, 2022

Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard for $69B, explained

Satya Nadella just made his biggest deal ever, topping LinkedIn in 2016 ($26B) and Nuance Communications in 2021 ($20B)

Trung T. Phan • January 19, 2022

Microsoft wants to beat Meta at its own game

Microsoft wants in on the metaverse, and its vision could pit it squarely against Meta.

Rob Litterst • November 4, 2021

Meet M12: Microsoft’s venture capital arm

M12 was launched in 2016 and has invested in 107 companies, including 13 unicorns.

Trung T. Phan • September 14, 2021

Corporations want to shake Microsoft Excel. It’s not so easy.

CFOs want to replace Microsoft Excel with new tools. Why? Remote work has exposed Excel’s weaknesses.

Rob Litterst • July 26, 2021

Microsoft’s Windows 11 update is good for competition. But it’s still trying to kill Slack.

Microsoft has bundled its messaging service (Teams) into its new operating system update.

Trung T. Phan • June 28, 2021

Apple and Microsoft are beefing (again)

Microsoft and Apple are fighting over the App Store, PC sales, AR glasses, and more.

Trung T. Phan • May 17, 2021

Microsoft drops $16B to acquire Nuance in its biggest deal since LinkedIn

Microsoft acquired Nuance to boost its health care platform.

Trung T. Phan • April 13, 2021

US Army eyes the future, awards Microsoft $21.9B contract for AR headsets

Microsoft is building 120k advanced AR headsets for the US Army. It’s not the company’s first foray into National Defense.

Jacob Cohen • April 2, 2021

Airtable and the unbundling of Microsoft Office

Airtable -- which raised money at a massive $5.8B valuation -- is one of the most high-profile startups unbundling a single Microsoft Office function.

Trung T. Phan • March 18, 2021

PlayStation and Xbox are making very different bets on the future of gaming

Microsoft lost to Sony in the previous round of the console wars. The company is responding with an entirely new strategy for its Xbox gaming division.

Trung T. Phan • September 28, 2020

A comical look at Microsoft’s $1B+ acquisitions

Microsoft’s $7.5B acquisition of game publisher ZeniMax Media is its 11th acquisition of $1B+ since 1987. Here’s what you need to know about the others.

Trung T. Phan • September 22, 2020

To win the cloud, Amazon and Microsoft are giving startups free sales support

Why are Microsoft and Amazon providing free enterprise sales support to startups? To get in with the companies while they're young and capture value as they grow.

Trung T. Phan • September 18, 2020

Foldable screens are here. What’s next for ‘-able’ tech?

Microsoft released its dual-screen foldable smartphone, which got us thinking… what’s the next big thing in “-able” tech?

Bobby Durben • September 11, 2020

Instead of building a new campus, Microsoft will spend $500m on affordable housing

Microsoft is investing $500m in affordable housing, bucking the Silicon Valley trend of building a multibillion-dollar campus and donating the change to homelessness nonprofits.

Conor Grant • January 18, 2019

Racing Amazon for JEDI contract, Microsoft gives US intelligence a seat on its cloud

To win the cloud wars for the government’s $10B JEDI contract to build a war-cloud, Microsoft launched a government version of its cloud services.

Conor Grant • May 22, 2018

A Microsoft font is scandalizing Pakistan’s First Family

How Calibri is playing a crucial role in an unfolding political scandal in Pakistan.

Zachary Crockett • July 13, 2017

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