Chinese officials toured several Microsoft offices in China and took away computers and other papers as potential evidence.
Many people hated Windows 8 when it came out in October 2012. Microsoft responded a year later with Windows 8.1. With the free update, people can change settings to boot computers directly into the desktop.
Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers’ complaints and other feedback.
Microsoft Corp. acknowledged it had searched emails in a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets.
As the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years Friday, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the company’s fast-growing cloud computing business
Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs.
Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web — even to those who don’t use Windows 8.
Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move comes amid lukewarm response to the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system and a steady decline in demand for PCs.
Microsoft says a planned update to its Windows 8 operating system will be made available for free later this year.
Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales.