Updates on Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Tweaking Features, Modern Computing & Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO)

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Microsoft gives Bing a makeover (CNet)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is giving its Bing search engine an overhaul to better compete with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). Like Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) earlier this month, Bing is getting a redesigned logo, along with a refreshed, modern homepage design. But Microsoft’s changes go beyond the cosmetic by introducing new features and tweaking existing ones.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Giving Apple Inc. (AAPL) a Run for its ‘Patent Money’

Microsoft begins offering free Azure training for researchers (ZDNet)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has begun to offer free technical training for researchers interested in taking their work to the cloud on the Windows Azure platform. The courses offered will run for two days, and, according to Microsoft, target “active scientists who are interested in coding in a modern computing context, as well as for computer scientists who are working with such researchers”.

Box.com melds Google and Microsoft into document engine of the future (WIRED)
Aaron Levie, the 28-year-old CEO of Silicon Valley startup Box, happened to notice that ex-Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) kingpin Steven Sinofsky was returning to the US after a trip to Africa, so he tracked him down on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). “I think I poked him,” Levie says, in his typically impish way.

Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor (The Register)
After making headlines with its unexpectedly voluminous contributions to the Linux kernel in 2012, Microsoft has all but disappeared from the Linux development scene, according the latest report from the Linux Foundation. The last edition of the Foundation’s annual Linux kernel development report saw Microsoft break into the top 20 companies to have made kernel contributions, at number 17. That meant Redmond contributed around 1 per cent of all changes during the period studied. In this year’s report, however, Microsoft is nowhere to be found.

Should Microsoft kill SharePoint? [Gartner] (memeburn)
Apparently SharePoint is on its way out and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) should probably start thinking about doing away with it. This is according to Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann, who also suggests that companies who rely heavily on SharePoint ought to start start preparing for a cloud-based future.

Cramer: Is Microsoft’s new dividend necessary? (CNBC)

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