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Apr 2, 2014

Microsoft to offer Windows for free on phones, tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it will give away its Windows operating system to makers of smartphones and small tablets as it seeks to grab a toehold in those fast-growing markets.

Microsoft’s move, announced at its annual developers conference in San Francisco, is an attempt to broaden the small user base of mobile versions of Windows, in the hope that more customers will end up using Microsoft’s cloud-based services such as Skype and Office.

Mar 27, 2014

Microsoft CEO signals new course with Office for iPad

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella took the wraps off an Office software suite designed for Apple Inc’s iPad on Thursday, a widely anticipated move that underscores the new chief’s willingness to point the lumbering software giant in a new direction.

At a news conference Thursday, executives demonstrated a new “touch-first” version of Office crafted for the iPad, available for download as a free app, though a subscription is needed to let users create or edit documents. Significantly, executives did not demo any software on Windows machines.

Mar 26, 2014

Rescuers find more bodies in Washington state mudslide rubble

ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Rescue workers found additional bodies on Tuesday in the rubble left by a Washington state landslide that officials previously confirmed had killed at least 14 people and left scores more missing.

“Additional slide victims have been found at the landslide site off of (State Route) 530 earlier today,” Snohomish County spokeswoman Shari Ireton said in a statement. “The number of victims has not yet been confirmed.”

Mar 25, 2014

Rescuers scour Washington state mudslide rubble; toll expected to rise

ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) – Rescue workers combed through muck and rubble on Tuesday left by a devastating weekend mudslide in Washington state that killed at least 14 people and left scores more missing, and authorities said they expected the death toll to rise through the day.

Even as hopes dwindled of plucking anyone else out alive, about a dozen workers searched overnight for as many as 176 people reported missing since a rain-soaked hillside collapsed on Saturday, swallowing dozens of homes near Oso, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said.

Mar 25, 2014

Microsoft’s CEO may come out swinging

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Satya Nadella, the Indian-born self-described cricket fanatic who took over as Microsoft Corp’s chief executive last month, makes his public debut on Thursday and is expected to go on the offensive right away with some bold strokes.

When Nadella hosts his first major press conference this week, he’s likely to describe – if not officially launch – versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint designed for Apple Inc’s iPad, looking to cash in on a market worth up to $7 billion a year, according to Wall Street analysts.

Mar 19, 2014

Major plane buyer sees Boeing, Airbus supply chain risk

SAN DIEGO, March 18 (Reuters) – Boeing Co and Airbus
are risking over-stressing the fragile aerospace supply
chain as they ramp up plane production to unprecedented levels
to meet strong demand, one of the world’s most influential plane
buyers said on Tuesday.

Steven Udvar-Hazy, chief executive of Air Lease Corp,
one of the world’s biggest aircraft lessors, is also urging the
two plane makers to build new jets to fill the gap between
larger twin-aisle aircraft and smaller narrow-bodied planes,
dubbing the proposed aircraft the ‘Boeing 797′ and ‘Airbus

Mar 18, 2014

Malaysia jet mystery obsesses aero industry, just what to do unclear

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – The global aviation industry is reverberating with shock as well as a range of theories over the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, but most in the business think the unsolved mystery is more of a tragic red herring than a wake-up call for drastic changes.

Despite the lack of new information, flight MH370 was at the top of the agenda on the street, at the pubs and in private meetings this week at the International Society of Transport Air Trading in San Diego, the annual gathering of 1,600 airplane makers, buyers and lessors.

Mar 17, 2014

Microsoft’s CEO may unveil Office for iPad on March 27 -source

March 17 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive
Satya Nadella may unveil an iPad version of the company’s Office
software suite on March 27, a source familiar with the event
told Reuters, and use his first big press appearance to launch
the company’s most profitable product in a version compatible
with Apple Inc’s popular tablet.

Nadella, who replaced longtime CEO Steve Ballmer earlier
this year, will address the media and industry executives in San
Francisco on March 27.

Mar 17, 2014

GECAS may spend $4 billion on ship, chopper investments: CEO

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – GECAS, the world’s largest aviation leasing firm, is looking at investing at least $4 billion in ship financing and helicopter leasing to diversify its portfolio – a potential move that reflects concerns over the value of some current jets.

The aviation leasing arm of General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) invests up to $7 billion annually to resupply and expand its portfolio of 1,700 aircraft, which are rented out to airlines in exchange for a monthly fee, and support its other aviation businesses.

Mar 13, 2014

Microsoft poised to fight back as iPad generation shuns Office

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – It may be one of Microsoft Corp’s biggest squandered opportunities.

Tired of waiting for Office to be optimized for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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