Blair Hanley FrankU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on Microsoft and its competitors in the desktop OS, office suite and browser business for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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NFL Next Gen Stats puts tech rivals Amazon, Microsoft on the same side of the ball

Despite the NFL's partnership with Microsoft, those Surfaces on the sidelines pull data stored on Amazon Web Services, not Microsoft's own Azure platform.

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VMware adds Windows 10 and enhanced graphics support to its virtual machine software

VMware has released new versions of its desktop virtualization products with support for Windows 10 and more.

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Microsoft tests SharePoint 2016 and enterprise cloud hybrid search

The beta software lets IT departments try out the latest features in SharePoint, while a new search feature lets users look up information across on-premises data and Office 365.

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Microsoft starts public test of Cortana app for Android smartphones

Microsoft now lets anyone with an Android phone try out its app that brings the virtual assistant from Windows 10 to a non-Microsoft platform.

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Microsoft sues InterDigital over licensing practices

Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging that patent holding company InterDigital engages in "abusive licensing practices."

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Microsoft fires back at Google with Bing contextual search on Android

"Snapshots on Tap" echoes a feature coming with the next version of Android.

Office 365 beats Salesforce as most popular enterprise service in new survey

Microsoft's office suite as a service made big gains in popularity but still faces competition from Google.

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Parallels Desktop 11 lets Mac users say 'Hey Cortana'

Parallels Desktop 11 launched late Tuesday, with support for the latest desktop operating systems, along with new marquee features like the ability to run.

Microsoft pushes emergency update for Internet Explorer vulnerability

Windows users are encouraged to update their computers as soon as possible, after Microsoft pushed out a patch for an issue in Internet Explorer that lets attackers remotely run malicious code with whatever privileges the current user has.

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Microsoft releases first new Insider Preview build since Windows 10's launch

Microsoft has kicked off its Windows as a service plans with the launch of its first Insider update for Windows 10 Tuesday.

New Windows 10 virtual machine images let anyone test Microsoft's Edge browser

Web developers who want to make sure that their sites and apps run well on Microsoft's new Edge browser can now download a virtual machine that works with popular virtualization software on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. 

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Microsoft tests iOS app that will read you the news

NewsCast pulls in stories from around the web and then uses text-to-speech tech to fill users in.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade will have 'no financial impact' on Microsoft

Letting consumers get the latest version of its operating system won't mean much in terms of the tech giant's finances.

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Microsoft updates Yammer to make working within groups easier

The improvements to Microsoft's enterprise social network focus on content discovery and its user interface