With Ballmer retiring, tech world awaits white smoke from Redmond

Mere days into the Steve Ballmer Successor Watch, guessing who will be his replacement has become a new tech industry pastime.

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Perceived missteps may have hit a tipping point for Ballmer

An accumulation of perceived missteps under Steve Ballmer's leadership may have hit a tipping point this year, leading to Friday's groundshaking announcement that Bill Gates' former right hand and heir, as well as Microsoft's fiercest cheerleader, will step down as CEO within the next 12 months.

Former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky lands at top venture capital firm

Steven Sinofsky, who exited Microsoft abruptly weeks after his Windows 8 brainchild shipped, has found a new gig at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Outlook.com and Skype integration starts to roll out

Microsoft has integrated Outlook.com with Skype in several countries, including the U.K., the U.S. and Germany, offering users the ability to tap Skype functions and contacts from within the interface of the webmail application.

Adobe tries to simplify mobile viewing of Connect Web meetings

Adobe's Connect Web conferencing product now has a fee-based MP4 conversion service.

Microsoft to sell struggling Surface tablets to business customers outside the U.S.

The move builds on a similar effort Microsoft launched in July to tap distributors and resellers to push Surface tablets to U.S. businesses.

Microsoft's Outlook.com is back up

The Outlook.com issue prevented affected users from seeing all their email messages.

Samsung buys German OLED specialist

Samsung has bought German organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology developer Novaled, in a bet on the next-generation technology for digital displays.

Microsoft Pushes Its Way Into Crowded Unified Communications Market

Microsoft's Lync has evolved into a serious unified communications competitor for enterprises looking to upgrade or adopt a UC platform. In a crowded field where players still struggle with interoperability issues, Lync's integration with Skype is a potentially transformational improvement.

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Microsoft finally discloses Office 365 uptime data

Microsoft releases availability data for each of the past four quarters for users of Office 365.

Box wants to be the teacher's pet

As a new school year approaches, Box is hoping to march into more campuses right alongside students and teachers with its cloud storage and file sharing application.

Asana links up with Harvest so workers can track time spent on tasks

Employees who organize and prioritize their work with Asana's task management software will now be able to track the time they spend on each project assignment.

Jive improves gamification, analytics in enterprise social suite

Jive is rolling out of its software assembly line a new version of its enterprise social networking (ESN) suite with enhanced gamification and sharper analytics, as well as deep integration with Salesforce.com's Chatter, Microsoft's Yammer and Evernote.

Like a pinball, Zimbra bounces again, now to Telligent from VMware

Telligent has acquired Zimbra from VMware in order to give its enterprise social networking suite an enterprise email and calendaring component.

Forrester: File-sync-and-share use heats up for businesses

Dropbox and similar services, with their intuitive and user-friendly interfaces, are in wide uses in businesses, and CIOs are urged to take note, according to a new study.