Microsoft reported its largest-ever quarterly net loss, hurt by a $7.5 billion writedown after the purchase of Nokia’s handset unit failed to rescue (...)

Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft. The company is to cut almost 8,000 jobs

Microsoft plans to cut as many as 7,800 jobs and write down about $7.6 billion on its Nokia phone- handset unit, wiping out nearly all of the value(...)

 Mark Penn, a former Democratic campaign strategist now serving as chief strategy officer for Microsoft, is one of four executives leaving the software giant. He is leaving to work in the private equity field. (Photograph: Matthew Ryan Williams/The New York Times)

Stephen Elop, the former top boss at phone-maker Nokia, is one of four high-level executives leaving Microsoft Corp as the company sharpens its focus (...)

Hedge fund manager John Paulson: joins a parade of the financial industry’s richest figures making donations to their alma maters, but he rejected criticism his gift perpetuates inequality by endowing money on an elite university. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

John Paulson, the hedge fund manager famed for betting against US housing in 2007, has made the largest ever donation to Harvard University, giving $4(...)

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella at the Build conference in San Francisco: ‘Microsoft has bold ambitions for platforms that empower developers across Windows, Azure and Office.’ Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

For a company that only three years ago was accused of failing to innovate, Microsoft isn’t doing too badly. At its Build developer conference, the co(...)

The 10-year search partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo was crafted by former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. Photograph: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg

Yahoo and Microsoft have added a termination clause to the terms of their search partnership agreement under which either company can end the deal on(...)

The Google building at Barrow street, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The private lunch in Brussels, a week before Christmas Day in 2012, had an almost celebratory air. Google chairman Eric Schmidt and then-European comp(...)

‘So important is the need for tech companies to reinvent the market that they find themselves spending millions devising solutions for problems that don’t exist.’ Above, Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

I am going to hold my breath and make a prediction that appears to defy the drift of history. The launch of the Apple Watch is the computing giant’s c(...)

Mark Zuckerberg:  one of the most generous of American donors when generosity is measured not solely by amounts donated, but as the proportion of total wealth of an individual or company. Photograph: Norbert von der Groeben/Reuters

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently gave $25 million to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. It’s an impressive and much-needed donation, coming from(...)

A screenshot of the game “Minecraft.” The game, which Microsoft likes enough to buy its parent company for $2.5 billion, has succeeded partly by demolishing generational and gender boundaries that usually carve the games business into separate categories.

Microsoft, maker of the Xbox video-game console, agreed to acquire Mojang AB, the software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion(...)