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Microsoft finally killed cloud storage. What’s next?

It’s exciting that we can finally lay the cloud-storage market to rest and embark on more evolved, full-bodied solutions in the cloud that can bring real value to businesses. As the saying goes, “As one life ends, another one begins.”

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Microsoft's Bing beats Google to emoji search

Microsoft today added emoji support to Bing, allowing users to search using the characters and get back results based on their semantic meaning. The feature has been added to Bing search in all English markets, both on desktop and mobile.

The new Outlook.com app launcher.

Microsoft brings Outlook, OneDrive, & Office Online under one launcher

You no longer need to open a bunch of browser tabs to start using online applications from Microsoft like Office Online, Outlook.com, and OneDrive. Today Microsoft has word of an application launcher for its myriad services for consumers, where it will be easy to start using apps at the click of a button.

Building 42 on Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus, one of many buildings where company engineers work on the Microsoft Azure public cloud.

More open-source at Microsoft? You'd better believe it

REDMOND, Wash. — Following Microsoft’s announcement today about new partnerships with operating system startup CoreOS and big data company Cloudera, it’s clearer than it’s been in years the tech giant is committed to working with lots of partners and open-source technologies.