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After his comments regarding how women should ask for a raise in the workplace drew the ire of the media earlier this month, Satya Nadella is now further clarifying his views on the subject. Talking to USA Today and CNBC, Nadella also discussed other topics that include his vision for Microsoft as well as the impact of cloud-based services.

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Microsoft may once again be offering an online store for users in India. Back in 2012, hackers accessed microsoftstore.co.in and stole usernames and passwords for of people who had made purchases from the online store. Microsoft subsequently pulled the plug and the site has been offline ever since. Now it appears as if the site may be operational again as early as next month.

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If you are lucky enough to reside in Sweden, you may want to pencil in Monday, October 29 from 4pm to 8 pm to head to Microsoft's Open house shindig.

As someone who has been to many Microsoft events, let me say from experiences they tend to be much fun (translation: they amply use their budget). For this event, you can expect "food, drinks, contests" and of course the ability to get your hands on all sorts of new hardware for Windows and Windows Phone.

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Microsoft made headlines earlier this season with the NFL exclusively using the Surface to help manage players and for strategy planning. Now it looks like the world's most famous racing circuit in the US is jumping on board too.

Today, Microsoft, and NASCAR are sharing their new partnership, specifically using Windows to power a new racecar inspection process. Previously, NASCAR relied on the old pencil and paper method for checklists, but now the group is outfitted with a Surfaces and some customized Windows software to help automate the tasks.

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Microsoft's ExpertZone has just received a huge refresh. ExpertZone is where Microsoft connects with the thousands of retail professionals who sell Windows Phone, Windows, Xbox, Office and all other Microsoft products. It's on this site where retail pros can join a community of like-minded individuals to learn about all things Microsoft and earn rewards for doing so.

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Microsoft has released an interactive teaching and learning tool called OneNote Class Notebook Creator, which works in a similar way to OneNote allowing students and teachers to type, ink, and save clippings to their notebooks. Where OneNote Class Notebook Creator shines is that it creates a collaborative teaching and learning environment where the teacher could set up a notebook for each student in the class and monitor learning and engagement of each student through their notebooks, distribute digital handouts to all students, and setup a space for students to collaborate.

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Microsoft has announced that Project Spark's beta period has ended. The full release version is now available online and at retail stores for PC and Xbox One. Project Spark is an immersive experience where users not only get to play games, but can create content and games. Users can share their creations as well with other users, allowing for multi-player gaming and game creation.

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