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Microsoft news recap: legal support to employees affected by Donald Trump’s refugee ban, LinkedIn losing money and more

Microsoft (MSFT) news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Satya Nadella comments on the U.S. Executive Order on Immigration, as Microsoft offers legal advice to employees

Donald Trump recently made an Executive Order banning the entry of refugees into the United States from several countries. This order has affected several technology giants, including Microsoft, Apple and Google. Microsoft’s Brad Smith has sent an email to company employees, of which Satya Nadella posted on to his LinkedIn profile. The company is offering legal support to its employees.

As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic.

NFL Super Bowl fans to use Microsoft’s Surface Studio to create cleat designs using Sketchable

The Surface Studio by Microsoft will be available to NFL Super Bowl fans, allowing them to create cleat designs with the Sketchable app for Windows 10.

LinkedIn is still losing money to the tune of $100 million even after Microsoft acquisition

With Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn last year, it appears that LinkedIn isn’t doing all that well. The company made a $100 million loss according to recent financial reports.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book sales stay steady in FY17 Q2 report

Microsoft released its latest financial report for FY17 Q2. The report shows that its Surface business is holding steady, with both Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book sales remaining healthy.

Surface Book Panos Panay

Microsoft apps on Android are stagnating, report shows

Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, has continued to enforce his “mobile-first, cloud-first” ideology. Unfortunately, it seems the “mobile-first” part isn’t being so successful. While the company’s Windows phone business plummets to the bottom of a huge cliff, its presence on Android is also beginning to dwindle as all of its apps with the exception of Excel are beginning to stagnate in usage.

Microsoft has sold “thousands” of HoloLens, says that’s “all we need”

Microsoft claims that it has sold “thousands” of its mixed-reality headset, HoloLens. In addition to this, it claims that that is all they need to sell and they’re contempt with current sales numbers.

We’re not trying to sell hundreds of thousands or millions or anything, it’s expensive, and it’s not in huge numbers. So we’re happy with the level of sales that we’ve got – I can’t tell you anything about the numbers, but it’s in thousands, not hundreds of thousands, and that’s fine. That’s all we need.

That’s it for this week. We’ll be back with more Microsoft news next week!

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