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  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft debuted its new Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, in what the company hopes will be a pivotal moment in its bid regain its sway in a world where the PC is no longer king. Microsoft is counting on tens or even hundreds of millions more to download its latest release for free in coming months. Microsoft and major PC makers are planning a...

  • July 29- Microsoft Corp's launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface. Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler said Windows 10 fixes most of the issues with Windows 8 and improves on Windows 7,...

  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations? Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 10:44 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her Issaquah, Washington, living room.

  • What Windows 10 means for Microsoft investors Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 9:02 AM ET
    The Microsoft logo is seen at the Microsoft store in New York City, July 28, 2015.

    It's the Windows you know, only better. That is how Microsoft describes its new operating system, which officially launched Wednesday.

  • Windows 10: Why app makers aren't impressed Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    Microsoft's Windows 10 has hit the market but the company's mobile struggles has put some developers off making apps for the OS.

  • Early movers: HLT, ANTM, ETN, TWTR, GSK & more Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:54 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • July 29- Microsoft Corp launched its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system at midnight on Wednesday. "There are massive headwinds in Microsoft's bread-and-butter PC business, making it crucial that the Windows 10 cloud approach opens up new growth avenues for the Windows business," FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note on Monday.

  • Windows 10: Microsoft steps back to move forward Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:53 AM ET
    Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

    Some new features are promising, the balance between old and new seems right, and, if bugs get erased, Windows 10 would be a good choice for devotees.

  • Microsoft launches much-awaited Windows 10 Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:26 AM ET

    July 29- Microsoft Corp launched its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system at midnight on Wednesday. The new operating system is designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones and is part of Chief Executive Satya Nadella's push towards winning back lost ground in the tablets and mobile arena. Last week, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood said the...

  • Nokia launches virtual reality camera Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 3:58 AM ET

    HELSINKI, July 29- Finland's Nokia, once the world's largest phone maker, has unveiled a spherical camera designed for making 3 D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets. Nokia is going through restructuring after selling its mobile phone business to Microsoft last year and following that up with a proposed 15.6 billion...

  • What would you buy: Germany's DAX or Apple? Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 1:22 AM ET
    Customers take photos while waiting on line to purchase the Apple iPhone 5 outside the Apple Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York.

    Despite reporting robust second-quarter earnings last week, the value of Apple shares quickly plunged and have struggled to regain momentum.

  • Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years. Windows 8 was Microsoft's way of modernizing personal computers, as smartphones and tablets grew more popular. Apps that weren't designed for touch— including Microsoft's...

  • Will Windows 10 be a game changer for Microsoft? Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:53 PM ET

    Microsoft will try to reinvigorate its business with the release of just one product - Windows 10.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed about 1 percent higher as investors cheered some recovery in oil prices, amid mixed earnings and the beginning of the Fed meeting.

  • What you need to know about Microsoft's giveaway Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 11:33 AM ET
    A Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco last April.

    Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday and the company is offering an upgrade for free. Here are the details.

  • Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. No one's expected to line up overnight for Windows 10, the way people did 20 years ago for Windows 95. But Microsoft...

  • Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and 10 other well-known companies joined the White House in launching the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a campaign that the White House said would inject $140 billion in low-carbon investments into the global economy. Mindy Lubber, president of environmental investor group Ceres, applauded the announcements but said...

  • Nigeria tech enclave springs up in Lagos suburb Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 7:52 AM ET

    LAGOS, July 27- At first glance, Yaba is like many other parts of Nigeria's sprawling commercial capital: a cacophony of car horns and shouting street vendors, mingling with exhaust fumes and the occasional stench of sewage. But in between the run-down buildings in this seemingly inauspicious part of Lagos, a city of around 21 million, tech start-ups are taking...

  • China lifting ban on sales of video game consoles Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:36 AM ET

    BEIJING— China is lifting its ban on sales of video game consoles to promote the industry and a new manufacturing zone in Shanghai. Consoles produced in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone will automatically be approved for sale in the rest of China, according to a Ministry of Culture notice dated Friday. Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. both have announced plans to...

  • Bits of wisdom from business' boldface names Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

    From advice they've received to their own motivational nuggets, here are bits of wisdom from some of business' boldface names.