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Microsoft’s work-from-home hybrid model concerns Redmond businesses

Redmond-based Microsoft is adopting a hybrid model for employees to work remotely, which worries some Redmond shops and restaurants who rely on their business.

REDMOND, Wash. — Another major technology company is normalizing working from home. 

Redmond-based Microsoft sent an email to employees that the company will be adapting to a hybrid model that will allow for more flexibility to work from home. 

The hybrid model will allow some employees to work from home permanently, others will be able to relocate and some will return to Microsoft worksites. 

“Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention—guided by employee input, data, and our commitment to support individual workstyles and business needs while living our culture,” said Microsoft in a statement. 

But news of this hybrid model was not the news Redmond restaurants and shops around the once-bustling campus wanted to hear.

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Can Microsoft’s Bing-Edge shopping tools make a dent in Google’s search monopoly?

Microsoft, the onetime monopolist, must find it hard to play the role of underdog. But that’s exactly where the company finds itself today when it comes to the highly non-competitive search market, where Google continues to lead and Microsoft is an extremely distant number two.

Google’s dominance also extends to the browser category, where Microsoft Edge is far behind Chrome. It’s still too early to tell whether Microsoft’s all-new Edge browser, based on Google’s open source Chromium code base, can make a dent in Google’s overwhelming lead on desktop PCs.

Ironically, Microsoft’s latest strategy for winning people over to Bing and Edge involves the same sort of tactic that got them in trouble in the 1990s: tying its search engine and its browser tightly to Windows. The difference in 2020 is that Windows no longer has monopoly power in a world dominated by mobile devices.

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Microsoft’s Surface accessories include a keyboard with a dedicated ‘heart’ emoji key

In addition to the new Microsoft Surface Laptop Go and enhanced Surface Pro X tablet, Microsoft has announced several new accessories to complement its Surface lineup, including new work-from-home hardware.

The additions include the $70 Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard, the $25 Microsoft Number Pad, the $70 Microsoft 4K Wireless Display Adapter, the $50 Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse, and a new Sandstone color for the existing $30 Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse.

The most interesting new arrival may be the Designer Compact Keyboard. It has a “heart” key that (who knows?) may become a new signature key on Microsoft PCs.

Microsoft isn’t saying much about these new accessories, but here’s what we know:

The $70 Microsoft Designer Compact Keyboard is characterized as a “slim, narrow, and elegant keyboard optimized for modern productivity.” As more Bluetooth PC peripherals seem to do these days, you have the option of switching among three different external

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