Retiring Microsoft Office Vice President Kurt DelBene is going to be heading up the revamp of the troubled HealthCare.gov site.Politico reported the news on Tuesday. The US Department of Health and Human Services confirmed it shortly thereafter.
Microsoft announced in July 2013 that DelBene, a 20-year Microsoft veteran, would be retiring as Microsoft reorganized itself along more device/services-focused lines. DelBene's last day at Microsoft was Monday, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed.
Kathleen Sebelius, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced DelBene's appointment in a press release today. From that release:
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"The Simpsons" annual Halloween episodes traditionally feature an opening sequence that deviates from the norm. For the 25th anniversary of the "Treehouse of Horror" specials, the credits have made a sort of return to the basic sequence of events, with a particularly brilliant touch: the leadership of master of horror Guillermo del Toro.
According to Entertainment Weekly, del Toro was offered a choice of providing a guest voice or a couch gag and instead opted to reimagine the entire credits sequence.
"I really wanted to land the connections between the [show's] set pieces and the titles and some of the most iconic horror movies and intersperse them with some of my stuff in there for pure joy," he said. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Greg's Cable Map shows international fiber-optic cables installed underwater.
- This is the NYPD's secret spy cab.
- Could a Spawn remake really be happening?
- Too easy: Porn Hub breaks down popular search terms by state.
- Meet the Nintendo 2DS: Just $129.99, minus the good looks.
If Microsoft is cooking up an Office app for iPhones and iPads, Office division President Kurt DelBene isn't saying.
DelBene gave little insight into the possibility, bandied about for the last few years, at Morgan Stanley's Technology, Media & Telecom Conference this morning. During a question-and-answer session, DelBene noted the premium tablet experience for Office is on Microsoft's Surface RT and Surface Pro devices, which run Windows 8. As for iOS devices, DelBene said that users can view Office files, such as Excel spreadsheets, on Microsoft's SkyDrive storage service.
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Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer insists the software giant is really a devices and services company.
Today, the company makes one of its biggest pushes yet, launching a subscription service of its Office franchise to consumers who are increasingly doing their computing on mobile gadgets and Web applications. The software giant debuts Office 365 Home Premium, the latest offering from its widely used productivity software group.
The new service, which costs $99.99 a year, offers consumers access to the most recent version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. The license covers up to five devices and … Read more
MITAD DEL MUNDO, Ecuador--The effort to mark exactly where the equator traverses this tiny country roughly the size of Colorado -- if Colorado were filled with not just tall, jagged mountains, but also with jungle and rainforest and swamp and humid lowlands -- has been filled with centuries of folly and misplaced monuments. Now a provincial government in Ecuador wants to finally get it right, and make a big statement at the same time.
Despite being the longest way around the Earth, the equator is relatively hard to get to. Just take a look at your globe (OK, Google Earth will do) and you'll notice it passes through an awful lot of empty ocean, some remote islands, the Amazon, and some typically inaccessible parts of Africa. These raw geographic realities have made Ecuador particularly important for those on a quest for middle earth (not Middle Earth) for centuries. … Read more
Links from Friday's episode of Loaded:Apple and Google will testify before Congress next month regarding smartphone privacy Hulu Plus is coming to Xbox Live
Best Buy is giving away free phones until tomorrow
Research In Motion acquires a calendaring company called Tungle
The Jurassic Park video game will come out this fall on Xbox and PlayStationPepsi announces social vending-machines that let you gift sodas to your friends
The 404 Podcast simply wouldn't exist in its current state without the help of Natali Morris, and today we're throwing a big send-off for our favorite guest host, replete with flowers, gifts, special chat room liasons, best-of moments, Natali's list things she will and won't miss, and plenty of Boyz II Men.We also can't let her leave without doing a few choice impersonations, since she's just so good at them. If you didn't get a chance to say goodbye in the chat room this morning, you can wish her well on Twitter and follow her post-CNET career on her blog.
It's not a goodbye forever, though--just the end of Natali Thursdays on The 404. You'll definitely see her on future episodes, and we wish her the best in the meantime!The 404 Digest for Episode 809
Our favorite Natali moments:Natali plays an unnerving game of Marry/Boff/Kill. We try to guess Natali's weight, and it doesn't end well. Natali's first (of many) freak-outs on the show. Our favorite picture of Natali. Don't be mad at me! Episode 809 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:
The white iPhone 4 launches at long lastYahoo sells off Delicious to the founders of YouTube
Microsoft admits a security breach on the Xbox
Google adds new voice features to the Chrome browserState Farm Insurance launches an app that will tell you if you drive like a jerk