Microsoft (MSFT +2%) roundup: 1) Windows 8.1's (Blue) UI changes will include improved portrait...

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Microsoft (MSFT +2%) roundup: 1) Windows 8.1's (Blue) UI changes will include improved portrait mode support. Whereas the first round of Win. 8 tablets have aspect ratios optimized for landscape viewing (better for video/gaming), the iPad has kept a portrait-friendly aspect ratio (better for reading). 2) Microsoft claims it has added 30K Azure customers since April, thanks to a major pickup in growth following the official launch of cloud infrastructure services (at first, Azure was purely a cloud app development platform). The company also promises to add 25 new data centers this year to expand Azure's reach. 3) Microsoft is facing a backlash from gamers over the Xbox One's verification and Internet connection requirements. (more on 8.1)