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Microsoft signals it's committed to Surface hardware for the long haul

09/23/2013, 04:09 pm

Though Microsoft has lost hundreds of millions of dollars on its Surface tablets, the company made it clear on Monday that it has no intention of backing away from the platform, going as far as to openly state plans are in place for future Surface tablets in the years to come.


First look: Microsoft's second-gen Surface tablets & keyboard covers

09/23/2013, 02:09 pm

Members of the media were given their first hands-on with Microsoft's new slimmer and lighter Surface tablets and accompanying accessories on Monday, and AppleInsider was on-hand for the event.


Microsoft outs new Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 in latest pitch to tablet generation

09/23/2013, 12:09 pm

Microsoft on Monday used a media event in Manhattan to show off the next wave of its Surface devices, doubling down on an effort to simulate Apple's widely successful ecosystem by which the company is responsible for developing both the tablet's software and hardware.


Microsoft continues its attack on Apple with new ads panning iPhone 5c & 5s colors [u]

09/13/2013, 02:09 pm

Microsoft continued its advertising offensive against Apple on Friday as a series of videos mocking the iPhone 5s and 5c appeared on the official Windows Phone YouTube channel.


Microsoft starts buying used iPads for $200 Microsoft Store gift cards, pushes Surface

09/12/2013, 07:09 pm

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it has initiated a limited time offer which allows iPad owners to trade in their old tablets for at least a $200 gift card, which can be applied to a Surface RT, Surface Pro, or any other product at the company's retail stores.


Samsung, others try to rain on Apple's iPhone parade with ads surrounding coverage

09/11/2013, 11:09 am

Apple's iOS device unveilings are typically the top talk of whatever day they occur on and sometimes the day after that but that didn't stop a number of the company's competitors from trying to steal the spotlight from the iPhone 5s and 5c with some strategically-placed ads.


The Apple Era begins as Microsoft, Google shift to a hardware centric model

09/07/2013, 02:09 pm

The formerly universal consensus that widely licensed software (like Windows) would always win out over integrated hardware products (like the Macintosh) has finally reached a definitive end, years after being proved wrong.


Microsoft's OneNote for iOS gets notebook creation, 'Dots' gets new game mode

09/06/2013, 04:09 pm

Microsoft has released an update to its OneNote app for iPad that further frees it from from the desktop, and popular time-waster game Dots is going to receive a new play mode for just one week.


Judge slaps Motorola with $14.5M payout to Microsoft for FRAND abuse

09/05/2013, 04:09 pm

A federal jury has ruled that Motorola must pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages, finding that the Google-owned smartphone maker breached its obligation to license standards-essential technology in a fair and non-discriminatory fashion.


Set to depart Nokia, Stephen Elop eyed as top candidate for CEO of Microsoft

09/03/2013, 11:09 am

Some motivation behind Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset division may be to tap CEO Stephen Elop as the successor to outgoing Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, observers have speculated.


$7.2B smartphone business sale seen as a win for Nokia, major gamble for Microsoft

09/03/2013, 09:09 am

Microsoft's proposed $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia's handset division has been called as a victory for Nokia, completing its transformation into a network infrastructure business. But now the difficult task of gaining traction in the highly competitive smartphone hardware market will be Microsoft's job.


Microsoft to buy Nokia's cell phone business for $7.2B, will license patents and services

09/03/2013, 12:09 am

In a pair of statements released early Tuesday, Microsoft and Nokia announced that the two companies have entered into a mutual agreement in which the Windows Phone maker will purchase the Finnish firm's Device and Services Business, as well as license patents and mapping assets, for $7.17 billion.


Windows 8 jumps past Apple's OS X with 7.4% market share

09/02/2013, 11:09 am

It hasn't been nearly as successful as Microsoft hoped and promised a year ago, but the Windows 8 platform continues to inch forward in market share, most recently surpassing the overall installed base for Apple's Mac OS X.


Microsoft permanently slashes price on struggling Surface Pro to $799

08/30/2013, 11:08 am

Microsoft's Surface tablet lineup, which has thus far failed to gain traction against Apple's iPads, saw a permanent price cut this week, most notably among the high-end Surface Pro, which now sells for $100 less.


Uncertainty at Microsoft sparks concern about retaining current employees

08/27/2013, 03:08 pm

With Chief Executive Steve Ballmer set to retire and Microsoft undergoing major structural changes, employees at the software giant are said to be spooked, sparking concern that retaining current workers could be a challenge.


CEO Steve Ballmer's exit not as 'planned' or 'smooth' as suggested by Microsoft

08/26/2013, 08:08 am

Though a statement by Microsoft suggested the forthcoming retirement of Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been in consideration for some time, a new report says the reality is Ballmer did not intend to leave the company so soon.


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer calls it quits, to retire within a year

08/23/2013, 09:08 am

Microsoft announced on Friday that its chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months, once his successor has been chosen, bringing to an end a 13-year reign over the software giant.


Microsoft now giving away Surface RT tablets to boost Bing use in schools

08/21/2013, 11:08 am

Microsoft is looking to make a bigger splash in the education segment for both its hardware and search divisions, offering schools the ability to earn free Surface RT units in exchange for regular use of its Bing search platform.


Battle of the billion dollar buybacks: Apple, Inc. vs Microsoft Corporation

08/16/2013, 03:08 am

Over the past fifteen years, both Apple and Microsoft have invested in Apple, while Microsoft has also invested in itself. Here's a look at how those investments worked out, with particular attention to stock buybacks, a panacea certain billionaire investors are prescribing for Apple.


Steve Jobs's $1.1 billion AAPL windfall & Steve Ballmer's $11 billion MSFT blunder

08/14/2013, 04:08 pm

After taking over as Microsoft's chief executive in 2000, Steve Ballmer presided over the liquidation of Apple's stock his company had acquired three years earlier in its $150 million investment in Apple. In retrospect, that was a fantastically bad idea.