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Topic: Microsoft

Microsoft quarterly results reflect troubled PC market, middling Windows 8 launch

01/25/2013, 10:01 am

Microsoft this week announced its second quarter of fiscal 2013 earnings, revealing more than 60 million Windows 8 licenses sold. Industry observers, though, remain cautious on the software giant in light of trends in the PC sector.

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Microsoft launching Surface Pro, expanding Surface RT lineup on Feb. 9

01/22/2013, 04:01 pm

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will expand its Surface tablet lineup next month with the new "Pro" model running Windows 8, as well as a new "RT" version with 64 gigabytes of storage.

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Samsung nixes plans for Windows RT tablets in US, citing 'modest' demand

01/12/2013, 01:01 pm

Samsung no longer plans to launch a tablet in the U.S. running Microsoft's Windows RT platform due to a number of factors, including consumer confusion and slow sales.

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Patents awarded to Apple surge 68% in 2012

01/10/2013, 05:01 pm

Apple was granted a total of 1,135 patents in 2012, ranking it 21st among companies worldwide, up from 39th a year prior.

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Samsung, Microsoft hype new 'Youm' flexible OLED display tech

01/09/2013, 01:01 pm

Samsung's day-two keynote at CES was full of surprises, including new bendable screen technology called "Youm," as well as an appearance by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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Apple's iPad expected to help hold 2013 PC growth to 2%

01/07/2013, 09:01 am

A new forecast calls for worldwide PC sales to grow just 2 percent this year, held back by demand for Apple's iPad and a tepid response to Windows 8.

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US MacBook sales drop 6% over 2012 holidays, NPD says

01/04/2013, 11:01 am

In spite of discounts on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and even Thanksgiving Day, Apple's MacBook line of computers saw a 6 percent decrease in U.S. sales over the five-week-long 2012 holiday sales period.

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Apple's share of US mobile phone market grows to 18.5%

01/03/2013, 01:01 pm

A new survey of U.S. mobile subscribers has found that Apple's iPhone continues to take a larger share of the overall market, up 1.4 percentage points to 18.5 percent.

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Microsoft scoops up home automation company before Apple

01/03/2013, 09:01 am

While Apple showed interest in buying home automation company R2 Studios, it was rival Microsoft who made the eventual acquisition.

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Apple, Google & Microsoft in talks to acquire home automation company

12/20/2012, 03:12 pm

Apple is said to be considering the purchase of a home automation company called R2 Studios, but both Google and Microsoft are also said to be potential buyers.

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Kodak sells $525M patent portfolio to consortiums led by Apple & Google

12/19/2012, 09:12 am

Kodak on Wednesday announced it has sold its collection of digital imaging patents for $525 million to two groups led separately by Apple and Google.

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Dell exec warned Microsoft that Windows RT branding would confuse consumers

12/17/2012, 12:12 pm

An executive at one of Microsoft's largest PC partners, Dell, warned that the "Windows RT" branding for its tablet operating system might confuse consumers because it does not run traditional Windows applications.

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More than half of US smartphone shoppers plan to buy Apple's iPhone 5

12/13/2012, 12:12 pm

A new survey of more than 800 U.S .consumers found that more than half of those planning to buy a smartphone in the next three months say they will buy Apple's new iPhone 5.

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Microsoft hopes to boost Surface sales by expanding retail availability

12/12/2012, 09:12 am

A lack of retail presence is reportedly "killing" the Microsoft Surface, which has prompted the company to expand availability of its iPad-competing tablet beyond Microsoft's own stores.

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Apple and Microsoft at odds over SkyDrive app subscription fees [ux2]

12/11/2012, 09:12 am

Microsoft and Apple are reportedly engaged in a behind-the-scenes dispute over Apple's 30 percent cut of sales through iOS applications, as well as the ability to sign up for the SkyDrive service [updated with comment from Microsoft].

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Microsoft site references Office Mobile for iPhone, Excel & PowerPoint for iPad

12/10/2012, 03:12 pm

Support documents on Microsoft's website contain references to a number of unannounced iOS applications based on the company's Office suite.

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Apple's iPad projected to control 50% of tablet shipments through 2016

12/05/2012, 10:12 am

Apple's total share of the growing worldwide tablet market is forecast to shrink slightly but maintain iPad dominance through the year 2016 in the face of growing competition from Android and Windows.

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Apple updates iWork for iOS and Mac, brings tighter integration with Microsoft products

12/04/2012, 05:12 pm

Apple on Tuesday refreshed the iOS versions of its productivity suite, with Pages, Numbers and Keynote, all of which boast improved compatibility with their Windows counterparts.

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Black Friday sales of Windows notebooks down 10%, Apple's MacBooks stay flat

12/04/2012, 08:12 am

Retail sales of Apple notebooks on Black Friday were flat year over year as overall consumer electronics sales declined nearly 6 percent, while sales of Windows-based notebooks plummeted 10 percent despite the launch of Windows 8.

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Microsoft Surface Pro to start at $899 for 64GB model

11/29/2012, 04:11 pm

Microsoft on Thursday announced the pricing for its forthcoming Surface Pro tablet, starting at $899 for the entry-level 64-gigabyte version with an Intel processor and the full Windows 8 operating system.

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