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Topic: Microsoft

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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Microsoft's Ballmer admits drive to tablets was late, but lauds new Surface

11/28/2012, 08:11 pm

At Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Steve Ballmer conceded that the company was late to the tablet market now dominated by Apple's iPad, but suggested the software giant would have led the shift to portable devices if it entered the computer hardware business earlier.

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Microsoft to raise user licensing fees in response to 'BYOD' movement

11/26/2012, 07:11 pm

Starting Dec. 1, Microsoft will raise the price of user client-access licenses (CALs) for enterprise customers that allow employees to access work software on their personal devices, meaning the "bring-your-own-device" trend will cost companies an extra 15 percent.

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Apple trounces Microsoft in Black Friday retail traffic, purchases

11/26/2012, 08:11 am

A comparison of Apple and Microsoft retail stores on Black Friday found that nearly 5 times as many items were purchased per hour at the Apple Store.

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Microsoft rumored to take on Apple TV with Xbox-branded set-top box in 2013

11/21/2012, 03:11 pm

Microsoft may compete more directly with the Apple TV next year with a new low-cost set-top box that will access the company's Xbox entertainment services.

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Windows 8 sales fall short of Microsoft's internal projections

11/19/2012, 04:11 pm

Initial sales of the Windows 8 operating system are said to be "well below" Microsoft's internal projections.

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Steve Ballmer hints Microsoft plans to build more hardware

11/15/2012, 08:11 am

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has signaled that his company will likely build more devices following the release of the Surface tablet, in an Apple-like manner of designing both the hardware and software.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 and 2011 updated with security fixes, improvements

11/14/2012, 08:11 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out updates for the 2008 and 2011 versions of Office for Mac, bringing a security patch that protects against malware as well as improvements to Outlook.

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Nokia's free 'Here' maps coming to Apple's iOS with offline support

11/13/2012, 01:11 pm

Nokia on Tuesday announced it will bring a new mapping service dubbed "Here" to Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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