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Topic: Microsoft

Microsoft to retire older Skype for Mac versions, force mandatory upgrades

06/21/2014, 04:06 am

Microsoft on Friday announced it will be "retiring" older desktop versions of Skype for both Windows and Mac, forcing existing users to upgrade to the latest edition of the popular voice over IP service.

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Microsoft scrapped iPad mini competitor late in development process, documents suggest

06/20/2014, 02:06 pm

References to a "Surface Mini" discovered in the user manual for Microsoft's latest tablet foray suggest that the software giant scrapped or delayed the long-rumored 8-inch variant -- which would have gone up against Apple's iPad mini -- at the last minute, opting to put all of their eggs in the larger basket.

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Police say iOS 7 Activation Lock is significantly reducing thefts of Apple products

06/20/2014, 01:06 pm

Law enforcement agencies in California and New York have reported a major drop in iPhone robberies over the first five months of 2014, a shift they attribute to Apple's new Activation Lock feature released as part of iOS 7 last fall.

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Skype for iOS gets Windows Phone-style makeover with version 5.0

06/12/2014, 12:06 pm

Microsoft on Thursday unleashed an all-new version of its popular Skype messaging application for iOS, bringing a visual overhaul that matches the app to its Windows Phone counterpart and a number of improvements to speed and stability.

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Steve Ballmer outbids group including Laurene Powell Jobs for ownership of LA Clippers

05/30/2014, 09:05 am

Team Microsoft bested Team Apple on a different kind of financial battlefield this week, as former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer is said to have outbid a group including Laurene Powell Jobs -- the widow of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- for the rights to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA.

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Microsoft's smartwatch to be compatible with iOS and Android, may launch this summer

05/29/2014, 11:05 pm

Over one year after word of a Microsoft-built smartwatch first surfaced, a report on Thursday says the Redmond, Wash. company's offering will be compatible not only with its own Windows Phone, but also Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

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Beats acquisition to result in first and only Apple apps for Android & Windows Phone

05/29/2014, 10:05 am

When recent reports suggested Apple was considering bringing iTunes to Android to help boost flagging music sales, skeptics scoffed at the thought of the iPhone maker supporting a competing platform. But with its $3 billion purchase of Beats, Apple has now revealed it plans to keep the Beats Music subscription apps alive not only on Google's Android, but also Microsoft's Windows Phone.

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Microsoft teases real-time Skype voice translations, to launch on Windows first

05/27/2014, 09:05 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced the world to a new real-time translation feature for popular Skype voice over IP software, which the company says will debut in beta form on Windows later this year with support for other platforms to follow.

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Microsoft unveils $799 Surface Pro 3, calls it 'the tablet that can replace your laptop'

05/20/2014, 12:05 pm

In a presentation that frequently mentioned the iPad and MacBook Air, Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled the Surface Pro 3, a device it hopes will contend with both Apple's popular tablets and thin-and-light notebooks with one converged device that will start at $799.

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Cheaper $400 Xbox One coming sans Kinect as consoles face pressure from low-cost streamers

05/13/2014, 12:05 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that consumers will soon be able to purchase a cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One bundle and won't be forced to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold in order to use media services like Netflix or MLB.TV on their consoles, bending to price pressure from Sony's PlayStation 4 and streaming boxes such as the Apple TV.

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Microsoft's Office for iPad apps notch 27M downloads in 46 days

05/12/2014, 07:05 pm

After a highly anticipated launch in late March, Microsoft's Office for iPad suite of productivity apps is still going strong in the iOS App Store after having accumulated some 27 million downloads as of Monday.

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Apple's iPad business isn't collapsing, but the rest of the tablet industry sure is

05/04/2014, 02:05 pm

When Apple announced its most recent quarterly earnings, the worst news out of Cupertino was that sales of iPads weren't greater than in the year-ago quarter, a fact that a few pundits have now jumped on to declare that "Apple's iPad Businesses Is Collapsing." That's wrong, here's why.

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Most office workers aren't actually using Microsoft Office

05/03/2014, 02:05 pm

Businesses that license Microsoft Office company-wide are wasting money because few employees actually make significant use of the programs, according to the results of new app usage study.

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Microsoft Office for iPad updated with support for Apple's AirPrint

04/29/2014, 12:04 pm

Microsoft's Office for iPad now ties even more tightly into Apple's ecosystem, as the touch-friendly productivity suite has been updated with support for the wireless AirPrint standard, along with a few other new features and assorted bug fixes for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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Microsoft's new Nokia ad "Not Like Everyone Else" is... for the colorful

04/28/2014, 03:04 pm

After taking over Nokia's handset operations on Friday, Microsoft has released a new a new ad that presents its phones as "Not Like Everyone Else," distinguished primarily by the iPhone 5c-like colors of Apple's top selling middle-market iPhone.

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Microsoft launches $70/year Office 365 Personal for Mac, iPad

04/15/2014, 01:04 pm

Pricing on Microsoft's Office 365 service became a little more affordable for individual users on Tuesday, as the company launched a new "Personal" subscription plan priced at $69.99 per year.

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Apple opts out of latest patent acquisition fund from Intellectual Ventures

04/11/2014, 08:04 am

Prominent patent buyer Intellectual Ventures won't be able to count Apple among the participants in its latest IP purchase, as the iPhone maker has apparently opted out of its latest investment.

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Microsoft hopes to counter Apple with AI-driven 'invisible user interfaces' on future devices

04/08/2014, 09:04 am

Just days after officially announcing Cortana, a Siri-like personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, Microsoft has revealed a substantial and wide-ranging artificial intelligence program it hopes will leapfrog similar offerings from Apple and Google.

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Microsoft shows off new 'Windows in the car' concept to take on Apple's CarPlay

04/07/2014, 09:04 am

Software giant Microsoft is planning to revamp its in-car offerings after suffering setbacks with the existing Sync platform, unveiling a new "Windows in the car" initiative at the company's annual Build conference in San Francisco.

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Microsoft Office for iPad hits 12M downloads one week after debut

04/03/2014, 05:04 pm

Microsoft on Thursday announced Office for iPad downloads hit the 12 million mark after just one week of availability, illustrating pent-up demand for an iPad port of the software giant's productivity suite.

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