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Topic: Microsoft

Worldwide Mac browser share hits 6.9%, iOS takes 62% mobile share

11/01/2011, 12:11 pm

Apple's presence on the Web continues to expand, with browser use of both iOS and Mac OS X seeing growth in October that propelled the company to new heights.

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Bill Gates not bothered by Steve Jobs's comments in biography

10/31/2011, 03:10 pm

Responding to unflattering comments made about him in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs's new biography, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said he's not bothered by the remarks.

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Apple slips to No. 5 handset maker, No. 2 in smartphones after iPhone transition quarter

10/28/2011, 01:10 am

After buyers holding out for the iPhone 4S resulted in slowed iPhone 4 sales for Apple last quarter, Chinese handset maker ZTE slipped past it to become the fourth-largest global handset maker, while Samsung took the top spot among smartphone vendors worldwide, according to a new analysis.

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Nokia Windows Phone 7 Lumia 800 vs Apple iPhone 4S

10/27/2011, 02:10 pm

Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 device offers specifications somewhere between Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but is missing some key hardware and software features and will only debut in Europe, effectively leaving the US market to Apple and Android this holiday season.

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Nokia launches first Windows Phones to take on Apple's iPhone 4S

10/26/2011, 08:10 am

Nokia on Wednesday introduced its first smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, two devices branded "Lumia" that the company hopes will compete with Apple's iPhone lineup.

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Microsoft boasts patent licenses with over half of Android market

10/24/2011, 12:10 am

Microsoft announced on Sunday that a new patent license agreement with original design manufacturer Compal means that companies accounting for more than half of all Google Android-based devices now have agreements with the software giant.

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Android, Windows Phone bosses downplay Apple's Siri threat

10/20/2011, 01:10 am

Google Android boss Andy Rubin and Microsoft's Windows Phone head Andy Lees have both publicly criticized Apple's new Siri voice assistant and questioned its usefulness.

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Apple may add customized digital avatars to iOS Game Center

10/13/2011, 10:10 am

Apple has shown interest in allowing users of its Game Center social network for iOS to create custom, cartoon-style avatars to represent themselves in the digital world.

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Limited RAM in Apple's A5 chip in iPad 2, iPhone 4S motivated by battery life concerns

10/12/2011, 05:10 pm

Observers puzzled by the relatively scarce 512MB of RAM built into Apple's A5 processor used in this year's iPad 2 and iPhone 4S have received an explanation of sorts from an unlikely source: Microsoft.

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Apple rivals, partners & press pay tribute to Steve Jobs

10/06/2011, 12:10 pm

For the first time in at least 30 years, Time magazine stopped its presses when news of Steve Jobs's death broke. The publication's latest issue with Jobs on the cover will hit newsstands Friday, and will join numerous other tributes to the late Apple co-founder.

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Apple, Google gain in US smartphone share as RIM, Microsoft continue slide

10/05/2011, 04:10 pm

Apple's iPhone continues to gain market share in the U.S., now representing 27.3 percent of handsets, while competitors RIM, Microsoft and Nokia continue to slip.

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Microsoft changes its story, concedes death of Zune hardware

10/04/2011, 07:10 am

Less than a day after Microsoft denied that its Zune lineup of portable media players was being discontinued, the company has decided to confirm that its Zune players have in fact received the ax.

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Microsoft Board criticizes CEO Steve Ballmer for weakened smartphones, Windows

10/04/2011, 02:10 am

After conducting an annual performance review of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the software giant's Board of Directors took him to task for poor sales of its Windows Phone 7 operating system, dampened Windows revenue and the "need for further progress" with new form factors, awarding him just half of his maximum yearly bonus.

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Microsoft removes, then re-adds Zune HD to its website [u]

10/03/2011, 01:10 pm

Microsoft temporarily removed references to all Zune hardware from the official Zune website Monday, an apparent error that was initially viewed as the final nail in the coffin for the media player that failed to gain traction against Apple's iPod lineup [update].

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Microsoft to receive royalties for Samsung's Android smartphones, tablets

09/28/2011, 10:09 am

Microsoft on Wednesday announced it has entered a cross-licensing agreement with Samsung, in which Microsoft will receive royalties for smartphones and tablets sold by Samsung running the Google Android mobile operating system.

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Gartner projects Apple's iPad to maintain 50% market share through 2014

09/22/2011, 11:09 pm

Apple's iPad will continue to dominate the tablet market, maintaining more than 50 percent market share through 2014, according to a new analysis.

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Disney bets on iOS App Store games to return interactive unit to profitability

09/22/2011, 03:09 pm

After losing millions of dollars trying to produce console games for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Disney is betting on Apple's low cost app market to become profitable and create new characters capable of driving sales of movies and merchandise.

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Windows Phone 7 introduces app version issues in Mango update

09/20/2011, 04:09 pm

In its first significant update, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform is introducing a new layer of app version complexity for developers and users that offers a glimpse of how both it and Windows 8 will differ from Apple's existing iOS and Mac App Stores.

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Microsoft faces iPad, iWorks without articulated plan for Windows 8 Office

09/19/2011, 06:09 pm

While eager to demonstrate next year's Windows 8, Microsoft has been reticent to make any promises about a tablet friendly new version of Office sporting the new Metro look, a clear departure from Apple's strategy of presenting the original iPad with a suite of new iWork apps, but only after both were finished and ready to sell.

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Microsoft to take 30% cut of Metro apps under Windows 8

09/16/2011, 05:09 pm

New Metro-style apps designed to run on Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 for tablets will copy Apple's App Store business model of charging a 30 percent fee from developers, allowing the potential for Microsoft to regain control over software in segments it has lost to Apple's iTunes and Google search.

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