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Topic: Microsoft

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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Patent suit targets Apple, Microsoft over data encryption

09/16/2011, 02:09 pm

Both Apple and its rival Microsoft have been hit with a new lawsuit accusing them and others of violating patents related to digital file encryption and security.

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Apple seen in 'no rush' to release iPad 3 as competitors struggle

09/16/2011, 08:09 am

Apple reportedly has prototypes for its third-generation iPad already circling in its supply chain, but no new model is expected to arrive this year as a true second-place tablet has yet to emerge.

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Microsoft again clarifies that Windows 8 tablets won't actually run Windows apps

09/15/2011, 06:09 pm

The president of Microsoft's Windows unit, Stephen Sinofsky, has again pointedly clarified that new ARM tablets running Windows 8 next year won't actually run existing Windows apps for PCs.

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Microsoft jettisons Flash with 'plug-in free' Windows 8 Metro IE10

09/15/2011, 12:09 am

The tablet-optimized Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 will be a "plug-in free experience," as the company follows Apple's lead in abandoning Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5 on tablets.

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VMware launches Fusion 4 with 90 new features including Lion support

09/14/2011, 09:09 am

VMware on Wednesday announced the new VMware Fusion 4 virtualization software for running Windows on a Mac, packing more than 90 new features including a design built specifically for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 tablet effort with Samsung prototype

09/14/2011, 12:09 am

Microsoft offered an extended preview of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system at a conference on Tuesday, providing developers with a prototype Samsung tablet running a "pre-beta" version of the OS.

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HTC eyeing webOS purchase to compete with Apple's iOS

09/12/2011, 11:09 am

Smartphone maker HTC has publicly stated it is considering buying its own mobile operating system platform, with HP's webOS a potential option for acquisition.

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US government approves patent bill in effort to reform system

09/09/2011, 03:09 am

The U.S. Senate has approved the most substantial changes to the nation's patent system in over 50 years in the form of the America Invents Act, a measure supported by tech titans such as Microsoft, Google and Apple.

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Microsoft inks Android patent deals with Acer, ViewSonic

09/09/2011, 12:09 am

Microsoft on Thursday announced a pair of patent licensing agreements with Acer and ViewSonic, granting the companies broad coverage of smartphones and tablets running Google's Android mobile operating system.

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Samsung to hedge its Android Galaxy Tab with new Windows 8 offerings

09/08/2011, 06:09 pm

Samsung will announce support for the Windows 8 tablet platform at next weeks' Microsoft developer conference, insiders say, in an attempt to broaden its options beyond Android in its battle with Apple’s iPad for tablet sales.

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JP Morgan increases 2011 tablet forecast to 51.9M as iPad dominates

09/08/2011, 02:09 am

Investment bank J.P. Morgan raised its estimates for tablet shipments in 2011 to 51.9 million units, citing the strength of Apple's iPad, while slightly lowering 2012 estimates because a "formidable number two tablet maker" has yet to arrive.

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Rumor: Apple's iCloud to be powered by Microsoft, Amazon servers

09/03/2011, 02:09 am

Apple's upcoming iCloud service is rumored to rely on both Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's AWS for hosting, as the company has played to its strength of building a consumer-facing experience rather than becoming a cloud provider.

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Kodak patent sale attracting 'large numbers' of interested buyers

08/31/2011, 01:08 am

Eastman Kodak revealed this week that interest in the company's digital imaging patents is high, as numerous people are seriously considering buying the patent collection.

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Apple continues to gain US smartphone share as iOS hits 27%

08/30/2011, 03:08 pm

Apple's stateside share of the smartphone market continued to grow last quarter, with the iPhone representing 27 percent of the domestic mobile operating system market.

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Briefly: Mac OS X 10.7.2 build; iOS market share; Starbucks promotion

08/22/2011, 10:08 pm

Apple recently issued a new build of Mac OS X 10.7.2 along with the eighth beta release of iCloud for Lion. Also, Research in Motion and Microsoft suffered heavy market share losses last quarter as Apple's iOS and Google's Android continue to grow. Finally, Starbucks is said to be adding TV shows and extended e-book previews, in addition to apps and music, as part of its "Pick of the Week" promotions.

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Microsoft shocked to find interest in Windows Phone 7

08/22/2011, 04:08 pm

After Microsoft's head of Windows Phone 7 offered free phones and training to any published webOS developers, he reported being "caught a bit flatfooted" to find 500 people interested in actually taking him up on the offer.

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