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Topic: Microsoft

Microsoft, handset makers take "App Store" trademark fight to EU

05/12/2011, 10:05 pm

Microsoft and several major handset makers, including HTC, Nokia and Sony Ericsson, are now opposing Apple's trademark of the term "App Store" in the European Union for being generic.

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NPD: iPad cannibalization of PC market has slowed

05/11/2011, 08:05 pm

A new report from market research firm NPD claims that the iPad's cannibalization of the PC market has slowed, as new purchasers of the device are less likely to have forgone a PC purchase than were early adopters.

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Microsoft confirms $8.5B acquisition of communications service Skype

05/10/2011, 08:05 am

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that it plans to acquire Internet communications service Skype for $8.5 billion in cash to support services like Xbox and Windows Phone.

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Microsoft rumored to buy Skype for $8 billion; Skype for Mac fixed

05/10/2011, 02:05 am

Microsoft is finalizing negotiations to acquire Skype for as much as $8 billion, according to a new report. Meanwhile, a new version of Skype for Mac has been released, fixing a critical vulnerability.

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Microsoft aims to woo developers to Windows Phone with iOS porting tool

05/03/2011, 09:05 pm

In a bid to attract developers from Apple's ecosystem, Microsoft has released an iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool meant to help developers port their iPhone apps to the Windows Phone platform.

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Fears of iPad cannibalization drive PC estimates downward

04/28/2011, 11:04 pm

Slowing shipments of PCs have prompted some analysts to revise their 2011 PC shipment estimates downward over concerns that Apple's iPad is eating into sales of PCs.

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Apple beats Microsoft in quarterly sales and profits

04/28/2011, 04:04 pm

Apple's revenues and net earnings for the first calendar quarter of 2011 both beat the reported sales and profits of its rival Microsoft for the first time in recent history.

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Palm, Facebook investor changes tune on Apple over iPad, apps

04/14/2011, 09:04 pm

In a marked shift from his former belief that sales of the iPhone would dry up after two years, Roger McNamee, a prominent venture capitalist who has invested heavily in Palm and Facebook, said in an interview that Apple will likely lead a 10-year technology growth cycle with the continued success of the iPad and its App Store ecosystem.

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Bizarre lawsuit connects Apple, US presidents, Oprah Winfrey in conspiracy

04/13/2011, 03:04 pm

Apple is one of dozens of defendants named in a new bizarre lawsuit that seeks a whopping $75 billion in return for claims of civil rights violations, conspiracy and fraud, to name a few.

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Nokia releases new Symbian phones, touts Symbian apps

04/12/2011, 06:04 pm

Nokia launched new Symbian smartphones that appear to be the platform's last gasp before shifting to Windows Phone 7, while also describing developer opportunities related to its mothballed platform in its Ovi Store.

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Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 SP1 with Apple Sync support for Outlook

04/12/2011, 03:04 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday released Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1, bringing security and maintenance updates to the suite of applications, as well as support for Apple Sync services with Outlook.

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Priceline founder takes aim at Apple, more than 100 others in patent suit

04/12/2011, 10:04 am

Apple joins other major technology companies including Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Facebook as defendants in a new lawsuit from Walker Digital, which founded the travel site Priceline.com.

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Early build of Windows 8 suggests cross-platform OS to compete with Apple's iOS

04/11/2011, 02:04 am

An early build of Windows 8 suggests that Microsoft may transition the next version of Windows to a cross-platform OS scalable across a variety of devices in hopes of competing with Apple's iOS platform, according to new reports.

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Gartner's iPhone, Android predictions radically revised in a year and a half

04/09/2011, 03:04 pm

Gartner recently issued a new prediction of the direction of the smartphone industry, but its last one from 2009 doesn't suggest the company has very accurate foresight.

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Apple Boot Camp update fixes shutdown issues, causes brightness problems

04/08/2011, 12:04 pm

Apple this week released an update for its Boot Camp software for running Windows on Macs, and addressed an issues with shutdowns on the new 2011 Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pro models. But users also say the new update causes problems with adjusting screen brightness.

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Android to be on 49% of smartphones by 2012, leaving Apple's iOS with 19%, Gartner predicts

04/07/2011, 03:04 pm

Gartner's latest forecast for worldwide smartphone operating system market share predicts that Google Android will be present on nearly half of all handsets sold next year, while the iPhone and its iOS operating system will account for 19 percent of units sold.

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Office for Mac 2011 update to add Outlook support for Apple Sync next week

04/06/2011, 01:04 pm

Microsoft is set to release Service Pack 1 for Office for Mac 2011 next week, bringing the usual fixes, as well as new features and enhancements, including the ability to sync calendar, tasks and notes via Apple's Sync Services.

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Patent holder takes aim at Apple for iPhone's ability to search & receive ads

04/01/2011, 09:04 am

Apple this week was hit with a new patent infringement lawsuit, as the iPhone maker joins 31 other defendants accused of violating a patent related to Internet-connected phones with search functionality and mobile advertising.

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Acer to "overhaul operations" in the wake of Apple's iPad

03/30/2011, 04:03 pm

The founder of Acer, the second largest PC maker globally, has acknowledged that the company must overhaul its operations to focus on profit margins rather than market share in reaction to the success of Apple.

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Microsoft exec says tablets like Apple's iPad may be just a fad

03/30/2011, 03:03 pm

Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer recently said he's not sure that devices like Apple's iPad will last, because he sees the smartphone as the true successor to the traditional PC.

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