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Topic: Microsoft

Nokia denies $19B Microsoft purchase, but rumored deal viewed as boon for Apple

06/01/2011, 02:06 pm

Nokia reacted quickly on Wednesday to a report claiming its phone business was acquired by Microsoft for $19 billion, calling it "baseless." But one Wall Street analyst had another word to describe a hypothetical deal between the two companies, at least for Apple investors: "heaven."

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Prominent hedge fund manager calls for Microsoft's Ballmer to step down

05/26/2011, 01:05 am

Influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn called Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer "the biggest overhang" on the company's stock at an investment conference on Wednesday, saying he should step aside and "give someone else a chance."

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Microsoft retracts Ballmer's Windows 8 in 2012 comments

05/25/2011, 02:05 am

After Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appeared to confirm earlier this week that the next generation of Windows will arrive next year, a spokesperson has clarified the comments as "a misstatement."

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New Barnes & Noble Nook; Kindle 3G with ads; Windows Phone 'Mango' preview

05/24/2011, 10:05 pm

Both Barnes & Noble and Amazon announced new versions of their e-readers on Tuesday: a touchscreen e-ink Nook and a Kindle 3G with "special offers," in an ongoing price war, while Microsoft previewed the "Mango" update to its Windows Phone 7 operating system.

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Microsoft says next-gen Windows systems coming next year

05/23/2011, 09:05 pm

Speaking at a developer forum in Tokyo, Japan on Monday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed plans for a 2012 launch of the "next generation of Windows systems," which will include Windows 8 slates and tablets.

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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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