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Topic: Microsoft

DoJ ramping up antitrust probe of $4.5B Nortel patent purchase by Apple, others

07/29/2011, 09:07 pm

Even as Nortel announced the completion of the sale of its 6,000 patents to a group of tech giants including Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion, the U.S. Department of Justice is said to be intensifying an investigation into whether the deal would unfairly disrupt competitors.

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First Windows Phone 7 'Mango' handsets rumored to challenge iPhone 5 in Sept.

07/28/2011, 11:07 pm

On the heels of news that Microsoft's "Mango" update for Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing, industry sources claim HTC, Samsung and LG will launch the first Mango-based smartphones in September, presumably coordinated to directly compete with Apple's next-generation iPhone.

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Office for Mac update to add versions, auto-save, full-screen for Lion

07/28/2011, 12:07 pm

Microsoft has revealed that a forthcoming update for Office for Mac 2011 will add support for new features in Mac OS X 10.7, including versions, auto-save and full-screen.

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Microsoft's Windows revenues disappoint with 2% decline in fiscal 2011

07/21/2011, 10:07 pm

After Microsoft on Thursday announced record revenue of $17.37 billion, analysts quickly voiced concerns over the news that revenue from the company's Windows division declined 2 percent in fiscal 2011.

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Apple paid $2.6B lion's share of $4.5B Nortel patent acquisition

07/21/2011, 12:07 pm

Apple supplied more than half of the $4.5 billion paid by a consortium of companies to acquire Nortel's patent portfolio, new regulatory filings show.

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46% of smartphone buyers prefer Apple's iOS, 32% choose Google Android

07/18/2011, 08:07 am

Among consumers who plan to buy a smartphone in the next three months, the iPhone is the top choice, with nearly half of all prospective buyers choosing Apple.

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Microsoft plans to counter Apple by building 75 retail stores in 2-3 years

07/13/2011, 04:07 pm

Microsoft plans to massively expand its retail presence in the U.S. in the next 2 to 3 years, with an aggressive goal of 75 new stores to take on Apple's own retail operations.

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Microsoft CEO pans Apple's Mac sales, admits 'very small' Windows Phone sales

07/12/2011, 10:07 am

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer this week boasted that sales of Windows PCs continue to vastly outperform the Mac, but also conceded that his company's mobile phone business has not done much to improve its market share.

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Canada, US courts approve Apple-led group's $4.5B purchase of Nortel patents

07/11/2011, 08:07 pm

Courts in both Canada and the U.S. have approved the proposed $4.5 billion purchase of more than 6,000 wireless patents from bankrupt Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel by Apple and five other companies.

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Nortel bondholders; Microsoft and Android; Facebook Project Spartan

07/06/2011, 03:07 am

Nortel's creditors are optimistic that the proceeds from an Apple-led consortium's $4.5 billion purchase of a cache of the company's patents will cover its remaining debt, while Microsoft has now secured patent licensing deals from five Android vendors. Finally, a new report claims Facebook's rumored Project Spartan HTML5 application platform is nearing completion and will reportedly launch by August 1.

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Google Android continues growth streak over Apple's iPhone

07/05/2011, 09:07 pm

Google's Android mobile OS has continued to widen its lead on Apple's iOS in terms of U.S. smartphone subscribers, while Research in Motion and Microsoft have fallen even further behind, according to a new survey.

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Inside look at $4.5B Nortel auction reveals battle of wills between Apple, Google [u]

07/01/2011, 10:07 pm

A behind-the-scenes profile of this week's auction for a group of patents from Nortel revealed a "fast and furious" battle between technology giants Apple and Google.

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Apple, Microsoft, RIM group bid wins Nortel patent auction for $4.5B

07/01/2011, 02:07 am

Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel announced late Thursday that a consortium of companies, including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research in Motion and Sony, placed the winning bid in a high-profile auction for a collection of more than 6,000 patents.

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Apple spent $560K on lobbying in Q1, competitors nearly three times as much

07/01/2011, 01:07 am

According to a recent disclosure report, Apple spent $560,000 lobbying the federal government in the first quarter of 2011, roughly one-third the amount that Google and Microsoft each spent in the same period.

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Nielsen: Apple's iPhone growing, Android flat as smartphone sales surge

06/30/2011, 03:06 pm

Smartphone sales in the U.S. have become a majority of new mobile phone sales, and Apple's iPhone is leading that growth while Android has plateaued, according to the latest data from Nielsen.

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Direct revenue from mobile 'app stores' expected to top $14B in 2012

06/29/2011, 03:06 pm

Software sales from Apple's mobile App Store as well as competing options like the Android Market are expected to continue their huge growth in the coming years, reaching $14.1 billion in direct revenue in 2012 and nearly $40 billion by 2015.

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First Nokia smartphones running Windows Phone 7 coming later this year

06/21/2011, 03:06 am

Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop said Tuesday that his company expects to begin selling its first phones running Windows Phone later this year, before ramping up volume shipments in 2012.

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HTML5 performance in Apple's iOS 5 tops Windows Phone 'Mango'

06/20/2011, 10:06 pm

Though Microsoft has touted its forthcoming update to Windows Phone 7, codenamed "Mango," as having better HTML5 performance than Apple's iPhone, new tests run using an iPhone 4 with the iOS 5 beta outpace the Windows Phone results.

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Microsoft's preview of Windows 8 has developers 'horrified' - report

06/13/2011, 02:06 pm

The prospect of writing software for "Windows 8" in HTML5 and JavaScript has reportedly "horrified" Microsoft's development community, which is anxiously awaiting more information.

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IDC revises 2015 smartphone estimates, predicts iPhone share will drop to 16.9%

06/09/2011, 10:06 pm

IDC released new long-term forecasts for worldwide smartphone operating systems on Thursday, predicting that Apple's iPhone will fall from 18.2 percent market share in 2011 to 16.9 percent in 2015.

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