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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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Microsoft cites Amazon Appstore in continued opposition to Apple trademark

03/29/2011, 08:03 pm

Microsoft has fired the latest salvo in a legal dispute over Apple's "App Store" trademark, citing the launch of the Amazon Appstore as proof of a "competitive need" for generic use of the term.

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IDC predicts Windows Phone will top Apple's iOS in market share by 2015

03/29/2011, 02:03 pm

A new forecast of the global smartphone platform market from research firm IDC has predicted that Microsoft's Windows Phone platform will see a resurgence in the next four years, overtaking Apple's iOS platform which powers the iPhone.

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ITC rules Apple did not infringe five Nokia patents

03/25/2011, 04:03 pm

In the latest round of patent battles in the smartphone arena, an International Trade Commission judge has ruled that Apple did not infringe five patents belonging to Nokia.

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Microsoft abandons Zune media players in defeat by Apple's iPod

03/14/2011, 04:03 pm

Microsoft's direct effort to challenge Apple's iPod, introduced in 2006 under the Zune brand, is being abandoned after a failure to gain traction in the market.

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Microsoft complains font is too small on Apple "App Store" trademark brief

03/09/2011, 07:03 pm

Microsoft has filed a motion to strike Apple's latest legal brief because the font is too small in a dispute over the iPhone maker's application to trademark the term "App Store."

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Microsoft, RIM plan services to compete with Apple's iTunes

03/09/2011, 08:03 am

Two of Apple's chief rivals are working on their own separate services to compete with iTunes, as Research in Motion has partnered with 7digital for its PlayBook tablet, and Microsoft is cooking up a secret project dubbed "Ventura."

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Android tops RIM in US smartphone market share, Apple's iPhone third

03/07/2011, 03:03 pm

Google's Android surpassed Research in Motion's BlackBerry to become the largest mobile platform at the start of 2011, while Apple's iOS and iPhone took third before the Verizon iPhone 4 was released.

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Apple iOS App Store blamed for too many apps as Sony NGP is called "dead on arrival"

03/04/2011, 07:03 pm

Speaking at the Game Developers Conference held in San Francisco this week, Trip Hawkins railed at Apple's App Store for having too many titles, while blaming Nintendo for inventing the concept of licensed games as Ngmoco proclaimed Sony's Next Generation Playstation "dead on arrival" due to the App Store's success.

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If 'App Store' trademark is generic, so is Microsoft's 'Windows,' Apple argues

03/01/2011, 03:03 pm

Apple has responded to Microsoft's complaint over a trademark filing for the term "App Store," with the iPhone maker calling out Microsoft's ownership of the name "Windows."

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Microsoft debuts on Mac App Store, Warner movie apps broaden global availability

02/16/2011, 03:02 pm

Apple's rival Microsoft has launched its first application on the Mac App Store for syncing Windows Phone 7 devices, while movie studio Warner Bros. has begun releasing software on the iOS App Store that includes hit movie titles, allowing the films to be released in countries where the iTunes store is not available.

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Microsoft paying Nokia billions to adopt Windows Phone platform

02/14/2011, 09:02 am

Nokia will receive billions of dollars from Microsoft for adopting the Windows Phone platform on future smartphones, as the two companies struggle to compete with Apple and Google in the mobile space.

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Analyst: Apple could benefit from Nokia, Microsoft partnership

02/11/2011, 08:02 pm

Commenting on Nokia's recent announcement that it will abandon its Symbian mobile operating system on smartphones in favor of Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, one analyst claimed that Apple could stand to benefit from the transition.

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Nearly half of small business users accessing work email use iPhone

02/11/2011, 05:02 pm

A look at the email use of a quarter million business email users indicates that 48.5 percent of small business users who access email from their smartphone now use an iPhone.

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Nokia uses Apple's Macs to announce Microsoft partnership

02/11/2011, 04:02 pm

When Nokia wanted to convince the world that it would bring consumers "stellar hardware and innovative software and great services" in its partnership with Microsoft, it turned to Apple's Mac-only iMovie to get word out.

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Nokia's rejection of Android may help resolve patent war with Apple

02/11/2011, 03:02 pm

Nokia's decision to partnership with Microsoft rather than adopt Google's Android may ease patent negotiations between the company and Apple, which is more likely to support strengthening weak rivals rather than empowering an already ubiquitous one.

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