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Topic: Microsoft

Microsoft claims Windows licensing gains are chipping into Apple's 'premium' computer market

01/27/2017, 09:01 am

Licensing of Windows to PC makers was up 5 percent in the December quarter, according to Microsoft CFO Amy Hood, driven in part by sales of "premium" devices over $900 -- a category Apple's Macs have traditionally enjoyed a comfortable position in.

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What history teaches about Apple's windows of opportunity for 2017

01/16/2017, 11:01 pm

If you listen to groupthink critics on Apple, you'll hear that the company is deeply troubled by too much reliance on iPhone sales, aging Mac Pro and Mini offerings that haven't been updated in years and a stagnating market for iPads that has fallen precipitously since Peak iPad occured in 2014. They're wrong, here's why.

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Ten Years of iPhone: the past present and future of Apple's blockbuster phenomenon

01/09/2017, 03:01 am

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone during his keynote address at Macworld 2007. More than just a new product, the new device launched a radical new computing platform and rapidly accelerated the sophistication of mobile computing.

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Is Apple getting Siri-ous in the face of Amazon's Alexa Echo?

01/07/2017, 07:01 pm

There's a new gold rush in tech, related to voice assistance and a voice-first interface for everything we do at home, in the car and while out and about. What happens if the world's best positioned, most profitable tech company fails to capitalize on it?

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Editorial: Apple survived 2016's onslaught of fake news and failed competitors

12/31/2016, 04:12 pm

Across 2016, ostensibly legitimate journalists and research firms gravely warned that Apple was in trouble on every front--from low cost wearables to Microsoft's 2-in-1 notebooks, to Google's new Pixel Phone and a resurgent Samsung--as well as falling behind everyone else in the emerging, very promising field of Virtual Reality. They were all so incredibly wrong we can now have a good end-of-year laugh at their expense.

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Minecraft comes to Apple TV with 7 pieces of downloadable content for $20

12/19/2016, 01:12 pm

The Apple TV edition of popular world building game Minecraft is now available to purchase on the tvOS App Store, and it includes the newly released Ender Update, along with a number of other downloadable content.

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LG partnering with Apple, Google & Microsoft on foldable OLED displays - report

12/16/2016, 01:12 pm

LG Display has picked up Apple, Google, and Microsoft as some of the first customers for foldable OLED displays it plans to put into mass production in 2018, a Korean report claimed on Friday.

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Microsoft touts Surface success, claims more MacBook switchers than ever

12/12/2016, 09:12 am

Calling the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar a "disappointment," Microsoft claims that more users than ever are switching from Apple's MacBook lineup to its competing Surface lineup of hybrid laptop tablets.

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Microsoft debuts Visio Viewer for iPad, updates look & feel of Cortana iOS app

12/08/2016, 04:12 pm

Microsoft on Thursday brought another productivity app to iOS, its diagramming tool Visio, while promising an enhanced iPhone version of its voice assistant, Cortana.

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HMD Global aims to reclaim Nokia's lost cellphone glories, will fight Apple and Samsung

12/01/2016, 12:12 pm

After Microsoft's throwing away the Nokia brand name, a company has licensed the brand and is planning on tackling Samsung and Apple's on the smartphone field of battle after an initial wave of feature phones.

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Microsoft releases preview edition of Visual Studio for Mac

11/16/2016, 04:11 pm

As anticipated earlier this week, Microsoft on Wednesday released Visual Studio for the Mac, bringing over one of its signature Windows developer tools.

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Microsoft to bring Visual Studio to Mac later this week

11/14/2016, 10:11 am

Microsoft is bringing its Visual Studio development tool to the Mac, launching it during this week's Connect() conference starting on Wednesday, according to a quickly deleted announcement.

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Microsoft debuts Teams chat platform with support for Mac & iOS

11/02/2016, 02:11 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday announced Teams, its own attempt at a workplace chat platform akin to rivals like HipChat and Slack, with support for Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, and the Web.

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Microsoft announces plans to bring MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to Office suite

10/28/2016, 09:10 am

Less than 12 hours after Apple's announcement of the late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Microsoft has detailed future functionality of the new input method across the entire range of Office products.

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Microsoft Surface Dial evokes comparison to Griffin PowerMate for Mac

10/26/2016, 04:10 pm

Microsoft has announced the wireless Surface Dial for its tablet and computer line, but a third-party option bringing much of the functionality of it to the Mac has existed for some time -- the Griffin PowerMate.

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Microsoft debuts Surface Studio all-in-one PC, refreshes high-end Surface Book

10/26/2016, 12:10 pm

Alongside the 28-inch all-in-one Surface Studio PC, Microsoft's new Surface Book i7 announced Wednesday is said to triple the performance of the current high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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Microsoft reveals VR & AR-focused Windows 10 'Creator's Update,' expected in early 2017

10/26/2016, 10:10 am

Microsoft is making a big push into augmented reality and virtual reality with its newly announced Windows 10 Creator's Update, and bringing tools for creation of the new media natively to Windows 10.

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Microsoft Surface sales boom amid tepid iPad demand

10/21/2016, 12:10 am

Microsoft on Thursday announced earnings of $4.9 billion on revenues of $22.3 billion for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, a Wall Street beat helped along in part by a strong performance from the company's Surface line of convertible computers.

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Apple's iPhone leads in JD Power satisfaction survey of US carrier customers

10/20/2016, 11:10 am

In terms of customer satisfaction Apple is the most popular smartphone brand among U.S. carrier subscribers, according to two new J.D. Power studies, though that position isn't absolute.

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Microsoft halts sales of Band fitness trackers, says no new model in 2016

10/03/2016, 03:10 pm

Microsoft has pulled its Band fitness trackers from its online store, and confirmed that it won't have a new model out in 2016, suggesting that the company is rethinking its approach to a wearables market largely dominated by Fitbit and Apple.

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