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Topic: Microsoft

Microsoft rumored to launch smartwatch this holiday season, beating Apple Watch to market

10/20/2014, 11:10 am

Microsoft is said to be planning to bring a smartwatch to the market "within the next few weeks," beginning sales ahead of the lucrative holiday shopping season and also beating the highly anticipated Apple Watch to store shelves.

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Editorial: A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media through its Infinite Loop front door

10/18/2014, 07:10 pm

At this week's Apple Event showing off the company's newest iPads and Macs, invited members of the media weren't directed around the back of Apple's Infinite Loop campus to the Town Hall door, as usual. They were greeted at the front door and led through the private campus courtyard.

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Skype for Mac 7.0 launches with new mobile-inspired look, 64-bit support, improved chat & file sharing

10/09/2014, 12:10 pm

Microsoft on Thursday launched a redesigned version 7.0 of its popular Skype chat application for Mac OS X, making it a 64-bit application, introducing a new file transfer presentation with inline images, and much more.

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Microsoft looks to distance itself from Windows 8, jumps to Windows 10

09/30/2014, 01:09 pm

Software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its next-generation desktop operating system would not follow the numerical progression of its two predecessors -- which would have made it Windows 9 -- but will instead be called Windows 10.

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Steve Ballmer's loyalty to Microsoft will force LA Clippers to ditch Apple iPads

09/25/2014, 01:09 pm

Though Steve Ballmer is no longer CEO of Microsoft or even on its board of directors, he's still fiercely loyal to the company he led, which is why he will have his basketball team, Los Angeles Clippers, ditch their use of Apple's iPad.

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Jen Taylor, voice of Microsoft Windows Cortana, prefers to use Apple's iPhone

09/03/2014, 09:09 pm

Actress Jen Taylor, who voiced the the Cortana AI character in Halo games as well as providing the voice of Microsoft's identically named Siri-like assistant for Windows Mobile, actually uses an iPhone.

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Microsoft, HTC use Windows Phone's Cortana to poke fun at Apple's iPhone in new ad

09/02/2014, 11:09 am

A new television spot from Microsoft's Windows Phone division again puts Siri on the iPhone 5s up against Cortana on an HTC One M8, though the video slants more toward a hardware comparison than Microsoft's previous Siri-focued efforts.

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Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to concentrate on other responsibilities

08/20/2014, 01:08 am

Nearly six months after Steve Ballmer handed over the reins at Microsoft, the former CEO on Tuesday announced he is also resigning from the company's board, citing outside responsibilities like a new role as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 more powerful, flexible than MacBook Air in latest ads

08/11/2014, 06:08 am

Continuing its campaign against Apple hardware, Microsoft on Monday unleashed three new ad shorts for its new Surface Pro 3 tablet with disparaging comparisons to the MacBook Air.

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Skype temporarily ends support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 and below [u]

08/07/2014, 11:08 pm

Confirming reports that Skype no longer works with older versions of Apple's OS X, Microsoft on Thursday announced it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier in Skype's most recent version, though a Leopard-specific variant is on the way.

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Microsoft looking to open retail outlet near flagship 5th Ave. Apple Store

08/06/2014, 07:08 pm

Apple's iconic glass cube may soon get a neighbor in longtime rival Microsoft, which is supposedly in negotiations to open a retail space on New York's Fifth Ave., just a few blocks away from the city's flagship Apple Store.

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Microsoft sues Samsung over unpaid Android patent royalties

08/01/2014, 05:08 pm

Microsoft on Friday filed a lawsuit with a New York district court claiming Samsung is in breach of an Android patent cross-licensing contract after failing to turn over an undisclosed amount in royalty payments.

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Office for iPad update adds support for third-party fonts, ability to send as PDF

07/31/2014, 01:07 pm

Microsoft's Office for iPad suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, was given a significant update on Thursday, giving users the ability to utilize third-party fonts in Word, and the option to export files as PDFs in all three programs, among other new additions.

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Microsoft updates OneNote for iOS and Mac with OneDrive access, file insertion, more

07/30/2014, 02:07 am

Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out a major update to its Apple-centric OneNote product line, adding new features like access to notes stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, inserting files and note reorganization and sharing.

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Microsoft uses Apple's Siri to prop up Windows' new 'Cortana' virtual assistant

07/28/2014, 06:07 pm

In a new ad released on Monday, Microsoft highlights the apparent inadequacies of Apple's Siri virtual assistant, which is pitted unfavorably in a head-to-head feature test with "Cortana," its Windows 8.1 analog.

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Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump

07/26/2014, 11:07 pm

Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple's U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the legitimacy of market estimates that the tech media uncritically presents as factual.

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IBM began mass adoption of iOS prior to its exclusive partnership with Apple, Inc.

07/24/2014, 05:07 pm

When Apple and IBM announced plans to codevelop new iOS apps and jointly sell and support iPhones and iPad to enterprise customers, the news was greeted as if it were a new experiment. However, the deal is actually an extension of IBM's mobile strategy that has included massive deployments of iOS devices and native apps.

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Editorial: Google, Microsoft claiming Apple's crown, albeit from 1994

07/20/2014, 10:07 pm

Google and Microsoft have virtually achieved their goal of becoming Apple, albeit twenty years behind today's Apple. Which is sort of a beleaguered achievement.

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Lenovo axes small Windows tablets in the US after struggling to compete with Apple's iPad mini [u]

07/18/2014, 12:07 pm

Major Microsoft hardware partner Lenovo will pull its 8-inch Windows tablets from the U.S. market, the Chinese company said Wednesday, citing lack of demand for smaller touchscreen devices running Microsoft's controversial Windows 8 operating system.

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Microsoft to ax 18,000 jobs this year, laying off more than 14% of total workforce

07/17/2014, 08:07 am

Microsoft, as was expected, announced on Thursday that it will be laying off employees this year, but the total number of cuts are much higher than anticipated, representing by far the largest-ever personnel reduction in the Windows maker's history.

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