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Topic: Microsoft

Microsoft's Ballmer admits drive to tablets was late, but lauds new Surface

11/28/2012, 08:11 pm

At Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Steve Ballmer conceded that the company was late to the tablet market now dominated by Apple's iPad, but suggested the software giant would have led the shift to portable devices if it entered the computer hardware business earlier.

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Microsoft to raise user licensing fees in response to 'BYOD' movement

11/26/2012, 07:11 pm

Starting Dec. 1, Microsoft will raise the price of user client-access licenses (CALs) for enterprise customers that allow employees to access work software on their personal devices, meaning the "bring-your-own-device" trend will cost companies an extra 15 percent.

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Apple trounces Microsoft in Black Friday retail traffic, purchases

11/26/2012, 08:11 am

A comparison of Apple and Microsoft retail stores on Black Friday found that nearly 5 times as many items were purchased per hour at the Apple Store.

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Microsoft rumored to take on Apple TV with Xbox-branded set-top box in 2013

11/21/2012, 03:11 pm

Microsoft may compete more directly with the Apple TV next year with a new low-cost set-top box that will access the company's Xbox entertainment services.

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Windows 8 sales fall short of Microsoft's internal projections

11/19/2012, 04:11 pm

Initial sales of the Windows 8 operating system are said to be "well below" Microsoft's internal projections.

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Steve Ballmer hints Microsoft plans to build more hardware

11/15/2012, 08:11 am

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has signaled that his company will likely build more devices following the release of the Surface tablet, in an Apple-like manner of designing both the hardware and software.

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Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 and 2011 updated with security fixes, improvements

11/14/2012, 08:11 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out updates for the 2008 and 2011 versions of Office for Mac, bringing a security patch that protects against malware as well as improvements to Outlook.

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Nokia's free 'Here' maps coming to Apple's iOS with offline support

11/13/2012, 01:11 pm

Nokia on Tuesday announced it will bring a new mapping service dubbed "Here" to Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Gates' support of Ballmer led to Microsoft ouster of Sinofsky - report

11/13/2012, 11:11 am

Microsoft decided to oust Windows head Steve Sinofsky after former CEO Bill Gates reportedly expressed his support for current CEO Steve Ballmer.

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Windows chief Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

11/12/2012, 08:11 pm

The head of Microsoft's Windows division Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company effective immediately, with rumors suggesting the circumstances are similar to the recent departure of Apple executive Scott Forstall.

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Microsoft Surface screen falls short of Retina iPad, but outperforms iPad 2

11/12/2012, 04:11 pm

A head-to-head comparison of the Surface display with competing tablets has found Microsoft's tablet beats out similarly equipped screens, but can't take down the Retina display on Apple's 9.7-inch iPad.

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Parallels Desktop 8 update enhances support for Windows 8

11/08/2012, 01:11 pm

Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac has been updated with expanded support for Microsoft's newly released Windows 8 operating system.

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Free Microsoft Office app for iPhone, iPad to be released in early 2013

11/07/2012, 09:11 am

A version of Microsoft Office designed for Apple's iPhone and iPad is now expected to arrive on the iOS App Store in early 2013, offering free document viewing, while a subscription will be needed for editing.

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Microsoft SmartGlass hits iOS as Xbox LIVE app update

11/06/2012, 07:11 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out an update to its existing Xbox iOS app, morphing the title into a form identical to the company's SmartGlass Android and Windows Phone app by bringing a number of functionality and UI improvements to the console-controlling software.

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Microsoft rumored to release 7-inch 'Xbox Surface' gaming tablet

11/06/2012, 03:11 pm

Microsoft reportedly plans to take on Apple's new iPad mini with its own smaller 7-inch tablet designed primarily for playing games.

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iPhone 5 constraints remain at AT&T, Verizon, inventory improving at Sprint

11/02/2012, 10:11 am

With the iPad mini hitting shelves Friday, supply of Apple's iPhone 5 has not yet caught up with demand in the U.S., according to a survey of Apple retail stores.

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Microsoft said to be testing its own smartphone design

11/02/2012, 08:11 am

In addition to building its own tablet to compete with the iPad, Microsoft may design and sell its own smartphone to take on Apple's iPhone, according to a new report.

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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer dismisses Apple as a 'low-volume player'

10/30/2012, 01:10 pm

As Microsoft revealed that the company sold 4 million upgrades to its new Windows 8 operating system in its first four days, CEO Steve Ballmer dismissed Apple as a "low-volume player" in markets like PCs and smartphones.

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Microsoft exec promotes value of Windows 8 PCs, calls iPad mini a $329 'recreational tablet'

10/26/2012, 05:10 pm

After Windows 8 debuted on Thursday, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky offered his view of the computing landscape, and said PCs represent a great value when compared to "recreational tablets," alluding to Apple's new iPad mini.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls Microsoft Surface 'compromised, confusing'

10/25/2012, 06:10 pm

Asked by analysts to comment on the launch of Microsoft's Surface, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook noted that reviews of the product have described it as "compromised" and "confusing."

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