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Topic: Microsoft

Agawi TouchMark contrasts iPad's fast screen response to laggy Android tablets

10/08/2013, 06:10 pm

A study benchmarking the touchscreen latency of popular tablets shows Apple's iPad mini and full sized iPad 4 leading response times of other tablets, with Android offerings dead last.


Touch-optimized Office for iPad still in the works, Microsoft CEO reveals

10/08/2013, 12:10 pm

Outgoing Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer dished Tuesday on a new touch-optimized version of his company's Office suite headed for Apple's iPad.


Poor Windows 8, Surface RT performance means pay cut for Ballmer

10/05/2013, 08:10 pm

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer saw his pay docked this year as a result of the disappointing performance of the company's Windows Division over the past year.


Delta Pilots fought against deal to replace iPad flight bags with Microsoft Surface

09/30/2013, 05:09 pm

Microsoft's marketing coup in selling Delta Airlines its Surface 2 tablet for use as an Electronic Flight Bag in place of Apple's iPad created friction with the company's pilots, who "fought hard" against the deal.


Delta Airlines to distribute Surface 2 to pilots after iPad trial

09/27/2013, 02:09 pm

Atlanta-based Delta Airlines will reportedly equip its pilots with Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet, rather than Apple's iPad, as the airline rolls out its electronic flight bag program in the coming years.


In last company meeting, Ballmer calls Apple 'fashionable,' says Microsoft about 'doing more'

09/27/2013, 09:09 am

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer may be on his way out soon, but he's not leaving without taking a few more swipes at Apple, Amazon, and Google.


Microsoft to extend iPad buyback program to iPhones this week, report says

09/24/2013, 05:09 pm

Following up on an initiative meant to woo users away from their iPads by offering at least $200 for used examples of the tablet, Microsoft is now said to be preparing an extension of the deal to include used iPhones as well.


iOS 7 shines as Apple bests Android, Windows Phone in 'user experience shootout'

09/24/2013, 01:09 pm

Following the public release of iOS 7, Apple's newest operating system is thrown into the fire against its strongest competitors in a battery of user experience tests, and coming out on top against Samsung's customized Android build and Microsoft's Windows Phone.


Microsoft signals it's committed to Surface hardware for the long haul

09/23/2013, 04:09 pm

Though Microsoft has lost hundreds of millions of dollars on its Surface tablets, the company made it clear on Monday that it has no intention of backing away from the platform, going as far as to openly state plans are in place for future Surface tablets in the years to come.


First look: Microsoft's second-gen Surface tablets & keyboard covers

09/23/2013, 02:09 pm

Members of the media were given their first hands-on with Microsoft's new slimmer and lighter Surface tablets and accompanying accessories on Monday, and AppleInsider was on-hand for the event.


Microsoft outs new Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 in latest pitch to tablet generation

09/23/2013, 12:09 pm

Microsoft on Monday used a media event in Manhattan to show off the next wave of its Surface devices, doubling down on an effort to simulate Apple's widely successful ecosystem by which the company is responsible for developing both the tablet's software and hardware.


Microsoft continues its attack on Apple with new ads panning iPhone 5c & 5s colors [u]

09/13/2013, 02:09 pm

Microsoft continued its advertising offensive against Apple on Friday as a series of videos mocking the iPhone 5s and 5c appeared on the official Windows Phone YouTube channel.


Microsoft starts buying used iPads for $200 Microsoft Store gift cards, pushes Surface

09/12/2013, 07:09 pm

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it has initiated a limited time offer which allows iPad owners to trade in their old tablets for at least a $200 gift card, which can be applied to a Surface RT, Surface Pro, or any other product at the company's retail stores.


Samsung, others try to rain on Apple's iPhone parade with ads surrounding coverage

09/11/2013, 11:09 am

Apple's iOS device unveilings are typically the top talk of whatever day they occur on and sometimes the day after that but that didn't stop a number of the company's competitors from trying to steal the spotlight from the iPhone 5s and 5c with some strategically-placed ads.


The Apple Era begins as Microsoft, Google shift to a hardware centric model

09/07/2013, 02:09 pm

The formerly universal consensus that widely licensed software (like Windows) would always win out over integrated hardware products (like the Macintosh) has finally reached a definitive end, years after being proved wrong.


Microsoft's OneNote for iOS gets notebook creation, 'Dots' gets new game mode

09/06/2013, 04:09 pm

Microsoft has released an update to its OneNote app for iPad that further frees it from from the desktop, and popular time-waster game Dots is going to receive a new play mode for just one week.


Judge slaps Motorola with $14.5M payout to Microsoft for FRAND abuse

09/05/2013, 04:09 pm

A federal jury has ruled that Motorola must pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages, finding that the Google-owned smartphone maker breached its obligation to license standards-essential technology in a fair and non-discriminatory fashion.


Set to depart Nokia, Stephen Elop eyed as top candidate for CEO of Microsoft

09/03/2013, 11:09 am

Some motivation behind Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset division may be to tap CEO Stephen Elop as the successor to outgoing Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, observers have speculated.


$7.2B smartphone business sale seen as a win for Nokia, major gamble for Microsoft

09/03/2013, 09:09 am

Microsoft's proposed $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia's handset division has been called as a victory for Nokia, completing its transformation into a network infrastructure business. But now the difficult task of gaining traction in the highly competitive smartphone hardware market will be Microsoft's job.


Microsoft to buy Nokia's cell phone business for $7.2B, will license patents and services

09/03/2013, 12:09 am

In a pair of statements released early Tuesday, Microsoft and Nokia announced that the two companies have entered into a mutual agreement in which the Windows Phone maker will purchase the Finnish firm's Device and Services Business, as well as license patents and mapping assets, for $7.17 billion.