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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


Review roundup: Microsoft Surface hardware shines, but software is a letdown

10/24/2012, 03:10 pm

Initial takes on Microsoft's new Surface tablet find the hardware could be a competent laptop replacement, but it's held back by the Windows RT software which can't compete with Apple's iOS ecosystem.


Microsoft reveals strong pre-sales of Windows 8 in quarterly earnings

10/19/2012, 03:10 pm

Sales of Windows PCs plunged ahead of the forthcoming release of Windows 8, but Microsoft saw strong pre-sales for its next-generation operating system ahead of its Oct. 26 launch.


Display expert refutes Microsoft claim that Surface RT display is "sharper" than iPad

10/18/2012, 05:10 pm

A display expert on Thursday compared the technology powering Microsoft's upcoming Surface RT with the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad's displays, seemingly debunking previous claims made by Microsoft that claimed its new tablet would be "sharper" than competing Apple products.


Google expected to unveil Android 'Key Lime Pie,' new Nexus handset at Oct. 29 event

10/18/2012, 03:10 pm

Less than a week after Apple's "iPad mini" event, Google will host its own media briefing where the company is expected to unveil the next major version of Android, as well as a new Nexus-branded smartphone.


Microsoft says Surface screen outperforms iPad Retina display

10/17/2012, 01:10 pm

Even though Microsoft's new Surface has a lower resolution screen than the Retina display on the new iPad, one Microsoft engineer has argued that the Surface offers superior picture quality because of "ClearType" display technology.


Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows RT to start at $499

10/16/2012, 10:10 am

Leaked prices for Microsoft Surface reveal the tablet will not undercut Apple's iPad, as the entry-level 32-gigabyte model will cost $499.


Microsoft airs first Surface ad as part of $1B Windows 8 marketing campaign

10/15/2012, 09:10 pm

Microsoft on Monday will kick off an advertising blitz for its Surface tablet, the software company's first-ever foray into the computer hardware making business, with a commercial set to air during ESPN's Monday Night Football.


Microsoft set to launch Xbox Music with free unlimited streaming

10/15/2012, 08:10 am

This week, Microsoft will step up its competition with Apple's iTunes with the launch of Xbox Music, a new service that offers unlimited streaming to Microsoft devices, including PCs running Windows 8.


Microsoft, PC makers begin taking preorders for Windows 8 software & devices

10/12/2012, 03:10 pm

Microsoft continues to build toward the Oct. 26 launch of its new Windows 8 operating system, as it began taking preorders for the software on Friday, while PC makers also started accepting advance orders of their new Windows 8-powered machines.