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Topic: Microsoft

Google, Microsoft agree to end years-long patent war

09/30/2015, 09:09 pm

Google and Microsoft have agreed to settle an ongoing patent feud concerning communications and video technology, bringing an end to about 20 lawsuits lodged in the U.S. and Germany, the companies said Wednesday.


Microsoft ships subscription-free version of Office 2016 for Mac [u]

09/22/2015, 02:09 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday launched standalone editions of Office 2016 for Mac for people who don't want or need an Office 365 subscription, which costs at least $7 per month or $70 per year.


Skype users impacted by major sign-in problems, Microsoft says fix underway

09/21/2015, 11:09 am

Many Skype users are suffering from a glitch preventing them from signing in to the service or seeing other contacts as online, effectively blocking them from making voice or video calls to each other, Microsoft acknowledged on Monday morning.


Microsoft updates Skype iPhone & iPad apps with overhauled interfaces, more

09/03/2015, 04:09 pm

Microsoft on Thursday released major updates of its Skype apps for iPhone and iPad, redesigning their interfaces for better ease-of-use and more visual appeal, while giving iPad users access to options like location sharing and interactive notifications.


Apple poaches lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer, seen as boost for augmented reality research

08/31/2015, 09:08 am

The lead audio engineer for Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality project has been hired away by Apple, fueling speculation that the iPhone maker could be working on an AR project of its own.


Windows 10 adoption up to 75M devices nearly one month after launch, Microsoft says

08/26/2015, 01:08 pm

Adoption of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has already hit 75 million devices nearing the end of its first month, a marketing executive announced on Wednesday.


Microsoft confirms elimination of Nokia's Salo phone unit, up to 2,300 jobs

08/21/2015, 12:08 pm

Microsoft on Friday announced the closure of Nokia's former cellphone development unit in Salo, Finland, along with plans to cut up to 2,300 jobs in the country, part of a broader plan to refocus the company and make it more profitable.


Study: Apple's lead in enterprise mobility threatened as iPad's tablet share plummets

08/11/2015, 08:08 am

Apple's dominance in the enterprise mobility marketplace waned during the second quarter on a precipitous drop in tablet marketshare, the balance of which went to devices running Android and Windows, according to mobility solutions firm Good Technology.


Microsoft debuts early, open-sourced Windows Bridge for iOS

08/06/2015, 04:08 pm

Microsoft on Thursday released an early version of Windows Bridge for iOS, a set of tools that will allow developers to port iOS apps to Windows.


Microsoft brings Outlook to Apple Watch with quick actions, custom notifications

08/06/2015, 09:08 am

Microsoft on Thursday released an official Outlook app for the Apple Watch, allowing people to check, manage, and reply to email from their wrist.


Oxeye, Minecraft's Mojang to release new Cobalt multiplayer platformer for Mac in October

08/04/2015, 01:08 pm

Cobalt, a long-gestating multiplayer action platformer jointly developed by indie studio Oxeye and Minecraft creators Mojang, is set to drop on the Mac this October alongside the Xbox and PC.


Surging iPhone, plummeting feature phone sales push Apple past Microsoft in mobile market

07/30/2015, 09:07 am

Though slowing as a whole, the global cellphone industry -- including both smartphones and feature phones -- saw several platform rankings shake-ups during the June quarter, with Apple rising to second place and helping to push Microsoft into fourth place, according to Strategy Analytics data published on Thursday.


Sales of Apple's iOS devices now equal total Windows PC sales

07/23/2015, 11:07 am

Sales of Apple's iOS lineup -- comprised of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch -- has now matched annual sales of devices running the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows platform.


New Microsoft Send app brings chat-like threads to iPhone email conversations

07/22/2015, 12:07 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday launched Send, a new iPhone app intended to simplify email conversations down to instant-messaging style threads.


This week on AppleInsider: Thicker iPhones, new iOS and OS X betas, Office for Mac & more

07/11/2015, 08:07 am

An active news week saw the first public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, new details about next-generation iPhones, and the release of Office 2016 for Mac.


Microsoft releases all-new Office 2016 for Mac to Office 365 subscribers

07/09/2015, 12:07 pm

Microsoft on Thursday announced that Office 2016 for Mac --a totally revamped version of its venerable productivity suite --is now available to any Mac user with an Office 365 subscription.


Microsoft to axe 7,800 jobs from struggling mobile phone unit in new restructuring plan

07/08/2015, 10:07 am

A strategic shift at Microsoft could see as many as 7,800 former Nokia employees lose their jobs this year while the software behemoth absorbs a $7.6 billion write-down on its troubled handset business, the company announced on Wednesday.


Apple Music offers a peek into the future of Apple Inc, and its stark contrast to Google and Microsoft

07/06/2015, 12:07 am

Just in its first few days, the launch of Apple Music has demonstrated that Apple can competently execute outside of its core hardware business. That has implications for its future ambitions in TV and automotive, as well as highlighting the vast gulf between it, Google and Microsoft.


As Apple doubles down on maps data, Microsoft bows out with sale of some Bing Maps assets to Uber

06/30/2015, 10:06 am

Uber is set to acquire the imagery collection unit of Microsoft's Bing Maps division --giving the ridesharing service a leg up as it seeks to lessen its dependence on mapping products from Apple and potential rival Google --in a deal that will see Microsoft end its own in-house mapping data efforts.


Microsoft ousts ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, combines OS and devices teams

06/17/2015, 04:06 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the departure of former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as part of a broad restructuring at the company, one that will see its Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group merge into one unit.