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Topic: Microsoft

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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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Windows 8 jumps past Apple's OS X with 7.4% market share

09/02/2013, 11:09 am

It hasn't been nearly as successful as Microsoft hoped and promised a year ago, but the Windows 8 platform continues to inch forward in market share, most recently surpassing the overall installed base for Apple's Mac OS X.

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Microsoft permanently slashes price on struggling Surface Pro to $799

08/30/2013, 11:08 am

Microsoft's Surface tablet lineup, which has thus far failed to gain traction against Apple's iPads, saw a permanent price cut this week, most notably among the high-end Surface Pro, which now sells for $100 less.

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Uncertainty at Microsoft sparks concern about retaining current employees

08/27/2013, 03:08 pm

With Chief Executive Steve Ballmer set to retire and Microsoft undergoing major structural changes, employees at the software giant are said to be spooked, sparking concern that retaining current workers could be a challenge.

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CEO Steve Ballmer's exit not as 'planned' or 'smooth' as suggested by Microsoft

08/26/2013, 08:08 am

Though a statement by Microsoft suggested the forthcoming retirement of Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has been in consideration for some time, a new report says the reality is Ballmer did not intend to leave the company so soon.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer calls it quits, to retire within a year

08/23/2013, 09:08 am

Microsoft announced on Friday that its chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months, once his successor has been chosen, bringing to an end a 13-year reign over the software giant.

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Microsoft now giving away Surface RT tablets to boost Bing use in schools

08/21/2013, 11:08 am

Microsoft is looking to make a bigger splash in the education segment for both its hardware and search divisions, offering schools the ability to earn free Surface RT units in exchange for regular use of its Bing search platform.

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Battle of the billion dollar buybacks: Apple, Inc. vs Microsoft Corporation

08/16/2013, 03:08 am

Over the past fifteen years, both Apple and Microsoft have invested in Apple, while Microsoft has also invested in itself. Here's a look at how those investments worked out, with particular attention to stock buybacks, a panacea certain billionaire investors are prescribing for Apple.

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Steve Jobs's $1.1 billion AAPL windfall & Steve Ballmer's $11 billion MSFT blunder

08/14/2013, 04:08 pm

After taking over as Microsoft's chief executive in 2000, Steve Ballmer presided over the liquidation of Apple's stock his company had acquired three years earlier in its $150 million investment in Apple. In retrospect, that was a fantastically bad idea.

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Microsoft faces lawsuit over Surface RT struggles as company preps Oct. 17 launch of Windows 8.1

08/14/2013, 03:08 pm

Even as it prepares a critical update to its Windows 8 platform, Microsoft has become the target of a lawsuit alleging that the software giant misled investors regarding both Windows RT and the Surface RT device it released last year.

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Microsoft rehashes old arguments in latest anti-iPad Surface ad

08/07/2013, 05:08 pm

Microsoft continued to bash the iPad in its latest Surface RT commercial, this time digging up and re-airing old arguments against the Apple tablet, like a lack of keyboard and higher price point.

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Samsung's vetoed push for an ITC ban against Apple, Inc., in pictures

08/05/2013, 06:08 am

While efforts by Apple and Samsung to enforce their respective patent rights are often equated as back-and-forth arguments among twin giants who irrationally refuse to settle their legal disputes rather than innovate and compete in the market, there's a vast difference between the legitimacy of their respective intellectual property claims and what each company is demanding.

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Apple, Inc. iPad is obliterating Samsung, Google's Android in tablet profits

08/03/2013, 01:08 am

While market research firms publicly report that Apple's iPad is "losing market share" in tablet shipments, their data also says something else: Apple continues to obliterate Samsung, Google's Android, Microsoft, Amazon and the rest of the industry in tablet profits.

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Microsoft Surface revenue at $853M, less than write-down and associated ad-spend

07/30/2013, 07:07 pm

It was revealed on Tuesday that Microsoft has made only $853 million on its Surface tablet since the product line was introduce eight months ago, a number less than the company's write-down to adjust for unsold inventory, as well as an ad campaign pushing the device and Windows 8.

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Microsoft, Intel, Oracle & AT&T come to Apple's defense in looming iPhone 4 ban

07/29/2013, 08:07 am

High stakes in an impending iPhone 4 ban by the International Trade Commission have created some unlikely bedfellows, with a trade group representing Microsoft coming to the defense of rival Apple.

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Editorial: Why iOS in the Car is a very big deal for Apple

07/27/2013, 12:07 pm

Apple's new automotive initiative with iOS in the Car a prime focus for the company. Here's a look at the strategy behind it, and the company's options for bringing the new feature to market next year.

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Why Apple is revving iOS in the Car for an aggressive 2014 launch

07/26/2013, 08:07 am

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook described the company's 2014 launch of iOS in the Car as "very, very important" and a "key focus for us." Here's a look at what the industry thinks, the competition Apple faces in automotive, and why it's pushing so hard for an immediate launch next year.

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