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Topic: Microsoft

Editorial: The mysterious failure of Microsoft's Surface RT

07/20/2013, 06:07 am

This last week, Microsoft announced disappointing earnings that reflected the battered market for PCs and the company's inability to gain traction in smartphones. But most notable was the $900 million "inventory adjustment" related to Surface RT, Microsoft's beleaguered iPad contender. How could it have failed so badly?

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Latest iPad-bashing Microsoft ad focuses on peripherals, new Surface RT price point

07/19/2013, 05:07 pm

It seems Microsoft is becoming increasingly aggressive in pushing its Surface tablet lineup, and on Friday released a new ad targeting the iPad's lack of keyboard, USB slot and high cost compared to the recently discounted Surface RT.

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Google misses Q2 earnings estimates despite revenue and profit rise, Microsoft loses $900M on Surface RT

07/18/2013, 05:07 pm

Two tech giants and Apple competitors revealed their earnings for the past quarter today, with Google missing estimates despite solid revenues and improved profit, while one of Microsoft's first in-house tablet attempt was shown to be a certifiable failure.

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Microsoft releases native Outlook Web Apps for iPhone, iPad

07/16/2013, 02:07 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday launched its official Outlook Web App mail applications on the iOS App Store, with separate downloads optimized for both Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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Microsoft's Surface team working on 'translucent aluminum' smart watch - report

07/15/2013, 03:07 pm

As reports claim Apple is gearing up to launch a so-called "iWatch," another rumor claims that Microsoft is late enough in the development stage of its own smart watch that testing of the device has moved over to the company's Surface hardware development team.

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Microsoft slashes Surface RT prices by $150 as it flounders against Apple's iPad

07/15/2013, 01:07 pm

Having failed to gain traction in the tablet market, Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface RT tablet so low that the 10.6-inch device now costs nearly the same amount as Apple's entry-level iPad mini.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 hardware 'lags behind' while Microsoft struggles to update Windows Phone

07/12/2013, 04:07 pm

The two year old Windows Phone partnership between Nokia and Microsoft, once lampooned by Google Vic Gundotra in a tweet that "two turkeys do not make an eagle," is facing new problems on both the hardware and software fronts.

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'One Microsoft' realignment focuses on devices and services

07/11/2013, 10:07 am

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a sweeping company-wide restructuring plan that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said will enable the company to "innovate with greater speed, efficiency and capability."

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Touting Windows 8, Microsoft pokes Apple's iPad again over multitasking

07/09/2013, 06:07 pm

Still looking to carve out a space for itself in the new wave of mobile computing, Microsoft is once again taking shots at Apple's iPad, this time pointing out Windows 8 devices' ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

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Microsoft eyed as potential buyer of Nook business as Barnes & Noble CEO resigns

07/09/2013, 08:07 am

Market watchers believe Microsoft could swoop in to buy Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet business after the struggling bookseller has parted ways with its CEO and signaled plans to restructure.

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Windows 8 install base surpasses Vista, still trails all Mac OS X installs

07/01/2013, 02:07 pm

Coming off of a relatively strong month, Microsoft's Windows 8 has surpassed the much-maligned and six-year-old Windows Vista inWeb usage, though slow uptake of the new system means that it still lags behind the total install base of Apple's OS X.

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Microsoft's Xbox chief departs for Zynga after used game controversy

07/01/2013, 01:07 pm

Microsoft hopes to take a dominant role in the living room this fall with the launch of the Xbox One, but Don Mattrick, the executive who recently introduced the new game console and media center to the world, has reportedly left the company ahead of that launch for a position at Zynga.

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Mailbox gains iPhone landscape mode, Google Hangouts supports hotlinks

06/27/2013, 12:06 pm

A trio of popular iOS apps were updated on Thursday with major new features, as Mailbox has added a landscape mode on iPhone, Google Hangouts now includes support for tapping on links and inviting friends to chat via text message, and Skype now offers free video messaging.

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Looking to breathe life into Windows, Microsoft shows off 8.1 update with Start Menu

06/26/2013, 03:06 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday launched its latest effort to reverse the fortunes of its Windows platform, showing off a line of new devices and unveiling Windows 8.1, a new build designed to boost interest in the company's underperforming Windows 8.

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Microsoft to bring 'Age of Empires' to iOS, more titles may follow

06/24/2013, 11:06 pm

Microsoft is planning to bring a number of its PC gaming titles to Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile platforms, with "Age of Empires" already confirmed to be the first of a possible series of ports.

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Microsoft said plotting 'major restructuring' with reorganization to happen as soon as July 1

06/24/2013, 07:06 pm

As it struggles to adjust to the new mobile computing paradigm, software giant Microsoft is said to be mulling a shift in its organizational structure that may leave it better prepared to take on the likes of the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

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Report: Microsoft almost bought Nokia's hardware division, talks broke down in June

06/19/2013, 06:06 pm

Looking to gain ground on Apple's iPhone and devices running Android, Microsoft was reportedly close to purchasing Finnish phone maker Nokia's device business, with discussions going on as recently as this month.

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Microsoft undercuts Apple in education, selling Surface RT for $199

06/18/2013, 10:06 am

Attempting to carve out a niche for its low-selling Surface RT, Microsoft took a step into Apple's territory this week, offering the device to schools and universities for as low as $199.

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Skype Video Messages come to Apple's iOS, OS X

06/17/2013, 02:06 pm

Skype on Monday rolled out its new video messaging functionality for a number of platforms, including Apple's iOS and Mac, allowing users the ability to send up to three minutes of prerecorded video for free.

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Microsoft once again uses Siri to hawk Windows 8 tablets

06/14/2013, 06:06 pm

In yet another ad meant to sway new tablet buyers away from Apple, and toward the brave new world of Windows 8, Microsoft has once again enlisted Siri to pitch their product, this time for Dell's XPS 10 tablet.

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