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Friday Flick: Windows 8.1 Preview

June 28, 2013 9:33 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft has released the next iteration of Windows 8. The company's new touch-based operating system seeks to merge dekstop and mobile, but some customers miss the familiarty of longstanding feature like Windows' classic Start button...

Microsoft Wants to Disclose Data on FISA Orders

June 28, 2013 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft has asked a court to let it disclose data on national security orders the company has received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Microsoft made the request in a motion filed June 19 with the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and unsealed this week...

MICROSOFT EVENT: Latest Windows adjustments

June 26, 2013 3:03 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is using a three-day conference this week to give people a peek into Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company's flagship operating system. A preview version of Windows 8.1 was released Wednesday...

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Microsoft to Unveil Latest Windows Adjustments

June 26, 2013 9:27 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is giving people a peek into Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company's flagship operating system. Although the preview version of Windows 8.1 is meant for Microsoft's partners...

Review: Office for iPhone Helpful for Subscribers

June 17, 2013 10:06 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

With the free app, users can quickly and easily edit, save and share documents on the go. But there's a catch: You have to be an Office 365 subscriber to use it. And the mobile version is so bare bones, it may not do much to attract new subscribers.

Friday Flick: Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft today released a version of its popular Office suite for the iPhone. Office Mobile is available now for free on the App Store but only subscribers to Microsoft's premium cloud-based Office 365 service can use the new app. After signing in to an Office 365 account, users can access...

Microsoft Launches Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft today released a version of its popular Office suite for the iPhone. Office Mobile is available now for free on the App Store but only subscribers to Microsoft's premium cloud-based Office 365 service can use the new app. After signing in to an Office 365 account...

Verizon Smartphone Sales Grow on Windows Popularity

June 3, 2013 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon took the lion's share of smarpthone sales in the United States, due in part to the growth of Windows Phone, according to new numbers from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. Of the carriers, Verizon grabbed 36.3 percent of smartphones sold, an annual increase of 1.8 percent. Sprint Nextel accounted for 13.1 percent of smartphones sold...

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Microsoft Touching Up Windows 8 to Address Gripes

May 7, 2013 8:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales. The tune up announced Tuesday won't be released to consumers...

Tablets with Windows RT See Slow Sales, IDC Says

May 2, 2013 8:37 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is seeing slow sales of a version of Windows designed for thin and light tablets, even as the tablet market as a whole is growing, a research firm reported Wednesday. Researchers at IDC said manufacturers shipped 200,000 tablets running...

Microsoft’s 3Q Beats Street, Company Announces Smaller Tablets

April 19, 2013 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The fervor over the PC market going down in flames and how that will affect PC giant Microsoft can settle a bit after the company’s third quarter 2013 beat analyst estimates. The company posted revenue of $20.5 billion on $0.72 EPS, marking an 18 and 20 percent increase annually, respectively. That’s compared to analyst expectations of $20.1 billion on $0.68 EPS.

PC Shipments Drop 14 Percent Annually as Consumers Prefer Tablets, Smartphones

April 11, 2013 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer preference for tablets and smartphones sent first quarter global PC shipments down 14 percent to 76.3 million units, according to new numbers from IDC. IDC said the extent of the annual contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994...

Ericsson Acquires Microsoft's Mediaroom Business

April 8, 2013 10:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Microsoft's Mediaroom business. The business will give Ericsson a boost in providing IPTV and multi-screen solutions. Closing companies expect the deal to close during the second half of 2013...

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Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 in 2014

March 18, 2013 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft has set dates in 2014 for the end of mainstream support for both Windows Phone 7.8 and 8. The company will cease support for 7.8 on Sept. 9 and for 8 on July 8. Both of the end dates are based on 18-month life cycles for the products.

Dell in $24.4B Founder-Led Deal To Go Private

February 5, 2013 10:57 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Slumping personal computer maker Dell is bowing out of the stock market in a $24.4 billion buyout that represents the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up the financing for such risky maneuvers. The complex agreement announced Tuesday will allow Dell Inc.'s management...

Microsoft and Huawei Launch Phone for Africa

February 5, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft are combining forces to sell a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The two companies launched the Huawei 4Afrika Tuesday. The phone runs Windows Phone 8...

Microsoft's 2Q 2013 Hits $21.5B in Revenue, $6.38B Profit

January 25, 2013 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft reported $21.5 billion in revenue for its second quarter 2013, with a net income of $6.38 billion on $0.76 EPS. The revenue marks a three percent jump annually while both income and Earnings Per Share (EPS) dropped annually three percent. Both revenue and EPS fell just less than analyst estimates.

Reports: Microsoft May Invest in Dell Buyout

January 23, 2013 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell, according to media reports. Both CNBC and The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft Corp. may invest some of the money needed to take Dell Inc. private after 25 years as a publicly traded company...

Microsoft May Have Exited Gadget Show Prematurely

January 14, 2013 10:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America's gaudiest gadget show a year too early. After 13 straight years in the spotlight, Microsoft's decision to scale back its presence at this week's International CES deprived the software maker of a prime opportunity...

Microsoft Increases Surface Tablet Production

December 12, 2012 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Surface is the first tablet Microsoft Corp. is selling under its own brand, and the company is promoting it heavily after its late-October launch. But reviews have been mixed, and there have been few signs that the tablet is flying off the shelves. So far, Microsoft has been selling it online and through its own stores.

Nokia Bets on Camera, Navigation with Windows 8 Lumia 920

September 5, 2012 7:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia today unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Lumia 920 with PureView image sensor.

Microsoft’s Surface Only Half the Battle

June 19, 2012 7:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft yesterday unveiled the Surface, a new Windows-based 10-inch tablet aimed directly at consumers.

Microsoft 2Q Beats Street Despite Soft PC Market

January 20, 2012 6:54 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. battled through a weak PC market to post flat earnings in the final quarter of 2011...

LG Paying Microsoft Patent License Fees for Chrome, Android Devices

January 13, 2012 6:59 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The systemic weaknesses in Google's patents on its Android operating system has forced another handset manufacturer into a licensing agreement...

Ballmer, Microsoft Keynote A Farewell to CES

January 10, 2012 7:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday evening delivered his company's final keynote at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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