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Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL announce their ad partnership to take on Google

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 23:11:43 +0000

The Associated Press reports: “Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL are teaming up to sell some of the online advertising space that they have had trouble selling on their own. The alliance announced Tuesday represents a joint attack on Google. The Internet search leader has become an even more powerful force in Internet marketing since paying $3.2

Microsoft builds a giant Windows Phone at NYC’s Herald Square

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 20:22:41 +0000

If you’re not Apple and can’t drum up huge anticipation for a new smartphone simply because it’s a new smartphone, you’ve gotta resort to more drastic measures – like building a ginormous phone in the middle of New York City’s Herald Square. That’s what Microsoft did. Hop on a quick flight to the Big Apple,

New Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ smartphones hit the market

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 20:04:15 +0000

Microsoft and its partners today released the newest line of smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 software, an updated mobile operating system also known as “Mango.” Three new phones are now on sale in the U.S.: the Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash on AT&T, and the HTC Radar 4G on T-Mobile. The HTC

Gates on Jobs: ‘He was the good guy, we were the bad guys’

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:34:42 +0000

In the days following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Bill Gates remained mostly quiet. "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely," Gates said of his competitor in a prepared statement. Then Job's biography came out last month with some harsh words about Gates.

Video: Microsoft’s new vision for the future of computer productivity

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 01:44:13 +0000

Microsoft has released a new video that shows its vision for the future of computing. You may remember the last one, which is viewable on an old Microsoft Blog post. And you may also remember the hilarious parody of Microsoft’s last “future vision” video. Well, now we’ve got a new one to watch. The idea

Nokia unveils its Windows Phones

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:10:23 +0000

The Associated Press reports: “Nokia Corp. on Wednesday launched its long-awaited first Windows cellphones, hoping to claw back market share it has lost in the tough, top-end smartphone race to chief rivals, Apple Inc.’s iPhone, Samsung and Google’s Android software. But some analysts say it may be too little, too late, for the world’s top

Report: Microsoft considers Yahoo bid

Fri, 21 Oct 2011 01:28:58 +0000’s Scott Sunde reports: “Microsoft is reportedly considering a bid to buy Yahoo. But the Redmond company apparently won’t be going it alone, The Wall Street Journal says. The Journal reporting Microsoft is working with Silver Lake Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment board on a proposal.” Read more on

Microsoft earnings, up 6 percent, meet expectations

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:53:19 +0000

The Associated Press reports: “Microsoft’s earnings for the latest quarter edged up 6 percent to match analyst estimates. The results for the July-September period were highlighted by revived growth in the division that includes the software maker’s Windows franchise. It’s the first time that Microsoft has posted a year-over-year gain in Windows revenue since the

PHOTOS: Microsoft store opens at University Village

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:21:08 +0000

Thursday morning Microsoft opened the doors to its first retail store in the Seattle city limits. The 12th store in the retail chain opened at University Village, opposite the Apple Store —which was partly obscured Thursday by Microsoft tents and a stage set for a pair of Microsoft-sponsored concerts celebrating the opening. Hundreds of people

Bill Gates to testify in Novel v. Microsoft antitrust lawsuit

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:13:43 +0000

The Associated Press reports: “A legal blame game between high-tech industry giants Novell Inc. and Microsoft Corp. is under way in a Salt Lake City courtroom as the companies squabble over fair business practices. Novell sued Microsoft in 2004, claiming the Redmond, Wash., company violated U.S. antitrust laws through its arrangements with other computer makers

New Microsoft ads aim to dispel the ‘dark side of tech’

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 23:11:34 +0000

Microsoft is beginning a big new advertising campaign Sunday evening, and the company wants to show people how four of its major products work together in the living room – and help families break free of the “dark side of tech.” The campaign is the Redmond-based firm’s biggest ever, said David Webster, Microsoft’s chief marketing

Owners take Hulu off the market

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:20:44 +0000

The Associated Press reports: “After months of being courted by technology giants and TV signal providers, online video service Hulu is no longer for sale, its media company owners said Thursday. The Walt Disney Co., News Corp., Comcast Corp. and Providence Equity Partners had been shopping the site since June after receiving an unsolicited takeover

It’s official: Microsoft now owns Skype

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:25:00 +0000

After approval by U.S. and European antitrust agencies, Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype has been finalized, the software giant announced today. “This represents a huge leap forward in Skype’s mission to be the communications choice for a billion people every day,” former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now president of Microsoft’s Skype Division,

At Microsoft, Mitt Romney says he tried to recruit Steve Ballmer

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 23:09:20 +0000

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters today, revealed an interesting tidbit from the past: He once tried to hire Steve Ballmer. “I was the guy in charge of recruiting for a consulting firm called Bain & Co. in the 1970s and 1980s – early 1980s,” Romney said, according to a video

Microsoft says most malware is your fault

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:55:18 +0000

So, that virus which slowed your computer to a crawl? Yeah, that was probably your fault. Microsoft says nearly half of all computer malware – viruses, worms, trojans, adware, etc. – can’t infect your computer without some sort of user interaction. In the first six months of 2011, 44.8 percent of malware detected by Microsoft’s