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6. Making parts of .NET open source took years, and wasn't a quick move
Microsoft's .NET development language for years has been within the company's walled garden. But alas — no more. Opening it to the public makes the platform more available for Apple's iOS and Android app makers through its partnership with mobile-tool maker Xamarin. It was touted as "one of the biggest announcements" at Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build, this week. But it took a while to get this far. Former server and cloud boss turned chief executive Satya Nadella gave the go-ahead to make more of .NET open source more than a year ago in order to make it "good for developers."
7. Apple knows it has to make a larger iPhone display to compete
Samsung's testimony in its trial against Apple showed that the iPhone maker was deeply concerned about the competition — especially in regard to display sizes. While Apple stuck with the 3.5-inch and then 4-inch displays, its competitors — Samsung above all else — was developing far larger screen sizes. This caught Apple in a spin, which internal slides show, citing slowing growth rates and the concern that "consumers want what we don't have." This may be the first sign that Apple could be developing a larger 5-inch iPhone that would aim to compete with its major rivals with "phablet"-sized devices.
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8. Around 44 percent of desktop Windows machines are still powered by XP
The end is no longer nigh. It's right here on our doorstep. Microsoft has cut off Windows XP from its security and update support system. According to the latest statistics from Net Applications, about 44 percent of all desktop Windows machines are still running the decade-old operating system. If you haven't upgraded already, you probably should.
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