Microsoft is fiercely competitive, but the field is more challenging. Microsoft is competing with Google on search via its Bing effort and Apple in the mobile market. Meanwhile, the software giant is positioning its wares for cloud computing with software and services. The company's two cash cows - operating systems and the Office productivity suite - are performing well.
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Newly released figures from two popular web analytics firms show a PC market that is essentially static. The most interesting detail: Apple's push to update its installed base to the latest OS X version has largely succeeded, while Microsoft is less successful with its efforts to get Windows 8 users to move to the free 8.1 update.
Three non-security updates that were withdrawn shortly after release in August have been re-released. Unexplained changes made to over 100 x64 Windows 7 updates.
Microsoft Office for iPad users now have the option to subscribe to Office 365 monthly and from inside Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
Collaboration between Canonical and Microsoft has produced plugins that let Windows Server run as a guest operating system on Ubuntu and OpenStack.
XP might be out of date but that doesn't mean it isn't still being used by many organisations. But research suggests another big deadline could be missed by some.
Microsoft Q&A with Mary Jo Foley: Windows 9, Azure and SharePoint plans, Nadella's performance, and much more
Veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley provides insights on Windows 9, Microsoft's cloud strategy, and much more in this exclusive analyst call and Q&A.
Microsoft gets a three week deadline to come up with an explanation for "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws.
Ten years after its entrance to Chinese market, Microsoft has decided to terminate MSN messenger services in the country – the last one in the world – by the end of October.
Microsoft is adding iOS and Windows Phone email-profile provisioning and IE 11 Enterprise Mode support to its Windows Intune device-management service.
Microsoft's updated OneDrive for Android cloud storage app now adds support for OneDrive for Business.
UPDATED. Buggy updates are certainly a problem, but the company's poor communication of the problems is an even bigger cause for concern.
Did you know that Windows 8.1 Professional and Enterprise has built-in virtualization capabilities? Here's how to run multiple operating systems on a single PC.
After almost two months on limited preview, AWS's Zocalo cloud storage service is now on general availability, stepping up competition for enterprise rivals.
Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3 in the UK with specially commissioned works at the National Portrait Gallery.
Microsoft is toughening its stance on rogue apps in the Microsoft Store and Windows Phone Store.