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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Windows 8's Metro-style UI

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Brett Carpenter, from Microsoft’s Windows ecosystem group, shows off Windows 8. Its Metro-style UI has live tiles that can be programmed using existing tools and languages. It also supports full-screen apps.

September 15, 2011

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Microsoft previews Windows 8

At the Microsoft Build conference in Anaheim, Calif., Steven Sinofsky, the president of the Windows Division, takes the wraps off of Windows 8, unveiling the company's new operating system in front of an audience of software developers.

September 13, 2011


Five Windows Phone 7 tips

If you recently picked up a Windows Phone 7 device, it's probably your first time using the operating system. It's new to us, and with a new OS comes a host of fresh tricks, features and tips to uncover.

August 21, 2011 by Sharon Vaknin

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Into the Clouds: NSW DET

When the New South Wales Department of Education (DET) decided it needed to improve the way it handled science testing for year-8 students, it began to look at online solutions. Teaming up with Janison Solutions, the DET sought to better replicate what students did in the laboratory.

June 29, 2011 by ZDNet Staff

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TechLines: cloud adaptability

In last month's TechLines: Cloud Control event, panellists discussed how the cloud allows businesses to become more adaptable, innovating faster and ramping up computing needs for a growing (or shrinking) business, yet it also exposes them to technology lock-in.

March 13, 2011 by Suzanne Tindal


TechLines: is Australia cloud ready?

At the TechLines: Cloud Control session on 17 February, panellists discussed what needs to happen for Australia to be able to grab cloud by the horns and become a hub for this new technological paradigm.

March 8, 2011 by Suzanne Tindal


TechLines: cloud benefits

In this excerpt from ZDNet Australia's TechLines: Cloud Control session from 17 February, the panel looks at areas in which cloud computing can be used to best advantage.

February 28, 2011 by Brian Haverty


CES: Microsoft launches Surface 2.0

At the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and VP Mike Anjiulo show off the company's new Surface 2.0 platform. The multitouch, tabletop will be available in late 2011 in 23 countries and will retail for $7,600.

January 6, 2011


Ballmer defends Windows as Apple gains

At the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks to analysts about Windows inside the enterprise as Apple continues to make a dent in market share with the introduction of new devices such as the iPad.

October 22, 2010


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