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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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A close-up look at the Windows 8.1 Update

A close-up look at the Windows 8.1 Update

A major update to Windows 8.1 arrives via Windows Update on April 8. It's aimed at making the desktop experience easier for keyboard and mouse users. Here's a close-up of the changes you can expect.

published March 9, 2014 by

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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.

published January 6, 2011 by

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Microsoft launches Windows Phone 7

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially introduces Windows Phone 7 at a press event in New York City. Microsoft's latest mobile foray showcases nearly every development group within the company, from Bing search to Xbox gaming, to Zune media streaming to Office business content creation.

published October 11, 2010 by

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Dell unveils convertible Windows 7 tablet

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Dell's Dave Zavelson shows off the company's new 10-inch Windows 7 tablet. Its standout feature is the ability to open up the case, flip the screen, and then convert it into a laptop design. The tablet will be available later this year.

published September 14, 2010 by

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Microsoft unveils Spindex social-networking tool

At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Lili Cheng, general manager of Microsoft's FUSE labs, demos the company's new social-networking aggregator. The new software features a social-feed stream, a "trending topics" section that goes a little deeper than the one Twitter offers, and the ability to bookmark items and add them as favorites.

published May 5, 2010 by

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Microsoft demos new 'social' phone

At a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft's Robbie Bach and Derek Snyder unveil the Kin mobile phones. Based on the Windows 7 operating system, the new phones will have extensive social networking built in and will also be able to access the Zune music service.

published April 12, 2010 by

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O2 Xphone IIm

O2 Xphone IIm

O2's Xphone IIm should appeal to those who want a smarter than average phone, but against serious smartphone opposition it comes a very distinct second.

published June 20, 2005 by

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First Look: Windows XP Service Pack 2

First Look: Windows XP Service Pack 2

 Windows XP SP2  Introduction Improved network protection Memory overflow protection Safer e-mail handling More secure Internet browsing Improved Windows Update Requirements Conclusions Screenshots The forthcoming Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is actually a significant upgrade for Microsoft's OS, delivering much-needed security enhancements.

published March 24, 2004 by

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Motorola MPx200

Motorola MPx200

Heavyweights Motorola and Microsoft unite to produce the MPx200; a sleek, all-black clamshell smart phone. Read our Australian review.

published March 15, 2004 by

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BizTalk to ease B2B commerce

BizTalk to ease B2B commerce

by Jim Rapoza, PC Week LabsMore than a year after the announcement of BizTalk, Microsoft Corp. has revealed little about concrete applicationsupport for the technology — until now.

published July 28, 2000 by

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