MICROSOFT

March 6th, 2013

Microsoft Fined $732 Million in EU

The European Union has levied a $732 million fine against Microsoft for allegedly violating an agreement that would separate browser from operating system. In 2009, Microsoft and EU antitrust regulators reached a deal that mandated Microsoft would provide a “choice” screen in Windows allowing users to pick their browser until 2014. However, an update to [...]

January 4th, 2013

Google FTC Hearings Leave Microsoft Red Faced

It was Microsoft, not Google, that left the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust hearings into Google’s allegedly anti-competitive behaviour in its search and mobile businesses red faced. The hearings, which wrapped up Thursday, left Google with a mild reprimand — but not off scott free — and orders to change some of its business practices. The [...]

November 29th, 2012

Windows 8 Sales Figures are Currently Strong, but will the Trend Continue?

The exact sales figures of Windows 8 have been hard to pin down. Microsoft spent considerable time and money promoting the basic claim that Windows 8 sold 40 million copies in the first month or so, attempting to turn sales momentum into further sales. On the other hand, numerous commentators have pointed out that copies [...]

November 13th, 2012

Windows Boss Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft

The man who presided over Microsoft’s Windows division during the launch of Windows 8 left the company unexpectedly this morning, “effective immediately”. Considering the recent launch of Windows 8, and the critical praise the Surface has received, Steven Sinofsky’s departure may come as a surprise to many. However, to Microsoft watchers, this departure was expected as [...]

August 15th, 2012

Microsoft’s Surface Rumoured to be at a $199 Price Point

A rumour coming down the wire from Engadget today puts the Microsoft Surface tablet not at the nearly $1000 price point that earlier rumours suggested, but rather in the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 neighbourhood of $199. Engadget claims the rumour came from an unnamed conference attendee at Microsoft’s TechReady15 conference, where all the details [...]

August 7th, 2012

Acer to Microsoft: Reconsider the Surface Tablet

Microsoft’s move into tablets with the upcoming Surface slate is emblematic of the ruinous alliance between OEMs and Microsoft, according to Acer’s chairman and chief executive. “We have said [to Microsoft] think it over,” Mr. Wang told the Financial Times. “Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands [...]

July 31st, 2012

Microsoft Launches Gmail Killer, Outlook.com

Microsoft today began previewing Outlook.com, a new webmail service that will eventually replace its venerable Hotmail property. “We think the time is right to reimagine email,” Microsoft’s Chris Jones wrote in a blog post. “So today, we’re introducing a preview of Outlook.com. We realized that we needed to take a bold step, break from the [...]

July 30th, 2012

Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Customized Mice, Keyboards

Microsoft today unveiled a new line of touch-enabled Microsoft branded hardware for Windows 8: the Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the Wedge Touch Mouse, the Sculpt Mobile Keyboard, the Sculpt Touch Mouse, and the Microsoft Touch Mouse. These devices will work with Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows 7 PCs and tablets. Microsoft says it will release [...]

July 20th, 2012

Microsoft Reports First Quarterly Loss

For the first time in its history as a public company, Microsoft has posted a quarterly loss. Microsoft posted a net loss of $492 million, or a loss of $0.06 per share, this quarter compared to the net income of $5.87 billion it had in the same quarter of last year. The company’s loss mostly [...]

July 10th, 2012

Microsoft Buys Touch Screen Manufacturer Perceptive Pixel

Microsoft announced yesterday that it is intending to buy Perceptive Pixel, a maker of large LCD touch screen monitors that lists many of the major news networks as its clients. “By joining Microsoft, we will be able to take advantage of the tremendous momentum of the Microsoft Office Division, tightly interoperate with its products, and [...]