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Microsoft's MSN News: A solid, usable news app for iOS

The times, they are a-changin' over in Redmond. Microsoft spent the last couple of months embracing iOS users instead of shunning them. In the old days, Microsoft kept a lot of apps for the sole use of Windows Phone users, but with that platform faltering they are reaching out to iOS and Android u...

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MSN-branded apps added to Microsoft's iOS flock

Since Satya Natella took over the CEO spot at Microsoft from Steve Ballmer, the company has been making moves to put its software and cloud service applications on iOS and Android. The latest step in this direction was taken today with the introduction of five consumer apps under the MSN brand. ...

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Microsoft and Yahoo reportedly trying to convince Apple to dump Google as the default search engine in Safari

According to a new report from Amir Efrati of The Information, Google's contract with Apple regarding the former's position as the default search engine in Safari is set to end next year. As a result, the both Yahoo and Microsoft are reportedly doing their best to pitch Apple to use their respec...

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Apple hits new record $700 billion market valuation

As of November 24, 2014, Apple Inc had the largest market valuation of any company in the world. This morning, November 25, the company's value hit $700 billion, retaining its title and setting a new record for market valuation. To put Apple's success into perspective, the second most valuable co...

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Microsoft ramping up its anti-Apple ad blitz

With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, Microsoft's anti-Apple ad blitz is slowly but surely picking up steam. Over the past two-and-a-half weeks, the folks up in Redmond have released three commercials which poke fun at the iPhone and, somewhat curiously, the MacBook Air. As...

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.NET Server Core to go open source, will run on Macs

There's no question .NET is a popular option for developers, but if you wanted to run .NET applications your server had to run Windows. Microsoft is in the process of making its tools even more accessible, and open-sourcing the .NET server stack is one way the company is hoping to win over more ...

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Microsoft adds free editing, iPhone version, and Dropbox to iOS Office apps

The universe of productivity apps on iOS expanded considerably when Microsoft announced its iPad versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint back in March 2014. Without an Office 365 subscription, however, users were limited to read-only file access; not terribly productive. Even with the addition of a m...

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CNN anchor caught on-air using a Microsoft Surface tablet as an iPad stand

Try as they might, Microsoft's effort to get its Surface tablets out and in front of as many people as possible keeps backfiring in hilarious ways. Most recently, a CNN anchor during Tuesday night's election coverage was spotted using his Microsoft Surface tablet as a shield and kickstand for hi...

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New Microsoft ad pits the MacBook Air against the Lenovo Yoga 3 in a dance-off

Microsoft this weekend released a new advertisement targeting the MacBook Air. The 30-second clip compares Apple's ultra-portable laptop with the new Lenovo Yoga 3. Unlike earlier Microsoft ads that compare hardware and software features, this latest advertisement is lighthearted with a dancing th...

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Outlook for Mac gets a facelift, Office for Mac refresh in 2015

If you're a Mac user who relies on Microsoft's productivity software to get work done, you'll be happy to hear that there's a new version of Outlook for Mac available this morning, complete with a visual upgrade and boosted performance. If you're an Office 365 subscriber you might have already see...

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Microsoft unveils new iOS-compatible fitness tracker, Microsoft Band

Microsoft today entered the fitness tracker market with its new Microsoft Band wearable device to compete with new offerings from Fitbit and Apple's upcoming Watch device. The Band's biggest feature is its cross-compatibility, supporting iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It also moves beyond a fitne...

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Nine ways Apple users differ from Microsoft fans

Are you a Starbuck's loving, Microsoft-hating type of person who thinks Facebook is a cool to place to work? If so, then you must be an Apple fan according to this chart published by Business Insider using Ranker's crowd-source ranking data. The infographic looks at nine consumer opinion categorie...

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Microsoft buys Minecraft studio Mojang, but promises to continue iOS, Mac development

Everyone's favorite sandbox game, Minecraft, is now officially owned by Microsoft thanks to a $2.5 billion deal the company made to purchase developer Mojang. The buy will see Microsoft take control of a game that is published -- and extremely popular -- across many of the platforms of its competi...

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New Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ads target the MacBook Air

Microsoft today launched three new ads for its Surface Pro 3 tablet that compares the device to Apple's MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is featured prominently in all three ads, appearing side-by-side to a Surface Pro 3 equipped with a keyboard and stylus. The ads focus on how the Surface Pro 3 is b...

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Microsoft releases celebrity tracking app for iPhone

Here's a head scratcher -- Microsoft launched a free new iOS app called Snipp3t (pronounced "snippet") over the weekend. The app lets you subscribe to your favorite celebrity, thereafter providing a personalized stream of headlines and social media feeds about them. You can also offer your own thoug...

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