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Microsoft sold only 1 million Surface tablets, half the original forecast, due to "gloomy" consumer sentiment, says analyst.
Samsung's decision hurts Microsoft's efforts to gain ground against Google and Apple in the mobile computing market.
PC makers need to build more innovative hardware around Microsoft's new touch-friendly OS, says IDC.
Despite analyst misgivings, Microsoft exec says at CES new operating system is on pace to match early Windows 7 sales.
Federal healthcare privacy requirements don't apply only to medical institutions -- schools that maintain student health records must also comply with HIPAA law.
Microsoft's tablet OS can be fooled into running full-blown Windows 8 and legacy applications, hacker reveals.
At CES 2013, Intel shows it won't let longstanding partnership with Microsoft stand in the way of growth.
Lenovo shows off 39-inch tablet behemoth and 11-inch mini-notebook at CES 2013.
Tax deal should bolster economy, but automatic spending cuts that could go into effect in March loom over tech industry.
Outlays on personal devices and enterprise software expected to lead global recovery in IT market, according to forecasts from Gartner and Forrester.
Buyout of Brad Krikorian's id8 Group R2 Studios would fit with Microsoft's goal of becoming center of the digital home.
Azure enhancements leave Microsoft well positioned against cloud competitors in 2013, analyst says.
In annual report filed with SEC, tech giant says it's considering divesture of businesses that don't fit with its long-term plans. Will CEO Whitman stick with the PC business?
This could be a make or break year as Microsoft looks to establish itself in mobile, cloud and other hot new markets while fending off challenges to its Windows franchise.
HTC 7-inch tablet could pit Microsoft's Windows 8 OS against Amazon's Kindle Fire and Apple's iPad mini.
Microsoft-sponsored IDC report says there are currently 1.7 million open cloud positions just waiting to be filled.
The past year saw some big wins, and big setbacks, for Microsoft. And then there's the special case of Windows 8.
Columbus grants Big Blue incentive package as IBM pledges to create hundreds of new jobs in big data analytics.
Dell Latitude 10 among Windows 8 systems not yet available, as tablet makers struggle with drivers for energy-efficient Intel Clover Trail chip.
Microsoft says Gmail users who want real-time e-mail on Windows devices should switch to Outlook.com.
Windows 8 tablet may not be posting big sales numbers, but everyone who bought one from Best Buy claims to love it unconditionally.
IBM predicts that in five years artificial intelligence will be able to mimic the five human senses.
Microsoft needs to get its Windows 8 tablet in front of as many eyeballs as possible, and the retailer needs hot products to drive in-store sales.
Windows 8 tablet now available at retail outlets as Microsoft looks to jumpstart sales.
The tech services industry is in the midst of a downturn, but outsourcing isn't going anywhere—it offers too many benefits.
Companies held off on major tech projects during the period amid the weak global economy.
Google says development dollars are wasted on Microsoft's mobile and tablet platforms.
Microsoft abandons plan to be sole source for Windows 8 tablet during the holiday season.
Microsoft hopes broader retail distribution strategy will boost Surface sales, says analyst.
Windows 8 tablets powered by Intel's Atom "Clover Trail" chip were supposed to hit the price-performance sweet spot -- but just try finding one.
IBM gets serious about becoming a player in end-user cloud services for the enterprise.
Microsoft says it has 34% more open engineering positions than this time last year, and can't fill them all domestically.
Microsoft's new OS holds plenty of potential, but so far consumers aren't loving the radically redesigned desktop. Microsoft should consider these changes.
Facing tablet pressure, Microsoft CEO tells shareholders that company needs to bring hardware and software together to speed up innovation.
Microsoft says consumers should use Bing because Google Shopping's pay-to-play program skews results.
Microsoft says it has sold more than 40 million Windows 8 licenses, but the information is worthless in absence of key data the company won't divulge.
Despite analyst reports suggesting a slow start for new OS, Microsoft says early sales and upgrades are strong.
Microsoft enhances its online mail and calendaring service to better challenge Gmail and other Google cloud offerings.
Microsoft's own search engine shows that Apple's iPhone 5, and not Windows Phone, was most popular smartphone in 2012.
If Windows 8 sales don’t improve soon, Microsoft might have to pull a Coke and cut its losses on its radically reengineered OS.
Apple's tablet was the mobile device of choice for online shoppers looking to grab bargains during Thanksgiving weekend.
Autonomy's IDOL search and data analysis software can still help HP, analyst says. But HP needs to make it easier for customers to implement.
Change left over from holiday shopping? Treat yourself to a new app for your Windows 8 desktop or tablet.
HP reports bruising loss for fourth quarter, says Autonomy officials misrepresented financial position prior to 2011 acquisition.
During Otellini's tenure, Intel was caught flatfooted on the shift to mobile computing. Early Windows 8 launch results don't show a Wintel win, either.
Lawsuit claims OS and pre-installed apps hog half of the available storage space on new Windows 8 tablet.
High profile customers like Amazon will need to find alternative platforms for devices like the Kindle Fire.
Surface Pro, as well as systems that run Win8 on Intel's Clover Trail platform, are missing in action at a key time -- creating a nasty enterprise tablet problem for Microsoft.
Windows Phone still trails far behind Android and iPhone, but it's finally making inroads in the smartphone market.
Windows chief's sudden departure comes amid questions about Windows 8 sales and Microsoft's hardware plans.
Microsoft veteran Steven Sinofsky says his departure is strictly for personal reasons, but his exit could leave the company in the lurch at a critical time.
Microsoft began its SharePoint conference in Las Vegas by announcing new services and apps, plus a big price break for Yammer users.
Ballmer says sales of the Windows RT device are modest, but declines to provide details as Apple sells 3 million new iPads in three days.
Microsoft claims Google's Android operating system violates Windows patents, but growing third-party license fees may lessen the sting.
With Surface already out and a Windows Phone possibly on the way, it's clear that Microsoft means to become a big player in hardware -- but it will need to open up its checkbook.
Microsoft reportedly working on a top-secret project to produce a tablet to compete with the iPad Mini.
When I found myself without power for four days in Manhattan, Dell's Windows 8 tablet was my main link to the outside world. See how it fared.
Microsoft CEO predicts a quick sales ramp up for Windows Phone 8 devices like the Nokia Lumia 920.
Independent tech field reps most optimistic about prospects than they've been in 15 months, survey finds.
Report says company is testing prototype, but such a move could jeopardize relationship with partners like Nokia.
Microsoft will roll out major enhancements to its customer relationship management suite next month.
As Microsoft and its hardware partners produce Windows 8 devices in droves, here's a look at some of the more noteworthy launches.
Microsoft's new OS offers the option of using a mouse and keyboard. But for most applications, it will have you touching, tapping and swiping.
Microsoft has long been king of the desktop, but Windows 8 has enterprise IT leaders experimenting with new, mobile business tools.
Windows 8 will make Microsoft and partners serious players in the mobile market, CEO says at launch event.
Erwin Visser, Microsoft's senior director for Windows Commercial, says enterprises can expect immediate benefits from Windows 8 in key areas like mobility, security, and virtualization.
Critics say the Windows 8 look and feel will confound consumers and enterprise PC users. I say it's the critics who are being dummies.
College and university students can access Microsoft's cloud apps for bargain basement price.
Many Windows 7 tablet buyers who assumed they could later upgrade to Windows 8 may be disappointed.
Windows 8 RT tablets won't be available for up to two weeks or more, according to Microsoft's online store.
As Microsoft launches its highly-anticipated new OS this week, experts say IT pros should focus on Windows 7 upgrades--and watch for Windows 8 tablets to walk through the enterprise front door.
Microsoft reports that pre-sales of its newest operating system were 40% higher than Windows 7's early orders.
Windows 8 can't come soon enough for Microsoft and its partners, as consumers hold off computer purchases.
Big Blue sees revenue decline in key areas as sales fail to meet analysts' expectations.
Microsoft's self-branded Windows 8 tablet comes in at a price that makes it competitive with offerings from rivals--and partners.
Microsoft's new operating system looks how a modern OS should--big, bold, and centered around apps. Suddenly, it's Apple's turn to catch up.
Xbox Music offers a mix of free and paid options, as Microsoft looks to move beyond failure of Zune brand.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner makes comments viewed in India as a sign that that the U.S. may eventually increase the number of visas available to tech professionals.
Major online retailer posts pricing and shipping dates for Microsoft's new, radically redesigned operating system.
Aspire M5-481PT Windows 8 tablet lets you tap and swipe your way through documents using up to ten touchpoints.
Battery life, video playback, and app performance improve in new update, the first to arrive through Microsoft's streamlined patch process.
Business customers can opt for secure connection to IBM's SmartCloud Enterprise+ cloud services via AT&T VPN network.
Iconia W510 priced right, could give Apple's new iPad run for its money in key areas like performance and mobility.
Microsoft exec also predicts that new Windows 8 OS will be found on 400 million devices by next summer.
Popular online retailer offers Gateway and Acer systems running Microsoft's new OS, but buyers may be better off waiting for official launch.
Microsoft makes more than 50 enhancements in key areas like search, e-mail, news, and photos as it readies the new OS for public debut.
Microsoft plans to formally launch the next version of its mobile OS on Oct. 29. It could be the company's last chance to make a dent in the smartphone market.
Microsoft, Barnes & Nobile finalize Nook Media partnership; agreement keeps door open for Microsoft self-branded hardware that would compete with Nook line.
At Interop, former Wall Street tech chief Ben Fried advises IT leaders to stop being 'suckers' and move to cloud applications.
Price, compatibility, and the interface formerly known as Metro are among users' biggest concerns about Microsoft's upcoming operating system, poll finds.
Microsoft says it can't find enough skilled IT workers to fill open positions, but critics say the company is merely trying to justify hiring foreigners.
Software maker could pay up to $7.4 billion for failing to give European Union consumers alternatives to Explorer Web browser.
Microsoft's new OS may be just too different for conservative IT departments, Gartner says. But here's why I'm not counting Windows 8 out--even in the near term.
Barnes & Noble debuts Nook HD, plans to port e-reading and display technology to Microsoft's new operating system.
Microsoft gives Windows Server 2012's predecessor a longer lease on life, while reminding enterprise users that XP's days are numbered.
Workers' advocates say Apple's shiny new gadget is being produced in unsafe conditions, sparking tensions between offshore assembly crews and guards.
Microsoft builds new security tools into latest version of Exchange that are designed to stop compliance breaches before they occur.
Apple and contractor Foxconn are mum on whether facility's closure will impact production of iPhone 5, which is sold out across the country.
Microsoft's search engine fared better in our readers' taste tests than in mine. But readers still didn't see the "nearly 2-to-1" advantage that Microsoft claims.
With Windows 8 launch less than two months away, developers from around the world can now submit their wares.