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Microsoft tempts XP laggards with $84 upgrade discount

Microsoft kicked off a new promotion aimed at Windows XP customers, who have just one year to ditch the 12-year-old OS before it's retired from support.

U.S. patent office retracts rejection of Apple's iPad Mini trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week reversed itself, withdrawing a rejection of Apple's trademark application for "iPad Mini," according to a document published by the agency.

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Mobile browsing focus gives Apple an edge over Mozilla

The trend toward browsing from phones and tablets has helped some browser makers, dramatically in one case, but hurt others in the battle for usage share, data from a metrics firm showed.

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Windows 8.1 part of game where name matters

Microsoft has been mum, even though it has acknowledged Blue and said it will now pursue a faster development and upgrade cadence.

Microsoft: No more support for you, Office for Mac 2008

Microsoft today reminded customers running Office for Mac 2008 that support for the suite ends next Tuesday.

SkyDrive decision reveals Microsoft's strategy for Office on iOS

Microsoft has no intention of sharing revenue with Apple, and is likely to tie Office on the iPad to its subscription plans, according to an analyst.

Microsoft to patch IE10 Pwn2Own bugs next week, says security expert

Microsoft will ship nine security updates next week, two rated "critical," to patch Internet Explorer, Windows, SharePoint Server, Office Web Apps, and the company's anti-malware software in Windows 8 and RT.

Google puts pressure on Microsoft, launches Quickoffice for iPhone and Android

Google launched its Microsoft Office substitute, Quickoffice, for Apple's iPhone, Android smartphones and Android tablets, fulfilling a promise made in December.

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Office 365 subscriptions account for a quarter of suite's U.S. retail sales

Office 365 has accounted for about 25 percent of all Office retail unit sales in the U.S. since its introduction two months ago. But the new "rent-not-own" strategy has not boosted overall sales, an analyst says.

Windows XP decline stalls as users hold onto aged OS despite 2014 deadline

The decline in usage share of Windows XP, which is slated for retirement in 53 weeks, has slowed significantly, hinting that millions of its users will hold onto the operating system much longer than some, including Microsoft, expect.

Feedly sees users spike after Google's RSS death warrant, eyes paid option

Feedly, which says it has added more than 3 million new users to its free RSS service since Google decided to retire Reader, plans to offer paid subscriptions this year.

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U.S. patent office rebuffs Apple's iPad Mini trademark request

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has provisionally denied Apple's trademark application for "iPad Mini" because the term is "merely descriptive" of the tablet's size.

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Office on iOS, Android would be a big winner, analyst says

Microsoft could rake in more than $1 billion in revenue in the first year after launching Office for Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms, an analyst said today.

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Microsoft makes good on promise, publishes list of 41K patents

Microsoft launched a searchable list of its complete patent portfolio as part of its defense of the patent system, particularly software patents.

Microsoft collects 13 design patents for Surface, keyboard covers

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office yesterday awarded Microsoft 13 design patents for its Surface line of tablets, including the innovative Touch keyboards/covers, according to published documents.