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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.

Microsoft to host June BUILD dev conference on Apple's home turf

Microsoft Tuesday announced that its BUILD 2013 developers conference will be held June 26-28 on Apple's home turf, San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Microsoft confirms it's shut off Windows 8-Google Apps calendar sync

Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8 users who upgrade the Calendar app will no longer be able to synchronize that schedule with the calendar included with Google Apps for Business, Academic or Government.

Ad industry threatens Firefox users with more ads if Mozilla moves on tracking plans

The online ad industry attacked Mozilla over its decision to block third-party cookies in a future release of Firefox, calling the move "dangerous and highly disturbing," and claiming that it will result in more ads shown to users.

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Mobile browsing increases 26% in 3 months in steady climb

Mobile-based browsing has tripled in the last two years, and is making significant inroads on traditional Internet access from personal computers, according to statistics from a Web metrics company.