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microsoft office

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.

patent

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.

browsers

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.

Security experts laud Apple for following Microsoft, others on two-factor authentication

Sometimes called two-step verification, it is a more demanding method of locking an account than a password-only process.

Microsoft's cash-for-apps pitch to devs smells like desperation

Microsoft yesterday kicked off a promotion that rewards Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers $100 for each app that they publish in the company's app stores.

Microsoft discontinues Office 2010 sales, some retailers jack up prices

Some sellers have raised the price of Office 2010's lowest-cost multi-license package after Microsoft discontinued retail sales of the suite.

Microsoft will auto-install Windows 7 SP1 on consumer PCs starting Tuesday

Microsoft will start automatically pushing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to customers on Tuesday as a last-ditch move before it drops the original 2009 edition of Windows 7 from support next month.

IDC joins 'ditch Windows RT' bandwagon

Microsoft's two-pronged OS push into tablets -- Windows RT and Windows 8 -- confuses customers, and the company should focus on the more robust Windows 8, an IDC analyst said today.

Who's 'Scroogled' now? Hotmail, Outlook.com out for 15 hours

Microsoft Wednesday said it restored full service to Hotmail and Outlook.com about 15 hours after the online mail sites went partially dark.

IDC: iOS will surrender top tablet spot to Android in 2013

Aggressive sales of smaller tablets triggered a revised tablet sales forecast today by IDC, which upped its projections by 11 percent for 2013 and said Android would supplant Apple's iOS as the dominant operating system this year.

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ModernMix runs Modern apps on the Windows 8 desktop

A Michigan developer last week started selling a $5 utility that lets Windows 8 customers shun the new Modern UI by running apps on the classic desktop.