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  • If this was football, vote of confidence for Ballmer would be kiss of death

    What a week it's been for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. First, he inadvertently lets slip the release date for Windows 8, then Skype, the company he has shelled out $8.5bn of Microsoft's money to buy, suffers from a serious outage. Just to compoun... 

  • Windows 8 next year? Probably

    Hold the phone. Microsoft has jumped in quickly to downplay comments by CEO Steve Ballmer that Windows 8 will be released next year. Should we surprise? No. Does this mean it won't be released next year? No. The official Microsoft response was th... 

  • Is Google's Chromebook the right idea in the wrong place?

    Google's Chromebook seems to me to be a good idea but not necessarily one that is being executed in the right way. As others have remarked, there is an issue over what you do with a machine that runs on a browser-based OS if you're not able to connec... 

  • Microsoft $8.5bn takeover of Skype isn't Music to Google's ears

    Microsoft has been in the shadow of Google for some time now when it comes to the Internet but the software giant got its own back bigtime yesterday by totally upstaging Google's announcement of its cloud streaming Music service. Whatever press c... 

  • Apple overtakes Microsoft on revenue and profit

    A landmark of sorts was reached this month when Apple overtook Microsoft in terms of revenue and profits in the respective companies' most recent quarterly financial results. The difference in the figures from a revenue perspective are quite spectacu... 

  • Angels swoon over Roll's sausage role play: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (11)

    Back in 1995, then Microsoft Office product manager Oliver Roll was making a presentation to top executives at London temping agency Office Angels. In a bid to keep things interesting, Olly had decided to incorporate a number of costume changes i... 

  • Linguists in war of words over Apple App store trademark claim

    Do you ever get the feeling some companies just have too much money for their own good? And that maybe they could be using it to better purpose than lining lawyers' pockets? Microsoft and Apple are currently embroiled in a fairly ridiculous court cas... 

  • The BSA's new weapon against unlicensed software: disgruntled employees

    Interesting to see that settlements paid by UK firms caught using unlicensed software doubled to £2m last year according to figures from the Business Software Alliance (BSA). As it's pretty clear 2010 was not, in general, twice as vulnerabl... 

  • Out of tune Zune player fades out

    Can it really be true? Will the Zune really be no more? Such are the rumours that Microsoft is preparing to pull the plug on its iPod killer a mere four years and four months after its launch. And yet, it all seemed so different back then. Even t... 

  • HP chief plans WebOS on every machine but do users want it?

    HP CEO Léo Apotheker is reported to have revealed plans to include the WebOS on every PC the vendor ships from 2012 onwards. Not that it's getting rid of Windows, you understand, but it will ship WebOs alongside the Microsoft product on every ...