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  • 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 ... 

  • Apple to Microsoft: if you can trademark Windows, we can trademark App Store

    The latest development in the Microsoft v Apple court case over Apple's attempt to trademark the phrase "App Store" is a case of the biter bit. Personally, I don't agree that Apple should be allowed to trademark such a generic term although... 

  • Insight takes a hit on LAR changes

    Ouch. Insight has predicted that the changes to Microsoft's fees for LARs (large account resellers) could make a dent of $5m to $10m in gross profits. Not turnover, profits. Insight says it is "implementing action plans intended to help mitigat... 

  • Money talks in LAR fee changes

    Microsoft's changes to the fee structure of its Enterprise Agreements (EA) appear pretty tough. On the surface, large account resellers (LARs) are losing around two-thirds of their existing fees for sales to clients on its major accounts list. As a c... 

  • Microsoft still searching for an answer

    Microsoft's Q2 results are a bit of a mixed bag. Although Windows sales were $300m lower than expected, sales at its Business Division (Office) were up 24% at $6bn and sales at its Entertainment and Services division were up 55%, mainly on the back o...