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How secure will Microsoft's new Surface tablets be?updated: Wed Jun 20 2012 16:18:00

Microsoft has announced its Surface tablets, due out late this year, at a time when security is a growing concern for users of mobile devices.

Memo to Microsoft: Today's announcement better be big dealupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 15:28:00

When Microsoft says you really don't want to miss something, does that make it a can't-miss event? Or is the company capable of -- whisper it low -- crying wolf?

Windows 8 tablet can compete with iPadupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 15:28:00

Microsoft's tablet OS can run as a desktop, making it an all-in-one machine for use at home or on the go.

Sneak peek: The evolving universe of 'Halo 4'updated: Wed Jun 06 2012 16:03:00

Born from a new developer and bolstered by Microsoft's new SmartGlass technology, "Halo 4" is getting ready for its closeup.

Xbox SmartGlass aims to link devicesupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 12:10:00

Microsoft wants to link all your smart devices with Xbox SmartGlass.

How Xbox SmartGlass will workupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 12:10:00

Perhaps the biggest splash in the early going of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles was made by Microsoft with its unveiling of Xbox SmartGlass.

Microsoft hopes to enhance games, TV with Xbox SmartGlassupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 05:41:00

What if your video-game console, TV, tablet and smartphone all worked together to enhance gaming, movies and TV shows for you?

Final preview moves Windows 8 toward tabletsupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 15:51:00

Microsoft is taking its last big step before releasing what promises to be a massive overhaul of its Windows operating system -- and, by extension, how almost all devices running it work.

Microsoft launches a 'social search' networkupdated: Mon May 21 2012 16:42:00

Does the Web have room for one more social network? Microsoft thinks so.

Microsoft takes the Kinect beyond Xboxupdated: Thu May 03 2012 09:38:00

The software giant released Kinect for Windows, a $250 motion sensor marketed toward businesses, not gamers.

Report: Microsoft to offer $99 Xbox 360 bundle with service commitmentupdated: Thu May 03 2012 09:38:00

Buying a home video game console may soon become a lot more like buying a cell phone, according to a new report suggesting Microsoft is planning to offer a subsidized, $99 bundle including a 4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect sensor to anyone who commits to two years of a new, $15 monthly online service package.

How Microsoft's cash will bolster Barnes & Noble e-readersupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 18:09:00

News that Microsoft has sunk $300 million into a venture with Barnes & Noble sends a clear signal that the computing giant and the bookseller aim to shake up the e-book market with new ammo in their fight against Amazon and Apple.

Apple CEO scoffs at tablet-laptop hybridupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 13:30:00

Is the future of computers a hybrid gadget that will combine the battery life and computing heft of a laptop with the portability and ease-of-use of a tablet?

CNNMoney: Apple's value soars to $600 billionupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 11:55:00

Apple's rocket trip into the stock-market stratosphere took it to a lofty new height Tuesday morning, when Apple's valuation briefly crossed the $600 billion mark.

Mac user: Why I love Windows 8updated: Wed Mar 28 2012 11:02:00

I've been a Mac user for about 11 years. And since I made the switch, I never thought the day would come when I'd say this:

CNNMoney: Revenge of the tech geezers!updated: Tue Mar 27 2012 07:18:00

Apple continues to be the market darling as investors eagerly anticipate more news about the iPad 3, and perhaps a dividend. The stock is up 24% in 2012.

Sketching out the future of mobilesupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 06:05:00

CNN's Jim Boulden talks to Jonathan Carson, CEO of Digital at Nielsen about what's trending in the mobile phone world.

41 megapixel camera on new Nokia phoneupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 04:08:00

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop shows off one of his company's new phones that features a 41 megapixel camera.

CNNMoney: Microsoft: Google violates our users' privacy tooupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 13:28:00

Last week, Google was caught circumventing Apple's Safari browser privacy settings. Microsoft chimed in Monday with a "me too" complaint, saying that Google is also dodging around Internet Explorer's privacy settings.

Cisco appeals approval of Microsoft-Skype dealupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 20:03:00

Cisco Systems is to appeal against the European Union's regulatory clearance of Microsoft's takeover of Skype, it has announced, citing concerns that the new entity will dominate video calling to the detriment of the wider market.

Cisco shares up 45% in last six monthsupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 20:03:00

CNN's Richard Quest talks to Cisco CEO John Chambers about their turnaround and net profits rising by 45 percent.

Kinect could make its way to laptopsupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 09:42:00

The ability to control a Windows desktop with a simple hand gesture could become reality sooner than we once thought.

Money Magazine: Best bets in tech for 2012updated: Mon Jan 23 2012 16:58:00

Seeking shelter from the stormy market? Think tech, especially big, established technology companies, which could rival traditional plays like utilities and consumer staples as premier defensive investments.

This is the year Microsoft fights backupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 14:11:00

Microsoft's revenue has been growing -- slowly, but growing.

CNNMoney: Why Google's new search might be illegalupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 05:21:00

There's nothing illegal about being so big that you dominate a market.

Stroller sets up with touch of a buttonupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 03:19:00

CNN's Katie Linendoll reveals new gadgets for parents, including a stroller that breaks down with a touch of a button.

Microsoft probes mass suicide threat at China plantupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 01:53:00

Microsoft is investigating a report that workers at a Chinese plant that manufactures its Xbox game systems have threatened mass suicide in a pay dispute, according to a statement by the company's Hong Kong office.

CNNMoney: Dance Ballmer, dance! Microsoft is backupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 13:33:00

Perhaps it's time for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to develop a new monkeyboy dance?

The top 10 video games of 2011updated: Fri Dec 23 2011 14:36:00

Enough already about "Angry Birds" -- there were plenty of great console video games in 2011.

CNNMoney: Microsoft's 2012 CES will be its lastupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 15:22:00

One of the tech industry's biggest annual rituals, the January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is losing an iconic headliner. Microsoft has decided to pull out of the show, starting next year.

CNNMoney: Don't believe BlackBerry takeover rumorsupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 13:31:00

It looks like wine isn't the only thing that's being mulled this winter. A group of large tech firms have reportedly considered a takeover of struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion.

CNNMoney: Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer 8updated: Fri Dec 16 2011 15:01:00

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 is no longer the world's most-used browser, according to a Web analytics firm. But its replacement isn't a different version of IE: It's Chrome, Google's upstart Web browser.

Xbox upgrades aim to be 'future of TV'updated: Mon Dec 05 2011 12:22:00

An update rolling out Tuesday for the Xbox Live network aims to do what Microsoft has been teasing for a while -- turn a platform designed primarily for video games into one that will be the major hub for all television viewing.

CNNMoney: Investors love IBM, but not Microsoft. Why?updated: Mon Nov 14 2011 15:41:00

From 2001 through the beginning of 2009, Microsoft and IBM shared the same story: Once great technology growth stocks, their shares had flat-lined since the dot-com bust.

CNNMoney: Silicon Valley fights to keep its diversity data secretupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 13:13:00

How diverse are Silicon Valley's offices and executive suites? Activists have been trying for years to answer that question, but some of the industry's largest and most influential employers -- including Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook -- closely guard that information.

CNNMoney: Can Windows 8 save the PC from extinction?updated: Tue Oct 25 2011 13:20:00

There's no question that Microsoft got the message: Mobile devices and tablets are the future of computing. Here's the next quandary: Is Windows 8 enough to salvage the PC, or is it too late?

CNNMoney: Google and Microsoft play game of Yahoo chickenupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 15:35:00

These are seriously ugly times for Yahoo, yet the struggling Internet company is getting courted like the prettiest girl in school.

CNNMoney: Strong Office sales boost Microsoftupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 18:36:00

Windows sales have softened, but strong demand for Microsoft's business software drove the company's revenue to a record seasonal high in the just-ended quarter.

CNNMoney: Microsoft CEO on not buying Yahoo: "Sometimes you're lucky"updated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:10:00

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously doesn't hold back, and a tech conference on Tuesday proved to be no exception.

CNNMoney: PC viruses are mostly your fault, Microsoft saysupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 15:45:00

If your computer is infected, it's probably because of something you did, according to a Microsoft study released this week.

Nokia paying developers to build Windows Phone appsupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 19:39:00

As Nokia prepares for its next crucial venture into the U.S. and high-end smartphones, the Finnish cell-phone maker is missing a crucial piece: an abundant catalog of applications.

Game consoles to bolster video capabilitiesupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 10:01:00

When Microsoft released the first Xbox nearly a decade ago, analysts considered the then-money-losing endeavor to be a sort of Trojan horse into the living room: a bid to become the home's central media hub.

Fortune: A value investor bets on goldupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 15:24:00

The global economy is as distorted as Charles de Vaulx can ever remember. Good thing, then, that the veteran value-oriented investor has the flexibility to purchase almost any type of asset for his $10 billion, New York City--based IVA Worldwide Fund, co-managed with Chuck de Lardemelle. Since its launch nearly three years ago, the fund has had an annualized return of 16%, vs. a 7% rise in its benchmark MSCI All-Country World Stock index. A French citizen who spent much of his youth living in Africa, de Vaulx, 49, has a long track record of success in world markets. He previously spent seven years managing the top-performing First Eagle Global Fund before departing in 2007 to help launch International Value Advisers. De Vaulx spoke with Fortune about how to play the declining dollar, his bets on beaten-down tech giants, and why he owns so much gold.

CNNMoney: Microsoft to launch Xbox TV later this yearupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 06:34:00

Microsoft is trying to succeed where Google, Apple and Sony have all flopped: The software giant wants to change the way people watch TV.

Microsoft prepares Windows 8 for battle against the iPadupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 08:29:00

Microsoft is set to unveil the next generation of Windows today. The new operating system, currently known as Windows 8, is the tech giant's attempt to regain ground that it has lost to Apple, which surpassed Microsoft last year as the world's most valuable company.

CNNMoney: Yahoo's only hope is to sell itselfupdated: Thu Sep 08 2011 07:43:00

Here's some unsolicited advice for interim Yahoo CEO Tim Morse, and whoever is -- lucky? unlucky? -- enough to replace him permanently.

The way carriers manage networks can hurt phone performanceupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 18:16:00

Does your smartphone seem slow, or is its battery draining fast? Part of this may be due to how your wireless carrier manages its network, according to a recent study by researchers from the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research.

CNNMoney: When Silicon Valley fights, patents are the deadliest weaponupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 05:23:00

Patents have dominated the tech news headlines lately, with industry leaders such as Google, Apple and Microsoft spending billions to beef up their intellectual property portfolios.

CNNMoney: RIM and Nokia next to get bought? Not so fast.updated: Mon Aug 15 2011 12:47:00

Being the leader in a market is sooooo overrated. Sometimes, it's better to be an also-ran -- because then you get caught up in crazy takeover speculation!

CNNMoney: Microsoft 'Kinects' with a 30% profit jumpupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 18:16:00

Even when Windows is sputtering, Microsoft still has plenty of gas left in the tank.

CNNMoney: In Chromebook, Google believes less is moreupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 05:23:00

Could you do your job if the only thing installed on your PC was a Web browser?

XBox 360 to add live TVupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 11:10:00

Microsoft announces new Kinect features, live TV and an exciting new game for XBox 360 at E3 2011.

CNNMoney: Does anyone need Windows 8?updated: Thu Jun 02 2011 14:34:00

In Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, the Once-ler manufactures Thneeds, a does-everything garment that "all people need." But a quick glance at the bizarre creation makes it obvious that no one actually needs such a thing.

Microsoft gives peek at Windows 8updated: Wed Jun 01 2011 22:14:00

The next version of Windows will look a lot like Windows Phone 7. But the familiar PC design is still there under the hood.

Google taking more cautious stance on privacyupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 04:09:00

Google, now an Internet giant, is learning that it needs to take more careful steps in regards to privacy.

CNNMoney: Ballmer: 'Windows 8 is coming!' Microsoft: 'Eek!'updated: Fri May 27 2011 10:28:00

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer this week let slip what was already a poorly kept secret: Windows 8 will go on sale next year.

CNNMoney: Tech shares push stocks higherupdated: Thu May 26 2011 16:34:00

Stocks edged higher Thursday as momentum in the technology sector offset disappointing reports on economic growth and the labor market.

Five things Microsoft may do with Skypeupdated: Wed May 11 2011 09:00:00

Tuesday's announcement that Microsoft is buying Skype is obviously huge business news, but millions of consumers aren't focused on that.

CNNMoney: Microsoft to buy Skype for $8.5 billionupdated: Tue May 10 2011 13:50:00

Microsoft has agreed to buy Internet phone service provider Skype for $8.5 billion in cash, the companies announced Tuesday.

Microsoft's talking paper clip is backupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 15:56:00

If you remember "Clippy" -- that googly-eyed paper clip that once hopped out of the corner of the computer screen to "help" with Microsoft Office tasks -- chances are you don't remember him fondly.

CNNMoney: Microsoft profit soars 31% on strong Office and Kinect salesupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 17:36:00

Microsoft likes to talk about how its business doesn't rely on personal computer sales to consumers. It proved the point this quarter.

Why Xbox Kinect could be -- but won't be -- the future of TVupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 07:10:00

While the picture quality on your TV has evolved over the years, the way you interact with your TV is still stuck in the Stone Age. That is, the remote control and channel guide still need some serious innovation.

2010: Hands-free browsing using Kinectupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 07:10:00

Researchers from MIT's Media Lab demonstrate hands-free Web browsing using Kinect made for Microsoft's Xbox 360.

No new PlayStation, Xbox until 2014?updated: Thu Apr 21 2011 13:20:00

Gamers might have to wait at least another three years before there's any update to their Xbox or PlayStation consoles.

Microsoft's Office 365 available for public testingupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 23:55:00

Office 365, Microsoft's set of business tools that includes an online-only option, opened up for a public round of beta testing on Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Microsoft teams with Toyota to power smart carsupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 15:31:00

Microsoft and Toyota on Wednesday announced a $12 million partnership through which the companies will create an advanced digital information and communication system for the Japanese automaker's cars.

CNNMoney: Brace yourself: Windows 8 is coming soonupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 05:56:00

While most of the world has yet to upgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft is gearing up to launch the next version of its PC operating system.

CNNMoney: DOJ's Microsoft prosecutor: Google is a monopolyupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 19:28:00

Microsoft has a surprising ally in its argument that Google is an abusive monopolist: Samuel Miller, the prosecutor who led the federal government's first antitrust case against Microsoft more than a decade ago.

CNNMoney: Microsoft accuses Google of antitrust violationsupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 11:23:00

Microsoft plans to file a formal complaint with the European Commission Thursday, accusing Google of abusing its position as the region's dominant search engine.

Microsoft Kinect sales set new Guinness World Recordupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 07:41:00

Microsoft has sold more than 10 million Kinect systems for the Xbox 360 to retailers, the company announced Wednesday.

Microsoft hopes daily deals make its cash register go 'Bing!'updated: Fri Mar 04 2011 10:00:00

Microsoft has dialed up its competition in the search-engine wars with the introduction of a daily deals facility on Bing.

Microsoft, Yahoo won't release e-mail uptime statsupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 11:58:00

Google has been catching heat lately for the fact that it temporarily lost the e-mails of tens of thousands of Gmail users.

Developers wrapping 'Gears of War' trilogyupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 12:45:00

Comparing the "Gears of War" video games, with their alien firefights and gory chain-saw scenes, to "The Lord of the Rings" might seem a bit far-fetched.

Sneak peek at 'Gears of War 3'updated: Mon Feb 28 2011 12:45:00

CNN goes behind the scenes with the creators of the upcoming video game, "Gears of War 3."

Fortune: How LG lost the smartphone raceupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 12:41:00

It was a fateful day back on Feb. 16, 2009. That's when LG Electronics' then-vice chairman and CEO Nam Yong met with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Barcelona, Spain. There, at the world's largest mobile industry trade show called the Mobile World Congress, LG Electronics and Microsoft inked an agreement for strategic collaboration. LG wanted to use Microsoft Windows Mobile OS as its platform for some 50 types of smartphones by 2012. The decision by the world's third-largest handset manufacturer to select Microsoft as the operating system for its smartphones was one of the most puzzling announcements to come out of the confab.

Fortune: How LG lost the smartphone race - full versionupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 12:29:00

It was a fateful day back on Feb. 16, 2009. That's when LG Electronics' then-vice chairman and CEO Nam Yong met with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Barcelona, Spain. There, at the world's largest mobile industry trade show called the Mobile World Congress, LG and Microsoft inked an agreement for strategic collaboration. LG wanted to use Microsoft Windows Mobile OS as its platform for some 50 types of smartphones by 2012. The decision by the world's third-largest handset manufacturer to select Microsoft as the operating system for its smartphones was one of the most puzzling announcements to come out of the confab.

Nokia joins forces with Microsoftupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 11:15:00

CNN's Richard Quest asks Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer about their phone alliance deal.

CNNMoney: Nokia's new strategy: Windows Phone 7updated: Fri Feb 11 2011 09:48:00

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced Friday that the Finnish mobile phone maker would make a radical shift in its business strategy, highlighted by a switch to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform.

CNNMoney: To the cloud! Wait, the what?updated: Wed Feb 09 2011 10:36:00

"The cloud" seems to be promoted everywhere lately, even making its way into a Super Bowl commercial.

CNNMoney: Microsoft posts record sales of $20 billion -- thanks Kinect!updated: Thu Jan 27 2011 17:57:00

Microsoft's booming holiday season led the company to record quarterly sales, which easily trumped Wall Street's forecasts, the software giant announced Thursday.

Motion, 3-D gaming right at home at CESupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 13:28:00

The world's largest video game companies weren't about to miss an opportunity to get their consoles and hand-helds in front of a cutting-edge audience.

Android invasion arrives at CESupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 11:54:00

Google doesn't have a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show, but the company's Android software is practically everywhere.

Microsoft tries to redefine the couch potatoupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 10:27:00

Microsoft on Wednesday announced plans to redefine television as a medium that viewers can control by waving their hands and talking rather than clicking on remotes.

Is it time to call the Xbox Kinect a hit?updated: Tue Nov 30 2010 08:02:00

Microsoft has now sold 2.5 million units of the Xbox Kinect in less than a month.

Kinect 'hack' lets user recreate himself in 3-Dupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 09:39:00

A couple of years ago Oliver Kreylos was looking for a cheap 3-D camera when he heard about a company developing a device that would retail at around $200 -- perfect for his project looking at ways of enhancing video communications.

CNNMoney: Microsoft fights decade-long stock funkupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 07:57:00

When Microsoft executives envision the company's future, they see record-setting sales and profits from exciting new products. But when Wall Street gazes into Microsoft's future, many potential investors seem to see only a blue screen of death.

Facebook won't 'share' contacts with Gmailupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 13:07:00

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about "sharing" info and "connecting" people to each other more than Kanye West talks about himself. And the site's mission statement hits those themes hard, saying Facebook's goal is to give people "the power to share and make the world more open and connected."

CNNMoney: The Windows Phone 7 chicken vs. egg problemupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 10:52:00

Windows Phone 7 goes on sale today, and Microsoft is holding its breath to see how its new, hyped-up smartphone software sells.

First impressions: Microsoft's Kinect gaming systemupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 09:35:00

With Kinect, the new controller-free system for its Xbox 360 gaming console, Microsoft isn't just trying to revolutionize video gaming. The company wants to change how people interact with all their entertainment choices.

CNNMoney: Microsoft is a dying consumer brandupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 09:12:00

Consumers have turned their backs on Microsoft. A company that once symbolized the future is now living in the past.

CNNMoney: Microsoft's visionary heads out the doorupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 14:33:00

One of Microsoft's key visionary thinkers is making his exit.

Xbox Kinect's game launch lineup revealedupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 07:40:00

Microsoft has just announced the 17 games that will be available on launch day with Kinect for Xbox 360, the tech giant's highly anticipated controller-free gaming system.

CNNMoney: Tablets that will -- and won't -- be in holiday stockingsupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 07:51:00

Tablet computers are poised to be a hit for the holidays. Some tech companies will score big -- while others won't have a tablet at all.

Windows Phone 7 is the real Facebook phoneupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 07:30:00

When Microsoft and Facebook announced that they were partnering to integrate Facebook and Bing for social network-powered search, it confirmed something I thought Monday: Windows Phone 7 is the real Facebook phone.

Could Facebook be bluffing on search-engine plans?updated: Thu Oct 14 2010 15:13:00

Facebook this week announced a major partnership with Bing. Your Facebook connections now affect the search results delivered by Microsoft's search engine.

CNNMoney: The price of gambling on Windows Phone 7updated: Thu Oct 14 2010 12:53:00

How Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 fares over the next year will help answer a high-stakes question: Will manufacturers still pay for the software at the heart of their smartphones?

CNNMoney: Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 7 devicesupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 18:05:00

Microsoft on Monday unveiled its plan to battle the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones with its new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.

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