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Poll: Is Windows chief’s exit good or bad for Microsoft?

Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky’s surprise departure from the company yesterday is generating all sorts of speculation, including a theory that he left after making an unsuccessful case to be designated Steve Ballmer’s successor as Microsoft’s chief executive. Sinofsky is a polarizing figure, with fans and critics, and the reaction to his departure is having… Read More

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Sinofsky Shocker: Windows President is Leaving Microsoft

So much for all that talk about Steven Sinofsky being the next CEO of Microsoft. In a surprise move this evening, Microsoft announced that the Windows president is leaving the company, effective immediately, less than three weeks after the release of Windows 8. “It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my… Read More

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Nokia drops out of top 5 smartphone rankings

It seems like only yesterday when you would hear that Nokia jingle in every coffee shop, but the latest numbers show that the Finnish company is free-falling out of the cell phone sphere. All Things D reports that the third quarter metrics from IDC show Nokia out of the top 5 smartphone vendors in the… Read More

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Microsoft vets weigh in: Here’s what needs to change

Stephen Toulouse worked at Microsoft for 18 years before leaving earlier this year, so he read Kurt Eichenwald’s Vanity Fair piece on the company’s “Lost Decade” with a former insider’s eye. And he agrees with its assessment about Microsoft’s stack-ranking system, which evaluates and compensates employees in a way that artificially pits them against each other…. Read More

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Live: Microsoft unveils new Surface tablet computer

Posting from Hollywood: The technology industry has spent the past few days speculating about Microsoft’s “major” announcement this afternoon. Will it be a tablet or something else? We’ll soon find out straight from the company itself. The doors are scheduled to open at 3:30 p.m. at Milk Studios, a location that was revealed by the… Read More

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Kinect for Windows adds seated skeletal tracking

Microsoft released a new software development kit for its Kinect for Windows sensor today, expanding the capabilities of the platform for software developers building new Kinect apps for Windows PCs. Version 1.5 of the SDK has been making headlines today for adding detailed facial tracking, including the ability to follow the position of the head,… Read More

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Microsoft beats estimates as most divisions see growth

Microsoft just posted revenue of $17.41 billion for the quarter ended March 30, up 6 percent. Earnings per share were 60 cents, down slightly from the same quarter last year but still enough to beat the consensus of Wall Street analysts. Four of the company’s five divisions posted increases in revenue. Only the Entertainment &… Read More

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Microsoft plans just 3 editions of Windows 8, radically simplifying lineup

Microsoft this afternoon announced plans to simplify the way it packages and sells Windows, announcing that the next version of the operating system will come in only three editions: Windows 8 for consumers, Windows 8 Pro for enthusiasts and business professionals, and a special version called Windows RT for ARM processors. It’s a significant streamlining… Read More

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CES: Will your next Windows PC come from TV giant Vizio?

Posting from Las Vegas: The market for Windows PCs promises to get more competitive with the news this weekend that  TV maker Vizio will market its own desktop and notebook computers, running Microsoft’s operating system. An executive with the company, which disrupted the market for televisions with its budget prices, tells Bloomberg News that the… Read More

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Steam on a roll as Valve targets bigger screens for games

The Steam video-game platform for Macs and Windows PCs grew substantially in 2011 — with unit sales of games rising more than 100 percent for the seventh straight year, according to new statistics released this morning by Valve, the Bellevue-based company behind the Steam system, often called the iTunes of video games. Valve also signaled… Read More