Microsoft Readies Events To Launch Surface Tablets

Microsoft Readies Events To Launch Surface Tablets

By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 10 2013 - 9:19am




Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft will host a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to launch the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets.

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Microsoft Steps Up Surface Tablet Performance, Adds SKUs

Microsoft Steps Up Surface Tablet Performance, Adds SKUs

By Joseph Palenchar On Sep 23 2013 - 2:18pm


The Windows RT 8.1-equipped Surface 2 tablet from Microsoft comes with 10.6-inch touchscreen like before at $449 for the 32GB version and $549 for the 64GB version, or $50 less than their predecessors’ launch price.


 New York – Microsoft plans Oct. 22 U.S. availability of upgraded Surface tablets that feature the new Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro operating systems, faster CPUs, longer battery lives and a two-position kickstand.

Microsoft is also expanding its selection of Surface Pro models to four from two with two models offering the same amount of RAM (4GB) and embedded memory (64GB and 128GB) as the original two Surface Pro models and two other new models offering 8GB RAM with embedded memory of 256GB and 512GB.

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By Steve Smith on Sep 3 2013 - 11:31am


Microsoft Has To Make The Nokia Deal Work

Since the news broke last night that Microsoft is going to buy Nokia’s cellular-handset business and license its patents for $7.16 billion everyone is awash with in theories as to what it means.

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Microsoft To Buy Nokia Phone Biz To Boost Windows Share

Microsoft To Buy Nokia Phone Biz To Boost Windows Share

By Joseph Palenchar On Sep 3 2013 - 9:32am

Nokia 920 Windows phone
Nokia 920 Windows phone


Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s cellular-handset business and license its patents for 5.44 billion euros ($7.16 billion) in cash.

The deal will “accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced last night.

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Microsoft Honors Ingram Micro

Microsoft Honors Ingram Micro

By Alan Wolf On Aug 29 2013 - 4:20pm




Santa Ana, Calif. — Global IT distributor Ingram Micro has received an operational excellence award from Microsoft.

The Transaction-Level Operational Excellence Award recognizes Ingram Micro’s U.S. Microsoft business unit for meeting or exceeding specific requirements for the number of valid agreements in a variety of categories, and for the number of on-time and valid order submissions and revenue reconciliation.

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Ballmer To Step Down As Microsoft CEO

Ballmer To Step Down As Microsoft CEO

Doug Olenick On Aug 23 2013 - 10:46am




Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced that he would step down within the next 12 months.

Ballmer, who took over as CEO for Microsoft founder Bill Gates in 2000, did not give an exact reason for his decision.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said.

Microsoft’s board of directors has appointed a committee to find a replacement; Gates will participate in the search, the company said.

 

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MakerBot, Microsoft Expand 3D Print Demos

MakerBot, Microsoft Expand 3D Print Demos

By Doug Olenick On Aug 7 2013 - 3:11pm

The MakerBot demo area will expand to 15 additional Microsoft Stores
The MakerBot demo area will expand to 15 additional Microsoft Stores


Brooklyn, N.Y. — 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot is expanding its retail presence this summer.

The company’s MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printers will begin appearing in select Microsoft Stores nationwide. Previously, the units had been only shown in three West Coast Microsoft outlets.

The display, dubbed the MakerBot Experience, features a hands-on demonstration with a printer and the PLA filament used to make, or print, the final product.

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Microsoft Reports Higher Revenue, Profits

Microsoft Reports Higher Revenue, Profits

By Steve Smith On Jul 19 2013 - 9:33am




Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft reported higher revenue and net income for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30.

Revenue for the quarter was $19.9 billion, up from the prior year’s $18.1 billion. Fiscal year revenue was $77.8 billion compared with the prior year’s $73.7 billion.

Net income for the quarter was $4.98 billion, reversing the prior year’s loss of $492 million. Net income for the year was $21.8 billion, up from the prior year’s $16.9 billion

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Microsoft Consolidates Divisions

Microsoft Consolidates Divisions

By TWICE Staff On Jul 11 2013 - 10:36am

Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer


Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft is consolidating its divisions to deliver what CEO Steve Ballmer called “a more coherent message and family of product offerings.”

The new division will include: engineering (including supply chain and datacenters), marketing, business development and evangelism, advanced strategy and research, finance, HR, legal, and COO (including field, support, commercial operations and IT).

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Best Buy Rebranding PC Departments As ‘Windows Stores’

Best Buy Rebranding PC Departments As ‘Windows Stores’

By Alan Wolf On Jun 13 2013 - 1:15pm




Minneapolis – Best Buy will rebrand 500 of its computer departments as Windows Stores beginning later this month.

The move follows the rollout of some 1,400 Samsung Experience Shops to all Best Buy flagship and Mobile stores this spring, and provides a more formal merchandising alternative to the dedicated Apple sections located within 740 of Best Buy’s more than 1,000 big-box stores.

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