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Windows Phone 7 team hold mock funeral for iPhone

Microsoft held a mock funeral today for the iPhone as part of their Windows Phone 7 release to master (RTM) celebration. Followed -- we $#!t you not -- by a Thriller dance.

It would have been more accurate had they been carrying a Kin.

[Trioculus via WMExperts, Engadget]

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Microsoft thinks Apple is selling too many iPads

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, under whose watch Office, Windows, and Server profits have soared while mobile has stumbled and faltered, was bombastically candid when addressing Apple's 3.3 million strong iPad install base:

"they've sold certainly more than I'd like them to have sold."

In response, Microsoft is hard at work on a Windows-based alternative (which is curious given Bill Gates' almost singular drive to popularize Tablet PC over much of the last decade):

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Letterman, Top Gear, Microsoft poke fun at iPhone 4 antenna issue

So on one hand the hype surrounding iPhone 4 antenna issues has risen to the level of a David Letterman top 10 list and Top Gear joke (see videos after the break), and on the other it's got Microsoft COO Kevin Turner calling it Apple's Vista (which is a bizarre slam on Microsoft's own product):

It's beyond the looking glass. What is Apple going to do? What should they do?

[CrunchGear x2, Computerworld]

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Microsoft Office Mobile coming to iPhone?

The App Store already plays host to several mobile apps that allow users to view and edit documents and spreadsheets, but how about an official MS Office app for iOS that you can natively edit and view all MS Office formats in? Hints persist that it may be coming.  We'll have to call this one a rumor for now, but considering Bing is already available for the iPhone, it's plausible.  Apple and Microsoft seem to be playing nice lately, so we won't rule it out.

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Switching from Windows Phone to iPhone 4? Here's what you need to know!

How to make the switch from Microsoft Windows Phone (Windows Mobile) to Apple iPhone 4

iPhone 4 with its 960x640 retina display, easy-peasy FaceTime video calling, high quality 5 megapixel, back-illuminated camera that shoots 720p 30fps video, and the silky smoothness of iOS 4 convincing you to switch from Microsoft's Windows Phone (Windows Mobile) to Apple's newest handset? Worried about moving over your personal data like contacts, finding apps, getting used to the differences? Wondering where to get help?

Deep breath. We're here to help. Just hit the jump link for everything you need to know (more properly, everything the <a href=http://forums.imore.com/">TiPb iPhone Forums have taught us) about switching from Windows Phone to iPhone 4 and iOS 4.

(And yes, we've done Android, webOS</a, and BlackBerry switcher guides as well).

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Bing coming to iPhone search -- more crazy Microsoft rumors!

Multiple sources are claim Apple is either going to replace Google as default search with Bing in iPhone OS 4, or at least integrate Bing into the search picture.

Look, it's just over a week until WWDC 2010 and the rumors are just going to get crazier, okay? Apple and Google have been on increasingly shaky ground as of late, with some silly comments by Google during their I/O event probably not helping matters. Whether or not this proves to be true, or any of the parties chooses to comment or dispel the rumor like Microsoft did the Visual Studio for iPhone/iPad/Mac rumor from a couple days ago, we'll just have to wait and see.

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Apple spends least on lobbying

Among large tech and communication companies, Apple looks to spend relatively little money -- and percentage of revenue -- lobbying Washington compared to say AT&T, Microsoft, Google, or Amazon.

That could mean they'd rather spend money on products than pet politicos, or that despite Adobe's complaint to the DoJ and FTC, they're not too worried about government intervention in any of their businesses at the moment.

Comcast and Google on the other hand...

[Business Insider]

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H.264 ascendant: why Apple's no-Flash, no-Theora gamble is playing off

H.264, the video codec Apple supports for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad playback, and for the HTML5 video tag in Safari, and now Microsoft is supporting it as well, which means its 66% share will likely go up. Add to that Steve Jobs think the competing, Firefox-supported license-free alternative, OGG Theora, will face patent infringement claims, and it's looking like we have a web video standards winner.

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Windows Live Messenger coming to iPhone and iPod touch

It seems Microsoft is almost ready to release their popular IM client, Windows Live Messenger for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app is said to arrive this June and will contain photo sharing, chat, and a social stream - which looks to include a Facebook stream and possibly a Twitter stream as well.

The second major release following Bing foince the software giant is now beginning to warm up the the iPhone platform perhaps Microsoft will get the ball rolling on Office in the not so distant future.

Screen shots after the break!

[Neowin]

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Microsoft says Android violates its patents as well, HTC pays up

Apple has sued HTC for patent infringement with Android almost certainly being the target, now it turns out Microsoft believes Android also infringes on their patents and HTC has just paid up.

That means the free-as-in-Google smartphone OS isn't free anymore -- it's just Microsoft who's getting the money for it, and from the maker of the Nexus One, Desire, Legend, and Droid Incredible no less. That hurts Android.

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