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Microsoft rumored to be developing a smartwatch, just like everybody else

Another day, another iWatch competitor rumor, this time coming from Microsoft. Rumors already suggest that both Google is developing a competitor to the unannounced Apple smartwatch, as is Samsung, among others, and now it's reportedly time for the folks from Redmond to get in on the act. A Microsoft watch would no doubt compete directly with the rumored devices from Apple and Google, and it's said to be being internally tested running a modified version of Windows 8.

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Microsoft launches Xbox Music web player, iOS app still nowhere to be seen

Microsoft has taken another step forward with its Xbox Music service by launching the much rumored web player, though any iOS app is still very much absent. With a web client now active, it means that Mac using Xbox Music subscribers, of which we're sure there's a few, can listen to their music. Until now, only Windows users had been able to get their music on their desktops.

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Microsoft gives OneNote for iOS an overhaul, ground up rebuild with refreshed interface

Microsoft continues to show its iOS portfolio some attention with todays launch of a major update to their OneNote application for iPhone and iPad. Following the — albeit limited — launch of Office for iOS, OneNote has been redesigned from the ground up with a mostly new codebase and a new, cleaner interface that is more consistent across platforms, as well as a more consistent, rich editing experience.

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We're live at Microsoft Build 2013 with Windows Phone Central!

Seems like of late not a week passes without some form of event, and this week it's back over to Microsoft with their annual Build developer conference. Microsoft does make some stuff for the Mac and iOS devices, and likewise a lot of iOS users are also Windows users, so there's plenty of interest to look out for. Though, some of us are just hoping for a typically energetic performance from Steve Ballmer.

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Microsoft reportedly bringing Xbox and PC games to the iPhone

Microsoft is reportedly planning on bringing a number of Xbox and PC titles to the iPhone starting later this year. According to a report on Reuters, Microsoft is collaborating with Japanese developer Klab Inc. in order to bring these games to their competitor's platforms.

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Overall device shipments to increase 5.9% as smartphone and tablet markets start to shift

Combined worldwide shipments of smartphones, tablets, and traditional computers are set to grow 5.9% this year, almost completely on the strength of tablets and smartphones, both of which are seeing users trend towards less-expensive devices. Shipments of traditional PCs, desktops and notebooks, will continue to decline as those of mobile devices, particularly smartphones, pick up steam.

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Microsoft continues to poke fun at the iPad, but are they actually selling any more tablets?

Microsoft continues to try and use the iPad to sell Windows tablets with this latest effort, starring the Dell XPS 10. Never heard of it? That's possible, since there's a good chance outside of the store you've likely not seen one. The tactic is still the same -- highlight what the iPad can't do, that Windows can -- but at least this time they've moved away from using Office as a weapon.

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Microsoft launches Office Mobile, brings subscription Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to iPhone

Microsoft has brought Office 365 -- excuse me, Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers -- to the iPhone, allowing anyone up-to-date with their fees to view and lightly edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint docs on the go. Support is offered for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics, and shapes, and Microsoft claims that you don't lose any formatting when you edit on your iPhone.

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Microsoft once again fails to understand that, when it comes to tablets, Windows isn't a feature - It's a liability

Microsoft has been fielding some new anti-iPad commercials that, on the surface (see what I did there?) seem to take a page out of Apple's old "I'm a Mac" ads of days long gone by, or even Motorola's "Droid Does" campaign of a few years back. They show an iPad side by side against a Windows 8 tablet, and then demonstrate several areas in which they, Microsoft, think the Windows 8 tablet beats to iPad. And that's where it goes off the rails...

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Microsoft recruits Siri to take on the iPad in their latest Windows 8 commercial

Microsoft has launched their new Windows 8 commercial, and appears to have recruited Siri to help them take on the iPad. OK, so Siri would never do such a thing, but they're licensing the same voice, and it achieves the same effect. The 30-second clip takes aim at what the iPad can't do, that a Windows 8 tablet can. The whole thing is a parody of an Apple ad, right down to the chopsticks played on Garageband at the end.

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