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Microsoft buys and licenses the parts of Nokia mobile that matter, but will it make any difference?

Microsoft buys and licenses the parts of Nokia mobile that matter, but will it make any difference?

Rene Ritchie 22

Microsoft has just announced that they'll be buying Nokia's devices and services business, as well as licensing their patents and maps. Microsoft will pay close to $5 billion for the business, and almost $2.2 billion in licensing for the deal. It'll be paid out of their overseas cash reserve, which spares them the cost of repatriation. Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo...

Steve Ballmer leaving Microsoft in 12 months... and to diminishing relevance and an uncertain future

Steve Ballmer leaving Microsoft in 12 months... and to diminishing relevance and an uncertain future

Rene Ritchie 34

Steve Ballmer, the marketing- and sales-centric force of nature who took over as Microsoft CEO in 2000, and became the public face of the company following Bill Gate's full retirement in 2008, has just announced that he too will be retiring, in 2014. Bill Gates oversaw the rise of Microsoft to brutal dominance in the late 90s and early 00s, only to face severe anti-trust action from the...

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

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

Rene Ritchie 28

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. Free with...

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

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

Rene Ritchie 194

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...