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Category: Apple
January 27, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Apple, Microsoft going opposite ways in China

Microsoft and Apple are having very different weeks.

The same day Microsoft’s stock plunged the most in 18 months on a middling earnings report and gloomy outlook, old rival Apple released a spectacularly good earnings report. The Cupertino, Calif., company earned more profit in the last three months of 2014 than any publicly traded company has ever reeled in during a quarter.

Microsoft sold $26.5 billion in software and devices, taking home $5.8 billion of that in profit. Apple, propelled by sales of its iPhone 6, logged sales of $74.6 billion, and a profit of $18 billion.

Nowhere is the contrast between the rivals clearer than their diverging fates in China.

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November 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Microsoft offers Office free for Apple, Android mobile devices

Microsoft says it will offer its Office franchise free to some mobile customers, its latest effort to keep customers using its products in a less PC-dependent world.

Microsoft broke with longstanding tradition in March, announcing it would make the Office suite of word processing and productivity software available for the first time on Apple’s iPad.

Starting Thursday, users of iPhones, iPads can create and edit Office documents without a subscription to Microsoft’s paid Office 365 service, the company said. Similar service for Google’s Android tablets is in the works.

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November 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Google closing the gap with Microsoft on Forbes brand ranking

Hi there, readers. New Microsoft reporter Matt Day here. Janet’s left some big shoes to fill. I’m looking forward to getting started.

What better place to begin than where things stand now in tech land?

Forbes crunches some numbers in its annual ranking of the most valuable global brands, and again finds Microsoft coming in second to longtime leader Apple. 

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August 11, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Sales of Windows Phone drop in second quarter

Worldwide sales of smartphones running Microsoft Windows Phone have dropped so much that they now lag behind sales of phones running Samsung’s Bada, which are sold in the international and emerging markets.

Sales of phones running Microsoft’s mobile operating systems (which includes primarily Windows Phone 7 but may include its predecessor, Windows Mobile), captured 1.6 percent of the market in the second quarter of 2011, according to technology company Gartner.

That’s down from 4.9 percent of the market a year ago, even amid a 74 percent year-over-year increase in the sales of smartphones overall worldwide.

Google’s Android operating system captured 43.4 percent of the market, coming in first and up from 17.2 percent a year ago. Nokia’s Symbian was second with 22.1 percent, but it was a sharp drop from its 40.9 percent a year ago. Apple’s iOS came in third with 18.2 percent, up from 14.1 percent last year.

Research In Motion (RIM) came in fourth, and Samsung’s Bada fifth. Microsoft was sixth.

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May 26, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Get ready to hear a lot about Bing, says Ad Age

It looks like Microsoft’s long-awaited revamp of Live Search is about to unfurl. Last week, word leaked out that the company would be unveiling its updated search engine, code-named Kumo, at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, which takes place this week in Carlsbad, Calif. Steve Ballmer is on the roster of…

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May 11, 2009 at 4:36 PM

New Zune ad from Microsoft: Now it’s the iPod that’s too expensive

First Microsoft went after Apple with the laptop hunter ads that jabbed Apple for expensive laptops. Now it’s going after iPod. In this latest ad, “The Apprentice” contestant and financial planner Wes Moss claims that it would cost $30,000 to fill an iPod with music, but only $14.99 a month for the Zune’s subscription service. More…

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