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October 9, 2013 at 7:36 AM
The Bellevue Square store will be among 10 Microsoft Stores hosting a midnight launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, which are scheduled for release on Oct. 22.
May 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM
Microsoft’s tiny share of the worldwide smartphone market got a wee bit bigger, according to research firm Gartner, which reports that in the first quarter this year, Microsoft’s share of worldwide smartphone sales was 2.9 percent. That’s up from 1.9 percent last year.
The real gainer among smartphone operating systems was Android, which saw its smartphone share zoom from 56.9 percent last year to 74.4 percent first quarter this year.
Apple iOS’s share declined from 22.5 percent to 18.2 percent.
Samsung and Apple were, by far, the top two vendors.
Here’s Gartner’s chart:
April 15, 2013 at 6:52 AM
Microsoft has a history of coming out with products that are either before their time or whose execution or price don’t jibe with consumers.
Tablets or slates — used with styluses - were one such idea. So were smartwatches, known within Microsoft as SPOT — Smart Personal Objects Technology — Watches, that allowed subscribers to get information such as news headlines and stock quotes on their wristwatches. Microsoft sold the SPOT Watches for several years in the 2000s.
Now, Microsoft is apparently again interested in smartwatches.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is working on a touch-enabled watch device. Citing unnamed executives, the Journal said Microsoft had asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for such a device but that it was unclear whether the company would go ahead with manufacturing it.
A Microsoft spokeswoman said the company “is not commenting on rumors and speculation.”
February 22, 2013 at 5:06 PM
Following reports by Facebook and Apple that their computers had been hacked, Microsoft today said that it also “recently experienced a similar security intrusion.”
The attacks, Microsoft said, affected only a small number of its computers, “including some in our Mac business unit.” The techniques used by the attackers, Microsoft said, were similar to those reported by Facebook and Apple.
Microsoft said it had found no evidence of customer data being affected and that it continues its investigation.
Facebook had said that it discovered its systems had been attacked last month after some employees had visited a mobile developer website that was compromised. Facebook said in a posting last week:
The compromised website hosted an exploit which then allowed malware to be installed on these employee laptops. The laptops were fully-patched and running up-to-date anti-virus software. As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day.
Apple said earlier this week that some of it employees’ computers had been hacked after its employees “visited a website for software dvelopers that had been infected with malicious software. The malware had been designed to attack Mac computers,” according to Reuters, which also reported:
The same software, which infected Macs by exploiting a flaw in a version of Oracle Corp’s Java software used as a plug-in on Web browsers, was used to launch attacks against Facebook. … Security firm F-Secure wrote that the attackers might have been trying to get access to the code for apps on smartphones, seeking a way to infect millions of end-users. It urged developers to check their source code for unintended changes.