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July 15, 2014 at 4:09 PM

What does Apple and IBM’s partnership mean for Microsoft?

Apple and IBM announced today a partnership to create new business apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Specifically, the companies are promising to bring more than 100 industry-specific apps and IBM big data and cloud services (including device management, security, analystics and mobile integration) to iOS devices. IBM is also offering new packages for device activation, supply and management, while Apple is offering service and support more tailored to enterprise needs.

So what does the deal mean for Microsoft, which has a strong presence in the enterprise but is still battling to get its smartphones and tablets into the hands of more business users?

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August 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Social scientists finding new roles in tech companies amid rise of social networks, big data

[In case you missed it, this story ran in the print edition of The Seattle Times on Aug. 18, 2013.] Matt Wallaert is not a software engineer. Nor is he a programmer or developer. Still, it’s not unusual for him to get calls regularly from tech companies looking to recruit him. Wallaert is a social scientist —…

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March 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Why is Microsoft investing millions in Africa?

[This story ran in the print edition of The Seattle Times March 17, 2013.] When Microsoft announced recently that it was starting a big push to grow its market in Africa, it cited the continent’s big growth opportunities, calling Africa a “game changer in the global economy.” Similarly, IBM, Google, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and other tech companies…

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