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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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June 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Office comes to iPhone — but it requires a subscription

Excel on Office Mobile for iPhone (Photo from Microsoft)

Excel on Office Mobile for iPhone (Photo from Microsoft)

Will they or won’t they? That’s been the question for months now revolving around whether the folks at Microsoft would be releasing an Office app for iOS.

This morning, Microsoft answered that question by releasing a verison of Office for iPhones — one that requires an Office 365 subscription.

Office Mobile for iPhone, as Microsoft is calling it, is free from the Apple App Store for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers.

The app allows users to view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Microsoft says the app has been optimized for the small screen with features such as “Slide Navigator” that allows users to go quickly through PowerPoint slides. Users can also review and add comments in Word and Excel documents and store directly to SkyDrive.

Note, though,

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