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July 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Sinofsky signs non-compete agreement with Microsoft; will help company in lawsuits against it

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky (Photo from Microsoft)

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky (Photo from Microsoft)

Steven Sinofsky, the former president of Windows who left the company in November, has agreed to not compete with the company by accepting employment at certain competitors or by encouraging certain Microsoft customers to choose competing products.

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June 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Microsoft opens Build conference [liveblog]

SAN FRANCISCO — I’m at Microsoft’s Build conference for third-party developers taking place in San Francisco’s Moscone Center this year. I’ll be liveblogging the keynote, which starts at about 9 a.m., down below in this post. [do action=”custom_iframe” url=”http://embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v5.aspx?Id=132280&ThemeId=7066′ width=’550′ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ style=’border: 1px solid #000″ width=”630″ height=”500″ scrolling=””/]

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May 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky on why he left Microsoft and what he thinks of Windows 8

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky (Photo from Microsoft)

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky (Photo from Microsoft)

Former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky says he left Microsoft last year because he reached a point where he wanted to be separate and not be a company guy. “You have to pick a time, so I picked a time,” he said at the D11 conference this morning, according to several bloggers covering the event.

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May 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Coming soon: Windows as a service?

Microsoft is in the midst of a transition into a devices-and-services company. Now comes a report that one of the products it may be working on offering as a service is its flagship operating system: Windows. The company is reportedly developing a pay-per-use “Windows desktop as a service” offering, codenamed Mohoro, according to Mary Jo…

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April 26, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Judge’s ruling favorable to Microsoft in patent battle; no billions for Motorola

A federal judge in Seattle, in a case that has potentially wide-reaching ramifications for tech companies worldwide, has issued a ruling favorable to Microsoft in its ongoing patent battle with Google’s Motorola.

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart on Thursday made public his ruling determining how much would be fair for Motorola to ask Microsoft to pay for using certain patented Motorola technologies in its products.

The resulting amount, based on the rates set by Robart, is very close to what Microsoft had proposed as reasonable, and is far less than what Motorola had asked for.

Motorola had asked initially for 2.25 percent of the sale price of each Xbox and Windows — a rate that Microsoft said would amount to paying Motorola $4 billion annually.

Microsoft had said that $1.2 million annually might be a reasonable amount to pay Motorola.

Judge Robart set royalty rates that, according to Microsoft, would amount to the company paying about $1.8 million annually to Motorola.

“This decision is good for consumers because it ensures patented technology committed to standards remains affordable for everyone,” David Howard, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, said in a statement.

A Google spokesman issued a statement saying that: “Motorola has licensed its substantial patent portfolio on reasonable rates consistent with those set by others in the industry.”

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