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Jun 24, 2013

Microsoft and Oracle join forces against smaller rivals in cloud

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp on Monday announced a tie-up to give the once-fierce rivals a leg up against newer Web-based “cloud” computing companies chipping away at their traditional businesses.

The two industry leaders have competed for decades to sell technology to the world’s largest companies. But they face growing pressure from more nimble rivals selling often-cheaper services based in remote data centers and they are rushing to adapt.

Jun 18, 2013

Nvidia to license out graphics technology: CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said he will license graphics technology to other companies, a new model for the chipmaker that could lead to new business with Apple, Samsung and other mobile device makers.

Huang told the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday that licensing graphics cores and visual patents would help Nvidia take more advantage of the booming market for smartphones and tablets and tap markets it could not reach through selling its own chips.

Jun 13, 2013

Microsoft to open Windows stores within Best Buy

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said it would open 500 special stores within existing Best Buy Co Inc stores in the United States selling exclusively Windows-based tablets and computers and other Microsoft products in an effort to revitalize sales of its flagship operating system.

The world’s largest software company, which already has a chain of 70 or so of its own Microsoft Stores and kiosks within shopping malls, said on Thursday the initiative would add more than 1,200 Best Buy Microsoft-trained sales associates to help customers.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. tech firms push for government transparency on security

By Gerry Shih and Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Three of the largest Internet companies called on the U.S. government to provide greater transparency on national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.

In similarly worded statements released within hours on Tuesday, Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc all asked the U.S. government for permission to make public the number and scope of data requests each receives from security agencies.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. tech firms push for govt transparency on security

June 11 (Reuters) – Three of the largest Internet companies
called on the U.S. government to provide greater transparency on
national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to
distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as
willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.

In similarly worded statements released within hours on
Tuesday, Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and
Facebook Inc all asked the U.S. government for permission
to make public the number and scope of data requests each
receives from security agencies.

May 30, 2013

Microsoft brings back ‘start’ button, seeks to spur Windows sales

SEATTLE, May 30 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is
bringing back the Windows “start” button, offering a
stripped-down version among a slew of improvements aimed at
winning over tablet users and placating PC customers alienated
by Windows 8.

The world’s largest software company is looking to
re-energize sales of its latest Windows version, which has not
made the splash with computer users it was hoping for.
Executives say the plan is now to update Windows periodically,
rather than waiting three years or so between big releases.

May 27, 2013

The new tech palaces: visionary HQs, or cursed trophies?

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 (Reuters) – While much of
corporate America is retrenching on the real estate front, the
four most influential technology companies in America are each
planning headquarters that could win a Pritzker Architecture
Prize for hubris.

Amazon.com this week revealed plans for three verdant
bubbles in downtown Seattle, joining Apple’s circular
“spaceship,” Facebook’s Frank Gehry-designed open-office complex
and a new Googleplex on the list of planned trophy offices.

May 21, 2013

Microsoft unveils Xbox One with Spielberg, Activision tie-up

REDMOND, Washington (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp gave the world a first look at its new Xbox One on Tuesday, announcing that its first gaming console in eight years will come with exclusive video and software content, including a “Halo” series produced by Steven Spielberg.

The Xbox One, which will be available later this year at a price to be announced, will also be the first platform to release the next installment in Activision Blizzard Inc’s blockbuster shooter franchise, “Call of Duty”.

May 18, 2013

New Xbox more than a game console for Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is set to make a splash this week with the eagerly awaited unveiling of its new Xbox game console, eight years after the last version, as it seeks a larger share of the $65 billion a year global computer gaming industry.

But the small device faces some big competition from the PlayStation 4 by Sony Corp and the Wii U by Nintendo Co Ltd in a shifting market.

May 7, 2013

Windows 8 hits 100 million sales, tweaks for mini-tablets in works

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses in the six months since launch, roughly in line with the previous version, but wants to combat sputtering interest in its flagship software with a substantial update to make it easier to use, and compatible with smaller tablets.

Windows 8 is the first Microsoft operating system primarily designed for touch commands, but it has failed to capture consumers’ imaginations or make a dent in a tablet market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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