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Oct 26, 2012

Surface tablet buzz starts, but Windows 8 excitement muted

SEATTLE, Oct 26 (Reuters) – U.S. shoppers woke up with mild
Surface fever on Friday, lining up in moderate numbers to buy
Microsoft’s groundbreaking tablet computer designed to
challenge Apple’s iPad.

The global debut of the Windows 8 operating system was
greeted with pockets of enthusiasm, but not the mania reserved
for some previous Apple Inc launches.

Oct 25, 2012

Microsoft highlights Surface at Windows 8 launch

NEW YORK/SEATTLE, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
put its Surface tablet center stage at its Windows 8 launch
event, hoping the sleek new device will spark a fightback
against Apple Inc and Google Inc in the
exploding mobile computing market.

With interest in traditional computers waning, the world’s
largest software company is attempting to reinvent the Windows
PC in a new format and directly challenge Apple’s all-conquering
iPad.

Oct 25, 2012

Windows 8 recasts PC industry-CEO Ballmer

NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief
Executive Officer Steve Ballmer expects the Windows 8 operating
system to open a new chapter in the company’s history and thrust
it back into the forefront of technology.

“We’ve reimagined Windows and we’ve reimagined the whole PC
industry,” Ballmer told Reuters Television early on Thursday in
New York ahead of a launch event for Windows 8 and the company’s
new Surface tablet, which goes on sale to the public on Friday.

Oct 24, 2012

Tech focus now on Microsoft Windows 8, Surface tablet

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Firm sales numbers for Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 and its new Surface tablet will not be available for three months, but it may be clear long before then if it has a hit on its hands.

“We can definitely gauge it by chatter,” said Emily Chan, an analyst at Bernstein Research. “There is a slight learning curve, so I don’t think we will see that big pop that iPad saw.”

Oct 22, 2012

Most companies won’t be early adopters of Windows 8

SEATTLE (Reuters) – There was once a time when the launch of a new Windows operating system was a huge deal for the technology departments in many businesses. Not anymore. Microsoft Corp’s release of Windows 8 on Friday is likely to be a non-event for most companies — and some experts say many may never adopt it.

The system may appear to offer something for everyone: touch-screen functionality for tablet enthusiasts, a slick new interface for the younger set, and multiple versions to make it compatible with traditional desktop PC software.

Oct 22, 2012

Analysis: Most companies won’t be early adopters of Windows 8

SEATTLE (Reuters) – There was once a time when the launch of a new Windows operating system was a huge deal for the technology departments in many businesses. Not anymore. Microsoft Corp’s release of Windows 8 on Friday is likely to be a non-event for most companies — and some experts say many may never adopt it.

The system may appear to offer something for everyone: touch-screen functionality for tablet enthusiasts, a slick new interface for the younger set, and multiple versions to make it compatible with traditional desktop PC software.

Oct 19, 2012

Microsoft profit slips as PCs fizzle; Windows 8 awaited

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s quarterly profit fell a greater-than-expected 22 percent, as sales of computers running its Windows operating system dipped and some revenue was deferred ahead of upcoming releases of its core Windows and Office products.

The sharp decline surprised investors, who had underestimated the effect of weak personal computer sales, sending Microsoft’s shares down 1.3 percent in after-hours trading.

Oct 18, 2012

Microsoft profit slips more than expected as PCs fizzle

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s quarterly profit fell a greater-than-expected 22 percent, as sales of computers running its Windows operating system dipped and some revenue was deferred ahead of upcoming releases of its core Windows and Office products.

The sharp decline surprised investors, who had underestimated the effect of weak personal computer sales, sending Microsoft’s shares down more than 2 percent in after-hours trading.

Oct 10, 2012

Microsoft CEO sees company becoming more like Apple

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has signaled a new direction for the world’s largest software company, pointing to hardware and online services as its future, taking a page from long-time rival Apple Inc.

Ballmer’s comments in his annual letter to shareholders published on Tuesday suggested that Microsoft may eventually make its own phones to build on its forthcoming own-brand Surface tablet PC and market-leading Xbox gaming console.

Oct 2, 2012

Mobile computing wars pose tough choices for Internet publishers

SEATTLE (Reuters) – For Microsoft Corp, and Amazon.com, and the clutch of other companies that hope to carve out a big slice of a mobile computing business currently dominated by Apple Inc, the future depends on people like Scott Porad.

As chief technology officer of Cheezburger Network, a popular publisher of humor websites, Porad has to make the tough calls on which mobile devices merit the development of special software, or apps, that will make the company’s content shine.

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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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