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Nov 5, 2012

U.S. soldier charged with murdering 16 Afghans appears in court

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians in a drunken rampage in March sat quietly in a military courtroom on Monday as prosecutors outlined their case, accusing him of two murderous forays from his barracks into nearby villages.

Prosecutor Jay Morse said he would present evidence proving “chilling premeditation” on the part of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who is accused of the mass killings.

Nov 5, 2012

Hearing for U.S. soldier accused of Afghan rampage set to begin

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is accused of walking off his base under cover of darkness and opening fire on civilians in their homes in at least two villages.

Nov 4, 2012

U.S. soldier accused of Afghan rampage faces evidence hearing

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier accused of gunning down 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage will face the military version of a preliminary hearing on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence to send him to a court martial.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who could face the death penalty if convicted, is accused of walking off his base under cover of darkness and opening fire on civilians in their homes in at least two villages in March.

Nov 1, 2012

Microsoft pushes new Windows to developers

SEATTLE, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Days after launching Windows 8,
Microsoft Corp is mounting a strong campaign to win
over the software developers it needs to kick-start its new
operating system.

A lack of apps is Microsoft’s Achilles heel as it attempts
to catch Apple Inc and Google Inc in the rush
toward mobile computing.

Oct 27, 2012

Surface tablet buzz starts, Windows 8 hype muted

SEATTLE (Reuters) – U.S. shoppers woke up with mild Surface fever on Friday, lining up in moderate numbers to buy Microsoft’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) 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 (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) launches.

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.

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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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