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Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

Microsoft CEO must go demands influential investor

An outspoken and influential hedge fund manager made waves at an investor conference yesterday by calling for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to step down. Suggesting Ballmer's "continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock," Greenlight Capital chief David Einhorn insisted it was time to "give someone else a chance" at the helm. The investor - whose fund currently holds approximately 9m Microsoft shares, or around 0.11-percent of the outstanding shares - blamed Ballmer for wasting time and money on poorly considered mergers and acquisitions, as well as short-sightedly mishandling the smartphone, PMP and tablet segments.

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Mango rumors surface ahead of Microsoft event today

Mango rumors surface ahead of Microsoft event today

If you are a Microsoft Windows Phone 7 fan, today is a big day for you. We mentioned a few weeks ago that today was a special VIP event with Microsoft calling geeks together to make some announcements about Windows Phone. We will be at the event so hit us up later after it starts to see just what was unveiled. There have been some rumors that new hardware may be unveiled today with the possibility of nine new smartphones and the naming of new hardware partners.

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Microsoft axes Courier-creating Pioneer Studios

Microsoft axes Courier-creating Pioneer Studios

Microsoft has shuttered its Pioneer Studios consumer electronics operation, a skunkworks project the company had hoped would enable it to develop innovative technologies and products. Responsible for the Microsoft Courier concept, the KIN phones and various chunks of Windows Phone 7, Xbox and Zune, CNET reports, Pioneer Studios had been led my ex-Entertainment and Device CTO J Allard, who left the company last year.

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Microsoft: Unofficially updated Windows Phones won’t get our software

Microsoft: Unofficially updated Windows Phones won’t get our software

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone 7 handsets unofficially upgraded to NoDo (aka update 7390) using the ChevronWP7 tool will not be able to upgrade to the new 7392 version being pushed out now, at least by official means. According to the Windows Team Blog, the unofficial modifications leave the Windows Phone handsets looking to the Zune PC software as incompletely upgraded: because of that you get error code 80180048 and can't go any further. Build 7392 isn't expected to bring any especially interesting changes, but the issue could lead to headaches down the road when Microsoft releases more significant updates like Mango to the platform.

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Windows Phone 7: The First Six Months

Windows Phone 7: The First Six Months

It's a half birthday! Today is 6 months to the day since the official launch of Windows Phone 7, and we're got a roundup like you wouldn't believe! How would you like to know everything that ever mattered about the platform in one single post? That's what's going on here. Behold the successor to the Windows Mobile platform, one that's taken the world by storm! -- Depending on how you look at it. We've got all the big steps complimented by hands-on with all the big guns - reviews too!

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Third Windows Phone update coming May 3 2011

Third Windows Phone update coming May 3 2011

Microsoft's third Windows Phone update is due to be released on May 3 2011, addressing a recently discovered security issue that could see users of WP7 handsets open to phishing attacks or content spoofing. The update, a source with inside information told SlashGear, is described as a security certificate fix, closing a loophole around compromised third-party certificates issued by Comodo.

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Microsoft develops phone app that creates 3D models

Microsoft develops phone app that creates 3D models

Some may have issues with Windows, and the Zune may get a few snickers. But Microsoft's R&D arm is always thinking outside the box and creating killer apps that are just plain fun to play with. And their latest gem is a phone app that can create a 3D model out of a series of cellphone camera photographs.

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Microsoft May Finally Kill Zune?

Microsoft May Finally Kill Zune?

According to a Bloomberg source, Microsoft will discontinue production of its Zune media player. Instead, the company will shift its focus to other devices and concentrate on developing the Zune software for mobile phones.

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Microsoft Working On New Music And Video Service Dubbed Ventura

Microsoft Working On New Music And Video Service Dubbed Ventura

Microsoft’s answer to iTunes and the iPod was the Zune and the company wanted to push the idea of sharing the music you liked with your friends. If you were in the same vicinity you could send each other music, or even listen to the same song at the same time. The service never got enough traction and the Zune couldn’t sell enough units. But it looks like Microsoft is taking another stab at a music service with something called Ventura.

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Second Samsung Windows Phone update having problems of its own

Second Samsung Windows Phone update having problems of its own

The Windows Phone update for Samsung WP7 devices just can't seem to catch a break, with the re-released update apparently experiencing some problems of its own. Microsoft's February update ended up breaking some Samsung phones, prompting the company to pull the firmware until it could be suitably tweaked. That happened yesterday, with updates resuming, but now there's talk of a second batch of errors affecting the smartphones.

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