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OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

The importance of Office 2013 to Microsoft's bottom line can't be understated, and yet the company faces no small amount of ridicule amid questions of whether the productivity suite is "relevant" any longer. With Windows 8 fast approaching, and long-standing arguments over whether tablets are for content creation or merely consumption, Office or its Metro-styled MX variant for Windows RT slates hasn't necessarily proved the selling point Microsoft may have hoped it might. The company already has that wildcard, though, and it's been fermenting away under Microsoft's nose for a decade.

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OneNote MX preview hits Windows Store with Metro UI

OneNote MX preview hits Windows Store with Metro UI

Microsoft's first Windows 8 Metro style Office app, the tablet-centric OneNote MX digital note-taking software, has shown up as a preview release in the Windows Store. Among the tidbits seen officially for the first time is the new radial touch menu, with easy navigation buttons along with quick access to font formatting, copy, bullets, and undo. The app will work on all Windows 8 PCs, but will be particularly useful on tablets like Microsoft's own Surface.

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Microsoft Halo 4 will work on Surface

Microsoft Halo 4 will work on Surface

If we said just several months ago that Halo 4 would be playable on a device other than the Xbox 360 or a Windows PC, you probably would have thought we were crazy. But that would have been before Microsoft announced its impending Surface tablet platform. In an effort to make the tablet a success right out of the gate, Surface will be able to play Halo 4.

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Steve Wozniak speaks: Megaupload frustrations, Microsoft praise and Google Glass lust

Steve Wozniak speaks: Megaupload frustrations, Microsoft praise and Google Glass lust

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken out on his frustrations around the Megaupload case, as well as praising Microsoft's visual design as something Steve Jobs would be proud of. The outspoken exec voiced his dissatisfaction with the Kim Dotcom case while at the Entel Summit in Chile, FayerWayer reports, refusing to comment on whether he believes high-ranking politicians had a hand in the investigation, but expressing dismay at some of the techniques used to bring Dotcom to trial.

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Ballmer: Microsoft will leave “no space uncovered that is Apple’s”

Ballmer: Microsoft will leave “no space uncovered that is Apple’s”

Microsoft will challenge Apple in every aspect of software and hardware innovation, CEO Steve Ballmer has warned his Cupertino rivals, promising that "we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple." The rambunctious chief exec insisted Microsoft would not sit back on its enterprise range and cede the consumer segment to Apple, telling CRN that "we are not going to let any piece of this [go uncontested] ... not the consumer cloud. Not hardware software innovation."

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Surface Sleight of Hand: Microsoft’s big touch distraction

Surface Sleight of Hand: Microsoft’s big touch distraction

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made sure to mention quite how well the company did in keeping Surface off the radar before launch, and it seems the firm's next tablet sleight of hand is already underway. The Windows tablet team "did a good job of keeping [Surface] secret" Ballmer boasted on-stage at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference today, going on to subsequently name-check new acquisition Perceptive Pixel. Make no mistake, though; while Ballmer may have shown the most enthusiasm about that company's vast multitouch screens, it's Perceptive Pixel's potential in Surface-style hardware that could give Microsoft its tablet edge against the iPad.

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Microsoft buys Perceptive Pixel for pen and multitouch expertise

Microsoft buys Perceptive Pixel for pen and multitouch expertise

Microsoft has announced it is acquiring Perceptive Pixel, a touchscreen specialist that creates displays capable of simultaneously recognizing pen and finger input. Confirmed at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 in Toronto today - where Microsoft also announced the Windows 8 release dates - the deal could see Perceptive Pixel's Active Stylus technology included in future versions of Microsoft Surface Windows tablets.

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Microsoft Surface magnesium case reportedly hit by low yields

Microsoft Surface magnesium case reportedly hit by low yields

Microsoft ruffled more than a few feathers when it introduced its Surface tablet, although pricing and availability details were scarce at the event in June. One of the key features of the tablet was its premium magnesium construction featuring an integrated kickstand. Digitimes reports that Microsoft is seeing low yields with the case construction method, with the publication citing upstream supply chain sources.

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Apple Surface a possibility says Bill Gates

Apple Surface a possibility says Bill Gates

It's not a mistake that Bill Gates spoke this week on the Microsoft Surface saying Apple may have to follow suit at essentially the same time as Andrew Kim's The Next Microsoft branding has come along. Actually it's more like divine intervention, with some power up above finally telling Microsoft to get their rear in gear, to not only chop out the middle man in more ways than one, but to get some graphic designers worth their salt as well. The biggest news at the moment is the fact that in an interview with Charlie Rose this week, Bill Gates was quoted saying that Apple will probably have to create their own Surface-like device in the near future because Microsoft's effort was so awesome.

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