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Microsoft Surface tablet event wrap-up

Microsoft Surface tablet event wrap-up

This week we made our way down to Los Angeles to check out Microsoft's big Surface tablet reveal, this their big move into the tablet space before Windows 8 and Windows RT have been formally introduced with 3rd party manufacturers. The likes of Acer, Lenovo, and HP were nowhere to be found at this event, with Microsoft speaking only for themselves here in their rare appearance in the hardware manufacturing realm. After a quick drive down memory lane from the Microsoft Mouse to the Xbox all the way forward through the original Microsoft Surface (the big table version), Microsoft brought on the fire with their first big-time tablet for Windows 8's Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.

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Steve Ballmer shows off Windows Phone LTE for AT&T

Steve Ballmer shows off Windows Phone LTE for AT&T

We're having a fabulous time listening to the above-average voice levels of Steve Ballmer of Microsoft as he speaks on how excited they all are that AT&T will be the first group to offer up Windows Phone on their network, the first time Windows Phone will be available on LTE anywhere. The devices he showed off were all new, prepared to be running on the LTE network right out of the box, and would all be out by mid-2012.

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Microsoft Grabs Android Patent with OEM General Dynamics Itronix for Future Wins

Microsoft Grabs Android Patent with OEM General Dynamics Itronix for Future Wins

As you may recall from back in May 2011, a story broke on the fact that HTC, one of the biggest manufacturers behind the wave of Android devices that has been sweeping the world since the inception of Google's mobile OS, is paying Microsoft $5 for every single Android device the company sells. Keeping that in mind, note that Microsoft is now agreeing on a patent licensing deal with another OEM by the name of General Dynamics Itronix. Is this the first block to fall in a wall of signings with groups like Microsoft that collapses the concept of a Free and Open Android?

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Microsoft board refuses Ballmer roust

Microsoft board refuses Ballmer roust

Despite calls for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to be toppled, the company's board of directors are apparently standing behind the outspoken exec. According to a source close to the board talking to Reuters, the nine-strong directorial team - which includes ex-CEO and current chairman Bill Gates - all support Ballmer; earlier this week, notorious hedge fund manager David Einhorn led demands that Ballmer be replaced.

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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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Ballmer claims over 500 new features in Mango update for Windows Phone

Ballmer claims over 500 new features in Mango update for Windows Phone

There are a lot of people looking forward to the next iteration of Windows Phone codenamed Mango. The Mango update will officially be marketed as Windows Phone 7.5 and the preview of the OS is set for tomorrow as we reported in March. Ballmer has gone on record already as stating that there are over 500 new features in this version of Windows Phone. Nokia is also expected to use Mango on the first of its new Windows Phone 7 smartphones.

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Is Microsoft’s Zune on the way out?

Is Microsoft’s Zune on the way out?

With all the talk about Windows Phone 7 recently, many people are starting to wonder why Zune hasn't been mentioned at all. It seems logical that Zune software would be a part of a Windows phone, since Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Windows Phone Program Management said in 2010's keynote at Mobile World Congress “Every Windows Phone will be a Zune”. But now, nobody is talking about Zune. Is Microsoft getting ready to kill it off? Or are they just going to re-brand it?

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Xbox Isn’t a Gaming Console, Steve Ballmer Says

Xbox Isn’t a Gaming Console, Steve Ballmer Says

If you're a gamer, and you know other gamers, then you've probably had at least one conversation that focused on whether or not the Xbox 360 is better than the PlayStation 3, or vice versa. It's a heated debate, for sure, but if you've been talking about whether or not each of the consoles is a better gaming console, then Steve Ballmer can clear everything up for you rather quickly. In a recent interview, Ballmer opined that the Xbox 360 isn't, in fact, a gaming console at all. No, it's something much more.

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