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Microsoft: $99 and we’ll de-crud your Windows PC

Microsoft: $99 and we’ll de-crud your Windows PC

A little-known Microsoft program to banish crapware from new Windows PCs has come under the spotlight, with the so-called Signature machine scheme offering a shortcut to a cleaner computing experience. The company's efforts to streamline Windows have often put it directly up against its own OEM partners, who milk a little extra profit from each PC sold by cutting deals with software vendors to preload trials and general crapware. Little do most users know, however, that for an extra $99 there's another option.

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Microsoft: We’ll hold Motorola accountable for “broken promise”

Microsoft: We’ll hold Motorola accountable for “broken promise”

Microsoft has fired back at Motorola over its German injunction against Windows 7 and the Xbox 360, accusing its rival of a "broken promise" around fair and reasonable patent licensing. Motorola won an injunction against the Microsoft products - as well as Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player - in Germany this morning, over supposed infringement of patents essential to H.264. However, as Microsoft is quick to point out, "Motorola is prohibited from acting on today's decision."

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Motorola wins German Xbox 360 and Windows 7 injunction

Motorola wins German Xbox 360 and Windows 7 injunction

Motorola has been granted a sales injunction in Germany against Microsoft's Xbox 360, Windows 7, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player, though the ruling is yet to be enforced. The Mannheim Regional Court was convinced that Microsoft's products overstepped the mark on two patents deemed essential to the H.264 video standard last week, though the judgement, FOSS Patents reports, was delayed until today. However, while the ruling does, on paper, allow Motorola to insist Microsoft yank its products from shelves, the actual outcome is less certain.

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Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

If you rushed to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview the minute it was available, this story probably isn't for you. If you simply went "meh" when it became available and updated your Windows 7 security definitions, then apparently you're in the vast majority. According to the analytics firm Net Applications, just about .11% of Internet users connected from a Windows 8 device last week, showing flat growth numbers from March. When compared with the same numbers during Windows 7's Beta period in 2009, they're at about the 40% mark.

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Windows 7 sales spike despite 8 coming

Windows 7 sales spike despite 8 coming

Microsoft reported stronger-than-expected sales of its current Windows software despite all the buzz surrounding its upcoming Windows 8 revamp. The surprising boost from Windows sales actually helped Microsoft post a 6 percent increase in revenue for its Q1 2012 (fiscal Q3) earnings results, countering the company's slowing Xbox and Kinect sales.

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Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft has won a small victory this week in US courts that will help its situation in Germany, where Motorola is seeking an injunction on Windows and Xbox products. The US ruling does not prevent a ban, if any is granted, but instead delays Motorola's ability to enforce such a ban until after the dispute over "fair and reasonable" licensing between the two companies is resolved here in the states.

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Toshiba WT301/D corporate tablet pairs stylus with Windows 7

Toshiba WT301/D corporate tablet pairs stylus with Windows 7

More and more companies seem to be blowing it as they include stylii with their products. HTC dipped their toe in the water with the Flyer, Samsung are doubling down with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1, and now Toshiba has their own spin on the idea. The company’s new 10.1-inch tablet, the WT301/D, features support for an electromagnetic induction stylus.

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ViewSonic follows Apple’s lead with MWC phones & tablets

ViewSonic follows Apple’s lead with MWC phones & tablets

ViewSonic has outed its Mobile World Congress line-up of smartphones and tablets, and with the Android-powered ViewPhone 4s running a 3.5-inch 960 x 640 display it's clear the iPhone 4S is the company's key target. The ViewPhone 4s matches Apple's smartphone with a 326ppi IPS display, but squeezes in twin SIMs and a copy of Ice Cream Sandwich, along with a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing VGA webcam. It's not the only new ViewSonic device, though; read on for more.

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Kinect for Windows ships today; SDK v1.0 released

Kinect for Windows ships today; SDK v1.0 released

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows hardware has shipping from today, along with v1.0 of the Kinect Windows SDK and runtime, bringing motion-sensing from the Xbox 360 to the desktop. The sensor bar is priced at $249 - with an educational discount of $100 promised in the pipeline - while the software supports up to four bars plugged into a single computer and delivers "significantly improved skeletal tracking" than the earlier beta.

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