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Microsoft Polls Xbox Gamers about First Debate: Romney Wins [Video]

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Xbox Live gamers paused from their usual Wednesday night online multiplayer battles against interstellar invaders and zombies to weigh in on the first presidential debate. Xbox users, jacked in through their Internet-connected consoles, are in a better position than most people to answer a quick poll, and Microsoft, which delivers gaming and other entertainment via [...]

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Little-Used Voice Assistants Are the Future of Smart Phones

With the imminent arrival of Google‘s latest Android operating system later this month, Apple’s iOS upgrades this fall and Microsoft’s relentless push to make Windows relevant to mobile devices, a lot of people are talking about smartphones and tablets. The next few months will also likely see an increasing number of people talking to these [...]

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Microsoft’s Skype Deal Promises Video Chat for Windows Phones

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Microsoft added a key piece to its flagging mobile operating system business Tuesday when the company announced it is buying voice and video communications provider Skype Global for $8.5 billion. Despite heavily hyping its Windows Phone 7 operating system late last year, Microsoft has struggled to gain traction against Apple’s iPhone as well as against [...]

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Microsoft exits this year $290 million lighter, thanks to Word patent infringement ruling

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Patent lawsuits in the technology industry have become about as common as transistors these days. Still, when a tech company the size of Microsoft gets socked with a $290 million fine (as it did on Tuesday) and is forced to make changes to a flagship product like Word within a few months (or stop selling [...]

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Microsoft Windows 7 has arrived…to mixed reviews

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As Microsoft unleashes Windows 7 on the world Thursday, the consensus among those who have already taken the new operating system out for a spin is that while it’s no PC panacea, at least it’s not a repeat of the mistakes Microsoft made with Vista, which was launched in January 2007. InfoWorld has characterized Windows [...]

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Data centers of the future might be their own power plants

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Data centers could produce their own energy by using fuel cells.

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