Windows 8 stays in the doldrums

It is no secret that Windows 8 is off to a slow start and the latest market share data from Net Applications should raise a few eyebrows in Redmond.

Shock: Windows Phone 8 does pretty well

Microsoft missed out on the smartphone gravy train, but now it seems as if Windows Phone 8 might have a bright future after all. 

Video: IllumiRoom may be coming to the Xbox 720 (Next)

Microsoft's IllumiRoom can best be described as a platform that uses the Kinect and a projector to combine virtual and physical worlds.

Windows 8 tablets dogged by OS prices

Chinese white-box vendors will start churning out Windows 8 tablets in May and the ex-factory prices for 11.6-inch units are estimated at about $300. 

Google forced into an antitrust corner

Google, forced into compromise with the European Commission, has released a list of proposals to satisfy worries about it breaking antitrust laws - but these are likely to be rejected by rivals.

Microsoft to pay peanuts in patent ruling

A Seattle judge has ruled in favour of Microsoft in one of two patent trials putting Redmond up against Google and its Motorola Mobility unit, leaving it with a substantially smaller royalties bill to pay.

Cheap Intel-based Android notebooks on the way

Intel is working on $200 notebook designs, powered by cheap chips and Google’s free Android operating system.

Apple still rules the tablet roost

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments hit 40.6 million units in Q1 2013. Apple still dominates the market, but Android is gaining ground. In addition, the first Windows 8 tablets went on sale in Q1, but they haven’t been a runaway success, to say the least. 

Blue Scream of Death hits Microsoft upgrade

In a blast from the past, software giant Microsoft has had to replace a security update that had crashed customers' PCs and crippled the machines with endless reboots.

The ironic tale of Android: Microsoft’s most profitable OS

Google hit the market led by a bunch of kids fresh out of school who were more than eager to prove why their way was better.

Microsoft to reveal next-gen Xbox 720 on May 21

Microsoft has sent out official invitations for an event on May 21 in Redmond where the industry heavyweight is slated to debut its long-awaited Xbox 720 (Next).

MS Surface tablets go worldwide

Redmond is expanding Surface RT and Surface Pro availability to a number of new markets, including major emerging economies. 

ZTE coughs up on Microsoft patents

China's ZTE is paying Microsoft a royalty for devices it makes using Google Android and Chrome operating systems to make sure that it is not patent trolled out of business.

Hedge fund boosts Microsoft's stock price

ValueAct Capital Management said that it had invested $2 billion in software giant Microsoft and that boosted its share price by 3.6 percent yesterday.

Big Data name of enterprise software game

A report from IDC said the market for enterprise software worldwide showed conservative growth during 2012.

Microsoft buoyant but Windows 8 sales poor

Microsoft's CFO Peter Klein is the latest top executive to flee Redmond's Vole Hill in what some analysts think is a by-product of Steve Ballmer sticking to power.

Report: Former Xbox and Kincet teams shifted to smart watch duty

Microsoft is apparently taking its rumored smart watch quite seriously, as former members of Redmond's flagship Xbox and Kinect team are reportedly working on the device.

Console game devs bailing to mobile

The lengthy last-gen console cycle and underperforming titles have created a perfect storm of uncertainty, promoting numerous game devs to abandon the once stalwart platform for mobile devices.

Warning klaxons sound for Windows XP

Despite Windows XP and Office 2003 support ending in April 8 2014, more than 15 percent of midsize and large businesses are still, and will continue using the OS Gartner has said.

Hon Hai signs up with Microsoft over patents

Hon Hai, parent company of electronics maker Foxconn, has signed a deal with Microsoft that will allow it to legally produce devices with Android and Chrome OS patents - the cash going to Redmond for each device.