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IE11 peaks in market share before it can overtake IE8, Chrome passes 20%, and Opera falls below 1%

July saw the ninth full month of IE11 availability with Windows 8.1, as well as the release of Chrome 36 and Firefox 31. The latest numbers from Net Applications show that Chrome was once again the only major winner last month, further widening its sec…

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Windows XP falls below 25% market share while Windows 8.1 loses share for the first time

Despite support for Windows XP finally ending three months ago, the ancient OS has only now fallen below the 25 percent market share mark. To add to the bad news for Microsoft, after only nine full months of availability, its latest operating system ve…

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Windows XP falls below 25% market share while Windows 8.1 loses share for the first time

Despite support for Windows XP finally ending three months ago, the ancient OS has only now fallen below the 25 percent market share mark. To add to the bad news for Microsoft, after only nine full months of availability, its latest operating system ve…

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Microsoft Loses Email Privacy Case With U.S. Gov, Will Appeal

gavel1 Microsoft lost an appeal today, as a federal judge ordered that it must comply with a U.S. warrant seeking email data on servers located in Ireland. During this process, it has been Microsoft’s contention that a warrant issued by the U.S. doesn’t have legal standing because the data being sought is stored abroad. Judge Loretta A. Preska disagrees. Read More

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Microsoft Office for iPad updated with export to PDF and Presenter View

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After taking more than a few years to get Office on the iPad, Microsoft is wasting no time updating the productivity suite. That’s good news for anyone about to give a PowerPoint presentation. The iPad version of Office now supports exporting files to PDF from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This can be done even without an Office 365 subscription. For PowerPoint users, today’s update is extra helpful with Presenter View available on the iPad when the presentation is being shown on another display like a projector. Plus, you can now embed photos and videos into your presentations directly on the iPad…

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Microsoft’s Xbox One will launch in China for $599 on September 23

Microsoft’s Xbox One will arrive in China on September 23. The video game console will be available for ¥3,699 RMB ($599 USD) and confirmed launch titles include Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Powerstar Golf, Zoo Tycoon and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. The date aligns with the console’s release in other Asia markets. The Xbox One will go on sale in Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Taiwan on the same day, opening the system up to a huge number of potential players. Microsoft is able to release the Xbox One in China as the result of a lifting of a 13-year…

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Sky’s NOW TV movies and entertainment offerings land on Xbox One

BSkyB has announced that its NOW TV streaming service, which lets subscribers access movies, entertainment and sports content on-demand, is now available on Microsoft’s Xbox One. This comes just a few days after NOW TV landed on Sony’s PlayStation 4. If you have an active rolling monthly subscription to one of NOW TV’s packages, you will now be able to access the streaming service from Microsoft’s latest-generation console. A Movies pass costs £8.99 per month (after a free 30 day trial), an Entertainment pass costs £4.99 per month and a Sports pass costs £9.99 for 24 hours. NOW TV can currently be accessed…

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Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant is coming to China, UK, Canada, India and Australia

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Microsoft has announced its first update to its Windows Phone 8.1 platform, which will most notably see its Cortana digital assistant expand outside of the US for the first time. The company says that the service is being launched as a beta in China (where it is named ‘Xiao Na’) and the UK, while users in Canada, India and Australia will be able to access an alpha version. The new versions will include localized spelling, pronunciation, accent and other data that Microsoft hopes will make Cortana “more locally relevant”. Though Windows Phone accounts for a minority of smartphone sales in China, Microsoft has…

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