Finance: Apple Ousts Microsoft

Apple has just become the most valuable technology company in the universe, surpassing Microsoft. Trading isn’t quite over yet but as of around 3:30 Eastern today, Apple’s market cap sat at $224.95 billion compared to Microsoft’s $220.06 billion.

According to the New York Times, Exxon is the only American company more valuable …

High-Level Xbox Execs Leaving Microsoft

According to Kotaku, two of the men most responsible for Microsoft’s success–J Allard and Robbie Bach– in the console video game business industry are leaving the company. Allard, Chief Experience Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Entertainment and Devices Division, masterminded the launch of Xbox in 2001. While rumors were …

Poll: Would You Dump Gmail For The New Hotmail?

Today, Microsoft unveiled its big Hotmail upgrade, followed by a resounding, “About time.” Among its new features, the revamped Hotmail will use cloud-based data storage, enable you to edit Microsoft docs directly within the email and will filter messages into four different “buckets:” mail from your contacts, mail from social networks, …

The Cubicle Perspective: Microsoft Office 2010 for the Rest of Us

Every year or two, when Microsoft launches the latest version of its Office suite, three things happen. First, the software giant proudly trumpets a laundry list of widgets, buttons and whiz-bang new menu items. Then the devoted band of techies who follow such things respond, either with horrified disdain at the continued prominence of …

The Ting Tings Interview

Over the last couple of weekends Microsoft has thrown secret concerts in San Francisco and New York City to promote the recently launched KIN devices. On Saturday I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the three bands playing secret shows throughout NYC (a boat load of pictures are available here). I’d never really listened to

Microsoft Office Filled With Alarm Left on Sidewalk, Hilarity Ensues

If you saw a copy of Microsoft Office sitting unattended in a public area, what would you do? I’d think to myself, “Hey I use Google Docs, but Microsoft Office is expensive! I wonder where the rightful owner is. I’ll call Microsoft’s tech support hotline to ask them how to return it to said rightful owner and if they have no idea …

12 Hours With the KIN One

Earlier today I brought a little bit of insight into what Microsoft’s KIN is all about. Or, at the very least, who helped mold the devices and software running behind the latest Windows Phone platform.

Let me be very clear about this – the KIN does not compete with Android, the iPhone, Palm or BlackBerry devices. Think of the …

Exclusive: Who Schooled Microsoft In The Making Of KIN

Microsoft is making bold strides to change their image and listen to customer’s needs and wants. And you can tell by their marketing and advertising campaigns from the last couple of years. (I loved the Seinfeld and Gates spots, BTW.) The concept is nothing new, of course. But I have to believe that for a project like KIN, they had to …

Who Wants a Halo Reach Beta Code?

Fall in troops!

So you want a code for the Halo: Reach beta, huh? Well, you’re gonna have to work for it. It’s quite simple, really.

Follow directions for a chance to win

1. Comment with the hashtag #haloreach on one or all of the following stories. The more you show up the greater your chances, but it doesn’t guarantee a win. …

Humor Training? Ask Microsoft

If you’ve been endlessly searching for an academic approach to humor, look no further than Microsoft’s Education site. Specifically, the “competency” section for “humor.”

Did you know that there are four levels of proficiency in humor? It’s true. If you’re just at level one (basic), you may wonder where to find humor. …

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