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November 13, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores
Just weeks after Microsoft Corp. launched its major overhaul of Windows, the company disclosed late Monday that the president of its Windows and Windows Live operations is leaving the company. The departure of Steven Sinofsky, who oversaw the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, was effective immediately, the Redmond, Wash., company said. Sinofsky, who could not be reached for comment, was replaced by Julie Larson-Green, who has been with the company since 1993 and oversaw program management, user interface design and research for Windows 7 and 8. She will lead all Windows software and hardware engineering.
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December 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG is the latest tech company to announce a computer running Chrome OS, the Google operating system designed to rival Microsoft Windows. The new LG machine, called the Chromebase, is similar to Mac computers in that it is an all-in-one desktop, making it the first Chrome OS desktop with a built-in monitor. The Chromebase will feature a 21.5-inch full HD screen, include an Intel Celeron processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and 16 gigabytes of internal storage and also will come with a mouse and keyboard.
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September 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sun Microsystems Inc. will begin building servers with onetime foe Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system installed directly in them, instead of forcing customers to install the ubiquitous software on their own or defect to a competitor for one-stop shopping. The agreement announced Wednesday is the latest twist in a truce the companies, once bitter rivals, hammered out in 2004, when Sun pocketed $1.
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October 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft released Windows 8.1 online Thursday, making it possible for users to begin updating their computers to the company's latest operating system. Windows 8.1 is the Redmond, Wash., company's first major update to Windows 8, a new version of the Windows operating system that was released last year. Windows 8 represented a major change for Microsoft, as it was designed and fine tuned for touchscreen devices. Users who purchased Windows 8 can get Thursday's update online for free.
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July 12, 1990 | LAWRENCE J. MAGID, LAWRENCE J. MAGID is a Silicon Valley-based computer analyst and writer
I've been using Microsoft Windows 3.0 daily since it was released about two months ago. The software, which adds a graphical user interface to IBM and compatible PCs, has greatly boosted my productivity. However, I've found some areas where I think Windows is weak. Fortunately, some of the problems can be solved by using add-on software utility programs that help manage files and programs. I reviewed Windows 3.0 when it was released in May. It makes programs easier to use.
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October 23, 2009 | Alex Pham
Can Windows 7 repair Microsoft Corp.'s reputation and trigger enough sales to pull the technology sector out of its financial funk? That seemed to be the overriding question Thursday as Microsoft officially took the wraps off its latest operating system, much of which was already public knowledge, with more than 8 million testers having used it since January. In the past, thousands of technology companies could count on each release of a new Windows operating system to deliver its own economic stimulus: Millions of consumers would rush out to buy faster computers and companies would splurge on more powerful computer systems.
BUSINESS
March 25, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Microsoft Windows 95 Flawed, Magazine Says: A test version of Microsoft Corp.'s long-awaited operating system has a major flaw that can freeze up a computer when running certain applications, InfoWorld Magazine said. The company is aware of the problem, but is shipping 450,000 anyway as part of a preview program, the magazine said.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1986
Microsoft Corp., the computer software giant, reported a 156% increase in net income and a 90% increase in revenue for the first quarter of its fiscal year. Income for the quarter, which ended Sept. 30, was $15.8 million. During the same period last year, the company had income of $6.2 million. Revenue rose to $66.8 million from $35.2 million.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2000
1975 Revenue: $16,005 Employees: 3 February: Bill Gates and Paul Allen license first computer language program written for a personal computer. November: Gates uses the name Micro-soft for the first time in a letter to Allen. 1976 November: Microsoft trade name registered with secretary of state in New Mexico. 1978 December: Year-end sales exceed $1 million. 1979 January: Microsoft moves to Bellevue, Wash., from Albuquerque. 1980 Revenue: $7.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2000
The PC Data Online Hit List is based on units sold by 17 retail chains representing more than 60% of the U.S. market. For the week ended Aug. 27: *--* Average Title Publisher price 1 Diablo 2 Havas Interactive $52 2 The Sims Electronic Arts 40 3 Microsoft Age Of Empires II Microsoft 30 4 Microsoft Expedia Microsoft 24 Streets/Trip Planner 5 Norton Antivirus 2000 6.
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August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Bloatware is the term given to programs that come pre-installed on computers even though it's unlikely they will be used by every owner. Sometimes they are difficult to get rid of and can consume resources unnecessarily.  Pre-installed anti-virus software has often fit that definition. Now, Skype looks to be joining that list. Microsoft owns the voice, audio and text messaging program and will be making it the default instant communications tool on the newest version of Windows.  "This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users," Skype said in a blog post . "Now you don't have to  download your favorite app  to stay in touch whenever you're apart.
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July 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Considering that Steve Ballmer has been chief executive of Microsoft for more than a decade, it might sound strange to say this. But the sweeping reorganization announced Wednesday made it clear that Microsoft is now his company.  Whether that's for better or for worse, we'll see. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 But in the various memos and news releases, the company emphasized that while Windows remains crucial to its future, it's...
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May 31, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Looking to make desktops more competitive in price with tablets and mobile devices, more PC makers are turning to Android. In the latest blow to the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, Acer is expected to launch a second Android-based desktop next week, CNET reported . The all-in-one device combines the computer and the monitor into one slate. It's expected to come with a powerful new Intel processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and as much as 16 gigabytes of hard drive space. With an expected price of about $400, the rumored device would be able to do what a tablet does -- except on a much bigger screen and with a more traditional setup.
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May 7, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
In the face of mounting criticisms and sluggish PC sales, Microsoft continues to insist that its gamble on the radically redesigned Windows 8 operating system is paying off, if slowly.  Tami Reller, the Windows division's chief marketing officer and chief financial officer, said in a blog post on Tuesday that Microsoft has sold  100 million licenses for Windows 8, up from 60 million sold by January. The new operating system launched in October. The new operating system failed to provide the boost to PC sales many in the industry had hoped to see, causing critics to label Windows 8 a disappointment.
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November 30, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 8 has not given a boost to U.S. sales of PCs and tablet computers, according to the NPD Group. Since the highly anticipated operating system was launched Oct. 26, Windows device sales have fallen 21% compared with the same period last year, the market research firm said. Notebook sales, which have been weak throughout most of 2012, were down 24%, and desktop sales dropped 9%. Through Nov. 17, Windows 8 had captured just 58% of Windows computing-device unit sales.
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November 29, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
The Windows PC and tablet market didn't get the boost it needed from the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, according to a market research firm. Since the highly anticipated OS launched on Oct. 26, Windows device sales have fallen 21% compared with the same period in 2011, NPD Group said Thursday. Notebook sales, which have been weak throughout most of 2012, were down 24% while desktop sales dropped 9%. Through Nov. 17, Windows 8 had captured just 58% of Windows computing device unit sales, compared with 83% for Windows 7 in the four weeks after that operating system's debut, the firm said.
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May 26, 1998
The Justice Department is wrong and The Times is wrong ("Bill Gates Is Wrong," editorial, May 20). There is a lot to hate about Microsoft Windows. There is also a lot to hate about old age, but it is better than the alternative. I fear that government regulation is the worst possible alternative to Microsoft's dominance. As with IBM 40 years ago, the leading position of Microsoft and Windows provides a de facto standard in a rapidly growing technology. Such a standard is the very anchor that innovators large and small (including Netscape)
BUSINESS
July 22, 1996
Microsoft today is announcing plans to add a new feature to the familiar point-and-click computer mouse: a wheel. The new IntelliMouse has a small wheel between the two buttons that allows users to more easily scroll through pages and zoom in on documents.
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November 13, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores
Just weeks after Microsoft Corp. launched its major overhaul of Windows, the company disclosed late Monday that the president of its Windows and Windows Live operations is leaving the company. The departure of Steven Sinofsky, who oversaw the launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, was effective immediately, the Redmond, Wash., company said. Sinofsky, who could not be reached for comment, was replaced by Julie Larson-Green, who has been with the company since 1993 and oversaw program management, user interface design and research for Windows 7 and 8. She will lead all Windows software and hardware engineering.
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October 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft today officially launched Windows 8 and the new Windows Store. The company said Windows 8, its latest operating system, will be available for purchase online and in stores today starting at $39.99. The operating system retains Windows' traditional desktop but also adds another view that is heavily geared toward touchscreen devices. Windows President Steven Sinofsky said that more than 1,000 computers have been certified for Windows 8 and that there will be some Windows 8 PCs that'll sell for less than $300.
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