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Microsoft is paying Nokia $1 billion to develop and market Windows Phone 7 smartphones. In exchange, Nokia will pay Microsoft a fee for each copy of Windows Phone 7 used on its devices, and those costs will likely be offset as the company downsizes its internal MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 8, 2011 6:00 AM ET
Another look at the company's in-app subscription rules, this time from 5,000 feet
One of the things that made John Siracusa's analysis this week of Apple's (AAPL) App Store subscription policy so interesting is what he chose not to write about.
His essay, "The Apple Strategy Tax," which he posted Wednesday on Ars Technica, neatly sidesteps the emotionally charged tar pits in which so many commentators get mired. As he explained Friday MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 6, 2011 3:57 PM ET
A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.
At CES, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed the company's plans to expand its motion-based Xbox 360 Kinect controller, which has already sold more than 8 million units, beyond gaming. Users can expect hands-free navigation of Netflix and (finally) Hulu Plus, as well as body motion capture for a new feature called Avatar Kinect, which will map the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 6, 2011 8:45 AM ET
But the overall picture is still more than 90% Microsoft Windows blue
NetApplications' Nov. 2010 operating systems report reminds us that despite all the talk about the growth of the mobile Web, the vast majority of global Internet traffic is still generated by PCs.
At first glance, the pie chart at right doesn't look very different from one we might have drawn a year ago. The Microsoft (MSFT) Windows and Apple (AAPL) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 3, 2010 8:08 AM ET
Despite Apple's gains, Microsoft dominates the World Wide Web
"There's no evidence that the marketplace is abandoning Windows to any significant degree."
So wrote ZDNet Windows guru Ed Bott in a blog post Sunday that's getting some attention today. Bott went looking for data to support the widespread impression that Apple (AAPL) is gaining on Microsoft (MSFT). Using data from Net Market Share, which tracks what devices are accessing its clients through MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 25, 2010 11:12 AM ET
An analyst sees the first sign of trouble in July's retail sales data
Amid the good news for Apple (AAPL) in the NPD Group's report on domestic retail sales for the month of July, Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty spots what she thinks may be a small dark cloud.
In a report to clients issued Monday, Huberty notes that sales trends for the broader PC market -- which includes Apple and everybody else MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 17, 2010 11:26 AM ET
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