But in the Windows tablet ads that debuted this week, Microsoft used Siri to badmouth the iPad, and some Apple (AAPL) aficionados were not amused.
AppleInsider's headline set the tone: Microsoft caught lying about tablet size in comparison to Apple's iPad.
Among the complaints we've seen:
We looked to Microsoft senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi to learn more about what the company's new videogame console can and can't do.
FORTUNE -- By now, gamers around the world know just as much about Microsoft's new video game console, the Xbox One, as they do Sony's (SNE) recently announced PlayStation 4. Like its next-generation counterpart, the Xbox One will rely on an 8-core processor, supported by 8 gigabytes of MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 23, 2013 12:52 PM ET
Very, according to a new Forrester survey. Microsoft and Google don't fare as well.
FORTUNE -- According to a Forrester survey released this week, the vast majority of computer users (85% worldwide, 88% in the U.S.) have little or no loyalty to a particular mobile computing ecosystem -- the nexus of devices, software, services and sheer muscle memory that tie a user to one vendor or another.
Among those users who show MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 18, 2013 6:57 AM ET
Google's Android and Apple's iOS still make up the vast majority of the market.
FORTUNE -- There's a new number three.
Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone operating system has overtaken BlackBerry (BBRY) for the first time, according to researcher IDC. The firm released its quarterly report on the smartphone market, showing that during the first quarter of 2013, Windows devices made up 3.2% of all smartphones shipped. BlackBerry devices accounted for 2.9% of MOREMatt Vella, senior editor - May 16, 2013 10:46 AM ET
Google's CEO decried the negativity in the tech industry. Too bad the company's executives have a long history of trashing the competition.
By Verne Kopytoff
FORTUNE -- Larry Page, Google's chief executive, is fed up with the negativity in the technology industry and the news media that covers its every detail like a prizefight.
"Every story I read about Google is 'us versus some other company' or some stupid thing, and I MOREMay 16, 2013 7:03 AM ET
The brainchild of scrappy programmer Jules Urbach took a stealthy development route, and guess what? It might pay off.
FORTUNE -- Streaming movies via Netflix (NFLX) or music from Spotify are one thing, but games? Those are a computational challenge 38-year-old OTOY founder Jules Urbach will tell you are in a league all their own.
For the last nine years, the French-born, Los Angeleno has worked on a cloud-computing product that will MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 16, 2013 6:45 AM ET
A video glimpse into a 30-year relationship that is the definition of frenemies.
FORTUNE -- Steve Jobs was pretty sick in Nov. 2010 when CBS (CBS) debuted its 60 Minutes app on the iPad, so it's hard to know how involved he was in the negotiations that got Apple (AAPL) the exclusive. But he probably would have got a kick out of what the venerable TV newsmagazine managed to do with MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 13, 2013 7:07 AM ET
Tablet shipments were up 106% in Q1 2013, smartphones up 48%, notebooks down 13%.
FORTUNE -- Total shipments of smart devices, which Canalys defines as notebook PCs, smartphones and tablets, hit a record 308.7 million units in the first quarter of 2013, according to a press release issued Thursday.
Unsurprisingly, given recent trends, Google's (GOOG) Android platform dominated the smartphone market, Apple's (AAPL) iOS the tablet market and Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows the notebook shipments.
The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 9, 2013 12:27 PM ET
Flush with $15 million from Nvidia and Kleiner Perkins, the $99 Kickstarter success story keeps making waves -- and it's not even out yet. Julie Uhrman talks to Fortune about fast-tracking Ouya, those harsh early reviews, and a rumored mobile device.
Still, when early units began shipping to some Kickstarter backers this past March -- just nine months after raising money on the site -- several tech blogs got their hands MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 9, 2013 7:04 AM ET
April was the cruelest month yet for Google and Motorola on the patent front.
FORTUNE -- It was Google (GOOG) against the world last month, as it fought and lost patent battles directly or by proxy with Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Nokia (NOK), HTC and ZTE. "Google shoot blanks in smartphone patent wars," wrote Thomson Reuters' Reynolds Holding. Or as The Verge's Nilay Patel put it: "Does anyone know why Google bought Motorola?"
FOSS MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 3, 2013 8:27 AM ET
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