All investors seem to want is a bigger piece of the company's $53 billion cash pile. They'd do better to pay attention to what Windows 8 and Windows Phone really mean.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- Microsoft's obituary has been written plenty of times. There was no place for the software mammoth in a tech world designed -- and dominated -- by Apple. CEO Steve Ballmer was unable to steer the MORESep 20, 2011 10:56 AM ET
Shots were fired in both directions as partisans previewed Microsoft's next tablet OS
A war of words -- blogged, tweeted and syndicated -- broke out at Microsoft's (MSFT) annual developers conference Tuesday when the company distributed Samsung tablets loaded with beta copies of Windows 8, its answer to Apple's (AAPL) OS X and iOS, rolled into one.
Paul Thurrott, the news editor of Windows IT Pro and host of the Windows Weekly podcast, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 14, 2011 8:27 AM ET
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* Microsoft (MSFT) did a big unveiling for Windows 8. The operating system update features a radically different, streamlined user interface heavily influenced by the company's tile-based Windows Phone 7 operating system and optimized performance. (CNNMoney)
* Facebook made its Friends Lists feature smarter with new features like Smart Lists, which automatically creates and MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 14, 2011 3:30 AM ET
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* Microsoft teased Windows 8 yesterday at All Things D's D9 conference, unveiling a versatile user interface heavily inspired by its Windows Phone 7 platform. While users will be able to access the classic Windows desktop experience they'll also experience the Start screen above, which presents users' apps MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 2, 2011 10:24 AM ET
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PC manufacturers -- and apparently, some users -- have gotten their hands on early builds of Windows 8, which will include support for ARM chips and features like enhanced graphics, 3-D support, facial recognition, instant-on capability and a Windows app store. Microsoft also looks to MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 4, 2011 8:44 AM ET
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