Apple acquires British voice recognition startup Novauris

US-based electronics giant Apple Inc acquired British automatic speech recognition startup Novauris Technologies for an undisclosed amount more than a year ago to gain traction over Google Now and Microsoft Cortana.

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Longtime Microsoft exec Antoine Leblond leaves the firm

Antoine Leblond, a longtime executive for Windows and Office, is leaving Washington, US-based software giant Microsoft on Monday to explore his opportunities outside of the firm.

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Microsoft has grand ambitions for entity engine of Bing

Microsoft has big ambitions for Bing, including making a part of its entity engine available for third party sites allowing them to showcase the important features on the search engine, TechCrunch reported.

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Microsoft makes Office Mobile free for home use

After releasing the Office for iPad, software giant Microsoft made Office Mobile for iPhone and Office Mobile for Android free for home use to, but businesses still have to subscribe to use the Office 365.

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Less than 12 hours after rollout, Microsoft Office for iPad tops free iPad apps in App Store

Less than 12 hours after Microsoft launched its Office for iPad, the apps ranked in the top three of the world's most popular free apps on the Apple App Store, VentureBeat reported.

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Microsoft shells out $150M for Osterhout's wearable computing IP

American software giant shelled out $150 million to acquire San Francisco, California-based product design and development firm Osterhout Design Group's (ODG's) intellectual property for wearable computing devices.

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Dell and Microsoft enter IP agreement to license each other's patents

Tech giants Dell and Microsoft Corp have signed a patent licensing deal regarding Android and Chrome OS devices as well as Xbox consoles, TechCrunch reported.

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Microsoft rebrands 'Windows Azure' to 'Microsoft Azure'

In a bid to gain traction over its competitors, American software giant is rebranding its open cloud platform 'Windows Azure' to 'Microsoft Azure.' according to sources familiar with the matter cited by ZDNet.

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Nokia says Microsoft deal to close next month

Nokia said its $7.2 billion deal with Nokia is set to close on April and not in the first quarter of this year as was originally planned, TechCrunch reported.

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Microsoft pledges more stringent policies before looking into users email accounts

Microsoft, through a blog post written by its Deputy General Counsel & Vice President John Frank, has pledged that it would undertake stricter procedures before investigating the Hotmail and Outlook accounts of its users, VentureBeat reported.

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Microsoft Xbox exec Marc Whitten leaves for Sonos

After 14 years of service in Microsoft, Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten will be departing and heading over to Sonos to take the same position for an unspecified reason.

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Bill Gates says the ideas that come from Silicon Valley's silly companies are "going to be really important"

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates thinks that innovation drives progress and doesn't mind the silly endeavors that some companies in Silicon Valley are engaged in because it is from them that important ideas emerge.

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Bing promotes startup culture in Microsoft with "Bing Incubation Project"

Microsoft is definitely not a startup but one team inside the technology giant is striving to encourage the promotion of new ideas through its "bing Incubation Project," VentureBeat reported.

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Indian social analytics firm Salorix closes down operations

Bangalore, India-based social media marketing and analytics firm Salorix Inc closed down its operations after it failed to raise fresh capital due to the founder's feud with investors.

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Microsoft mulls over launching free version of Windows 8.1

Redmond, US-based tech giant Microsoft is mulling over launching a free version of the Windows 8.1 OS (operating system) or selling it for a very low price, according to a report by The Verge.

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