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Microsoft at War: Keeping Score of Redmond's Success and Fail Stories

Microsoft at War: Keeping Score of Redmond's Success and Fail Stories

Microsoft sits on the edge of a product launch that is plainly among the most important in the company’s history. It comes at a time when the company’s traditional hardware partners are facing ferocious market pressure from the commoditization of their products, and of course, the juggernaut known as the iPad.

As can be expected, the company’s many cheerleaders and haters are out in full force. Pundits can and will pontificate on Windows 8’s chances. However, what might be more useful is looking at Microsoft’s other make or break moments. The upcoming launch is far from the first time that Redmond has fought with its back against a wall. A backward glance at these moments, and careful evaluation of them, may provide a better, ahem, window into the company’s chances this Winter.

Apple expands iTunes Match support in Europe, Latin America

Apple expands iTunes Match support in Europe, Latin America

Apple has completed its second major international rollout for iTunes Match since its U.S. launch in November. The service is now available in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, Latvia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Panama,…
Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match

Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match

After a brief delay from the original "end of October" launch window, Apple has finally flipped the switch on iTunes Match today. The $25-a-year subscription service, announced during Apple's WWDC 2011 in June, scans your entire music library and compares…