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Popular electronics: What are people buying?

The holiday shopping season has officially started in the US, with several outlets online and retail offering discounts of all kinds to lure consumers. Among some of our favorite stores that are offering Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are Amazon, Target,…

Touring Microsoft, Sony and Apple Stores on Windows 8ís Launch Day

When Microsoft launched Windows 8 last week, it was the culmination of a long wait. For most folks, it was a rather jarring thrust into the future. For better or worse, the operating system that introduces the touch-oriented Metro UI to the Windows environment had arrived.

No one is more excited about the launch than Microsoft. The company has launched pop-up holiday stores at malls across America to promote the new OS and the Surface RT. I had a chance to check in with one at Aventura Mall in Miami, Florida.

More hardware could be on the way from Microsoft

If you were under the impression that Microsoft’s experiment with developing in-house hardware (Surface) was a one-off thing, think again. During an interview with BBC News, Steve Ballmer said Microsoft would build more hardware whenever they see an important opportunity…

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.