Nikhil Kumar: Tablets look like very bad medicine for Microsoft and the PC market

It’s many miles from being a serious rival to the more serious players in the tablet space

Steve Ballmer: The boss who bet his company on Windows 8 – and lost as computer giant announces 'biggest product U-turn since New Coke'

Updated version of operating system will take into account complaints made by users as decision to overhaul the much-maligned operating system has put Bill Gates’s successor under pressure

Nikhil Kumar: Ailing Microsoft really should have taken the tablet a long time ago

US Outlook: It seems hours spent keying in computer code have failed to give this giant the shot in the arm it needs

David Cameron praises initiative by Microsoft to help unemployed young people

Prime Minister David Cameron today welcomed an initiative by computing giants Microsoft to help 300,000 jobless young people in the UK take steps towards work over the next three years.

Microsoft results beat expectations

Microsoft's fared better than analysts anticipated in its latest quarter, boosted by a surprising rise in sales of its Windows operating system for personal computers.

Skype thins upper ranks for Microsoft takeover

Skype, the internet telephony company, has sacked more than half a dozen of its most senior executives, in a boardroom clear-out ahead of its takeover by Microsoft.

Should Microsoft fire its $8bn man?

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has presided over a decade of stagnation, claims a leading shareholder. Stephen Foley reports

Has Microsoft hit the right number for Skype?

The computing giant's $8.5bn purchase of the internet telephony pioneer has perplexed many analysts

Toyota teams up with Microsoft

Microsoft and Toyota have agreed to join forces to develop internet-based services for the car manufacturer's customers around the world.

Gates is a ruthless schemer, says his Microsoft co-founder

Bill Gates is a ruthless schemer who demeaned his employees and conspired to rip off his business partner, according to a memoir written by the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen.

David Prosser: Obama plays for time as the deficit hawks begin to circle

Outlook: In the absence of an agreement on how much to cut, a deal on legal backing for a multi-year deficit plan would reassure critics of US fiscal credibility

Twitter chief quiet on being a 'takeover target'

The chief executive of the fast-growing social networking site Twitter yesterday batted away questions over whether the company was a takeover target and failed to outline how it could make enough money to justify its rumoured $10bn (£6bn) valuation.

Smartphones and tablets to steal the show in Barcelona

For the next four days, Barcelona will be dominated not by Antoni Gaudi, Catalan politics or even Lionel Messi – but by mobile phones.

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