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Microsoft to buy Yammer

In a Monday announcement, which confirmed long-running rumors of a Microsoft-Yammer merger, Microsoft revealed that it had agreed to acquire the San Francisco-based corporate social-network operator Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash.

Yammer specializes in social networking for businesses, and offers Facebook-like features to over 200,000 companies including Ford Motor and eBay. Often referred to as `Facebook for the workplace', Yammer offers the companies a social network that has essentially been designed to be increasingly attractive to the employees.

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The Microsoft Surface Tablet Is Going To Be A Total Flop

With more details gradually leaking out about Microsoft's recently unveiled Surface tablet, experts are of the opinion that the device, which Microsoft is touting as a potential iPad challenger, might turn out to be a flop.

Two of the key reasons why the Microsoft Surface tablet is being projected to be a failure are: firstly, the underlying principle of the device itself is apparently flawed; and, secondly, The Surface's attempts to replace the tablet and the laptop which actually result in a situation in which it will neither remain a stand-alone tablet nor a notebook.

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Microsoft's Surface tablet said to come with only Wi-Fi

According to a new Bloomberg report, the much-raved-about Microsoft Surface tablet, which will run the company's next-generation Windows OS, would probably be a Wi-Fi-only device.

The report, citing two unidentified sources `in the know' of the specifications of the Surface tablet, has revealed that the initial devices - which will hit the markets later this year - will come with only a short-range Wi-Fi connection; sans any mobile-handset network connection.

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Microsoft unveils its new Windows Phone 8 mobile OS

Microsoft's June 20 unveiling of its Windows NT Kernel-based Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system underscores the company's vision for the future of its mobile OS; with the new software marking a notable improvement over its predecessor, Windows Phone 7.

The upgrading of Windows Phone 8 from the legacy CE kernel implies that the users of Windows-based devices will experience the same smooth functioning of the software across an array of products, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets.

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Microsoft brushes off Motorola’s patent settlement offer

In a recent statement, Microsoft has revealed that it has brushed aside a patent settlement offer by Motorola - which has been acquired by Google - in disputes which are threatening to stall the US imports of Android-based devices and Xbox game consoles.

The patent-infringement scuffle between Microsoft and Motorola chiefly pertain to Microsoft's ActiveSync technology, which facilitates the automatic calendar updating process on some Android handsets.

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