2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

New data from NPD suggests that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all commercial notebook sales.

Cisco Loses Microsoft-Skype Challenge in EU

Microsoft’s $8.5 billion takeover of Skype is not anticompetitive, says the EU.

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EU Approval Clears Way for Microsoft-Nokia Deal

Europe has signed off on Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Nokia’s phone business. On Wednesday morning, the European Commission, the European Union’s antitrust authority, rubber-stamped the deal, saying a review had concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns. The EC’s approval follows by mere days a similar endorsement by the U.S. Department of Justice, and sets the stage for the deal to be completed early next year.

Microsoft-Nokia Deal Gets Go-Ahead From Justice Department

Unconditionally approved.

Nokia Shareholders to Approve Microsoft Deal

As expected.

Windows Phone: Today Italy, Tomorrow the World!

Windows Phone has overtaken iOS in Italy.

Nokia’s North American Breakout

Nokia nearly triples its handset sales in North America.

Microsoft Releases Fix for Surfaces Bricked by Windows RT 8.1 Update

Still no word on when Windows RT 8.1 will return to the Windows Store.

Microsoft Yanks Windows RT 8.1 Update

Two days after its release.

Does Fairfax Have Resources — And Motivation — To Close BlackBerry Deal?

Microsoft Will Buy Your Old Tablets and Smartphones

Microsoft Trounces Google in Battle Over Standards-Essential Patents

Microsoft CEO Promises to Limit Nokia Phone Names to 10 Syllables or Less

Microsoft’s Nokia Deal by the Numbers

Microsoft Explains the Rationale Behind the Nokia Deal

Temporary Surface Pro Price Cut Now Permanent Surface Pro Price Cut

What Does the Microsoft-Motorola Mobility Patent Case Mean for BlackBerry?

Beyond Monkey Boy: It’s a Steve Ballmer Quote-Tacular!

Steve Ballmer Just Made $769 Million

Microsoft Debuts “Bing for Schools” With Surface RT Giveaway