• Tweet         Microsoft has announced that its instant message chat tool is to be ‘retired’ in favour of Skype’s messaging service. The software giant, which bought Skype for $8.5bn (5.3bn) in May 2011, said Windows Live Messenger (WLM) would be turned off by March 2013, although it would remain available in China. [&hellip

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  • Tweet Microsoft this week let consumers start trying out its upcoming touch-based Windows 8 operating system, which aims to power a new wave of computer tablets and traditional PCs designed to counter Apple’s big gains in the market through its Macs and iPads. The test "beta" version of the revamped system was introduced at the [&hellip

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  • Tweet Microsoft has taken out full-page newspaper adverts to criticise changes to Google’s policies. Google has touted the changes it announced last week as a simplification of detailed but obtuse policies and a way to provide a better user experience. However, Microsoft’s adverts say the changes allow Google to internally merge the data it collects [&hellip

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  • Tweet Microsoft has apologised for a ‘tweet’ that has been blasted for seeming like a blatant effort to cash in on the death of 27-year-old British singer Amy Winehouse. ‘Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse ‘download’ tweet seemed purely commercially motivated,’ Microsoft UK PR said at a ‘tweetbox360′ account at microblogging service Twitter. [&hellip

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  • Tweet Microsoft sites, which have recently shown impressive month-over-month growth in core and explicit search queries, backslid a bit in November 2010, according to new comScore qSearch data. In particular, total core searches conducted on Microsoft sites (primarily representing the Bing search engine introduced earlier this year) dropped 10% between October and November 2010, from [&hellip

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