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Microsoft joins the corporate chatter as companies go social

Yammer’s got some great numbers. Its software is used by five million people at 200,000 companies, nearly 85% of the Fortune 500 companies. What's more, reports suggest Yammer reached seven-figure revenues at least two years ago. But will it be the answer to Microsoft's social ambitions?

Steve Ballmer vs Alan Greenspan. Product marketing 1985-style [VIDEO]

I've always been a little afraid of Steve Ballmer. This video doesn't help. In 1985, on November 20, Microsoft released Windows 1.0. Steve Ballmer, ever the affable chap, stepped in front of the camera to sell this amazing new product.

Does Microsoft think the mouse is an endangered species? Here’s your first look at...

Based on this first-look video, Windows 8 looks eerily familiar to those of us who paid any attention to the Windows Phone 7 operating system when it came out a year ago -- big tiles that contain themes and logical (to the folks in Redmond, Wash., at least) collections of apps and data. And touching. Lots and lots of touching.

Microsoft CEO asked to sign a student’s Macbook. Scribbles something almost funny.

When a plucky young Apple fanboy asked Ballmer to sign his Macbook during a visit to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the Microsoft Motivator-in-Chief played along, even scrawling a personal note along with his name.

Microsoft CEO asked to sign a student's Macbook. Scribbles something almost funny.

When a plucky young Apple fanboy asked Ballmer to sign his Macbook during a visit to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the Microsoft Motivator-in-Chief played along, even scrawling a personal note along with his name.

Is Steve Ballmer too kooky to be running Microsoft?

It must be difficult heading up one of the world's largest companies. Harder still trying to emerge from the shadow of that company's founder, one of the world's most famous men. And then there's the issue of a new competitor muscling in on your turf - one that can do no wrong in the eyes of the public. How frustrating!

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Strategic Alliances with Simone Novello [FREE INFOGRAPHIC]

Have you heard the often touted claim that the average lifespan of a business is two years? Have you ever wondered why that is? Often, it’s because, in the rush and intensity of starting up, business owners get caught up in day-to-day op-erations and overlook fast growth opportunities, like strategic partnerships. In this FREE INFOGRAPHIC, Simone Novello helps to answer your three most common questions about how to harness the power of... FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.

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The Alchemy of Negotiation with Matt Lohmeyer [FREE REPORT]

Negotiation is part and parcel of everyday life. Despite this, the idea of honing our negotiating skills doesn’t go down well with most of us. We fear that we’ll end up being manipulative, exploitative, scheming. To help us break the chains of this retrogressive mentality, we have Matt Lohmeyer. He has worked as a professional negotiator in various fields for over eight years and before that, negotiated deals with biotech pharmaceutical and chemical companies. In short, he’s an Alchemist in the Art of Negotiation.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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