Stories by Gregg Keizer

Microsoft teases Office for Mac with Outlook-only release

Microsoft today took the unusual move of releasing a new version of Outlook for the Mac months before the rest of the Office suite will be ready.

iOS 8 app crash rate falls 25% since release

In the six weeks since its release, iOS 8's app crash rate has declined more than 25% as app developers have adjusted to new APIs and issued updates, an app performance management developer said today.

Apple surrenders top tablet satisfaction spot to Amazon

Just five months after Apple took J.D. Power's tablet satisfaction award away from Samsung, it lost it today to up-and-coming Amazon.

Microsoft releases stopgap POODLE protection for Internet Explorer

Microsoft on Wednesday gave Windows customers an easier way to block attacks against Internet Explorer (IE) meant to steal browser session cookies and impersonate victims.

Apple Pay rival MCX defends security after hackers steal emails

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a consortium of 58 major U.S. retailers whose mobile payment network will take on the new Apple Pay early in 2015, today held a hastily-organized news conference to address questions about a hack that pilfered consumer email addresses.

Early iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales herald big U.S. holiday season for Apple

Apple's new iPhones are poised to have a very strong holiday sales season in the U.S., said Kantar's Carolina Milanesi today.

Sapphire supplier settles dispute with Apple rather than face $1B in claims from Cupertino

Apple's ex-sapphire supplier caved to its former partner because "protracted litigation against one of the largest corporations in the world with over $100 billion of cash would be challenging and expensive," court documents revealed.

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Microsoft slates Office 16 for second half of 2015

Microsoft will launch its next version of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015, according to an online report.

Next Office for Mac leaks, shots of UI appear

The nearly two dozen screenshots posted by cnBeta.com were of Outlook, the email client that's included in Office on both Windows and OS X. cnBeta.com said that the screenshots were taken from a leaked internal test version of the application.

CEO Tim Cook calls merchants' refusal to accept Apple Pay a 'skirmish'

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday called the battle with retailers like Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS and others over mobile payments only a "skirmish" while speaking at the Wall Street Journal's technology conference.

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Microsoft fires new shot in storage wars, gives Office 365 users unlimited OneDrive

Microsoft today abolished space restrictions on its cloud-based OneDrive storage service for subscribers to Office 365, saying per-user allotments are now unlimited.

Office 365 consumer revenue lags behind subscription growth

Microsoft's Office 365 "rent-not-buy" consumer software service gained 1.5 million subscribers in the September quarter, ending that month with 7.1 million on the rolls, the company said last week.

Dell takes one last shot at selling Windows 7 Home Premium PCs

Just days before Microsoft orders OEMs to stop building new PCs with Windows 7 Home Premium, Dell tried one last time to spur sales using the lure of the five-year-old consumer OS.

Microsoft's Surface turns first profit in two years

After two years and nearly $2 billion in losses, Microsoft's Surface turned a profit in the September quarter.

OS X Yosemite uptake climbs to 13% in first week

A week after its release, Apple's OS X Yosemite powered 13% of all Macs in the U.S. and Canada, about the same uptake pace as seen by its predecessor, Mavericks.