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Eileen Ambrose | July 22, 2013
Recently, Pat, wrote to me about a strange call to her cell phone. The caller told Pat that he had identified a problem with Pat's computer and asked if she was near it. Pat answered that she had a good virus program. The man countered that this virus couldn't be caught by Microsoft programs. Pat countered that she would contact Microsoft directly and hung up. But since then, she's been getting calls asking to verify her bank account information. “Have you heard about this?” Pat asked me in an email.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Maryland will get its second Microsoft store on Saturday with an opening at Towson Town Center, the technology giant said Monday. Microsoft opened its first permanent retail outlet in the state  at The Mall in Columbia earlier this month, when about 100 customers lined up outside the open air kiosk-style store. The Towson store will open at 10 a.m. in the mall's level two center court, with a one-day promotion  on  Dell tablets. Dell's Venue Pro 64GB will be available, one per customer, for $129 while supplies last.
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Gus G. Sentementes | October 25, 2012
Today is a big day for Microsoft. The company is introducing its Windows 8 operating system, it's biggest makeover, some say, since Windows 95. Computers have changed dramatically since 1995, of course. Mobile devices, i.e. smartphones and tablets, have roared into common use over the past three to four years. People are doing a lot more computing tasks on such alternate devices. The influence of mobile has been seen in Apple's operating system updates, as it's integrated some iOS-like features into OSX. Now, we're going to see Microsoft's take.
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Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
 Microsoft will open its first permanent specialty stores in Maryland this summer at The Mall in Columbia and Towson Town Center. Other new stores coming to the Towson mall include lululemon athletica, Tommy Bahama and Sperry, the center announced Thursday. Microsoft's Columbia store, planned for the lower level center court, will open at 10 a.m. June 12, when shoppers can get a one-day deal on Surface 64GB tablets for $199 -- one per customer-- while supplies last. No date has been announced for the Microsoft store in Towson, which will open on level two in the mall's center court.
NEWS
November 6, 1999
A time line of events in the Microsoft case:Allegation1991: Federal Trade Commission investigates claims that Microsoft monopolizes personal computer operating system market1993: FTC drops case; Justice Department begins investigationSettlement1994: Microsoft and Justice Dept. reach settlement; Microsoft changes PC maker contracts, lifts restrictions on other software firmsFeb. 1995: Federal judge rejects settlement as an inadequate remedy to Microsoft "monopoly"'Bundling' investigation1996: Federal investigation of Microsoft's "bundling" its Internet browser with Windows 95Oct.
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By New York Times News Service | June 22, 1995
The Justice Department has broadened its investigation of Microsoft Corp.'s plans for its new on-line network, issuing subpoenas this week to publishers, broadcasters and others who have signed up to be on it.The requests for documents from the information suppliers of the on-line service, Microsoft Network, signal a second step in the investigation.Two weeks ago, the Justice Department issued civil investigative demands -- the equivalent of subpoenas -- to Microsoft's rivals in the on-line business, including America Online Inc., H&R Block's Compuserve and Prodigy Services, the joint venture by IBM and Sears, Roebuck & Co.In the new round of requests, the information suppliers for Microsoft Network are being asked for any documents received after July 1993, written by either suppliers or by Microsoft, that relate to estimates of how many people will sign up for Microsoft Network.
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By Bruce Gottlieb | November 9, 1998
Q. Why is the Microsoft case being tried before a judge, not a jury?A. If the plaintiffs (the Department of Justice and 20 states) were seeking damages (money) from Microsoft, then either side would be entitled to request a jury trial.However, the plaintiffs are not seeking money -- they only seek injunctive relief, such as stopping Microsoft from packaging its Internet browser in Windows 98. The Microsoft trial thus falls under a category of law called "actions in equity."According to a tradition dating back to English law, "actions in equity" are tried before a judge, not a jury.
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By Mike Himowitz | November 8, 1999
In the fall of 1995, I bought a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion computer loaded with Microsoft Windows 95. But when I turned it on, Windows 95 wasn't what I saw. Instead, I was greeted by a cute, colorful animated screen that made it easy to launch programs and otherwise navigate through everyday use of the computer.Many other PC manufacturers were doing the same thing -- they had concluded that Windows 95 was still too confusing for many of their customers, particularly first-time buyers.Their motives weren't entirely altruistic.
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By New York Times News Service | February 15, 1995
WASHINGTON -- In a decision that throws the federal government's biggest antitrust case into turmoil, a federal judge rejected yesterday the Justice Department's agreement to settle allegations that Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software company, unfairly competed with its rivals.The decision is a considerable embarrassment for the Justice Department, which described its settlement last July as a victory that would rein in one of the most feared companies in the computer industry.The Justice Department must now rebut criticism that the accord was too tame.
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By O. Casey Corr and O. Casey Corr,Seattle Times | April 13, 1991
SEATTLE -- The Federal Trade Commission's investigation of Microsoft Corp. has moved into far-reaching allegations that the company has monopolized operating systems for the nation's personal computers.Microsoft, which earlier characterized the investigation as the FTC pursuing a curiosity, said yesterday that it now faces a broader investigation."Microsoft is surprised and disappointed that the inquiry has been broadened," said William Neukom, Microsoft vice president for law and corporate affairs.
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Eileen Ambrose | July 22, 2013
Recently, Pat, wrote to me about a strange call to her cell phone. The caller told Pat that he had identified a problem with Pat's computer and asked if she was near it. Pat answered that she had a good virus program. The man countered that this virus couldn't be caught by Microsoft programs. Pat countered that she would contact Microsoft directly and hung up. But since then, she's been getting calls asking to verify her bank account information. “Have you heard about this?” Pat asked me in an email.
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Lorraine Mirabella | June 14, 2013
Microsoft Corp. and Best Buy Co. are teaming up to create a store within a store. The Windows Store only at Best Buy, a new concept announced Thursday by the tech giant and the electronics retailer, will sell Windows-based PCs, tablets and accessories and offer support from Microsoft-trained staff. The new format will open in 500 U.S. Best Buy locations starting later this month through September. A Best Buy spokeswoman said the company expects to have a breakdown of the stores by market, including the Baltimore area, in coming weeks.
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Patrick Maynard and Dana Amihere and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Check back on this slug frequently for updated details about the Xbox release. Microsoft today showcased details of its next-generation gaming platform, Xbox One, which will succeed the Xbox 360. The announcement at Microsoft's Redmond campus followed significant speculation about the new device, which is expected to include a built-in version of the formerly detached Kinect module. Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business, debuted the box at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, with the Microsoft team showing off a "hub"-style device that relies heavily on voice commands and gestures for control.
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Lorraine Mirabella | December 31, 2012
Microsoft says its "pop-up" holiday stores have been a success and will stay open now that the holidays are over, at least for now. That goes for the Mall in Columbia location as well. It's one of about 30 temporary shops Microsoft opened in the U.S. and Canada for holiday shopping. The company is extending all locations "into the New Year" but not saying how long. Some will become permanent outlets or specialty store locations. The stores were designed to give consumers hands-on experience with products and complement Microsoft's nearly two dozen permanent locations, none of which is in Maryland.
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Gus G. Sentementes | October 25, 2012
Today is a big day for Microsoft. The company is introducing its Windows 8 operating system, it's biggest makeover, some say, since Windows 95. Computers have changed dramatically since 1995, of course. Mobile devices, i.e. smartphones and tablets, have roared into common use over the past three to four years. People are doing a lot more computing tasks on such alternate devices. The influence of mobile has been seen in Apple's operating system updates, as it's integrated some iOS-like features into OSX. Now, we're going to see Microsoft's take.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 3, 2012
The "pop-up" store Microsoft has been planning for the Mall in Columbia will open Oct. 26. Microsoft announced the opening date for the temporary holiday store on Wednesday. In September, the company said the Columbia store will be one of about 30 temporary shops planned for the U.S. and Canada to coincide with the holiday shopping season.  The outlets are designed to complement Microsoft's nearly two dozen permanent stores. (None of those are in Maryland.) Microsoft says it wants to give store customers hands-on experience with its products.
NEWS
May 30, 1995
Increased competition -- usually a good deal for consumers -- is in prospect for banking by personal computer, a field on the verge of explosive growth. With the collapse of Microsoft's $2.1 billion plan to acquire Intuit and its popular home-banking software system (Quicken), there could be a fierce scramble in a lucrative market.For the Justice Department's anti-trust division, Microsoft's uncharacteristic withdrawal from the field of battle is a doubly sweet victory. It helps division morale after being chastised by a federal judge for being too soft on Microsoft in an earlier unfair business practices case.
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By New York Times News Service | February 17, 1995
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department yesterday appealed a federal judge's decision on Tuesday to strike down its antitrust settlement with the Microsoft Corp., saying that the judge was "squarely wrong" and had overstepped his authority.Within a few hours, Microsoft announced that it was joining the Justice Department appeal, a move that now officially places the former adversaries on the same team.Attorney General Janet Reno defended the government's prosecution of Microsoft, dismissing the blistering criticism of Judge Stanley Sporkin of Federal District Court that the proposed settlement was too tame and ineffective.
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Lorraine Mirabella | September 11, 2012
Microsoft plans to open a "pop-up" store in time for holiday shopping this fall at The Mall in Columbia. The store will be one of about 30 temporary holiday locations Microsoft plans to open this year in the U.S. and Canada, a move to complement nearly two dozen permanent stores. Maryland at this point has no Microsoft stores.  Microsoft is offering few details about the temporary stores, but promises hands-on experience with Microsoft products. The idea for the pop-up stores was first announced earlier this year by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, during the Worldwide Partner Conference.
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By Dave Gilmore | June 20, 2012
Microsoft wanted a tablet done right, so the company figured it'd give it a try. CEO Steve Ballmer announced the Microsoft “Surface” family of tablet devices Monday in Los Angeles, a move that sends a clear warning shot across the Apple iPad's bow. The device is currently slated to come in two versions, one running Microsoft's tablet-specific Windows RT and a power-user version that will run Windows 8. For comparison to the iPad, the 10.6”...
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