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Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd today announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts on behalf of purchasers of Microsoft Corporation common stock during the period between April 18, 2013 and July 18, 2013. CEO Steve Baller, Former CFO Peter Klein, Tami Reller, and Frank H. Brod are personally named in the suit. The complaint charges Microsoft and certain of its officers with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Microsoft is the world’s largest software company, primarily as a result of its near-monopoly on Windows personal computer (“PC”) operating system software and its Microsoft Office collection of productivity programs. The complaint alleges that, during the Class Period, defendants issued materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s financial performance and its tablet computer, the Surface RT. Specifically, defendants misrepresented and failed to make public the following adverse facts: ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft published a lengthy blog post reflecting on people’s negative feedback about the new Start Screen in Windows 8. Here is a summary of what they wrote: Issues Microsoft DID confront and refute Usability with a Mouse Efficiency is on the top of Microsoft’s mind. When considering mouse mileage (distance mouse has to move), target size, loading time, parsing time, and mouse click counts, there is a net gain of efficiency in the Start Screen. They admit there will be a slight transitional period where users will have to learn the new screen, but they expect it to take no longer than a few hours, days, or, at most, weeks. For example, users discover the ability to simply type to search on the Start Screen within hours of using the beta. Next, they discuss Fitts Law, which is commonly applied to software design. The law essentially says that the ...

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