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Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT ) is starting to get a little more specific about the release of Windows 8. On Monday, the company confirmed that its new operating system -- a bold upgrade that was designed with touchscreen devices in mind as well as traditional PC devices -- will ship to its partners in August. The retail consumer version will hit the market in late October.
The software giant had already turned heads a week earlier when it announced that PC users running XP, Vista, or Windows 7 will have to pay only $39.99 for a download of Windows 8 Pro. This week it revealed that anyone buying a Windows 7 PC as of this week will be able to receive an upgrade for just $15.
Microsoft isn't messing around. It wants to make sure PC users upgrade to its new platform quickly. It's a good way to make sure Microsoft doesn't repeat its lost decade.
Briefly in the news
And now let's take a quick look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.
- Citigroup analysts booted Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) off its Champions list. Really? The stock is selling for just 11 times next year's earnings, and it's growing a lot faster than that -- and that's not good enough?
- Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI ) revealed that it closed out its second quarter with 622,042 more subscribers than it had when the period began. The satellite-radio giant has now added more than a million net subscribers so far in 2012. I think it's safe to say that satellite radio is here to stay.
- LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD ) took a hit on reports that Facebook (Nasdaq: FB ) was working on a job board for its leading social-networking site. Disruptors can disrupt fellow disruptors, but maybe Facebook should be networking with the folks on LinkedIn if it wants some qualified help to make it happen.
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