Did Microsoft just promise a universal translator?

Geeks around the world perked up this week at news that Microsoft appears to have taken a big step toward a “Star Trek”-like universal translator. In a blog post Thursday, Microsoft Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid wrote about the Redmond tech giant’s new speech-recognition and translation …

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Is it time for Microsoft to grab Nokia?

If investors are to buy into the concept that Microsoft is going to push more and more into direct retail sales with its stores, then investors are going to have to buy into the thesis that Microsoft is going to sell more and more branded hardware. At some point, this means a phone, just like Apple …

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