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Nov 13, 2012 (Menafn - AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --BALLMER SAYS SURFACE SALES STARTING 'MODESTLY': Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer has said sales of Surface tablet are starting modestly, Dow Jones has reported. This was due to Surface only being available online and in a few Microsoft stores in the US, Ballmer was quoted as saying by French daily Le Parisien. Ballmer also said that in the three months following Surface's launch, Microsoft plans to offer a high-end version of its tablet equipped with Intel Corp.'s new processor and a higher-definition screen.
MICROSOFT TO RELEASE WINDOWS 8 SECURITY PATCHES NEXT TUESDAY: Microsoft has announced security fixes for the company's recently-released Windows 8, PC World has reported. The company released a security bulletin days after Vupen, a security company in the business of selling zero-day vulnerabilities, announced it had found multiple vulnerabilities in the new operating system and Internet Explorer 10. Three "critical" fixes for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8 will be issued on Microsoft's Patch next Tuesday.
MSI TO UNVEIL WINDOWS 8 NOTEBOOKS THIS MONTH: Micro-Star International (MSI) is set to launch several Windows 8 touch-controlled notebooks in North America, Taiwan and Southeast Asia in mid-November, Digitimes has reported. In addition to MSI's high-end gaming G-series notebooks, the company is also set to release several multimedia C-series and ultra-thin X-series notebooks, while the company's 11.6-inch S20, a device that combines ultrabook with tablet features, will also appear after mid-November, the firm said.
MUBADALA NAMES SECOND AMD BOARD MEMBER: Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has announced its largest shareholder, Mubadala Development Co, has added a second representative on the company's board, Bloomberg has reported. Mubadala, an investment arm of the government of Abu Dhabi which owns almost 20 percent of the chipmaker, nominated Ahmed Yahia Al Idrissi to AMD's board, the California-based company said. Al Idrissi is a former McKinsey & Co partner who is currently an executive director of Mubadala Industry, where he is responsible for its metals, mining, utilities and advanced materials and products, AMD said. He holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Ecole Centrale Paris.
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