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Late News: Microsoft Windows 7 Sales, Windows 8 Registers 500000 Downloads, RIM Posts Lower Profits

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has informed that the developer preview version of Windows 8 has received more than 500,000 downloads on the first day it was released. Making a surprise appearance at the Microsoft BUILD developer conference, Ballmer was happy with the interest that the platform has generated among developers, but added that a lot of work was still needed.

Despite being in the midst of an unstable and unpredictable economy, e-commerce outfit Groupon is reportedly pondering over the idea of bringing back its initial public offering. According to latest reports, unconfirmed though, the company is planning to go public sometimes during the late October or early November. Earlier in the month, the company postponed its initial presentation to the potential future investors.

Software giant Microsoft’s chief executive officer Steve Ballmer is disappointed with the sales figure of the company’s Windows Phone 7, the CEO himself admitted during Redmond’s financial analyst meeting. The Windows Phone 7 platform, which was supposed to be the company’s answer to arch rivals Apple and Google’s iPhone and Android products, has so far not been able to offer any significant competition in the market.

In its latest edition of Google Doodle, the Mountain View based search giant Google has paid tribute to Alberty Szent Gyorgyi - the Hungarian physiologist, known for his revolutionary discovery of Vitamin C. Born exactly 118 years ago in Budapest, Gyorgyi went on to win the Nobel Prize in 1937 for his contribution to the field of Physiology and Medicine.

Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion’s share price took a hit after the company announced that its net profit for the second quarter has fallen by more than half. For the second quarter of 2011, the company reported a net profit of $497 million, less than half of the $797 million it had made in last year’s second quarter.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.