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  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: A Sweet Portfolio Treat [View article]
    The licensing agreement in South Korea includes opening 5 RMCF stores within 30 months, along with the option to convert to a Master Licensing Agreement for a minimum of 30 stores. The agreement for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia includes opening 4 RMCF stores within 30 months, with the option to develop a total of 10 stores.

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    Jun 18 12:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: A Sweet Portfolio Treat [View article]
    Because the stores have opened at a slower pace, they will be reviewing the terms of the licensing agreement. I am not concerned, as I wouldn't expect a consistent 10 stores to open annually, but a gradual ramp up over time.
    Jun 17 11:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: A Sweet Portfolio Treat [View article]
    Correct, unfortunately only 5 stores have opened, rather than the 10.
    Jun 17 01:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaching The Tipping Point Of Microsoft's Platform Leader Advantage [View article]
    @Rking1965

    You bring up compelling arguments. While I do agree that de-throning Microsoft in the enterprise space is unlikely in the near future, Apple is managing at paving their way into the enterprise market.

    However, your notion that people don't want to use a second platform is mislead. The consumer market is a completely different space, and the future generation isn't as devoted to the PC revolution as you think. Consider my restatement of your thoughts:
    I am [forced] to work at least 40 hours a week on a Windows O/S and [thankfully] getting paid to do so. [I can't wait] to work on a another O/S for personal use that [is way more] productive as far as business applications [and all other purposes] goes.
    Apr 8 10:26 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaching The Tipping Point Of Microsoft's Platform Leader Advantage [View article]
    @DanoX

    There's a few ways to look at the 'competition' aspect.
    1. Is the competition to be the industry leader for server solutions and operating systems, meaning that it is crucial for Microsoft Office Suite, Exchange, Sharepoint, etc to remain as the industry standard? If so, remembering that the bulk of Microsoft's revenue is derived from this, then ensuring that Office is used on the Apple platform ensures their stance.
    2. Is the competition to win in hardware sales for tablets, and can their device compete in both the consumer and enterprise markets? If the Surface can offer seamless integration with Microsoft and Windows products, then the Surface will be successful for enterprise use regardless of whether or not and iPad/Android Office app or is released.
    3. Does reluctance to release tablet Office versions benefit the competition of the growing Google Apps, iWork, and other third party office apps?

    Apr 8 09:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaching The Tipping Point Of Microsoft's Platform Leader Advantage [View article]
    @berylrb

    While I don't have the expertise to understand the tech issues between the two platforms, I'd expect that there aren't substantial hardware issues of developing an Office app with simplified functionality. Most iPad users aren't looking for an app to replace their computer Office Suite, but to complement it when they are on the go.

    I think the issues arise from Apple taking 30% of app store revenue from Microsoft. Isn't that where the push for Office 365 and Skydrive stem from?
    Apr 8 09:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaching The Tipping Point Of Microsoft's Platform Leader Advantage [View article]
    @CTYANK

    These days, taking so much as 10-15% market share of the smartphone sector is no easy feat. When do you expect Microsoft & Nokia to accomplish this by?
    Apr 8 09:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaching The Tipping Point Of Microsoft's Platform Leader Advantage [View article]
    @MarketDummy

    It's great that Microsoft's Surface Pro can run PC-level applications (note the Surface RT that sold ~1 million units can't do this), but don't the low sales numbers point to the fact that consumers don't care? The Surface might help bridge the gap between content consumption tablets and content production laptops, but the world isn't ready to replace their desktop computers with tablets yet, and the demand for a PC-level tablet isn't high. Tablets don't need to run 'full' versions of all software. I wouldn't go so far to call a mobile/tablet versions that serve a different purpose to be crippled versions.

    I also hope that when "Apple catches up and does the same", they will be selling a lot more units than Microsoft has.
    Apr 8 08:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaching The Tipping Point Of Microsoft's Platform Leader Advantage [View article]
    @smagnone

    Great perspective on the glue, and HTML5 points. I think ultrabooks will gain popularity in the future, but are currently priced too high for the value they offer in comparison to tablets or laptops.

    You're also right about the recommendations already being implemented - I guess it's not just about stepping in those directions, but also executing them well.
    Apr 8 07:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaching The Tipping Point Of Microsoft's Platform Leader Advantage [View article]
    @michael.f.blair

    Considering your thoughts on the reverse situation, Apple's operating revenues are not heavily weighted in system/server/software licensing, whereas Microsoft's is. Microsoft Office is used and desired by Apple users because it currently is the industry standard - but with the growing number of Apple users who still want to continue using Microsoft Office, isn't Microsoft missing out on lost revenue? The question becomes - do they want to pursue a platform strategy or a product strategy?

    And is the revenue earned from keeping Office proprietory to Microsoft devices only and from hardware sales worth the loss in licensing fees?

    There's risk to both releasing Office for other platforms, and to not releasing it.
    Apr 8 07:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Reaching The Tipping Point Of Microsoft's Platform Leader Advantage [View article]
    @CTYANK

    Thanks for reading. I agree with you that Windows and Office currently are accepted as the industry standard. Technology and software is improving rapidly these days - wouldn't you say the possibility exists that it is no longer the standard in 5+ years?
    Apr 8 06:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Tim Cook Ask WWJD (What Would Jobs Do)? [View article]
    $marinmavin

    spot on
    Mar 7 12:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Tim Cook Ask WWJD (What Would Jobs Do)? [View article]
    @scott trader

    Hah! nice analogy
    Mar 6 11:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Tim Cook Ask WWJD (What Would Jobs Do)? [View article]
    @streetwatcher

    Stocks go up and down and I was by no means saying that Cook was responsible for apple's stock price fate. The low price is really just a blessing in disguise for Apple to repurchase shares.
    Mar 6 11:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Tim Cook Ask WWJD (What Would Jobs Do)? [View article]
    @Mortonk

    I suppose you're correct there hasn't been other extraordinary innovation from other companies. However, there has been extraordinary copycat products that closes in on Apple's competitive edge.
    Mar 6 11:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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