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Monday, Sep 30
Microsoft roundup: Lumia 929 and 525, Reader app, console survey
- WPCentral reports Nokia will launch the Lumia 929, a 5" phone set to replace the Lumia 928 (4.5" display) in Verizon's lineup, in November. Meanwhile, The Verge reports Nokia is also working on the Lumia 525, a low-end, music-oriented phone meant to succeed the popular Lumia 520.
- The report follows one indicating Microsoft (MSFT) is working on Office Reader, a "Windows 8-style" Office app that supports PDFs, e-bboks, and other document types (could present new competition for ADBE's Acrobat unit), and plans to roll out add real-time collaborative editing support for the Office Web Apps. Strong collaborative editing support has long been a selling point for Google Apps.
- 26% of the 1,296 respondents to a Reuters online survey of U.S. shoppers said they plan to buy the $399 PlayStation 4 (SNE), and just 15% said they plan to buy the $499 Xbox One. Among those under the age of 40, Sony has a 41%-27% edge. Is the PS4's lower price tag mainly responsible, or is Microsoft still feeling a backlash from the used game restrictions and Internet verification requirements (now abandoned) it originally planned to have?