"I feel pretty good about our level of innovation," Steve Ballmer told Microsoft (MSFT)...

"I feel pretty good about our level of innovation," Steve Ballmer told Microsoft (MSFT) investors at his company's annual shareholder meeting, where he had to take some pointed questions about the software giant's slumping stock price. Ballmer asserted Windows 8 is "off to a great start," though not everyone is sold on that, and boasted Windows Phone sales are up 4x from the same time last year, when sales were miniscule.

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  • wigit5
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    I know this could go either way but if it comes out that W8 and WP8 sales are disappointing it'll be devastating to share price.
    28 Nov 2012, 04:59 PM Reply Like
  • anil92691
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    W8 sales numbers will be disappointing if W7 and Xp are not included. Xp and W7 are both very good programs. I just wish Microsoft continues to support all three and sale all three. Xp can always be sold as a more expensive version.


    You cannot expect users to just erase those programs because W8 came around. I am writing this with a lenovo T60 W7 laptop. I am going to continue using this for atleast another three years. The product gets the job done and I have not found the need for something faster or newer....so I am not buying a Surface or W8. That does not mean those products are bad.
    28 Nov 2012, 05:16 PM Reply Like
  • FreeChoice4all
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    I am sure W7 will be supported for some time, but to expect a 10 year old system XP to stay viable is a stretch. Any company must re-invest in their technology or fall behind. Truck companies don't have 10 year old fleets.
    29 Nov 2012, 03:20 AM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    Support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014. If you're running this version after support ends, you won't get security updates for Windows.
    29 Nov 2012, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • russellm454
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    When I bought my Lumia 920 Windows Phone the sales guy said there had been a bigger demand for it than they had opening day for the latest iPhone. This was in a small town outside of Dallas Texas. It was mid afternoon on release day. There were multiple people buying the 920 at the same time I was. Sales will be up, how much we'll have to wait to see. I love mine as well as the surface.
    28 Nov 2012, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • rjgood
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    Having used the Lumia 920, it is a significant upgrade to the 900. Camera, auto hotspot logon, city lens, many Win 8 'metro' apps are on both the desktop and the phone. It is also, I believe, the premiere product on the market.


    It is up to MSFT and NOK to get the message out.


    I have used Windows 8 and it is a good upgrade for PCs, a *great* upgrade for touch devices. A few more Surface features (i.e. VPN fix, AD integration and/or more solid InTune features, etc.) will make enterprise adoption much higher.


    This is going to be a long-term grind. But, if MSFT is innovating the next generation of products (Windows 9, Surface 2, Xbox 720) in the same inventive fashion as the first generation products....we will definitely see a surge in stock price.
    28 Nov 2012, 08:09 PM Reply Like
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