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  • Nov. 5, 2012, 12:04 PM

    While IHS pegs the manufacturing cost of the $329 iPad Mini at $188, the manufacturing cost of the $199 Kindle Fire HD (AMZN) is estimated to be just a little lower at $165. If accurate, that almost certainly means the device is sold at a loss after factoring in other costs. Meanwhile, Microsoft's (MSFT) $499 Surface RT is believed to have a manufacturing cost of just $271, $137 of which goes to components procured from Samsung. (more on Fire HD) (more on Surface)

    | Nov. 5, 2012, 12:04 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:30 PM

    More on Microsoft's (MSFT) smartphone: Bloomberg reports Mister Softee views a home-grown smartphone as a backup plan in the event this quarter's Windows Phone 8 launches (headlined by Nokia, Samsung, and HTC) disappoint. That's in-line with an October report from The Verge. Also: a Microsoft exec says WP8 still lacks a notification center (a feature long available on Android/iOS) because Microsoft "ran out of time" ahead of its launch. (Lumia 920 review) (market share data)

    | Nov. 2, 2012, 4:30 PM | 13 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 2:33 PM

    Investor sentiment towards Windows 8 (MSFT) is "too negative," thinks Stifel's Brad Reback after trying out the much-debated (I, II, III) OS. Reback adds he believes Surface RT demand remains strong, judging by pre-orders and launch day Microsoft Store activity. Some are coming around to Microsoft's argument that Win. 8's tile-based UI can work well without a touchscreen, particularly when navigating with a keyboard. (upgrade sales)

    | Nov. 2, 2012, 2:33 PM | 5 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 11:48 AM

    Three out of every four smartphones shipped in Q3 were Android devices, estimates IDC, as the dominant international position of Google's (GOOG) OS allowed it to grow its share by 1750 bps Y/Y. The iPhone is believed to have made up 14.9% of shipments (up 110 bps Y/Y), and the BlackBerry just 4.3% (down 520 bps Y/Y). Symbian and Windows Phone are seen accounting for only 2.3% and 2% of shipments, respectively. (previous)

    | Nov. 2, 2012, 11:48 AM | 7 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 5:18 AM

    Speculation about a Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone continues to rumble, with the WSJ reporting that the company is working with Asian component suppliers to test a design, although it's not certain that the device will go into mass production. In an interview earlier this week, Steve Ballmer declined to comment on the issue.

    | Nov. 2, 2012, 5:18 AM | 6 Comments
  • Oct. 31, 2012, 5:56 PM

    Microsoft's Surface RT tablet uses a Marvell (MRVL) Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip, according to iFixit's teardown. That, notes Susquehanna, is Marvell's highest-profile combo chip win to date - the chipmaker has struggled to compete in this space against market leader Broadcom. Atmel (ATML) and Cypress (CY) touchscreen controllers were also found inside Surface RT, which has received mixed reviews.

    | Oct. 31, 2012, 5:56 PM
  • Oct. 31, 2012, 5:39 PM
    Gmail (GOOG) is now the world's most popular PC e-mail service, per comScore: the research firm estimates Gmail saw 287.9M monthly unique visitors in October, putting it ahead of Hotmail's (MSFT) 286.2M. Once-dominant Yahoo Mail (YHOO) came in third with 281.7M visitors, though it still leads in the U.S. Back in June, Google claimed it had 425M total monthly active Gmail users (includes mobile-only users). Google monetizes Gmail via PC ads and Google Apps subscriptions.
    | Oct. 31, 2012, 5:39 PM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 30, 2012, 1:36 PM

    4M Windows 8 upgrades were sold to consumers during its first 3 days of availability, Steve Ballmer discloses at Microsoft's (MSFT) BUILD conference. An aggressive upgrade price of $40 has something to do with that figure. John Paczkowski notes Windows 7 sales (including new PCs) totaled 175M in their first year, and that Microsoft has a total base of 1.25B PCs. Reviewers continue to complain about using the new UI with a keyboard/mouse, but some users like the revamp, and investor expectations are pretty low at this point. (live blog) (more)

    | Oct. 30, 2012, 1:36 PM | 22 Comments
  • Oct. 30, 2012, 11:18 AM
    "With each new generation of Windows Phone, Microsoft not only closes the gap with iOS and Android in important ways, but it also differentiates in important ways," says The Verge in a fairly positive review of Windows Phone 8 (MSFT). It also declares the OS to have the best home screen of any platform, and likes its built-in Office and cloud apps. But it's not crazy about the Nokia-powered (NOK) Maps app, and says there are still "countless annoyances" that hurt the user experience. (yesterday: I, II)
    | Oct. 30, 2012, 11:18 AM | 30 Comments
  • Oct. 29, 2012, 6:26 PM

    Yahoo (YHOO) says it will ignore the "Do Not Track" privacy requests sent by search partner Microsoft's (MSFT) Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft's decision to make "Do Not Track" a default setting on IE10 has already sparked an uproar within the Internet advertising industry, and Yahoo's move could further pressure Microsoft to backtrack.

    | Oct. 29, 2012, 6:26 PM | 6 Comments
  • Oct. 29, 2012, 2:21 PM

    More on Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 event: Jessica Alba was brought out to promote WP8's features, which include a Kid's Corner and a revamped People Hub for integrating contacts and social networking content. Then came a less popular celebrity, Steve Ballmer, to discuss Q4's hardware lineup. He disclosed Verizon (VZ), which reportedly won't get to offer Nokia's Lumia 920 for at least 6 months, will have an exclusive on Samsung's high-end Ativ S/Odyssey phone. (live blog)

    | Oct. 29, 2012, 2:21 PM | 9 Comments
  • Oct. 29, 2012, 1:48 PM
    46 of the top 50 mobile apps will be supported by Windows Phone 8, claims Microsoft (MSFT) at its launch event. Among those apps are updated versions of Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, and (in 2013) a Pandora (P) app that will deliver a year of ad-free music. Windows Phone now supports 120K apps, though that figure still puts it well behind iOS and Android, which remains the top priorities for most third-party developers. (live blog)
    | Oct. 29, 2012, 1:48 PM | 3 Comments
  • Oct. 29, 2012, 11:10 AM

    Apple's (AAPL) iOS 6 brings with it a slew of additional features meant to boost enterprise iPhone/iPad adoption. Among them are "guided access," which allows admins to steer users to a single app, and the ability to control configuration profiles and disable pre-installed apps. Apple is also reportedly partnering with VMware (VMW) to deliver a cloud-hosted version of Apple's iWork productivity suite, among other enterprise solutions. There's still no word on when Microsoft Office (MSFT) will arrive on the iPad. (Forrester)

    | Oct. 29, 2012, 11:10 AM | 8 Comments
  • Oct. 29, 2012, 10:23 AM
    Nokia (NOK) and Verizon (VZ) introduce the Lumia 822, a mid-range Windows Phone 8 device that sports a 4.3" display and will go for $100 with a 2-year contract. The 822, formerly code-named Atlas, looks more like the Lumia 510 than the 820, which (like the flagship Lumia 920) will be sold by AT&T. The 822's introduction comes just ahead of Microsoft's (MSFT) San Francisco Windows Phone 8 launch event, which starts at 1PM ET (live blog).
    | Oct. 29, 2012, 10:23 AM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 28, 2012, 3:45 AM

    The success of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 touch operating system depends as much as anything on components that cost under $10: hinges. Laptops and tablets with folding, sliding or detachable keyboards need to be able to survive much twisting, turning and poking. Toshiba has six engineers working just on hinges, H-P (HPQ) spent three months perfecting a new laptop with a detachable screen, and Lenovo built a machine that opened and closed computers a mere 25,000 times.

    | Oct. 28, 2012, 3:45 AM | 8 Comments
  • Oct. 25, 2012, 4:03 PM

    "Is it fair to say we're going to do more hardware? Obviously we are...," says Steve Ballmer, making clear Microsoft Surface (MSFT) isn't a one-off product for the software giant. PC OEMs, some of whom are already upset over Surface, might not be happy to hear that, but it's not as if Google, their main alternative, is acting any differently. Ballmer has already hinted at a stronger hardware push by Microsoft, which now sees Apple as its biggest enemy. (Surface RT reviews) (Windows 8 reviews)

    | Oct. 25, 2012, 4:03 PM | 13 Comments
Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones and other devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States