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  • 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
  • Oct. 25, 2012, 12:46 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) officially launches Windows 8 at an NYC event (live blog) that's light on new details. More importantly, a flurry of Windows 8 reviews are out. Like others, David Pogue isn't a fan of Microsoft's efforts to fuse two UIs: "TileWorld is fantastic for touch screens ... Desktop Windows is obviously designed for the mouse ... you can’t live exclusively in one world or the other." The Verge has similar concerns, but is more positive about Win. 8's tablet potential. "Picking up a tablet PC with Windows 8 makes an iPad feel immediately out of date." (more)
    | Oct. 25, 2012, 12:46 PM | 35 Comments
  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:16 AM

    Logitech (LOGI -10.5%) becomes the latest PC-centric name to fall after a weak earnings report. In addition to missing FQ2 estimates, the company warned its fiscal 2H sales and operating income will be down Y/Y. FQ2 OEM sales fell 27% Y/Y (weaker keyboard/mouse sales), echoing Microsoft's huge Windows sales drop, while retail sales fell 5%. Audio sales -14%, Video -17%, Harmony remote sales -14%, with units falling 31%. Gross margin was up 500 bps Q/Q and 210 bps Y/Y. (prepared remarks, slides - PDF)

    | Oct. 25, 2012, 10:16 AM
  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:24 AM

    The EU charges Microsoft (MSFT) with failing to comply with a 2009 order to offer a choice of web browsers on its Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft had agreed to the order to settle an antitrust investigation and blamed technical issues for not fulfilling it. The company could face fines of up to 10% of its global revenues. (PR)

    | Oct. 24, 2012, 6:24 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:33 AM

    The consensus among Microsoft Surface RT (MSFT) reviews: build quality and battery life are solid; the performance of the Nvidia (NVDA) processor is somewhat lacking; the tile-based UI is impressive and flexible, but needs fine-tuning and remains tied to the desktop UI (particularly when using Office); there's a big shortage (for now) of apps, and the ones provided are often buggy; and the costly touch/type covers work well ... as long as you don't put them on your lap. Many reviewers see potential, but almost none give a strong endorsement. (reviews: I, II, III, IV, V, VI)

    | Oct. 24, 2012, 12:33 AM | 23 Comments
  • Oct. 23, 2012, 12:51 PM

    Nokia (NOK -3.7%) has unveiled the Lumia 510, a ~$200 (unsubsidized) Windows Phone 7.5 model aimed at emerging markets. The 510, which sports a 4" display, 5MP camera, and 800MHz. Qualcomm (QCOM) processor, is the cheapest Lumia model yet. But it's still more costly than many of the low-end Android phones that have been eating into Nokia's sales in emerging markets. Nokia and Microsoft have said they want to eventually offer $100 Windows Phones. (debt offering)

    | Oct. 23, 2012, 12:51 PM | 23 Comments
  • Oct. 23, 2012, 5:37 AM

    Not only is Microsoft (MSFT) about to start selling Windows 8, it's also launching new products and services based around its Xbox device. Among the most eye-catching is an app called SmartGlass, which will enable users to control the Xbox via a W8 tablet, laptop or phone, and will provide extra information about programming, such as players stats in a sports game.

    | Oct. 23, 2012, 5:37 AM | 4 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2012, 6:29 PM

    Gartner now expects 2012 global IT spending of $3.6T (hurt by forex), down a bit from a prior forecast of $3.75T. Spending is expected to grow a muted 3.8% next year to $3.7T. Microsoft and IBM's Q3 reports and commentary (I, II) have already raised fears of a soft IT spending environment. Also: Gartner expects half of all non-PC devices sold in 2016, and half of all business IT devices sold at the end of the decade, will be bought by employees - that's a long-term trend that could benefit Apple and hurt Microsoft.

    | Oct. 22, 2012, 6:29 PM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2012, 6:02 PM

    Half of Yahoo's (YHOO) workforce should be focused on mobile (a current weak spot), says Marissa Mayer during her first call as CEO. Improving ad targeting and site integration are also named priorities. Mayer claims most of Yahoo's acquisitions will be in the sub-$100M range (MM and OPEN, reportedly drawing Yahoo's interest, are much bigger), and that Yahoo plans to continue working with Microsoft (MSFT) in spite of "disappointment" with the search partnership. Shares +4.1% AH. (live blogs: I, II) (Q3 results: I, II)

    | Oct. 22, 2012, 6:02 PM | 1 Comment
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Microsoft Corp. develops and markets software, services and hardware that deliver new opportunities, greater convenience and enhanced value to people's lives. The company's products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server... More
Sector: Technology
Industry: Application Software
Country: United States