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  • Some Microsoft (MSFT +0.5%) news: 1) Ted Kummert, head of Microsoft's growing Data Platform unit (includes SQL Server and Microsoft's business intelligence/analytics software), is leaving to become a VC. 2) Huawei is teaming with Microsoft to offer a cheap Qualcomm-powered (QCOM) Windows Phone meant for Africa. Offering cheaper Windows Phones is critical to challenging Android's emerging markets dominance - Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 510, perhaps the cheapest WP model currently available, goes for ~$200 unsubsidized. [View news story]
    Emerging markets seem very much in the company's future. More to come.
    Feb 9, 2013. 07:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's (MSFT) Office 2013 pricing reveals a stronger emphasis on multi-device support and cloud/mobile app bundling. A Home Premium version will be available for a $100/year subscription that covers 5 PCs, and comes with monthly Skype minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. A Small Business Premium version costs $150/year/user and comes with free Exchange and SharePoint storage. Both plans include support for "select smartphones and tablets." Meanwhile, pricing for non-subscription versions of Office 2013 is up 10%-14% over Office 2010. [View news story]
    Subscription is the future of the business and allows more responsive updates, maintenance, and sales. It's a better way of doing business and a win-win for MSFT and customers. More innovative and for a good price.
    Jan 29, 2013. 07:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google's 'Be Less Evil' Strategy [View article]
    I respect the innovative applications of Google's talent and profits and what they continue to do for tech, other industries, and society as a whole. That said, the core of their business still seems a bit troublesome. Could someone kindly answer the percent of Google revenues that comes from advertising?
    Jan 5, 2013. 05:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. DoD Signs New Deal With Microsoft To Bring Windows 8 To 75% Of Employees [View article]
    Google went after this account too. Google lost.
    Jan 5, 2013. 05:20 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) is taking shots at Google over the search giant's lack of support for Windows Phone. In a blog post, a legal exec accuses Google of preventing Microsoft's WP YouTube app from supporting features found on Android/iOS YouTube apps. Separately, Microsoft says it's"surprised and disappointed" by Google's decision to end support for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol, used to provide push e-mail support  for Gmail on WP devices, for new hardware. Is Google trying to thwart the adoption of a rival OS that uses Bing as its default search engine? (previous[View news story]
    The key word is indeed "blind" ie. without bias.
    It's clear your preference is based on bias, not results.
    More relevant, as noted above, the change in user habits will take some work.
    Agreed Baidu is a great Chinese alternative that's amazing to watch for that market.
    Jan 2, 2013. 09:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) is taking shots at Google over the search giant's lack of support for Windows Phone. In a blog post, a legal exec accuses Google of preventing Microsoft's WP YouTube app from supporting features found on Android/iOS YouTube apps. Separately, Microsoft says it's"surprised and disappointed" by Google's decision to end support for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol, used to provide push e-mail support  for Gmail on WP devices, for new hardware. Is Google trying to thwart the adoption of a rival OS that uses Bing as its default search engine? (previous[View news story]
    Why choose? Try using bingiton.com - you get the best of both.
    The majority do prefer Bing's results on the blind test.

    If your personal results consistently prefer Google and you're different, that's okay.
    Jan 2, 2013. 09:08 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) is taking shots at Google over the search giant's lack of support for Windows Phone. In a blog post, a legal exec accuses Google of preventing Microsoft's WP YouTube app from supporting features found on Android/iOS YouTube apps. Separately, Microsoft says it's"surprised and disappointed" by Google's decision to end support for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol, used to provide push e-mail support  for Gmail on WP devices, for new hardware. Is Google trying to thwart the adoption of a rival OS that uses Bing as its default search engine? (previous[View news story]
    Google should be a little concerned.
    -Blind tests continue to show Bing results are preferred over Google.
    -Skydrive's free 7GB are superior to Google Drive.
    -Free Office web apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are superior to Google Docs.
    -Outlook.com's integration with Skydrive, Facebook, LinkedIn is superior to Gmail.com. But it's slower, even with a simpler interface.

    But Microsoft should remain worried too
    -Stale branding to continue to overcome
    -Shifting user habits & preferences will take some work.
    -Droid tablets are cheaper than Microsoft's.
    -Android phones app community is stronger
    -MSFT global sales channel still developing
    -OEM partner conflict.
    -Google has stronger reputation for innovation than Microsoft, even though MSFT spends more on R&D than any company globally.
    Jan 2, 2013. 06:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Spotlights Opportunity Divide for Youth [View article]
    MSFT integrating their core strengths with a strong vision for impact - keep at it
    Mar 28, 2012. 11:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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