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  • What Will Happen When The Surface Pro Isn't The Only Flagship Windows 8 Tablet In Town? [View article]
    You don't like the cover/keyboard? You say it can't be used in your lap? Do some research, there is a rigid keyboard accessory available for the surface and has been since it was introduced.
    Nov 30 06:11 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "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. [View news story]
    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.
    Nov 28 05:18 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) is handing out free Surface tablets, Windows Phone 8 devices, and Windows 8 PCs to its 90K+ employees in an effort to stoke interest in its latest products. Separately, Microsoft confirms the Windows RT version of Office 2013 will be provided for free, and will arrive at some point between November and January. But the company also cautions it will lack some of the advanced features found on the Windows 8 Pro version of Office won't be included. [View news story]
    I was there for 19+ years and received a free Widows Phone 7. In fact I'm using it to write this comment. Although no longer with MSFT I still love the company and its direction. Steve B and Kevin Turner are the ones holding the company back. While I loved the free phone and would have loved this most recent perk, I do think a larger impact could be had by generating greater interest in the public and especially developer communities. The Windows phone is a superior smart phone to other phone platforms and I anticipate surface will be too. Yes I've used all 3 (RIM is dead). People don't buy a windows phone because of the minimal apps available for it. That and very poor, ineffective and relatively nonexistent advertising. It's not always the better product that sells, especially in this well connected world we live in. MSFT needs to fix this to get back on top.
    Sep 14 11:01 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Strategy Analytics offers a downbeat view on Windows Phone, predicting the OS will account for only 4% of the 123M smartphone it expects to be sold in the U.S. this year. Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping the fall arrival of Windows Phone 8, together with a flurry of device launches from Nokia (NOK) and others with AT&T and Verizon, will let the OS break out in Q4. Nielsen estimates WP only made up 1.7% of smartphone sales in Q2.  [View news story]
    I thoroughly love my Windows phone. It's a 7.0 Samsung Focus upgraded to 7.5. My wife loves her Lumia 900. Microsoft's marketing has not hit the mark and the timing of the Lumia 900 left a bad taste in techies mouths due to the lack of an 8.0 upgrade. This all being said I'll be getting the Win8 Phone when it arrives and feel if others would give it a shot they would jump off the iPhone wagon.
    Jul 18 06:49 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dear Microsoft, Please Stop Trying To Be Apple [View article]
    Not immediately they don't but that generates a buy opportunity that pays off when the strategy works out.
    Sep 25 11:09 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel Vs. Microsoft: Stability, Growth Or Stagnation? [View article]
    What do you call Skype?
    Feb 18 12:31 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft Rise Again? [View article]
    Exactly, remove Ballmer and Kevin Turner. Replace Ballmer with an up and coming tech savy person with strong marketing sense. Replace Turner with a business savy person that understands that employ morale, partnership and camaraderie will fuel success from within. The company is dead in the water, floating between $25 - 35 as long as these guys are around.
    Jan 28 12:05 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ignore The Hate: Buy Microsoft! [View article]
    Bill has sold off shares for years. It's called diversification and not having all ones eggs in 1 basket. He remains the top Microsoft shareholder.
    Dec 3 12:15 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Windows 8 making a bad situation worse for the (non-Apple) PC industry? NPD believes U.S. retail sales of Windows gear is down 21% Y/Y since Oct. 26, the day Win. 8 launched. Notebooks -24% and desktops -9%. Also, thanks to inventory-clearing and perhaps also a cautious enterprise response, Win. 8 has only made up 58% of Windows device sales since launch time, compared with 83% for Windows 7 in its first 4 weeks. 6% of Win. 8 notebook sales involved touchscreens, and ASPs rose to $477 from $433 in the year-ago period. (40M licenses[View news story]
    Today economy is much different than when Win7 or XP were released. Its foolish to base health of a company of product based on these comparisons.
    Nov 29 11:59 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 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[View news story]
    Tired of the UI discussion. It's really no big deal and an easy learning curve.
    Oct 30 03:11 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Look Beyond The New Releases [View article]
    This is pure opinion no facts based on analysis.
    Jul 12 08:46 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Grand Theft Auto V Release: Microsoft Stock Still A Sell [View article]
    Kofi admit you've been wrong all along. My $26 MSFT shares are looking pretty good. You were screaming Sell, sell, sell back then too. I envision you as the Dukes from the movie "Trading Places" when the orange futures were announced :-)
    Sep 11 11:00 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft Turn Things Around? [View article]
    Good article, having put in over 19 years at MSFT and now having been away for over a year things are much clearer. The last person that should be considered for CEO is Kevin Turner. He is not well liked by the employee base and would only drive continued lack of communication among the different product groups. A CEO must establish TRUST, KT lost that many years ago.
    Personally internally Tony Bates has proven that he can grow a positive revenue based company at Skype. He has proven to be innovative and can see the big picture. Outside of Tony or Bill Gates returning to run the company I'd like to see MSFT bring in some new executive blood from outside. Someone that has proven to have a forward looking vision and an ability to build open and honest communication.
    Windows Phone is growing but not fast enough. In my biased opinion it is a superior Phone OS and easier to use and customize than the competition. MSFT just needs to convince HW venders and phone sales people of that fact so they will push the product in the channel.
    Lastly MSFT needs to listen intently to what consumers have to say. Not just their big customers such as Boeing and Wal-Mart but true end users. It's obvious that the gaming division didn't openly communicate with end user XBOX users or they wouldn't have broken the ability to run legacy games on XBOX1 or their backwards thinking on game sharing, etc...
    It seems that common sense in not that common among SteveB's executive staff. I can first speak from first hand exposure that the employee's that create and support MSFT products are more than capable and very excited to see positive change and leadership. They are an amazing brain trust that just needs a clear big picture from the executive group coupled with free reign enough to exceed expectations. Do this and abolish the cannibalistic review system. With this you'd be amazed at how successful a company and thus stock value MSFT can become.
    Aug 27 11:35 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Microsoft Surface Pro Launch Debacle Proves It's Time For Steve Ballmer To Go [View article]
    The only thing holding MSFT back is Ballmer and Turner. Financially the company is strong. The products are strong. Only haters continue to call the products buggy. Every product shipped regardless of manufacturer has bugs. What it comes down to is that irregardless of the companies performance the investor community is largely against Mr. Ballmer. He has allowed Kevin Turner to infuse the Wal Mart management mentality into the MSFT review model. That has driven the top performers out in droves. It is this that is the reason Ballmer must go and take Turner with him. The majority of employees will agree the others are afraid to in fear they will lose their jobs.
    Feb 12 04:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft Fix Its Strategic Mistake With The Surface Pro? [View article]
    Do some research. The Surface has the selection of a flexible touch keyboard OR a,rigid type mechanical style keyboard. The rigid is easily used on our lap.
    Feb 11 06:07 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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