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  • 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, 2012. 11:01 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Next Ashton-Tate [View article]
    You're. Not on track. Your comments and this article are a train wreck. :-)
    Sep 12, 2012. 02:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Next Ashton-Tate [View article]
    Really you chose to install updates when you knew you were going to be required to turn off your laptop before they could complete. Aren't you the genius. How is that Microsoft's fault? Like anyone would believe this actually even happened. Your comment here is rubbish just like the original article.
    Sep 12, 2012. 01:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Next Ashton-Tate [View article]

    Or you could point out that you could have bought at $14 within the past 5 years and more than doubled your money. :-)
    Sep 12, 2012. 12:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Next Ashton-Tate [View article]
    Very good observation and details here. Apple is a consumer company. Folks on their band wagon want to think that Apple understands and are entrenched in the enterprise, they aren't and are not positioned to get there. They are an AWESOME marketing company, that's about it.
    Sep 11, 2012. 02:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Next Ashton-Tate [View article]
    Kofi, I've never seen anyone so much in denial as yourself. Every point your article presented has easily been refuted here in the comments. I'll give you this you know how to get people talking in the comments. You would be better served to open the mind a bit and realize you possibly are incorrect in your thinking. Or you can continue in trying to defend the article. Doing so is like the Arkansas Razorbacks fans that are still trying to convince themselves that ULM didn't eat them last Saturday. You can keep your head in the sand or learn from your mistakes.
    Sep 11, 2012. 01:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Next Ashton-Tate [View article]
    Surprised you didn't mention IBM as a failure of a company because of their investment in OS/2 and mainframes. But wait IBM is doing very well. The companies you mention died because they weren't diverse enough. Hardly the model MSFT is following. I'm not aware of any fortune 500 companies that have bet the farm on any of the completing products you have listed nor on Apple for that matter. Every successful company has their skeletons in the closet. The fact that Microsoft tried Bob and Clippy shows their willingness to be innovative and try something new. Admittedly MSFT has come late to the party but they didn't miss the party. This party is just getting started.
    Sep 11, 2012. 04:16 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Memo To Microsoft: The PC Is Dead [View article]
    This article is just pure nonsense. I guess every person on the globe that works out of an office or cubicle is going to replace their desktop with a tablet. Not going to happen. Corporations will replace them with more efficient desktop PC's when they are fully written off or are so slow they cost the user to be less efficient than possible. The replacement desktop will be running Windows 8. Surface won't automatically take over the iPad market but will start to eat away at it for your more mobile users. It makes good sense to have a seamless environment with comparable apps running on desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. A more accurate subject line would be Macbook blessing badly, iPad and iPhone ducking and covering Don't let your dislike for Microsoft cloud logical thinking.
    Sep 11, 2012. 12:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) will hire 1,000 workers in China over the next year, a company exec says. That will raise the size of Mister Softee's Chinese workforce to ~5,500, nearly even with its 5,800-strong Indian workforce. Many of the new hires will be tied to R&D facilities and a new Shanghai cloud services data center. Though now a major R&D source, Microsoft has struggled to profit from China's huge PC market, due to rampant piracy. [View news story]
    More American jobs going overseas while US Microsoft workers jobs are being cut. More of what has become normal management from MSFT there is no employee loyalty and it shows in the workforce every day.
    Sep 6, 2012. 02:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) has named Stephen Schueler its retail sales/marketing chief. Schueler, formerly general manager of Procter & Gamble's global retail ops, joins Microsoft at a time when the company is looking to rapidly grow its own retail store count. (PR[View news story]
    I own a good deal of MSFT and certainly see it moving up as Windows 8 releases and Office follows. It would be a perfect time for Ballmer to retire on a high note. His retirement could see the stock increase 25 - 50%. But the morale busting management is driven by Kevin Turner which he brought with him from WalMart.
    Aug 30, 2012. 03:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) has named Stephen Schueler its retail sales/marketing chief. Schueler, formerly general manager of Procter & Gamble's global retail ops, joins Microsoft at a time when the company is looking to rapidly grow its own retail store count. (PR[View news story]
    Now if they would only announce replacements for Ballmer and Kevin Turner. Together they have ruined morale at this once great company.
    Aug 29, 2012. 04:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Windows 8: No Effect On The Smartphone Market [View article]
    The beauty of Windows 8 is that development of applications will apply to all 3 platforms, desktop, tablet and phone. With Androd and Apple they are separate development platforms. This is a huge win for MSFT and both Google and Apple will scramble to move to a single development platform.
    It's also amazing that writers continue to fail to mention the dominance of Windows Server. Windows 8 Server will only grow in the corporate sector and desktops will follow
    Aug 24, 2012. 12:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Windows 8: No Effect On The Smartphone Market [View article]
    The beauty of Windows 8 is that development of applications will apply to all 3 platforms, desktop, tablet and phone. With Androd and Apple they are separate development platforms. This is a huge win for MSFT and both Google and Apple will scramble to move to a single development platform.
    It's also amazing that writers continue to fail to mention the dominance of Windows Server. Windows 8 Server will only grow in the corporate sector and desktops will follow.
    Aug 24, 2012. 12:05 PM | 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, 2012. 06:49 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Shows Misconception Of Rising Dividend Yields [View article]
    D don't be a hater :-)
    Jul 16, 2012. 06:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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