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  • Microsoft's Persistence With Surface Will Yield Big Gains [View article]
    Surface tablet PCs will be a great success. Microsoft should limit the various models to no more than 12. With entry level models and high end PCs it will grow its market share. Microsoft needs to eventually increase its memory in Surface tablets to 128GB minimum by 2016, with an eventual goal of 500GB and 8GB RAM, with maintaining its prices. It will then eventually kill the competing inferior quality PCs.

    If you have not noticed, Microsoft continues its strategy of following Apple where it lags and its dominance where it leads. Being no. 2 in business also comes with great rewards.

    Surface and phone will do well. They have the numbers to be profitable even without being # 2 and # 3.
    Apr 7, 2015. 01:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Persistence With Surface Will Yield Big Gains [View article]
    I will give you a $1.000 for your older Surface to make room for your new iPad Pro. I will also pay shipping. You get rid of the dust and make room for the iPad Pro; both for a dollar.
    Apr 7, 2015. 01:21 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Carrier Support Is Key To Windows Phone Success [View article]
    Microsoft has not had success with airtel carriers. And most people who pay for these cell services either get a phone for free or pay for a high end smartphone.

    Microsoft should pre-configure and sale a WiFi smartphone that works without cellphone service. It does limit the use of the phone when in WiFi range. Most households have an internet service that comes with free hotspots. And many businesses provide free WiFi service.

    You could do this with an existing phone with WiFi capabilities, but a phone pre-configured and sold for this purpose will bring awareness that this can be done. I can bet that 99% of people who would be happy with this arrangement don't know that it can be done.

    Remember the days without phone and pager; I found a lot of freedom and I still got in touch with people that I wanted to. It takes you back to the times when you called a person from a home phone, work phone or public phone. This would be pretty much the same except one would use this WiFi phone when at home, work or in WiFi range of free WiFi hotspot.

    Microsoft should sell a pre-configured WiFi phone that allows the user to select and automatically download free email, free text and WiFi hotspots. And weekly or monthly updates could provide more services as they come.

    I think the time for a WiFi phone has come and Microsoft should go that route....lets not forget the pay as you go plans until cell service got cheaper and gave unlimited minutes. Many have cut landlines and I think the time has come for many to cut the airtel services too. One could use this phone from work or home or a Starbuck and talk for hours without a penny in fees. This would be perfect for children, retirees and those strapped for resources. A one time expense of $60 (Lumia 521 equivalent) will do the job.

    Microsoft, I hope you are listening! Pay as you go phones were popular and this will catch on too.....
    Mar 2, 2015. 04:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Free Windows 10 Upgrade Can Impact Microsoft And The PC Market [View article]
    MSFT should allow lifetime of free upgrades and downgrades for its Surface Tablets/PCs and Windows Phone. It will give MSFT products an edge.
    Feb 24, 2015. 08:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple aftershocks: Maybe it's Toyota that should be worried? [View news story]
    Tesla has spent a lot of money and has not succeeded, why do people think Apple will succeed. The engine and drive train is only one part of the car. The part that we don't see or touch. And electric drive train is one that we don't even feel and is one that muscle car owners will not adopt for a long time.

    I would think it is an expensive hobby of Apple's management. Or they think that the phone business is reached its peak and they need something else.
    Feb 14, 2015. 09:30 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Microsoft buys calendar app maker Sunrise for $100M+ [View news story]
    MSFT should focus on making their products bug free, simple to use and stable in operation. MSFT's success has been in offering products that are 80% good at lower prices. They should now focus on adding reliability.

    The Windows Phone focus should be on delivering phones that are less than $99 packed with power. They should start by delivering phones with a minimum of 16GB memory. Cortana is too slow on 8GB phones.

    And then start upgrading speed, camera, etc. and keep price low. It will nibble away at the low end of the market. The high end is going to be tough to take away from Samsung and Apple. An Indian phone maker just beat Samsung in phones sold last month. Just a matter of time that this company also moves up the food chain.
    Feb 5, 2015. 05:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Microsoft buys calendar app maker Sunrise for $100M+ [View news story]
    Nadella was selected for his low key style. And for being a Bill and Steve loyalist.

    Microsoft should really clean up its top management. Too many high salaried dead wood figures. Probably should consider removing one entire layer of management without the severance perks.
    Feb 5, 2015. 05:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's New Paradigm Shift: Let's Analyze It [View article]
    The nine year return of -72% does not take into account dividends. It is still high but somewhere in the neighborhood of -50%. And that is only for investors who purchased stock in the years before the fall. And these investors if they had invested in companies or even Amazon could be looking at higher losses up to -100%.

    I think Microsoft should sell its Surface computers with Word, Excel and Powerpoint for life. And a 25% discount to upgrade to Office 365. It should also preload these programs on every PC, tablet and Windows Phone free for a year with 300GB of OneDrive space and then 25% discount for the Office 365 purchase in the first year. This is better than the cost of advertising.

    And Microsoft should seriously look at its management that makes anything more than $500K a year in salary and analyze if they are really worth keeping. Microsoft may loose a few talented guys who could get fired up and start a new company. New technology is good for society and the tech world.

    No person in management is worth $500K plus the millions in perks. The true smarts work longer in basements for less than 25% of what management makes.
    Feb 4, 2015. 01:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Management: Dazed And Confused Or Making The Right Moves? [View article]
    You truly have not done your research.

    1) Microsoft has not jumped over Windows 9. It is just a name it could not use because of a previous name that was used in the software code. Just skipped a number in the naming convention.

    2) Microsoft's share price does not drop versus Apple. It's share price is independent of Apple. It dropped because its profits dipped in the last quarter and gave a bleak estimate for the future. It still is a cash cow and will continue to be for a long time in the future. Wait till Obama drops the tax rate for bringing the funds back into the US and gives credit for establishing R&D facilities in the USA.

    3) Giving away Windows 10 for free and bringing everyone to the latest Windows makes supporting the software easy. It is a great move. I truly think Microsoft should charge once for its operating system and then allow the product key holder to upgrade/downgrade to any version they wish.

    4) The previous management under Steve Ballmer is the one that moved into tablets/phones. Rewriting history does not punish Steve. He just bought the Clippers and just having that team alone is keeping him happy and rich.

    Microsoft is a good stock and it can be seen by the stability with which they are held by institutional investors.
    Feb 3, 2015. 01:48 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Will Windows 10 Impact PCs And Tablets? [View article]
    It is free. You don't have to upgrade.

    If you need to then try backing up your computer before you upgrade. You can make an image and load it back.

    Better proposition: Buy a new PC with Windows 10.
    Jan 29, 2015. 07:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Will Windows 10 Impact PCs And Tablets? [View article]
    My tablets and PCs will feel the impact of Windows 10 in the first few days of its release. It is going to be great for all PC users. I expect it to work on all PCs with Windows 7 and later.

    Maybe not that great for PC manufacturers who loved Microsoft when they came with new software that required lot of memory and processing speed.

    Microsoft should sell its Windows software license tied to a PC once and then allow upgrades or downgrades to all versions for free.
    Jan 29, 2015. 07:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: In The Smartphone Race, Samsung Has Already Lost [View article]
    Android, Apple's iOS and Windows are here to stay. It does not matter what our opinions or emotions are.

    As for Samsung. It is too big a company to fall. It is much more diversified than Apple is. Sales for both Samsung and Apple will one day slow. There is only so many phones that the world can buy. And the hardware is getting powerful and it will face the same fate as the PC. The PC has become so powerful today that the upgrade cycle is longer.
    Jan 29, 2015. 07:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Is A Fantastic Business On Sale - Be Grateful For The 9% Decline After Earnings [View article]
    And it is even better if you can inherit the stock. MSFT revenues have continued their rise with naysayers throughout the last decade. What Microsoft needs to do is buyout a billion shares of stock from one of the larger funds at $43. Its money is sitting there doing nothing. And it will have more coming.
    Jan 27, 2015. 10:24 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Is A Fantastic Business On Sale - Be Grateful For The 9% Decline After Earnings [View article]
    This drop in profits and drop in stock price is good. Nadella needed a little kicking to continue to make changes and focus on business. All the praise in the last year made him a little to relaxed.

    There is a lot of room at Microsoft to start tightening its belt. There are a few senior VPs that need to leave. Microsoft should focus on reducing the number management layers.
    Jan 27, 2015. 10:00 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Philip Morris: The Hits Keep Coming [View article]
    The dollar rise will have no effect on Phillip Morris. In international countries, people pinched for money smoke local varieties. And Phillip Morris also owns cheap brands manufactured internationally. They will not loose market share. They will also benefit from cheaper energy to offset the rise of the dollar.
    Jan 27, 2015. 09:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment