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  • Microsoft: Moving Toward A Better Future [View article]
    Hard to believe "During the quarter Surface contributed about $400 billion to revenues." Would be a miracle, if true. I assume you're three orders of magnitude high on the contribution.
    Nov 27 02:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Could Use Ron Johnson's 'Big Thinking' [View article]
    I still believe the author of this article is playing a joke on his readers with Ron Johnson as a candidate for Ballmer's job.
    Aug 23 02:26 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Office comes to Android; Microsoft promises better iOS/Android support [View news story]
    Embargoing Android tablets is almost as bad a mistake as producing the Surface RT. Is Ballmer making these decisions?
    Jul 31 12:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Could Destroy Xbox One With An iTV [View article]
    If Apple included an ATSC/DVB/Cable tuner ($5 for chips) for time-shifting, an Apple TVBox could take a major chunk of the Xbox market for non-gamers by enabling time-shift recording on cheap external USB drives (e.g., 3 TB Seagates for US$100 to $125.)
    May 27 11:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Microsoft's Xbox One Destroyed Apple TV? [View article]
    I can’t comprehend the reluctance of programmable TV set-top box (STB) makers to incorporate the two low-cost chips required to enable PVR features for time-shifting off-air ATSC/DVB programming and unencrypted QAM cable channels.

    This is especially the case for Microsoft, who developed the Windows Media Center PVR and its Broadcast Driver Architecture (BDA). High-end programmable devices with multi-core CPUs can easily transcode MPEG-2 transport stream (*.ts) to program stream (*.mpg) or H.264 (*.mp4) format on the fly.

    It’s easy to program less capable devices to transcode off-line.

    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/10qqVTw
    May 23 03:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Microsoft's Xbox One Destroyed Apple TV? [View article]
    I can’t comprehend the reluctance of programmable TV set-top box (STB) makers to incorporate the two low-cost chips required to enable PVR features for time-shifting off-air ATSC/DVB programming and unencrypted cable channels.

    This is especially the case for Microsoft, who developed the Windows Media Center PVR and its Broadcast Driver Architecture (BDA) and didn't provide the Xbox One with off-air recording features.

    High-end programmable devices with multi-core CPUs can easily transcode MPEG-2 transport stream (*.ts) to program stream (*.mpg) or H.264 (*.mp4) format on the fly. It’s easy to program less capable devices to transcode off-line.

    The only Android-powered STB with a tuner I’ve found to date is the Huawei MediaQ M810, a DVB-only device, available from 4GTEMall for a pricey US$398.

    For more details about this issue, see my recent http://bit.ly/14SqjcI blog post.

    --rj
    May 22 05:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More Evidence That Microsoft Bulls Got It Right About Windows 8 [View article]
    ... "Windows Phone surpassed BlackBerry (BBRY) in sales and climbed to third place in the smartphone market" sounds like damnation by faint praise to me.

    --rj
    May 17 12:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Backing up scoops from The Verge and Eurogamer, the WSJ reports Microsoft (MSFT) has developed prototypes for a cheap set-top "for streaming video and other entertainment options." Past reports have suggested Xbox Live and casual gaming support will be part of the package. Microsoft is keen to extend Xbox Live's living room clout, which has grown considerably in recent years - a large portion of Live's 46M+ user base already spend more time consuming music/video content than playing online games. (Xbox tablet rumor) (Xbox Live shows[View news story]
    It's hard to imagine a set-top box "for streaming video and other entertainment options" that's cheaper and more readily available (from ~50 suppliers) than Android MiniPCs, a.k.a. TVBoxes. or PC Sticks. They range in cost from between about $40 to $100. For more details, see my http://bit.ly/12iS79y blog post.

    Dell/Wyse has promised an Android Mini-PC dubbed "Project Ophelia" as a < $100 set-top cloud client, but it's not commercially available yet.

    --rj
    May 10 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Windows 8 A Success? [View article]
    In my view, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an open-source proponent so I wouldn't recommend lending much credence to his opinion of Windows 8's success.
    Apr 26 05:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Windows 8.1 (Blue) will indeed feature the return of the Start button in desktop mode, The Verge reports, backing up a ZDNet report suggesting likewise. But it won't feature the return of the Start menu - the button will merely allow users to click their way to Win. 8's (oft-criticized) start screen. The Verge also backs up ZDNet in stating Microsoft (MSFT +4.1%) will provide an option to boot directly into desktop mode. (ValueAct: I, II[View news story]
    If the reports cited are true, the added ersatz Start button is the equivalent of the physical Windows button at the bottom (in landscape mode) of the Surface RT and Pro tablets.

    This isn't a big deal and isn't what users (at least me) were expecting.
    Apr 22 03:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Hardware Sales Contribute To Increased Sales And Profits At Microsoft [View article]
    32GB and 64GB NAND flash memory are both $33.00 for the RT tablets? Doesn't sound right to me and appears to overstate margin on 64 GB version.
    Apr 19 10:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Danish Treasury is going after Microsoft (MSFT) for $1B in unpaid taxes relating to the company's 2002 purchase of Navision. Microsoft subsequently sold some Navision assets to its Irish subsidiary at - alleges Denmark - too low a price, allowing assets to be transferred out of the country without proper dues and taxes. [View news story]
    Perhaps SquareHead believes they're a member of a Union of Scandinavian Socialist Republics (USSR = Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland)?
    Mar 4 04:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The EU is set to fine Microsoft (MSFT +0.5%) by the end of March for failing to make good on an '09 promise to offer Windows users a choice of browsers, Reuters reports. Given the EU has fined $2.1B to date, any penalty could be substantial. Perhaps Microsoft can defend itself by pointing out European consumers are having little trouble finding their way to 3rd-party browsers on their own. [View news story]
    Perhaps the EU plans to donate the fine proceeds to Italy so as to restore its economy and assure the sucess of the new political party started by an Italian TV comedian.

    --rj
    Feb 28 03:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's Why Microsoft Absolutely Needs Its Surface Line Of Tablets To Be Successful [View article]
    Pros: Dual use (Laptop/Tablet) and Enterprise ready apply only to Enterprise Pro.

    My wife has an RT and I have a Pro. The RT is unusable for many tasks she and I perform regularly, some of which are consumer-oriented.

    --rj
    Feb 22 03:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Some Thoughts On The Dell Buyout, Microsoft's Involvement And The PC Market [View article]
    The US$50 Wyse/Dell consumer-oriented MiniPC running Android 4.1.1 codenamed "Project Ophelia" that industry pundits have been discussing lately certainly isn't likely to contribute significant future revenue or profits or be of interest to Microsoft in a leveraged buyout.

    For more details about Ophelia's ancestors, which are alive and for sale today, see "Comparing the UG-007 MiniPC with Dell Computer’s Cloud-Based Project Ophelia" at http://bit.ly/WTjNhu.
    Jan 31 04:00 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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