There's really no need for Microsoft to build its own Windows Phone 8 hardware since partners are offering solid handsets, says Microsoft's Terry Myerson. Maybe hardware isn't the problem.
(1 month and 6 days ago)
Filed under: Investing Following a big, bold bet on first-party tablets, a Surface Phone simply seems inevitable. If it is pursuing such a device, Microsoft is playing it close to the chest. At AllThingsD's Dive Into Mobile conference earlier this week, Windows Phone exec Terry Myerson downplayed the idea of the software giant jumping directly into the smartphone hardware...
(1 month and 5 days ago)
The Surface tablet may not be crushing the competition with the vigor that Microsoft undoubtedly hoped it would. However, as compared to its third-party Windows tablet brethren, Surface is absolutely killing it—though Windows tablets still have a long road to travel before they're considered anything close to a success. Between the Surface Pro and the Surface RT, Microsoft...
(21 days ago)
Microsoft's work on the Surface tablet will benefit - not alienate - its hardware partners, according to Peter S. Klein, Microsoft's chief financial officer.
(3 months and 9 days ago)
It was earlier reported that Microsoft only ordered one million Surface Pro tablets for its first shipment from its manufacturing partners. The company may have underestimated demand, as the Windows 8 Pro (not RT) tablet / laptop sold out quickly...
(3 months and 13 days ago)
Why would it be a tough decision for Microsoft to introduce versions of its Office productivity suite for iOS and Android? According to Bob O'Donnell of research firm IDC, " The day they introduce Office for iOS and Android, they'll start printing money." And he added this cautionary note: "If they wait too long, they risk people finding alternatives, or workarounds."...
(2 months and 27 days ago)
Filed under: Investing In the following video, Motley Fool senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker discusses Microsoft and how its operating system licensing model may be driving costs of its tablets to an uncompetitive range. Microsoft pinned its tablet hopes upon its release of the Surface tablet. However, largely thanks to its expensive price ($600 after a keyboard...
(2 months and 19 days ago)
Microsoft is apparently making room for smaller Windows 8 tablets that could compete with devices like Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Apple’s iPad Mini. As spotted by Ed Bott at ZDNet, Microsoft’s certification guidelines for Windows 8 now allow for tablets with resolutions as low as 1024-by-768. That’s the same screen resolution and aspect ratio as the iPad Mini, and while...
(1 month and 24 days ago)
Filed under: Investing The latest data out of industry tracker IDC is encouraging for the tablet industry, but not so encouraging for Microsoft's role in this booming market. There were a whopping 49.2 million tablets shipped during the first three months of this year, well ahead of the 20.3 million devices that shipped during the first quarter of 2012. However, Google's...
(20 days ago)
Microsoft may be revealing the second generation of its Surface tablets during its developers’ conference next month, according to a printed report. The new devices will have 7- to 9-inch screens and will rely on the same vendors that provided components for the first generation, according to DigiTimes, which attributed its story to suppliers. Microsoft is aiming at the...
(21 days ago)
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