Bill Gates has admitted Microsoft's "mistakes" have left it behind on mobile phones. In an interview with CBS the Microsoft founder and current chairman said that he wasn't satisfied with the level of innovation that the company had produced. "There were a lot of amazing things that [CEO] Steve [Ballmer]'s leadership got done with the company in the last year. Windows 8 is...
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Filed under: Investing There's been a lot of talk about the growing consumer trend toward phablets, oversized smartphones that approach tablets in dimensions. Analyst continue to call on Apple to address this niche segment of the smartphone market, particularly because Samsung and the rest of the Google Android army has been able to tap it quite successfully. At the same...
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A Morgan Stanley analyst predicts Microsoft is losing out on a big cash cow-- creating Microsoft Office for iOS tablets.
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Microsoft yesterday kicked off a promotion that rewards Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers $100 for each app that they publish in the company's app stores. Dubbed "Keep the Cash," the promotion is Microsoft's first overt cash-for-apps program, a tactic rivals Google and Apple have never used to attract submissions. To one analyst, the $100-per-app pitch was an ill...
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Even though PC shipments were down 14 percent last quarter, Microsoft’s Windows division posted revenue about the same as the last year, making up for slumping sales to OEMs with impressive growth in long-term licensing agreements sold to enterprises. But for the second quarter in a row, Microsoft said nothing about Windows 8 sales during Thursday’s earning announcement,...
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The problem with Windows 8 sales isn't Windows 8, it's Windows Phone 8, says a Gartner analyst. As consumers move from PCs to tablets they are more likely to buy tablets with a familiar touch interface, says Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa. So users of Android phones are more likely to choose an Android tablet, Kitagawa says, and users of Windows Phone 8...
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Microsoft may, repeat may, be whipping up a smartwatch, but according to the company's Windows Phone honcho, a self-made Surface smartphone isn't in the cards quite yet. Speaking at the AllThingsD Dive into Mobile conference, vice president Terry Myerson said flat-out that he doesn't see a reason for Microsoft to muck up the Windows Phone waters, The Verge reports. "It...
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How do you get people interested in an underdog mobile platform? In a new ad spotlighting the Lumia 920 Windows Phone — which I first saw as part of Tom Warren’s article over at The Verge — Microsoft tries to do it by making viewers laugh, and making fun of the competition. It’s a funny spot, albeit one which feels awfully close in style to Samsung’s Apple-mocking ads. (I’m...
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Filed under: Investing Nokia has entered into a contract with Microsoft to provide the Windows Phone OS for its Lumia phones, but in this video, Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner discusses why Microsoft may also be a potential threat to Nokia a short way down the road. He tells investors about the possibility that Microsoft is working on its own phone, the...
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Google takes pride in the fact that its Android mobile operating system has outpaced Apple's. But the truth is, Android phones don't outsell Apple phones, Samsung phones do. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft — these may be Google's main competitors, but it's Samsung that could be the search giant's biggest threat.
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