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Day of the Tablets: Apple, Nokia, Microsoft Go Head-to-Head

In a rare alignment of technology and marketing muscle, there will be a major face-off in the tablet world tomorrow.  Nokia will unveil the first Windows Phone phablet while Apple unveils the next generation iPads in a quest to maintain its dominance.

But Microsoft has the most to lose as it tries to boost interest in the Windows RT operating system with the arrival of Surface 2 devices on the shelves. 

 

Windows 8.1 RT Upgrade Pulled as Microsoft Addresses a 'Situation'

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Microsoft pulled a version of its Windows 8.1 update from the Microsoft Store over the weekend following complaints "from a limited number of users."

Some people who installed the Windows RT operating system (OS) update on their tablet computers experienced boot configuration data errors, which resulted in that infamous Blue Screen of Death.

Microsoft, which described the situation as "temporary,"  issued a Surface RT recovery image today to address some of the Windows RT 8.1 update issues.

Windows Phone 8 V3 Goes Large as Nokia 1520 Phablet Beckons

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We've known for a while that Windows Phone would soon add support for HD display and larger screens. Get ready for the real deal as Microsoft updates its mobile OS and Nokia prepares to launch a WP phablet at its big event later this month. 

 

Microsoft's Future: Cloudy in Enterprise...and Leadership

In his last letter to shareholders late last month, Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer promised his corporation would continue to help enterprises move to the cloud. And Microsoft’s wave of fall releases announced this week are all about enterprise cloud solutions. 

RX for Microsoft: Hire Pivotal Boss Paul Maritz, Buy Box + Evernote

Information Management, RX for Microsoft: Hire Pivotal Boss Paul Maritz + Buy Box & Evernote(Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund might be responsible for formulating the prescription) 

Don’t tell SharePoint enthusiasts, but Microsoft has big changes coming its way.

Apple Acquires Cue, Another Personal Assistant, As the Buy Out Frenzy Continues

applelogo.pngOver the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts. 

Apple Acquires Cue, Another Personal Assistant, As the Buy Out Frenzy Continues

applelogo.pngOver the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts. 

Microsoft Shareholders Target Gates, But He's Not The Problem

bill gates, microsoftIn July, CEO Steve Ballmer announced a major restructuring plan. In August, Ballmer announced he would be stepping down within a year. And now today there are reports that three of the big shareholders in Microsoft want founder and Chairman, Bill Gates, out.

Gartner MQ for ECM: EMC, IBM, Microsoft Lead, Vendors Prioritize Cloud, Mobile

Only a week after Forrester’s Wave for Enterprise CMS, Gartner has published its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management. If the Wave describes a market that is healthy but segmenting, Gartner describes one that is growing with vendors forced to cater to demands for mobile and cloud capabilities as well as functionality for specific verticals.  

New Productivity Survey Finds Information Overload Higher in Millennials

Info Overload.pngIn this age of digital everything, at what point do workers get overwhelmed? A new survey suggests that US employees may be approaching the tipping point.

Microsoft Adds Q+A Search, Improved 3D Data Mapping To Office 365 Analytics

Microsoft has just upped the ante again in the productivity suite space with the addition of a bunch of new features to its Power BI for Office 365. Among the new additions is natural language search and 3D mapping visualizations, which combined will bring impressive 3D analytics visualizations to Office 365 users.

You Need a Leader or Your SharePoint Project Will Fail

A successful SharePoint project requires a mix of skills and disciplines, but above all needs a project leader.

Forrester Wave ECM: Market Segments As EMC,HP, IBM, OpenText Lead

In the first part of our look at Forrester Wave for ECM 2013, we saw that the market is changing rapidly as vendors are forced to provide functionality that corresponds to enterprise productivity rather than compliance needs. We also saw that agile, small vendors are starting to eat away at the dominance of the large, established players. Even still, the Wave is led by EMC, IBM and OpenText, while HP pushed its way into the Leaders' segment on the back of the Autonomy acquisition. 

Gartner MQ For Horizontal Portals: OpenText, Red Hat Challenge, But Adobe, Salesforce Have Vision

Last week we took a first look at Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals and saw that if there appears to be little movement in the placement of vendors in each Quadrant, there are substantial changes in the market. Today, we take a look outside the Leaders’ Quadrant to see who is making it, and in what way. 

Microsoft Launching Surface 2, Has It Learnt From RT's Failure?

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The imminent arrival of Windows 8.1 will make the company's new tablet computing devices more usable. But Microsoft's hardware updates won't radically change the money-losing Surface proposition in a market that fails to see keyboards and me-too apps as a major differentiator. 

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