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Office 365 Shines, But What About Microsoft Windows?

You’d have to be a forensic accountant to understand Microsoft’s financials. However, a few things are clear from this week's second quarter earnings release.

The first is that the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant is starting to make serious ground in the cloud space. The second is that CEO Satya Nadella’s strategy of revamping and remarketing Windows is needed more than ever. The third: there's no beating Office 365, at least for the moment.

While the numbers triggered only tepid enthusiasm from the financial markets, from an IT perspective there are a lot of positives that show Nadella’s strategy of moving Microsoft from packaged software company to cloud-based software provider is beginning to pay off.

Leave Your iPad at Home, Forget BYOD, Says HP

Face it, HP notes: iPads, Android and Windows tablets may be great but they weren’t built specifically for business. And the house that Meg Whitman rules may have a valid argument when you consider that the devices are being used by gazillions of kids strapped into shopping carts drawing animals for Night Zookeeper, by teens playing Candy Crush Saga and by moms who have adopted them as digital recipe displays when they cook. Never mind everyone watching Netflix.

Think about it. Do you want to make sales presentations on the device that your kid rests his lollipop on? Or that you and your honey used last night to watch a racy movie? Maybe yes, maybe no, but that’s not the main reason HP thinks that you might want to use different devices at work and at home.

“They (consumer-grade devices) also pose significant challenges to IT departments who have to support their now mobile workforces while keeping corporate data managed and secure,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Systems, HP.

Microsoft Commercial Business Thrives, But Ballmer Still Remains a Question

Microsoft's sales and profits are up. In the first quarter since the company announced a major reorganization and shared the news that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant reported a jump of 17 percent in net income in the fiscal first quarter to $5.2 billion or 62 cents per share.

While the company's commercial wing grew revenues by 10 percent to $11.2 billion, consumer revenues, including devices, grew only 4 percent to $7.46 billion. 

Apple vs. Microsoft: the Buyers Will Decide

A row is brewing between the two tech titans, initiated by Apple's' comments about "confusion" among its rivals during the recent iPad unveiling. Microsoft shot back, claiming "standardization" and "productivity" are on its side. Who do you think is right  — or should both companies shut up and just let consumers decide? 

Nokia Joins the Windows RT Party with it's Lumia 2520 Tablet

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Alongside its Windows Phone phablet, Nokia officially entered the tablet market with a 10.1" device at Nokia World in Dubai.

The $499 SnapDragon-powered machine runs Windows RT 8.1 and offers both 4G and Wi-Fi, plus a full 1080p HD display.

How does it compare to Microsoft's own Surface 2 RT tablet? Let's take a quick look at the spec sheets.

Is Microsoft Losing Its Office Advantage in Tablets, or Making Surface into the Best Productivity Tablet?

Is Microsoft Losing Its Office Advantage in Tablets, or Making Surface into the Best Productivity Tablet?Is Microsoft in the process of losing one of the few competitive advantages it has in tablets? That question is being raised following news this week that Google is now offering its Quickoffice productivity apps for mobile devices, including tablets, for free. 

Microsoft Will Buy Your iPad To Get People Trying Surface

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We've seen Apple buying back old iPhones, now Microsoft will pick up your old iPad for $200 of store credit to help you try a surface tablet. With the new models due to be announced, that might not be such a crazy idea. 

 

Nokia's Surface RT Tablet to Crank Up the Power

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Whatever the pros and cons of launching a Windows RT tablet to a disinterested market, Nokia is on the case with more details on its Sirius prototype coming to light. Will a full Windows 8 version follow to spark greater interest? 

Surface RT Sinks Microsoft's Q4 Figures; PC Sales Disappoint Too

Thumbnail image for surfaceart.jpgMicrosoft's fourth quarter results show that it had to take a US$ 900 million write down on the stock of tablets it is holding and is unlikely to ever sell. As a result earnings came in well below expectations resulting in a fall in share-price of over 6%.

Microsoft's Surface Struggles in Q1, Apple Outperforms Estimates

There doesn't seem to be much of a recession in the tablet space. According to figures just released by International Data Corporation growth in the market is estimated to be 142% year-on-year with Microsoft climbing into fifth position on the back of Surface.

Microsoft Announcing Second-Generation Surface Tablets Soon

Thumbnail image for surfacepc.bmpThe first product in any line is often more for show, to help raise interest and awareness. So, Microsoft might consider the first Surface a complete success in that respect. But, it likely won't outstay its welcome as newer, faster machines prepare to make an entrance, driven by new hardware and services to create a more compelling offering. 

Microsoft and BlackBerry Look to Step Up the Tablet Battle

Thumbnail image for w8surface_black.jpg Having received modest interest and a total bath on their first tablet products, Surface and PlayBook, various reports suggest Microsoft and BlackBerry will be trying again to compete with the tablet giants soon. 

Spring Bringing Vital Product News from Microsoft and Apple

applelogo.pngBoth companies are facing press, partner or investor backlash, and user hostility, or worse, indifference. Apple should be looking to win back lost momentum with the next iPhone announcement while Microsoft will be looking to tie computer, mobile devices and TV together via its next Xbox console. 

Rising Tablet Sales and New Keyboard Peripherals Leaving PCs in the Dust?

ipad_key_belkin.jpg New figures show that PCs are being railroaded out of the market by the rise of worker-friendly tablets, bolstered by practical keyboards riding the smartphone wave. As Dell and others struggle, how much life will be left in the PC market by the end of the decade?

Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets Sees Weak Launch, 128GB Out Of Stock

 Thumbnail image for surfacepc.bmp Despite having its launch event cancelled due to Blizzard Nemo, Microsoft managed to get people queueing for its new Surface Pro tablet. But, poor stocks left many users frustrated according to reports. 

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