06 September 2013

No easy road ahead for Microsoft after Nokia deal

With the Nokia deal, Microsoft might have substituted short-term pain (loss of Windows Phone) for long-term pain -- continuing decline and irrelevance as Windows Phones will never be competitive to Apple iPhones or Android smartphones --

The Deal That Makes No Sense | stratēchery by Ben Thompson: "The tragedy in the deal, as I hinted at earlier, is that I think Microsoft ought to abandon Windows Phone. The war is over, and iOS and Android won. It would be far better for Microsoft to focus on serving and co-opting those devices, instead of shooting the most promising parts of their business in the foot for the sake of a platform that is never going to make it."

Google-Motorola Deal Foreshadows Challenge Awaiting Microsoft - Bloomberg: "Google’s experience with Motorola may hold lessons for Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, which announced plans on Sept. 2 to buy Nokia’s handset unit, stepping up an effort to challenge Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google in the smartphone market. Nokia’s devices and services business swung to a loss of more than $1.4 billion after earning almost that much in 2011. “Hardware margins are always much lower than software,” said Sameet Sinha, an analyst with B. Riley & Co in San Francisco. “Microsoft will have to bear the brunt. You will see margin compression. There’s no doubt about it.”"

Panasonic officially quits the consumer smartphone business, president says mobile performance was 'unacceptable': ""It's not acceptable for the company to be bleeding red ink like this, so we have to think about ways to develop assets that we do have in a more effective direction", Tsuga said. Panasonic is not stopping completely with phones, however, and plans to expand on its Toughbook laptop series with smartphones for rough-and-tough business use."

Intel Unveils Optical Technology to Kill Copper Cables and Make Data Centers Run Faster | MIT Technology Review: "Intel hopes to make computing far more efficient by introducing a technology that replaces conventional copper data cables with faster optical data links. The breakthrough required Intel to fit lasers and other optical components onto silicon chips, which usually deal only with electronic signals."

Microsoft claims victory in 2nd Motorola patent trial
Chicago Tribune
The long-running argument between Microsoft and Motorola, and by extension Google, is just one facet of a wide-ranging global patent war surrounding smartphone and internet technology that has drawn in Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Nokia and ...

Microsoft's Make-or-Break Decision: Selecting the Next CEO
Businessweek
The course has been set, but the company has not done well here, whereas Apple(AAPL) has succeeded. The Nokia (NOK) acquisition brings ... Google (GOOG) andAmazon (AMZN) passed Microsoft years ago, but it's not too late. Microsoft still casts a long ...

Microsoft Made a Pretty Good Smartwatch, Back in 2004
Businessweek
Before Samsung's product is official, now might be a good time to travel back to 2004 to see the beginnings of the modern smartwatch because in some ways, Microsoft had the right idea, as evidenced by modern takes on the concept. I remember my ...

Apple iPhone Anticipation Grows
InformationWeek
"This should brighten everyone's day," says coy Apple event invitation -- but probably not for Microsoft and other Apple competitors. Start The Discussion. Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Thomas Claburn | September ... But the Android camp has wasted ...

Google taking Android mainstream with KitKat
ZDNet
Amidst all the fury following the announcement of the Microsoft/Nokia deal, Googlequietly shook up the Android space with the unveiling of its affiliation with the KitKat candy bar. While Key Lime Pie was long expected to be the next major version of ...

Google Sued in Europe-Privacy Test Case
Wall Street Journal
Google Inc. was hauled into a French court Wednesday by former Formula One racing head Max Mosley, who wants the Internet giant to scrub its search results of grainy images of a sexual escapade. The images were found to be a privacy breach by a U.K. ...

Xbox One To Be Released on Nov. 22
ABC News
The CPU speed of the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft's chief rival in the latest iteration of the console wars, has not yet been specified. However, there have been rumors that it could be upwards to about 2.75 GHz, though that has not been confirmed by ...

Microsoft's Haswell-based Surface Pro 2: The leaks begin
ZDNet
He added that the new Surface Pro will look identical to the current Surface Pro -- which makes sense, given Microsoft is expected to allow the same keyboard/covers to work with the new Surface models. And as far as the "refined" kickstand goes ...

Apple Shows China the Respect It Deserves
Businessweek
If it wasn't already clear that Apple's (AAPL) priorities lie in the East, the company is beating the point home when it introduces its newest products next week. As always,Apple will trot out executives in a California auditorium to show off its ...

Microsoft faces quandary in aping Apple and Google
CBS News
(MoneyWatch) Microsoft (MSFT)'s $7.1 billion deal for Nokia's device business is a clear effort to regain the ground it has lost over the years in the mobile platform arena to industry leaders Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG). Yet while the acquisition ...

Your Turn, Apple | TechCrunch
By Matt Burns
Samsung is a different company than Apple. Samsung iterates where Apple innovates. Samsung releases a first generation product that's far from perfect. The first Galaxy Note was large enough to kill a man and was too slow for general use.
TechCrunch

Coffee Talk -- The Inside Story of Microsoft's Nokia Deal - Ina Fried ...
By Ina Fried
The result was that Windows Phone still had single-digit market share, a situation that kept Microsoft on the sidelines of the mobile conversation and a clear also-ran to Google's Android and Apple's iOs. Perhaps more significantly, without big ...
AllThingsD

Google Glass could be worth $3.3B in just 4 years | VentureBeat
By John Koetsier
Given the amount of interest in Google Glass and the average consumer's increasing interest in wearable technology — in a recent survey, 20 percent of Americans wanted an Apple iWatch, sight unseen — I'd have to guess that first-year ...
VentureBeat

Apple's iWatch Is Cleared For Takeoff - Business Insider
By Jay Yarow
Google Has Created A Programming Language That Thumbs Its Nose At Oracle ....Before Apple announced the iPad, Microsoft and HP rushed to announce a tablet at the annual technology trade show, CES. That tablet, the HP Slate, was ...
Business Insider

Apple Beefing Up iAd Team Ahead of iTunes Radio Launch - Mac ...
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Apple has been working to expand its iAd team over the past month, posting job listings for dozens of positions just as the company prepares to...
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