05 February 2014

New Microsoft CEO may be facing "Perfect Storm"

The new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will have his hands full dealing with Steve Ballmer's failed strategies -- the Windows 8 "debacle," Windows Phone stalled sales, and the continuing losses Nokia is going to produce (Microsoft hardware is mostly unprofitable) --

How Will Major Industry Shifts Impact Windows Phone? | Windows Phone content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: "Nokia doesn't make any money selling Windows Phone handsets. And Nokia is the only company selling Windows Phone handsets."

Windows XP and Windows 8: The worst possible combination for Microsoft | ZDNet: " . . . PCs are no longer the automatic choice for business, thanks to the rise of the tablet. Neither is Windows, with Android desktops and Chromebooks also on an upward trajectory. And, thanks to BYOD, most firms are already used to staff turning up with iPads and Kindle Fire tablets; Microsoft's desktop dominance is already fraying around the edges...By updating the look and feel of Windows to cope with the threat from tablets, Microsoft may have opened the door to its rivals, not slammed it in their faces — hence the profusion of Android desktops generating excitement at CES this year, for example..."

Microsoft stays in-house, taps Nadella as new CEO
Computerworld
"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella," said Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder and former chairman, in a statement before the market bell Tuesday. But the new chief executive was not ...

Microsoft Names New Chief; Gates to Be Adviser
New York Times
SEATTLE — Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Satya Nadella would be its next leader, betting on a longtime engineering executive to help the company keep better pace with changes in technology. The selection of Mr. Nadella to replace Steven....

Microsoft: Why the Windows XP show is finally over
ZDNet
It's easy to get sentimental about Windows XP and forget the hostile reception the OS received at launch — but the fact is, it's simply not cut out for the modern world, according to a senior Microsoft executive. Despite the undeniable eventual ...

Google Opens Chromecast To Developers
InformationWeek
Chromecast remains at the top of the Amazon.com Best Sellers In Electronics list. Initially, Chromecast users could access content only through Google Play, Google'sYouTube, and Netflix. Support for HBO ... Since Apple made iOS the foundation of the...

Apple Quietly Builds New Networks
Wall Street Journal
Apple's online delivery needs have grown in the last few years, driven by its iCloud service for storing users' data and rising sales of music, videos and games from iTunes and the App Store. But the iPhone maker is reported to have broader ambitions ...

Google, Facebook and other Internet companies disclose secret US demands for ...
San Jose Mercury News
Google was the first leading Internet company to report on other types of government information demands, while Microsoft and others have followed suit in recent years. In its report ... Apple reported the same range of numbers last week. Civil ...

Apple, Microsoft join carriers in $750M pledge to education
CNET
Apple is pledging $100 million in iPads, according to the AP. Microsoft is offering up its "billion-dollar response," which is essentially the potential to inject $1 billion in savings into the system. The company will offer Windows-based tablets ...

Google told it must move 'mystery' barge
Boston.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google does not have the proper permits for a mystery barge at a construction site on an island in San Francisco Bay, a state official said, and must move the floating, four-story building that drew wide attention and fueled weeks ...

Apple patents inductive charging pad with orientation-based device docking ...
Apple Insider
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for switching docking functions, such as data syncing, diagnostics or charging, based on the orientation of a device while laying on an inductive charging pad. Charging....

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