Microsoft is desperately trying to up its hight street presence with retail stores popping up all over the U.S., and soon beyond as well. But with the 2012 holiday season fast approaching, a more temporary fix is being planned.
Microsoft is tackling Google head on with a new promotion designed to help unseat the search giant from its lofty perch. Titled ‘Bing It On’, the promotion sees Web users comparing the results of the two search engines in a blind test.
Microsoft has unveiled its new corporate logo, the first change made in 25 years. Most people will obviously hate it simply because it’s Microsoft, but as an exercise in branding it actually makes a lot of sense.
Microsoft Surface, the self-branded Windows 8 tablet with funky keyboard cover, is set to arrive on Oct. 26 right alongside the new operating system itself. But we still have no idea what the final retail price will be, with Microsoft deciding not to reveal such key information when it unveiled Windows Surface at a glitzy, Apple-inspired event in June.
Microsoft has moved to quell an impending lawsuit from a German retailer by changing the name of the Windows UI formerly known as Metro. It just hasn’t yet quite made its mind up over what to change the name to.
A Swedish website has a price listed for Windows Surface, and it isn’t pretty. But is it real? And if so, does it mean Surface is destined to be dead on arrival?
Not only is Microsoft going into the hardware business, but it looks as if it is limiting its competition – at least initially. Interestingly enough, the company allowed the chipset makers to make the decision as to who was going to get to make the devices.
Microsoft making a loss? Oh dear. Thankfully there are extenuating circumstances behind the quarterly loss, and investors are actually rather optimistic after the latest financial results.
Microsoft has decided to change the way we think and use Office. It uses the cloud as your default hard drive and gives you the ability to use the same Office program across a number of different devices. It includes sharing in many of the different applications and all of it is designed to integrate with Windows 8 both functionally and visually.
When Windows 7 came out you had to choose between Windows 7 Basic, Windows 7 Starter, and Windows Ultimate, all of which you could get on a brand new computer or upgrade to on an old one or from a lesser version. Now you have two flavors to choose from Windows 8 upgrade and Windows 8 that comes OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) on new computers.
Those consumers wishing to upgrade to Windows 8 need only put $39.99 aside in order to do so, which should up the early adoption rate by quite a margin.
Could Microsoft be the white knight needed to ride in and save RIM from the financial black hole it’s facing?
Sometimes you have to wonder what a company is thinking. Granted Microsoft has never been known as altruistic when dealing with other companies. Some might even call it predatory but what is about to happen with Nokia is just cold. By announcing Windows Phone 8 and stating that it will not run on any current Windows Phone hardware, Microsoft has hurt its partners like HTC who were producing Microsoft devices and especially Nokia.
Microsoft recently unveiled Surface, Windows 8-powered tablets that will be launching in the months after the new operating system itself goes on sale later this year. On the surface (excuse the pun) this is hardware designed to compete with the Apple iPad and the various Android tablets that currently make up the burgeoning tablet market.
Well Apple had its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this month and unveiled its new line of MacBooks and iOS6. Monday it is Microsoft’s turn. We may get to find out more information about the upcoming Windows 8 tablets that are expected to launch later this year.