Microsoft has three generations of experience making hardware with its Xbox brand, however, the gaming industry lives in 5- to 7-year cycles. Mobile moves faster than that. A lot faster. With consumers expecting yearly tablet updates, Microsoft has to be smart about the future of its tablet … Read more
Typically, adding a keyboard to your mobile device arsenal means adding bulk and energy usage. A prototype touch surface keyboard shows that the near future may bring keyboards that will add almost no extra heft to your gear.
The prototype keyboard was built by CSR using Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth low energy) technology. The keyboard requires very little power, so lots of bulky batteries aren't necessary. The flexible touch-surface part of the device is less than 0.5 mm thick.… Read more
Last week, I was invited to a loft to look at how ESPN and the NFL would be integrating into the Xbox One. I was excited: I'm an NFL fan, and I track a fair amount of sports news, too.
I'm also someone who owns a smartphone and has cable TV, and owns a tablet. Between these services and gadgets, I'm pretty well covered.
Microsoft wants you to perceive the Xbox One as a way to get your TV and entertainment in a bold new way. While we knew this was coming since the Xbox event back … Read more
Microsoft has made previously temporary price-cut promotions for its Surface devices permanent.
Starting Thursday, Surface Pro, Touch Cover, and Surface RT bundle price adjustments will begin to roll out all markets where Surface and Surface accessories are currently sold.
What are these adjustments?$100 off Surface Pro (including the 256 GB SKU). This means the entry-level Surface Pro will now start at $799. $40 off Touch Covers. Touch Covers will now start at $79, and Limited Edition Touch Covers will now start at $89. $50 off Surface RT bundles. Surface RT bundles will now start at $399.
Microsoft will be … Read more
Many Microsoft watchers, customers, and partners continue to believe there is no future for Windows RT tablets -- in spite of Microsoft remaining committed to the ARM-based port of Windows.
Despite Microsoft's $900 million Surface RT write-down, make no mistake: There are still at least two (and possibly more) Windows RT-based tablets in the pipeline.
The first, about which rumors have been swirling for the past couple of weeks, is Nokia's coming Windows RT tablet. The latest codename for this device is "Sirius," according to The Verge. A couple of weeks ago, the codename for this device was supposedly "Vanquish," … Read more
Microsoft's announcement that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months is big news but little surprise.
Ballmer, who's led Microsoft since 2000, simply couldn't prove that he could move the company to a new course effectively. Despite years of trying, Microsoft hasn't shown an ability to keep up with Apple's mobile devices or Google's online services. When the software giant missed expectations with its quarterly earnings report in July, investors punished it by lopping $32 billion off its valuation. Compare that with Friday's 6 percent stock price increase.
Ballmer suffered three … Read more
It's no secret that there are some serious issues around competition and Windows that spell trouble not only for Microsoft's Surface, but for other tablets, detachables, and convertible devices running the latest incarnation of Microsoft's venerable operating system.
But there is also some cause for hope. Recent findings from Reticle Research, where I'm the principal analyst, show that more consumers are interested in purchasing new Windows form factors than traditional notebooks. In fact, more consumers express intent to purchase such devices than actually have them today. As Microsoft's tablet efforts will soon resurface in a … Read more
The law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has filed a class action suit against Microsoft over what it claims was misleading information on the company's Surface RT sales.Neowin.net posted about the suit on August 13, noting that it names as defendants Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, former Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein, corporate Vice President Frank Brod and Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller.
The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on behalf of purchasers of Microsoft stock between April 18 and July 18 (the "Class Period"). … Read more
It takes more than putting some electronics in a box to be a premiere hardware company.
And in some ways, Microsoft was already more of a devices company than Google proper (excluding Motorola) prior to shipping the Surface tablet or before Google even existed. Its first mouse, released 30 years ago, paved the way for a strong PC accessories business that gained wide distribution. And Microsoft has moved to expand its own store presence to compete with Apple.
OK, we know Microsoft's tablet OS isn't popular. So, what's next?
First, a look at the short, checkered past of RT, which rolled out on October 26, 2012.Vendors wary. Very wary: Hewlett-Packard, the No.1 PC maker, never participated in RT. Neither did Toshiba. Samsung made a weak attempt at one tablet that never launched in the U.S. Then pulled out. Asus eventually gave up. Acer eventually threw in the towel too -- at least for now. Want to complain? Get in line: Acer dinged Microsoft for Surface RT, while other vendors didn't like Microsoft doing hardware … Read more