When Cash-Cows Collide… MS and Apple Spat over Office on iOS

These days, both Microsoft and Apple derive a significant portion of their revenue from what are – effectively – ‘cash cows’, with relatively small investment costs giving large – and continuing – returns.. Now, the companies are fighting over two … Continue reading

Windows 8 Claims its first Exec. Scalp?

After the less-than-stellar launch of Windows 8, now comes the shock departure of the Microsoft executive responsible – Steven Sinofsky: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/11/12/microsoft-shocker-windows-president-steven-sinofsky-out/ The sudden departure is a surprise, and the usual gushing platitudes – probably dictated through gritted teeth – do … Continue reading

Microsoft – Back to the ’90s?

First we had Microsoft ‘annoying’ its OEM partners with its own tablet (see my previous post..) and now – it seems – the company may – or may not – be introducing its own smartphone: http://www.informationweek.com/mobility/smart-phones/microsoft-to-build-its-own-windows-phone/240012727 This is starting to … Continue reading

CUL, meet CVL.. Viewer Detection Patent?

Apparently, good old Microsoft have been having fun at the US Patent Office, again. http://www.geekwire.com/2012/microsoft-diskinect-freeloading-tv-viewers/ Their latest bright idea for increased monetisation of their ‘consumers’ is a plan to detect the number of people viewing their gaming products, and cut … Continue reading

MS Surface – Killing Itself?

Microsoft seems to be hell-bent on upsetting its partners again, at a time when it really can’t afford to do so.    Someone has thought Microsoft should be more like Apple (again?) and do it all itself, with regards to Windows … Continue reading

‘Windows 8 Only’ CPUs – Bad for Business?

First we had ‘EFI Secure Boot‘ limited to Microsoft control, and now Intel and AMD have both recently – and somewhat coincidentally – announced that their new tablet-focussed CPUs – ‘Clover Trail‘ and ‘Hondo‘ respectively – will be ‘Windows 8 … Continue reading