Steve Ballmer announces retirement as CEO of Microsoft

August 23, 2013

steve-ballmer-tongueSteve Ballmer has announced he will be retiring as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months. What the future holds for both the man and the company he has led since 1999 is anybody’s guess.

Steve Ballmer promises “One Microsoft”

July 11, 2013

The times they are a-changin’, and Microsoft is set to change too. At least that’s the plan, as set out by beleaguered CEO Steve Ballmer. He’s promising, “One Microsoft, all the time,” which means a unified company all pulling together to produce the best hardware and software [..]

Microsoft’s endless Xbox One PR fails

June 14, 2013

Microsoft is having a torrid time of it at the moment thanks to a series of PR fails that have between them ruined the unveiling of its next-gen console, the Xbox One. And I’m not sure we’ve seen the last of these gaffes.

Windows Blue is Windows 8.1, available as a free update

May 16, 2013

We’ve known for some time that Microsoft would be issuing a major update to its Windows operating system during 2013, but the exact details were unknown. All has now been revealed, with Windows Blue actually being Windows 8.1, a Windows 8 update released for free through the [..]

Is Bing littered with malware? No

April 12, 2013

From the headlines splashed across the blogosphere today you could easily get the impression that Bing is littered with malware, and that anyone using Microsoft’s search engine was likely to get infected and have a bad day. This isn’t true. In fact you’re very unlikely to encounter malware through a Bing search. A study by [...]

Microsoft helps Americans understand UK

March 14, 2013

Educating employees before they move countries is obviously a noble undertaking. Unfortunately some of the advice handed out can come across as a little unnecessary and condescending when read out of context. Still, Microsoft should be awarded an A for effort. The United States and the United Kingdom are long-time friends. The two countries share [...]

Windows 8 is doing… OK, actually

February 8, 2013

How is Windows 8 doing so far? Not too bad, thank you very much, at least according to Microsoft. A few weeks after Windows 8 launched it was reported that sales were disappointing. This came via Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott, who quoted one of his “most trusted sources” at the company as stating initial sales [...]

Apple takes in more than twice the revenue of Microsoft and loses market share

January 24, 2013

Apple earned twice the revenue of Microsoft last quarter but still lost over 10 percent of its market value.  What does that say about the differing expectations concerning Apple and Microsoft?  Mostly that investors expect more out of Apple and when they don’t get it they are quick to punish the company. The Washington Post [...]

Is Microsoft right to increase the price of Windows 8?

January 20, 2013

The ability to get Windows 8 on the cheap (in a legal and legitimate way) is ending soon. But is Microsoft doing the right thing in upping the price of its latest operating system? Anyone choosing to upgrade to Windows 8 from XP, Vista, or Windows 7 has, until now, been able to do so [...]

The BBC says “No” to apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

January 8, 2013

Wow.  The  BBC has signaled its lack of faith in Microsoft’s latest operating systems by refusing to develop apps compatible with the new Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. The BBC has a variety of apps for iOS, Mac OS X and Android devices and is still developing and updating those apps.  It even has [...]

Windows 8 fails to set world alight

December 23, 2012

Windows 8 has got off to a slower than expected start, at least according to the industry people and analysts willing to talk about the initial response to Microsoft’s latest operating system. Microsoft released Windows 8 to a muted response at the end of October. Since then there have been at least 40 million Windows [...]

Microsoft Surface selling poorly, with the lack of availability being blamed

December 6, 2012

It looks as though the Surface RT hasn’t exactly taken off in the big, bad way Microsoft was hoping it would. Is it just poor distribution and the subsequent lack of availability that’s to blame? Or is there more to it than that? Microsoft suggested it was looking to sell between three million and five [...]

Microsoft’s latest Bing promotion could net you some Christmas cheer

December 3, 2012

Microsoft has been trying to defeat Google for years now.  The company has tried a variety of different contests and promotions to get people to switch from Google search to Bing.  The latest contest is called “Bing It On”.  Winners of the contest can look forward to a variety of Windows devices or a trip [...]

Microsoft takes on the trolls with latest IE10 promotion

November 30, 2012

The best way to deal with Internet trolls is to not sink to their level, to rise above, to keep on keeping on. Or, as Microsoft is demonstrating, you can instead call them out for being ignorant idiots who haven’t a clue what they’re banging on about. Internet Explorer was once dominant in the world [...]

Microsoft has own Project Glass headset in the works

November 22, 2012

While tablets and smartphones are currently the computing devices of choice for those on the go, the day could come when we’re all walking around with computers on our heads. It will never happen, you say? Then why do both Microsoft and Google believe this scenario is possible? In April 2012 Google unveiled Project Glass, [...]

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