Daily Cuppa: Microsoft's good and bad news, Apple's battery killer

Daily Cuppa: Microsoft's good and bad news, Apple's battery killer

Summary: Microsoft launched its Office Store and received strong criticism from Acer about its Windows Surface tablet strategy.

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Hump day is here, and we have a nice, big cup of tech news to get you through it.

There was a lot going on with Microsoft last night, as the vendor opened the doors to its Office store. The portal contains apps and add-ons that can be used with Microsoft Office and SharePoint.

But overshadowing the launch was Acer CEO JT Wang's scathing remarks about Microsoft's Surface tablet strategy. Wang urged the vendor not to release its own Surface hardware, which would compete with long-time partners like Acer. This would force Acer to find another platform for its own tablets, he said.

Commentators said that this could push users and vendors to the Apple and Linux platforms.

Speaking of Macs, hundreds of Mac OS users have reported that the latest Mountain Lion update has killed their hardware battery life by up to 50 per cent.

Infosys has launched its cloud self-service catalogue under the name of Cloud Ecosystem Hub. Companies can buy, deploy and manage cloud services across multiple platforms using the hub. It also lets users compare products from a number of different vendors, including Amazon, Microsoft and VMware.

SAP's investments into China have finally paid off, as the enterprise software company recorded strong growth of its mobility and HANA in-memory product adoption in the country.

Another company looking at focusing its efforts in Asia is Software AG, Germany's second-largest IT vendor. It wants to build up its services business, and take advantage of the talent pool available in India.

Moving on to something a bit more fun, UK grocery chain Tesco has set up an "interactive virtual grocery store" at Gatwick Airport, which allows travellers to swipe items that they want to buy on a custom screen, with the items delivered on their way back home.

The virtual grocery store will be up and running for two weeks.

Topics: Microsoft, Apple

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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  • Acer

    [i]Wang urged the vendor not to release its own Surface hardware, which would compete with long-time partners like Acer. This would force Acer to find another platform for its own tablets, he said.[/i]

    Well, it could do... But I prefer to think of it a forcing Acer to come up with some decent hardware for a change. They've had nearly a decade to show they can make a decent piece of tablet hardware with Windows, but they mainly churn out cheap tat.

    Okay, a little harsh, my last Acer laptop is 8 years old and it still works fine, but the case build quality and attention to detail are poor.
    wright_is
  • Acer

    [i]Wang urged the vendor not to release its own Surface hardware, which would compete with long-time partners like Acer. This would force Acer to find another platform for its own tablets, he said.[/i]

    Well, it could do... But I prefer to think of it a forcing Acer to come up with some decent hardware for a change. They've had nearly a decade to show they can make a decent piece of tablet hardware with Windows, but they mainly churn out cheap tat.

    Okay, a little harsh, my last Acer laptop is 8 years old and it still works fine, but the case build quality and attention to detail are poor.
    wright_is