This week saw reports of Samsung profits dropping, Google has been working on multi-window support for Android, and HP sneaks a 10-inch tablet to market.
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I'm sure Apple's new iPhone will be exciting and wonderful, but it won't propel Apple back to the top over the true smartphone giant: Microsoft. Yes, you read that right: Microsoft.
Asus is playing a Windows 8.1 high margin game with an Android commodity device strategy for volume on the other side. If Microsoft can't kick-start PC growth, Asus has a strategy that won't deliver decent profits.
For the first time, Microsoft has publicly gotten a company using Linux servers to say that they've signed a Linux patent licensing deal, but it's far from the first time that Microsoft has convinced Linux-using businesses into paying for Linux.
Microsoft is stuck between a rock and a hard place with Windows RT pricing. Price it low and face less-than-expected profits, or take on the iPad et al and squeeze out the lucrative enterprise market.
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Analysis: Apple Beating Microsoft in Profits is Triumph of Something Bigger than Hardware Over Software
In the most recent quarter, Apple hit $5.9 billion in profits, bigger than Microsoft's $5.2 billion. That's remarkable, but for more than the rare financial triumph of hardware over software.
Microsoft has reported record third-quarter revenues of $16.43 billion and a 31 percent jump in profits to $5.
Negotiations on behalf of 17 charities with software giant Microsoft have created a cut-rate enterprise licence standard for non-profits at about 60 per cent of commercial fees.
While Windows, Office, and server tools pull in billions of dollars in profits for Microsoft, its "Entertainment and Devices" division is barely keeping its head above water. Why? One reason - poor branding.
Are all slates tablets? Are all tablets netbooks? Does the distinction between slates, tablets, netbooks, smartbooks and e-readers matter to anyone -- or do anything beyond confuse customers more than they are already)? The real question in all this, for Microsoft watcher, customers and partners, is whether slates will ding the profits of the Windows client business any more or less than netbooks have.
Peter Alguacil over at Pingdom has crunched numbers on tech company profits per employee and Google comes top with $210K per person in 2008.Microsoft $194KBaidu $164KApple $151KCisco $122KAdobe $119KEbay $110KIntel $64KOracle $64KDell $32KAmazon $31KYahoo $$31KIBM $31KHP $26KSun $12KIs there a connection between size and profits per staff person?
Worth reading: BusinessWeek has a good package on what ails Microsoft--innovation stagnation, slow product development, sagging morale, too much bureaucracy and slower growth (but record profits). Included in the package in an in-depth interview with CEO Steve Ballmer, who of course disputes the notion that Microsoft is struggling.
Directions on Microsoft put together a list of 10 challenges for Microsoft in 2005. "Left unattended, each (challenge) could ultimately interrupt Microsoft's 25-plus-year run of growth and profits and leave the door open for younger, smaller and more nimble competitors," the analyst house said in its end-of-year research note Wednesday.
The software giant reports earnings that narrowly topped Wall Street expectations. Its sales rose 6 percent from a year ago.
A move by the software giant to boost the amount of software it sells directly to businesses could save customers money, but it has angered some longtime partners.
Microsoft warns that the success of the open-source movement could hurt its sales, potentially forcing the company to cut prices and sacrifice both revenue and profits.
While Microsoft is sitting on profits well in excess of US$2bn, and Apple is looking at profits comfortably in excess of US$1bn, neither company could find the time or the staff to answer the Christmas call
Eric Knorr: Times are tough. With Microsoft using licensing arrangements to boost profits, IT managers should fight back by checking whether they actually use all the software they pay for.
XP fuels the growth...
It takes time and money to see profits from gaming hardware, but Microsoft is getting ready to spend an unprecendented amount
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