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Too soon to tell: Windows 8
Microsoft's latest operating system remains in a bit of a rut: it was criticized left, right and center by analysts, reviewers and the general public alike -- yet Microsoft has sold 40 million licenses to date, which is a massive increase from the 4 million licenses sold in the first three days of the software launching. In just one month alone, that's a 900 percent increase on sales.
But for the business case user, we have yet to see some definitive figures. According to ZDNet's own research, around three-quarters of 1,200 IT buyers have no plans to deploy Windows 8, but half may reconsider it in the future. While many are updating their home PCs and space machines, the general consensus is that the software is not yet ready for the enterprise. That should be a worry to Microsoft as that's where the bulk of its revenues come from.
- Read more: Does Windows 8 belong on business desktops?
Too soon to tell: Google vs. the FTC over search results 'cooking'
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already slammed Google with a $22.5 million fine this year after the search giant was found to have bypassed the security and privacy settings of Safari browsers in order to serve up its Google '+1' button in advertisements. (Google paid off the fine in about 5 hours, according to the firm's second quarter sales earnings.)
But the FTC has yet to dish out its verdict on whether or not the search company 'cooked' its search results to favor its own products and services over rivals. In October, the FTC was 'close' to announcing a formal antitrust probe into Google, but since then, nothing. Kaput.
However, a recent report suggests the FTC may be looking to settle instead of launching a fully-fledged antitrust suit its way. At this point, it seems like huff-and-puff from the federal regulator and now it's backing down because it could lose the case. Whatever happens, we won't see any resolution to this case any time soon, let alone this year.
Too soon to tell: BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry 10 devices will launch on January 30, according to RIM, but the company will miss out on the lucrative holiday season by launching later in the months after Christmas.
However, despite the firm slowly sinking, analysts are warming to the Canadian smartphone maker. Across the board, analysts are encouraging investors to buy into RIM stock. Many are suggesting that preliminary results suggest developed market carriers have a much more positive view on BlackBerry 10 than initially expected. But, while many are tooting at the BlackBerry trumpet, a select few are still stuck in their ways and believe BlackBerry 10 doesn't have a great chance of succeeding.
Until it launches, we will have no idea. What is clear, however, is that BlackBerry 10 really is make or break for the company.