It might be a new year, but for Microsoft, the challenges are likely to feel very familiar. Forget all those lean startups. The real competition comes from Apple and Google, and it's not clear how Microsoft can fight back.
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Microsoft wants Windows to be for more than just PCs. A long list of failed spin-offs says the market isn’t buying it.
Steven Sinofsky, who ran the Windows division at the peak of the PC revolution, plans to use a popular newsletter platform to tell tales from his 20-year career in Redmond.
Microsoft has poured billions into its Bing search engine, and today Bing's index is the only alternative to Google. The company continues to tie Bing and its Edge browser together with new consumer-focused features, but the efforts are barely paying off.
A trio of Office 365 business customers have filed suit in Northern California accusing Microsoft of outrageous privacy violations. Their case doesn't stand up to even the most casual scrutiny.
Slack filed a competition complaint with the European Union, alleging that Microsoft was "reverting to past behavior" in its aggressive promotion of Microsoft Teams. For anyone who remembers Microsoft's antitrust history, the accusations are absurd.
The new Edge browser, built on the same open source code as Google Chrome, contains a new Tracking Prevention feature that blocks third-party trackers and, at the Strict setting, many ads. My tests show that one in four items blocked are from Google.
For more than a decade, Microsoft’s browser developers have been wandering in the wilderness. Will the move to an open-source engine and a renewed focus on privacy finally bring Edge into the mainstream?
The first public preview of Microsoft's replacement for its Edge browser is now available. Should you try it out?
By just about any measure, Microsoft had a pretty good 2018. I have five suggestions on how CEO Satya Nadella and his teams can keep customers happy and make money in 2019.