Redmond can bash Google's $199 laptop all it wants, but a look at holiday sales suggests that people aren't listening.
FORTUNE -- When Amazon released its list of holiday bestsellers the day after Christmas, the second-most popular laptop was the Asus Transformer, a Windows 8 laptop with a detachable keyboard that converts into a tablet. It's just the kind of portable consumer device that Microsoft (MSFT) desperately needs to be a MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jan 2, 2014 9:01 AM ET
In a Topsy search of holiday tweets, Microsoft's Surface barely moved the needle.
FORTUNE -- Here's an early indicator of how Christmas tablet sales went, via Topsy Analytics.
Topsy's Twitter search engine will count tweets for whatever phrases you enter. To get a feel for how Apple's (AAPL) iPad did against Samsung's Galaxy Note, Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, and Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface, I ran the following search with the following results:
got iPad: 120,608
Paid product ads appear to be working wonders for the tech company during its most lucrative quarter.
FORTUNE -- The winter holiday season is crunch time for retailers everywhere. Often, it's the difference between a profitable year and one that ends in the red. On the Web, one company is not selling goods, but still profiting handsomely anyway: Google.
The Internet search and advertising giant has long seen an uptick in business in MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Dec 18, 2013 5:00 AM ET
If Microsoft ends up giving away its mobile operating systems, it will be playing catch-up with Google's dominant Android OS.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly considering a radical shift in its mobile strategy: offering its operating systems free to manufacturers of mobile devices.
The Verge, quoting unnamed sources "familiar with Microsoft's plans" reported Wednesday that the company might trade in the revenues it gets from licensing Windows Phone and Windows RT by MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Dec 11, 2013 3:26 PM ET
As the world prepares for Microsoft to announce a new chief executive, we ask the company's top executives -- including the man himself -- to take a look at the legacy Steve Ballmer leaves on the technology company.
By Mary Jo Foley, special to Fortune
FORTUNE -- On the eve of his exit as chief executive officer of Microsoft, after more than a decade on the job, Steve Ballmer is more than MOREDec 11, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Asymco's Horace Dediu now expects U.S. smartphone penetration to hit 90% by Dec. 2016.
FORTUNE -- I don't pretend to understand -- even after reading the Wikipedia entry on logistic regression -- the statistics Asymco's Horace Dediu used to draw the chart at right.
But even I can see that the curves representing various smartphone platforms have different shapes:
Orange: Research in Motion (BBRY), headed south
Blue: Microsoft (MSFT), recovering
Yellow: Android (GOOG), leveling off
Redmond takes its bitter "Don't get Scroogled" offensive to the gift store.
FORTUNE -- Just in time for holidays, Microsoft (MSFT) has accessorized is anti-Google (GOOG) propaganda campaign.
If you thought Redmond's rivalry with Apple (AAPL) was bitter, check out this season's offerings at Microsoft's Scroogled.com store. Items offered as Christmas gifts range from a $8 Mug ("Keep calm while we steal your data") to a $26 hoodie illustrated with a word cloud of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 21, 2013 8:30 AM ET
Microsoft's latest accepts voice commands, scans musculature, and -- oh, yeah -- plays games. Our full review.
FORTUNE -- If the Xbox One isn't already near the top of your holiday wish list, it should be.
With Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One, due out this Friday, it's clear the company is gunning for the living room, marrying TV viewing, game play, and Internet-connected services to an unprecedented degree. At $499, it may cost $100 more MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 20, 2013 12:00 AM ET
Is the company's predicament really as desperate as he makes it out to be?
FORTUNE -- Business Insider's Henry Blodget has a message for Apple "fans" -- an expression he used eight times in the space of one heavily illustrated post Friday, starting with the headline:
Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It
Buttressing his message is a deck of slides -- including the one above MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2013 4:52 PM ET
Windows guru Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has all but abandoned the Microsoft ecosystem.
FORTUNE -- "After more than two decades of being a dedicated Windows power user, and having invested tens of thousands of hours into mastering the platform, and run versions spanning from 3.0 to 8.1, I've now all but given up on Windows."
Those are words Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, a Microsoft (MSFT) Windows and Visual Basic guru with several how-to books and countless MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 13, 2013 11:35 AM ET
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