The software giant soon will name a new leader after a tumultuous seven months of drama. A look back at the upheaval Microsoft's next CEO must address.
By Geoff Colvin and Adam Lashinsky, senior editors-at-large
FORTUNE -- Bill Gates was the star attraction at a private event that included some of Silicon Valley's young luminaries in San Francisco last October, but his planned topic, philanthropy, wasn't the most prominent topic on their MOREFeb 3, 2014 7:00 AM ET
In an interview with Fortune, Yuanqing Yang says that his company seeks to replicate its ThinkPad success with Motorola.
FORTUNE -- Fresh from signing a $2.91 billion deal with Larry Page to acquire Google's Motorola unit, Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang spoke to Motorola employees for 45 minutes at the latter company's headquarters outside of Chicago on Thursday. Immediately after that meeting, Yang discussed the deal and Lenovo's plans to compete in the MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jan 30, 2014 4:01 PM ET
IDC, CIRP and Canalys all issued new smartphone market reports this week.
FORTUNE -- A few hours after Apple (AAPL) released its quarterly results Monday -- giving market researchers the only hard sales numbers they are likely to get from any smartphone manufacturer this quarter -- IDC released the chart at right, dutifully updated with the new iPhones sales number (51 million).
"Apple posted record shipment volume during 4Q13," according to IDC's press release, "driven primarily by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 30, 2014 3:33 PM ET
That and legal costs are the price it pays for violating a U.S. federal court's protective order.
FORTUNE -- U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal was furious.
Details of a patent licensing deal between Apple (AAPL) and Nokia (NOK) that were turned over to Samsung's outside counsel with an agreement -- protected by court order -- that they would absolutely, positively never be seen by Samsung itself -- turned up in the hands of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 30, 2014 8:27 AM ET
Samsung grew its share 56% from last year, Microsoft by 325%. But still.
FORTUNE -- You could write a headline from the data Chitika released today that drew attention to the dip in Apple's (AAPL) share of North American tablet traffic, from 81% a year ago to 78.2% today.
Or you could focus on Samsung's 56% increase. Or on how Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface tablets more than quadrupled their share year over year.
But MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 27, 2014 11:49 AM ET
Slowing Galaxy S4 sales helped push operating profits down 6% year over year.
FORTUNE -- Samsung had warned investors two weeks ago that there was bad news coming on the smartphone front. But the timing of Friday's quarterly earnings call -- one business day before Apple (AAPL) is scheduled to release its Christmas iPhone sales numbers -- could have been better.
Samsung no longer provides unit sales data, but Daewoo Securities estimates that the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 26, 2014 10:32 AM ET
Here's a hint: Apple and Samsung should be nervous.
FORTUNE -- In this game of chicken, it looks like IBM blinked.
The Armonk, N.Y.-based technology company (IBM) has wanted to unload its low-end, x86 server business for some time. Early last year, it conducted serious negotiations with the most likely buyer, Lenovo, the Beijing-based company that purchased its personal computer business in 2005. News of an impending deal, presumably leaked by IBM, MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Jan 24, 2014 11:37 AM ET
You get 47% more usable storage on a comparable Apple iPhone 5C, a new study shows.
FORTUNE -- No 16 GB smartphone on the market actually delivers 16 GB of usable storage, but some come closer than others.
Of the eight models evaluated by the British product-testing charity Which?, Apple (AAPL)'s iPhone 5C scored the highest with 12.6 GB (79%) of free memory.
The worst: Samsung's Galaxy S4, with only 8.56 GB (53.5%).
Where did the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 23, 2014 2:24 PM ET
That's up 35% a year ago. Samsung ownership (not sales) grew to 26% from 22%.
FORTUNE -- If you thought the long green line at the top of the attached chart represented the burst of iPhone sales last quarter following the release of Apple's (AAPL) new models, you could be forgiven. But you would be wrong.
When the NPD Group surveyed 5,000 American smartphone owners 18 and older last quarter, it didn't ask MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 16, 2014 3:33 PM ET
A judge can lead two CEOs to water, but she can't make them drink.
FORTUNE -- A big patent infringement trial is looming. The issues are complex; the docket is jammed. The judge orders the two sides to submit a proposal for mediation. The principals -- the CEOs of Apple (AAPL) and Samsung -- set dates. The press excitedly reports them.
That was in April 2012. The talks, not surprisingly, went nowhere. The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 9, 2014 8:32 AM ET
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