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  • Survey: 18% likely to buy Apple's tablet

    Interest among ChangeWave's early adopters compares with the first Intel Macs

    Adding to the pre-tablet buzz, ChangeWave Research issued the results Thursday of a survey gauging consumer interest in the new Apple (AAPL) device expected to be unveiled at next Wednesday's "latest creation" event.

    Asked how likely they would be to buy an 'iSlate' if-and-when it becomes available, the 3,314 respondents answered as follows: 4% said they were "very likely" to buy MORE

    - Jan 21, 2010 11:17 AM ET
  • Video: Microsoft upstages Apple's tablet

    Steve Ballmer demos an HP "slate PC" at CES and steals a bit of Steve Jobs' thunder

    Steve Ballmer's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday night ran for more than an hour and a quarter.

    But what got the most attention from the press gathered to watch it were the three minutes Microsoft's (MSFT) CEO spent talking about his answer to the tablet computer Apple (AAPL) is MORE

    - Jan 7, 2010 7:22 AM ET
  • Microsoft's mobile message: wait till next month

    LAS VEGAS - When he took the stage to deliver the opening keynote for the Consumer Electronics Show, Steve Ballmer took a novel approach to the hype Apple and Google have generated in the mobile space:

    He sidestepped it.

    Instead of talking much about his own ambitions in smartphones and tablets, the two emerging platforms that are generating plenty of buzz at the annual gadgetfest, the Microsoft (MSFT) CEO focused on more MORE

    - Jan 7, 2010 6:00 AM ET
  • Mac ads haunt Steve Ballmer

    Shareholders press Microsoft's CEO about Apple's marketing campaign

    Those Get-a-Mac ads make "you all look like a buffoon," one long-time shareholder (and father of four Mac-using children) told Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer at the company's annual meeting Thursday. "I'm just wondering why your marketing group can't do something to try to rein in this next generation, because you've got a real bad image out there."

    "We all watch television," Ballmer responded, MORE

    - Nov 20, 2009 10:05 AM ET
  • Touch technology: A round-up

    Touch technology help non-tech industries improve business, efficiency, and their bottom lines.

    We all oohed and aahed when Apple's (AAPL) iPhone came out because of how cool it was, especially its multi-touch capability that let us flick through photos and "pinch" and expand photos and websites.

    Now, with Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 7 specially formatted for touch capabilities, and everyone from manufacturers to hotels touting their tough capabilities, we know human contact MORE

    - Nov 9, 2009 6:02 AM ET
  • Will Microsoft become the General Motors of software?

    It has near-monopoly status and nimble, disruptive competitors. We've seen this movie before.

    By Jay R. Galbraith, president and founder, Galbraith Management Consultants

    The more I learn about the current situation in software, the more Microsoft's position seems to mirror General Motors' position in the auto industry a few decades ago. Like Microsoft (MSFT) today, GM was an icon in its industry, held a quasi-monopoly, produced eye-popping profits and was often distracted MORE

    Nov 6, 2009 9:01 AM ET
  • Vista sold more PCs than Windows 7 did

    Microsoft moved a lot of install disks, but hardware makers got a bigger bump two years ago

    When Microsoft (MSFT) launches a new operating system, as it did two weeks ago, PC manufacturers like Hewlett Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Acer are supposed to reap the benefits. And everything seemed to be in place on Thursday Oct. 22 for that to happen.

    "Never before has the industry launched such a variety of MORE

    - Nov 6, 2009 6:37 AM ET
  • PC sales spike with Windows 7 debut

    Just three days were enough to push computer sales for the week up 40%

    The sharp spike in the chart at right is the Windows 7 effect PC makers have been waiting for.

    In a note to clients issued Monday afternoon, Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty reports that NPD data for the week ending Oct. 24 -- which included three days of Windows 7 sales -- show PC sales jumping 40% year over MORE

    - Nov 3, 2009 7:03 AM ET
  • Apple pays Google for Windows 7 hits

    Cheeky Get-a-Mac ads are not the only way Steve Jobs is going after Microsoft

    If you ran a Google search for "download windows 7" early Monday, you got about 137 million results -- plus something you probably weren't looking for. There, at or near the very top, was a sponsored link suggesting "There's never been a better time to switch to a Mac."

    A four-line ad was spotted over the weekend by MORE

    - Nov 2, 2009 7:10 AM ET
  • Mac share grew after Windows 7 debut

    Microsoft has not halted Apple's momentum, according to Net Applications' October report

    If Microsoft (MSFT) was hoping that the launch of Windows 7 would halt the erosion of its operating system market share -- and curb further inroads by Apple (AAPL)  -- there is no evidence that it's working yet.

    In fact, preliminary data released overnight Sunday by Net Applications show Mac OS X's Internet share growing by 2.73% in October, from MORE

    - Nov 1, 2009 7:48 AM ET
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