No one questions CEO Steve Ballmer's drive or intentions - but is his devotion to the company and its Windows business hurting its ability to innovate?
By Gary Rivlin, contributor
It seemed a little like love when a blogger named The Paperboy got his hands on a secret device being developed inside Microsoft under the code name Courier. With its icon-rich user interface and multitouch, stylus-friendly screens, Courier represented "an astonishing take MOREMar 29, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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Microsoft is paying Nokia $1 billion to develop and market Windows Phone 7 smartphones. In exchange, Nokia will pay Microsoft a fee for each copy of Windows Phone 7 used on its devices, and those costs will likely be offset as the company downsizes its internal MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 8, 2011 6:00 AM ET
The research firm blames devices like Apple's for a 34% drop in its 2010 growth estimates
"We expect growing consumer enthusiasm for mobile PC alternatives, such as the iPad and other media tablets, to dramatically slow home mobile PC sales, especially in mature markets."
That's George Shiffler, research director at Gartner, Inc., giving his clients the bad news that the 15.9% growth his company had projected for notebook computer sales MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 4, 2011 11:30 AM ET
Why would Symantec's CEO suggest that Macs are just as vulnerable as Windows PCs?
Maybe to sell more anti-viral software.
That's the only explanation I can give for Enrique Salem's performance in a video posted on CNNMoney Thursday entitled "Macs are no safer than PCs." (Video below the fold.)
Fortune's Adam Lashinsky asked Symantec's (SYMC) CEO several different ways whether a Mac was as likely to get attacked by malware as a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 17, 2011 2:40 PM ET
..and might replace some IT workers too.
Linus Upson, Google's (GOOG) vice president for engineering in charge of Chrome had some big words for the NYTimes on their soon-to-be-released OS. "ChromeOS machines could immediately replace 60% of the Windows desktops in the corporate market," he said.
That's quite a big chunk of Microsoft's (MSFT) business if it is in fact true. I'm assuming Google has done due diligence and found that those MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 25, 2010 4:40 PM ET
The web-based OS can still be a winner for Google if it can execute.
The word on the street today (and last week) is that Google's ChromeOS is delayed, or rather that devices running the new web-based OS aren't due until 2011. Google went on record in May saying there would be "devices" later this "fall".
"We are working on bringing the device later this fall," said Google vice-president of product management Sundar Pichai at MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 23, 2010 3:31 AM ET
Dave Matthews and 2,000 free Miley Cyrus concert tickets will do the trick
The air was scented with "bamboo sage." The walls were lined with 100 monitors. The cheering staff was clad in primary colors, ready to break out in dance at a moment's notice.
But it was not the tables full of Dells and Kinects, the community training space, the free Windows diagnostic tests, the video history of Bill Gates' company MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 19, 2010 8:30 AM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.Facebook is going full-throttle with mobile. The leading social network unveiled three new features yesterday: single sign-on for all FB-enabled apps, the ability for developers to use its location API, and a local deals platform with partners MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 4, 2010 8:29 AM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.Comcast lost 275,000 basic cable subscribers during the company's third quarter, attributing the loss to the economy, the housing crunch and competition. Despite that, the company reported third quarter revenues of $5.91 billion, up 7% from a year MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 28, 2010 6:00 AM ET
Despite Apple's gains, Microsoft dominates the World Wide Web
"There's no evidence that the marketplace is abandoning Windows to any significant degree."
So wrote ZDNet Windows guru Ed Bott in a blog post Sunday that's getting some attention today. Bott went looking for data to support the widespread impression that Apple (AAPL) is gaining on Microsoft (MSFT). Using data from Net Market Share, which tracks what devices are accessing its clients through MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 25, 2010 11:12 AM ET
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