In his latest comments on the company's nearly 7-month search to find a replacement for Steve Ballmer, Gates offered no evidence of a change of heart. Where does that leave Microsoft?
Some organizations inspire a feeling of dread.
"Oh, I have to deal with the DMV today. Where's my Xanax?"
Apple, though, has long held a reputation for making its customers feel like they're bathing in chocolate sauce. With a glass of champagne in their hands.
So it's curious that a new study by Forrester suggests that Cupertino is slipping a touch.
As The Wall Street Journal reports, this is the third year that Forrester has been measuring the satisfaction people feel (defined along parameters such as ease of interaction and enjoyability of interaction) when dealing … Read more
Windows 8.1 users who need a helping hand can check out a new how-to guide from Microsoft.
Dubbed the Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business, the PDF offers advice on how to use some of the key features in Microsoft's latest OS. The document covers a range of topics, including the desktop, File Explorer, the taskbar, Mobility Center, Internet Explorer 11, and SkyDrive.
With only 17 pages worth of information, the document doesn't cover any one subject in depth but instead touches upon specific settings and features. A handy tipsheet at the end explains how … Read more
Microsoft and Machinima, a wildly popular network of video channels online, have been caught in a seemingly strange affair aimed at promoting the Xbox One.
Tech site ArsTechnica on Monday reported that Microsoft and Machinima had signed a "stealth marketing" deal in which the video network's content partners would receive an additional $3 per thousand video views when they featured at least 30 seconds of Xbox One game footage. The content partners would also need to mention the Xbox One by name and use the tag "XB1M13," according to ArsTechnica.
The news came after an … Read more
While Yahoo's earnings haven't been exactly stellar over the past few months, its Web traffic certainly has. According to new data from analytics firm ComScore, Yahoo had more than 195 million unique US visitors from desktop computers in December -- that puts the site ahead of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook for desktop traffic.
ComScore released its list of the top 50 most trafficked Web sites from desktop computers in the US on Monday, showing that search engines, news sites, and social media pull in a heavy load of visitors. The total desktop Internet audience in the US is … Read more
Windows 8.1 isn't getting a lot of love from Hewlett-Packard.
The computer maker has begun offering a handful of desktop and laptop PCs running Windows 7, touting the older operating system as "back by popular demand." To spur sales, HP is also offering the Core i5- and i7-powered machines at a $150 discount.
As pointed out by Neowin, the home section of HP's retail Web site also offers Windows 8.1 machines for sale, but the focus of the page is definitely machines running Microsoft's 4-year-old operating system.
Although Windows 8.1 has managed … Read more
Still no takers out there?
By my back-of-the-envelope guesstimate, there's no dearth of talented executives qualified to answer the above want ad. But six months after Steve Ballmer announced his plans to step down, Microsoft's board still isn't ready with a replacement candidate.
Amazing. After all, we're not talking about a scenario where the incoming boss needs to … Read more
Google is the only big tech company that's visionary and disruptive enough to back an idea like the smart contact lenses to help diabetics monitor blood-sugar levels, right?
Wrong. Microsoft, that dowdy old has-been (at least in Silicon Valley conventional wisdom), was involved in the very same project in 2011. Project co-founder Babak Parviz, who today also leads Google Glass, previously worked on the contact-lens idea while at the University of Washington, cooperating with Microsoft.
The project, at that time clearly at an earlier stage of maturity, is the centerpiece of a Microsoft video spotlighting the idea of a … Read more
Celebrating what it says is "National Clean Out Your Inbox Week," Microsoft has added a few updates to Outlook's e-mail de-cluttering and organizing tools. Besides enhancing its Sweep to delete feature, the e-mail service has also upgraded ways to categorize and search for messages, along with other improvements.
Microsoft notes that average Outlook users get more than 10,000 personal e-mails a year and 80 percent of these are commercial e-mail, like newsletters, promotions, or updates. So, the company has aimed to make tools that let users more easily access the 20 percent of personal e-mails.
One … Read more