October 10, 2012 |
There's a new hardware player in town, but it has a familiar name: Microsoft. The software king has taken a hard look at itself and refocused its efforts on what it calls "devices and services" to kick off a new company chapter. The decision was announced in a letter to shareholders from Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. He called the move a "significant shift" that affects every part of the company. The letter codifies a strategy Microsoft has been headed toward for a while, pulling a page out of...
July 17, 2012 |
Microsoft took a big step Tuesday with its next version of Office, saying that it will base the lucrative software in the cloud first and then make the entire suite capable of touch navigation. The move not only brings Microsoft a new model for Office but also gives the company's tablets and phones a significant point of leverage for enterprise customers. Microsoft is facing pressure from other cloud-based office software suites — most notably from Google. But Microsoft's decision to...
July 16, 2012 |
Microsoft unveiled its newest version of Office and talked about the momentum that Microsoft has right now. But this time, it's also on your (Windows) phone and your (Windows) tablet. Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said that Office is one of the "most exciting" products the company offers, though not one that get a lot of press coverage. But the company is radically remaking the Office suite — to be a service, not a product. To translate: Office is going cloud first.
July 10, 2012 |
Windows 8 PCs are officially coming in October, and Microsoft is holding nothing back when it comes to going after the competition. In an interview with the tech news organization CRN , Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer said that while the company has "ceded some of the boundary between hardware and software innovation" to Apple in the past, it is not going to do that anymore. "We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple," he told...
May 1, 2012 |
Responding to a news report that many interpreted to mean that LG is planning to end its development of Windows Phones, the Korean electronics company said Tuesday that it has no Windows device "in the pipeline" but isn't abandoning the platform. "At the moment, LG is primarily focusing on developing Android-equipped smartphones," the company said in a statement sent to The Washington Post. "Contrary to what some articles have said, LG is not giving up on Windows Phones. " The possibility that LG was pulling out of...
January 10, 2012 |
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer gave his final keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show today, promoting the "reimagined" Windows 8 operating system launching later this year. The software uses Microsoft's Metro user interface from the Windows Phone platform, and it brings Windows up to date for the era of apps, touchscreens, and pretty new user interfaces. In that sense, Ballmer believes it will fend off competition from rivals such as Google's Android and Apple's...