GeekWire Radio: Facebook + Oculus, Google Chromebook at college, and the meaning of Microsoft Office for iPad

We have lots to talk about on the GeekWire radio show this week, starting with Facebook’s surprising acquisition of Oculus, the virtual-reality technology company, for a whopping $2 billion. What does Mark Zuckerberg have in mind here? Facebook’s long-term relevance, for starters. From there we delve into one of the more intriguing stories of the… Read More


Geek on the Street at Macworld: Here’s what Apple fans think about Office for iPad

SAN FRANCISCO–As Satya Nadella kicked off his presentation announcing the much-anticipated release of Microsoft Office for iPad, Apple fans were getting their day started at the annual Macworld/iWorld convention held a few blocks away in the City by the Bay. GeekWire stopped by the gathering of Mac- and iOS-heads yesterday afternoon to see how the… Read More

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (Microsoft file photo)

Microsoft shares hit 14-year high on Office-iPad news

Microsoft shares closed at $39.55 today, up nearly 4 percent — reaching their highest point in 14 years following reports that the company will unveil a version of the Office suite for Apple’s iPad next week as part a broader strategy shift under new CEO Satya Nadella. Here’s the question: Will the move to further… Read More


Later, dudes: Apple’s unit sales leave PCs in the rear-view mirror, for now

As Steve Jobs liked to say, “Boom.” Total unit sales of Apple products surpassed unit sales of computers running Windows last quarter, according to Andreesen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans. Using numbers from Apple, Gartner and Andreesen Horowitz, Evans said the two companies were close to parity on device sales when counting Windows Phone units, though… Read More


Facebook unveils new ‘Paper’ app, not to be confused with FiftyThree’s ‘Paper’ app

Ah, the wonderful world of technology product naming. Facebook this morning unveiled an immersive news-reading app called “Paper” that is, in many ways, an alternative user interface for Facebook itself. The first section in the app will be the user’s own Facebook news feed, followed by themed sections with content on a variety of topics. Users… Read More


Parallels expands ‘Access’ app for iPad to support Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks

Parallels released an updated version of its Parallels Access remote desktop app for the iPad this morning with a variety of new features for users looking to access apps and content from their Macs or PCs on their iPads. Today’s update brings full support for Windows 8.1 and Mac OS 10.9 “Mavericks.” (The product already featured beta… Read More


Watch out, Microsoft: Apple says iPad accounts for 90% of enterprise tablet activations

Microsoft is aiming to protect its turf inside large businesses with the help of Windows tablets that run Office, but a new statistic demonstrates the size of the challenge facing the company. During Apple’s quarterly earnings call this afternoon, CEO Tim Cook said that 90 percent of tablet activations in the enterprise are iPads, despite… Read More


Microsoft Surface best guess: Around 1.5M tablets sold

So how is Microsoft’s Surface business doing? The company reported yesterday that Surface revenue in the December quarter was $893 million — more than twice the result of $400 million in the September quarter. However, Microsoft didn’t disclose the number of units sold or the comparable revenue figure for the same quarter last year. Fortunately… Read More


Amazon’s Kindle Fire blows away rival tablets with increase in Christmas activations

Amazon has typically seen its Kindle Fire tablet sales spike during the holidays, even more than a typical seasonal increase, and 2013 appears to be no different. Mobile app analytics firm Flurry just released some holiday tablet sales numbers and noted that on Christmas, Amazon’s tablets were activated 24 times more often than on a normal December… Read More