Surface Pro 3: A big clue about Microsoft’s future

This is not the tablet we expected. But it says a lot about where Microsoft is headed. Rather than announcing a new Surface Mini yesterday, the Redmond company went in the opposite direction, unveiling a super-sized, 12-inch Surface Pro 3 with new features designed to make it a more reasonable laptop replacement. Bloomberg reports that new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella… Read More


Nokia X: How Microsoft became an Android vendor

Nokia’s decision to release a new lineup of Android phones might seem like heresy inside Microsoft — which will acquire the new Nokia X Android mobile phones, in addition to Nokia’s higher-end smartphone lineup, as part of its pending $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business. But it turns out that Microsoft actually… Read More


Microsoft CEO search playing out like a soap opera in media

A report by Bloomberg News this morning quotes anonymous sources saying that Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft exec and Nokia CEO, would consider making the Office applications available more widely beyond Windows if he succeeds Steve Ballmer as Microsoft’s next CEO. He’d also be open to spinning off the Xbox and Bing businesses, according to the sources…. Read More


Nokia CEO says he picked Windows Phone over fear of Samsung dominating Android

Last week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop defended his company’s decision two years ago to try to create a “third ecosystem” by throwing its weight behind Windows Phone, competing against iPhone and Android. Now, in a recent roundtable with European media outlets, Elop went into more detail about that logic and shed light on how he feared Samsung would dominate… Read More


Surprise: Nokia ships 4M Windows Phones in second quarter

Nokia posted a big loss in the second quarter, almost four times its loss from a year ago, but reported better-than-expected shipments of its Lumia line of Windows Phones — an encouraging sign, at least, for the mobile phone maker’s high-stakes partnership with Microsoft. The company reported the results this morning. Share of Nokia are… Read More

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Comments of the Week: Ballmer and basketball; Sword fighting authors; etc.

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “I’ve been writing science and historical fiction for three decades. Well, screw that. I want to do a video game — a video game about something really cool and fun that I enjoy: sword fighting.”–Author Neal Stephenson in his Kickstarter pitch announcing the game Clang. “Digital solitaire… Read More