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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

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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

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Mystery: Microsoft’s Surface Excel billboard doesn’t add up

One of the competitive differentiators for Microsoft’s Surface vs. the iPad is the availability of the core Microsoft Office apps, as highlighted by Microsoft in its recent criticism of the “watered down productivity apps” available on other tablets. Which is why Apple fans are having a field day with this Microsoft Surface 2 billboard in… Read More

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Microsoft’s financial results show how hardware is reshaping its business

One of the built-in benefits of Microsoft’s traditional software business has been the giant profit margins. In its quarterly earnings report today, for example, the company’s commercial licensing segment (including sales of Windows and Office to businesses) had a gross margin of $8.8 billion on revenue of $9.5 billion. That’s more than 90 percent. But… Read More

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Microsoft: Apple’s free iWork on iPad is ‘an attempt to play catch up’ to Office on Surface

Apple’s decision to offer its iWork suite for free on new iPads is drawing a spirited response from Microsoft’s communications chief. In a new blog post, Frank Shaw disputes the notion that the move is a competitive threat to Microsoft, pointing out that the gold standard productivity suite, Microsoft Office, already comes for free on Surface… Read More

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Delta pilots swapping iPad for Surface 2 tablet

First, Delta equipped 19,000 flight attendants with Windows Phones. Now, the pilots are getting in on the Microsoft fun. Paul Thurrott at WindowsITPro reports that Delta will hand out the new Surface 2 tablet to all of its pilots, instead of Nokia’s unreleased Sirius tablet as originally planned. Currently, Delta pilots are allowed to bring… Read More

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Microsoft using Vine for a Surface 2 contest, but Windows Phone still doesn’t have the official app

Microsoft today unveiled two new tablets today — the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 — along with a new pressure-sensitive limited edition “Music Cover” touchpad specifically designed for DJs who want to use the tablet like a drum kit to remix songs. In conjunction with the Music Cover announcement, Microsoft kicked off a new contest… Read More