There's no doubt about the success of the Xbox, but Microsoft's latest claim might have some scratching their heads. First it's iPhone "funerals," and now they're making some pretty bold claims about Kinect sales.
It was the tweet heard round the world. Microsoft was said to be working on iPad apps, and this from none other than Microsoft's blogger Paul Thurrott. Obviously, he was oblique to pique our interest. Consider it piqued.
Is it a case of creativity? Perhaps. Or is it more that the crew at Microsoft have way too much time on their hands? Maybe. Either way, Redmond and Co. decided to live up the Windows Phone 7 reaching RTM status by actually throwing a funeral complete with procession for the iPhone and the Blackberry.
Microsoft Office makes money. So, with that being the case, why won't Microsoft make a version of Office for the iPad so that we can give them more money to love?
It seems like a pretty straight forward gambit: With Apple having shipped over five million iPads, many of which are no doubt totting copies of iWork, you'd think that the boys from Redmond would have wanted to get a piece of the pie. It's not like they haven't had time to get their ducks in a row. Even poor, brow-beaten Blackberry, are preparing to enter the tablet world with an entry of their own recently acquired DataViz, a company that was producing office applications for handheld devices long before the iPad was a glint in Steve Jobs' eye. C'mon Microsoft! We can even log into Google Docs on the fly these days! How can you look the public in the eye and tell us that Office for our iPads, iPhones and iPods is a no go?
Remember Paul Allen? Well, he's about to try and make sure Apple amongst a whole slew of other tech heavy hitters don't soon forget him. On Friday, he sued Apple, Google and nine other companies claiming that they're making use of technology that came about ten years ago at his now-kaput Silicon Valley lab.
Microsoft posts a site that shows just how much cooler PCs are compared to Mac. No really, they really have a site that says that. We discuss stunning revelations like, "Macs don't work well at work or school" and "Macs don't let you choose."
Yeah, we have fun with that.
Also, Mark Papermaster has left Apple after only being with the company for two years. Leaving Apple with one less employee with a super villain last name.
Now that Windows 7 is out and PC users have embraced it full force, Microsoft has a little more to brag about. Apple used to be the team begging everyone to make the switch, with their making-it-easy guides, and commercials that made Mac users look like cool hipsters. Finally, we're stoked to say, the tables have turned. Windows 7 borrowed a ton from OS X, and now it's Microsoft that's launched a site telling its users to choose a PC over a Mac (which we still don't get--aren't they both personal computers?). They list plenty of reasons to choose a PC, and while we respect Windows, we sooo don't buy their list. In direct response to Microsoft, we tackle 10 of their reasons to buy a PC over a Mac.
It's Monday, and it's early. If you're reading this post at the time that it was written, you're most likely at work. For many of us, being at work means spending a lot of our time in from of Microsoft Office. For those of you nodding at your monitor right now, you'll agree that despite all the bells and whistles that Redmond's flagship productivity suite offers, seeing a few refinements come to the software would be a welcome treat indeed.
Well, the treat is here, with the Mac Business Unit announcement this morning detailing the pricing for the various iterations of Mac Office 2011. Over all, things are looking pretty rosey for Mac Office users this time around, as Microsoft has opted to provide us with a lower per-installation cost than we've seen in the past.
Despite having one of their best quarters ever, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is still a little uneasy about the runaway train that is the iPad in the tablet world. He also addressed the PC market between the two companies as well.