Microsoft confirmed last Friday that CEO Steve Ballmer plans to sell nearly one-fifth of his shares of the company, valued at $1.3 billion. Meanwhile, the company’s Kinect gaming technology apparently went to Apple first, but the creator of the technology found them difficult to work with.
If you'll recall, this past May, Apple topped Microsoft in market cap. But there was still that rascally revenue barrier that Apple still could not quite overcome. Well, that barrier is no more. Microsoft just reported $16.2 billion in revenue for the third quarter. And Apple? $20.34 billion.
Hot on the heels of FaceTime for Mac's beta release, we have news that Redmond isn't far behind -- at least as far as its popular Messenger software is concerned. As of today, Mac users who prefer Microsoft's chat client (or those who have many PC friends who do), can now hop on board the video chatting bandwagon.
Microsoft Office has always had a lot of features--too many features, some would say. With menus inside of menus, palettes aplenty, and toolbars crammed with tiny buttons, the biggest problem with Office was finding the features you needed without being bogged down by the ones you never touched. Plus, with the Mac version of Office lagging at least a year behind the Windows suite, feature parity could be an issue, so Mac users often felt like second-class citizens over, for example, the lack of VBA macros.
In almost a sort of "who would have thunk it," Microsoft may not be as bad off when it comes to the cell phone industry. Its upcoming Windows 7 phone got a fairly decent review from a pretty well known name. John Gruber, of Daring Fireball has deemed it a "really nice" phone. Hmmm...
Despite the fact that Microsoft just finished enjoying the highest sales numbers ever seen by the company in a single fiscal year, the Redmond, Washington software giant is none too pleased with Steve Ballmer. According to securities regulators, the outspoken CEO was paid a cash bonus of $670,000--half the amount he could have earned were he not to have fumbled the roll out of their Kin line of mobile phones and responded in a timely manner to the threat of Apple's iPad.
Mac users who rely upon Microsoft Office to grind out their living on a daily basis are always hungry for word of an update to make their experience using the invaluable suite of applications more stable, intuitive and productive. Since the release of Office for Mac 2008, glitch fixes and security updates have always been always a welcomed site. But let's face it: What Office users really want is an overhaul of the entire suite--Word, PowerPoint, Excel, our email software--everything.
According to a post made this morning the Office for Mac Blog, the much anticipated new version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite for OS X--Office for Mac 2011--is upon us, and in 2010 no less!
This is the generation that will never know life without an app store. These days, every tiny device imaginable has its own app store to tout; even the seemingly useless Peek email reading device has apps for social networking. Now, Microsoft allegedly wants to jump onto this bandwagon with their own app store of sorts.