Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Ericsson's chief executive officer, Hans Vestberg, informed his company's board of directors that he is not planning to step down to take the top job at Microsoft. Vestberg's name had surfaced in recent weeks as a possible candidate to replace the job that will be left open by Steve Ballmer'… Read more
Microsoft Office might soon lose its position as the go-to platform for the UK government.
Speaking at an event on Wednesday centered on online services, the UK's Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said that the 200 million British pounds the government spent on Office since 2010 could be cut substantially if it moves to the open document format employed by services like Google Docs.
"I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need and can get their work done without having to buy a particular brand of … Read more
Microsoft is pushing select Windows 8.1 tablets below $250 at its online and physical stores.
For example, the 32GB Dell Venue 8 Pro is now priced at $229, dropping $70 from $299.
As a yardstick for comparable Android tablets, Dell's Venue 8, which runs Android 4.2.2 on an older Z2580 Intel Atom processor, sells for $179.99 directly from Dell. And Toshiba markets the Android-based Toshiba Excite 7 for $149.99.
Other Windows 8.1 models have been cut too. The … Read more
January 2014 wasn't the best month for Microsoft Surface users trying to make sense of which updates arrived for their devices.
Patch Tuesday came and went without any word on expected firmware updates. Shortly thereafter, various updates -- some marked as firmware and some labeled as "hardware" updates or as more mundane reliability and performance fixes -- began arriving via Windows Update on users' devices.
I've heard from Surface Pro 2 users who've been plagued by what seems to be the same firmware update being delivered to their machines repeatedly, despite the fact that they … Read more
The US Department of Justice announced on Monday that it made a preliminary deal with a handful of top technology companies that will let them publicly disclose the number of times the government requests user data. While it appears this is a step toward greater transparency, what does it really mean?
For years, it's been unclear how much and what type of information the National Security Agency has been collecting from tech companies. The NSA is one of the biggest surveillance and eavesdropping agencies in the US and was where Edward Snowden worked before he decided to leak some … Read more
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of the most popular titles in the franchise series, has made its way to Windows Phone just a month after it arrived on Android and iOS.
Rockstar Games launched GTA: San Andreas to Windows Phone on Monday for $7. The game follows the same storyline as the console versions that launched years ago. In addition to downloading the game, players will also need to download an additional 2.5GB to get the full title onto their devices.
For now, GTA: San Andreas is available on just a handful of Windows Phone devices, including the … Read more
Microsoft's SkyDrive won't be around much longer -- at least, not by that name.
SkyDrive, the software company's cloud-based storage service, will soon be called OneDrive, Microsoft General Manager for Consumer Apps and Services Ryan Gavin announced Monday.
The move comes several months after a British court ruled that Microsoft's use of the SkyDrive name was infringing on a trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) Group's Sky trademark. Rather than continue to battle it out in court, Microsoft decided it was time to change the service's name.
Gavin acknowledged that the BSkyB dispute … Read more
The Android mobile OS finished 2013 with a rise in market share in 12 major regions around the world, research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Monday.
For the three months ending December 2013, Google's mobile OS showed market share gains in the US, Europe, Latin America, China, and Japan. In Europe alone, Android now holds a 68.6 percent slice of the market, according to Kantar.
In second place, Apple's iOS lost steam in virtually all regions, slipping to a 43.9 percent share in the US, 29.9 percent in the UK, and 19 percent in China. … Read more
Why does Surface exist and is Microsoft serious about moving forward with the laptop-tablet hybrid? The software giant -- er, device maker -- has answers to those questions.
Microsoft said this week during its earnings conference call that Surface shipments doubled sequentially, though it's a little more complicated than that (i.e., Surface doesn't appear to be profitable yet).
The company is, not surprisingly, encouraged by the numbers and it appears to have no intention to retreat from the strategy to evolve as a device maker.
So, let's pose this existential question: why did Microsoft create Surface? … Read more
There's nothing like ending the week with a few fresh Windows rumors.
First up, the target release date for Windows 8.1 Update 1 -- the relatively minor update coming to Windows 8.1 this spring -- is allegedly March 11, according to one of my accurate and trusted sources. Yes, that's a Patch Tuesday. Given that Microsoft will likely deliver Update 1 to Windows 8.1 users via Windows Update, this seems pretty believable to me.
Windows leaker WZor previously indicated that Windows 8.1 Update 1 would likely be released to manufacturing in March, but didn'… Read more