Earnings reports show Apple matters to the world, Microsoft doesn't

Yesterday's earnings reports from Microsoft and Apple showed a contrast in corporate strategies: Apple's aimed at consumers, Microsoft's targeted at businesses. Those reports and the press's reaction to them shows why right now...

New leaked Windows 9 screenshots show an operating system PC users can love

Two new leaked Windows 9 screenshots show good news for users of traditional PCs -- it looks as if the operating system will actually be useful for them, and not just for those with touch-based devices. I've got screenshots and...

The fatal flaw in Nokia's Lumia 635 Windows Phone: What was Microsoft thinking?

The new Lumia 635 should have been a killer Windows Phone: It's low-cost phone with a solid set of specs and some innovative features. But it's got a flaw that dooms it -- such an obvious one it's hard to know what Nokia was...

Has Microsoft abandoned its Android experiment forever?

Microsoft's announced yesterday that it will kill off the Nokia X line of Android phones. But left unsaid was whether this ends the company's brief flirtation with Android. Is Microsoft's embrace of Android a thing of the...

Do Microsoft layoffs mean Windows Phone will be sold off?

Microsoft's plans to lay off 18,000 people in the next year and its decision to kill off the Nokia X line of low-cost Android phones may be more than short-term cost-cutting measures -- they could well portend Microsoft's selling...

Apple-IBM deal fallout: The future of innovation is now with Microsoft.

The Apple-IBM blockbuster deal may finally give Apple its long-denied entrée into the enterprise. But it also may signal something even more surprising: That the future of innovation now belongs to Microsoft, not Apple. The deal...

Microsoft: Lumia 630 and Lumia 930 Windows Phone owners, Google search is banned for you

If you buy a Lumia 630 or 930 Windows Phone and want to use Google as your default search engine, you're out of luck: Microsoft has disabled that capability in those phones. For better or worse, you're stuck with Bing. Will this...

Is this Windows 9 Start Menu the real thing?

There's a screen shot circulating online that purports to show the new Windows 9 Start Menu in action. Is this really the future of Windows, or just a well-done fake? The screen, which you can see below, looks much like the one...

Expect the big ax to fall at Microsoft. Here's where the cuts might be.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella yesterday hinted that job cuts were coming to Microsoft, and multiple sources are reporting that they're all but a done deal. Where might the cuts be, and how many people will be involved? I've rounded...

Microsoft CEO Nadella: Windows is over, the future is mobile and the cloud

In case you were wondering where Windows stood in Microsoft's future, CEO Satya Nadella just made it clear: Windows is the past; mobile and the cloud are the future. Today he laid out his vision for the future of Microsoft to the...

Why you should ignore analysts' estimates about Windows Phone...and everything else

Analysts like Gartner and IDC hype surveys which promise to predict the precise future market share of Windows Phone and other platforms. I've looked back at some of their predictions about Windows Phone in recent years, and the...

Gartner says Windows Phone to hit 10% market share in 2018. In what universe is that?

Gartner sees sunny days ahead for Windows Phone, which it says will reach 10% worldwide market share by 2018. Is that an on-target prediction, or is Gartner far off the mark? The prediction comes as part of the latest Gartner...

Will an Android-powered Nokia Lumia line kill off Windows Phone?

The rumor mill says that Microsoft will release an Android-powered Nokia Lumia phone -- a smartphone line that has been the flagship for Windows Phone. If true, will it mean the demise of Windows Phone? The Web site @evleaks...

Windows 8 loses market share. Is there no hope for it left?

Think things are bad for Windows 8? They're worse than you think -- the struggling operating system lost market share last month, something almost unheard of for the latest version of a Microsoft operating system. Computerworld's...

Did Microsoft just admit Windows 8 is its worst operating system ever?

Did Microsoft just admit Windows 8 is its worst operating system ever?

Reports say that Microsoft will abandon the Windows 8 Start screen interface for traditional computers in the next version of Windows, code-named Threshold. That's a pretty drastic step. Does it mean that Microsoft recognizes that...

Windows Phone share sinks in U.S. and China. Can anything save this OS?

The latest figures show that Windows Phone share is sinking in the U.S. and China and stalling in Europe. Can anything save Microsoft's struggling smartphone operating system? Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's latest figures contain no...

The new Google Docs and Apps: Still second banana to Microsoft Office

Google has beefed up the consumer and business versions of Google Docs and Apps, but it's too little, too late. Microsoft Office still reigns as the premier office suite, and will for the forseeable future. Google has improved...

5 top tips and secrets for Windows 8

5 top tips and secrets for Windows 8

Want to get more out of Windows 8 and 8.1? I've got help. Check out five of my favorite tips. Hack Windows with 'GodMode' Windows 8 doesn't look particularly customizable, but in fact there's a lot you can do to bend it to your...

The big hole in Microsoft's Android strategy: No Bing search

The release of the Android-based Nokia X2 smartphone makes clear that Microsoft is committed to Android for the long haul. But it also reveals a big hole in Microsoft's strategy: The phone's default engine will be Google, not Bing....

Trade in a Macbook Air for a Surface Pro? In your dreams, Microsoft.

Microsoft is so serious about pushing the Surface Pro 3 as a laptop replacment that it has launched a campaign to get people to trade in their Macbook Airs and use the credit towards buying a Surface. Nice try, Microsoft, but this...

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