Traditional PCs Shrink To 10 Percent Of Device Market In 2015

Multiscreen Millward Brown IT consulting firm Gartner projected today that overall device shipments (not sales) would increase this year by nearly 7 percent vs. 2013. Sale of traditional PCs still represent a drag on the industry, although tablet substitution for PCs is supposed to slow. Recognizing the importance of addressing all platforms now Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today (as expected) that Microsoft Office would be available for the iPad as a set of native apps: We’re bringing Office, the gold standard in getting things done, to the iPad. A billion people rely on Office every day, and we’ve wor [...]


Report: Apple Gains Smartphone Share But The iPad Slips

mobile-chart-growth-analytics-featured Ad network Chitika is out this morning with a post-holiday analysis of smartphone and tablet traffic. Based on "tens of millions of smartphone and tablet online ad impressions from the Chitika network," the study looked at North American internet traffic from December 20 to December 29, 2013. According to the study, the iPhone saw a nearly 2 point traffic-share gain while Android grew about 0.7 percent (Nexus devices). From the data below I infer that there's no mobile traffic growth for Windows Phones. It will take a little time to see if these traffic-percentage figures are mirrore [...]


Microsoft Surface 2 Growth Outpaces Kindle, Nexus Tablets

Microsoft Surface 2 Ad network Chitika has released data showing that Microsoft Surface 2 driven web traffic has grown at a faster rate (on a percentage basis) than tablets from Amazon and Google. However it's growing from a very small base. Microsoft's initial Surface and Surface Pro tablets were largely failures. Surface 2 (the successor to RT) has received better reviews. It sells for roughly $450 and is positioned directly against the traditional iPad. The more powerful Surface 2 Pro, which seeks to be a laptop replacement, starts at $899. For this analysis Chitika looked at millions of North American a [...]


Post BBQ News: Microsoft Buys Most Of Nokia For $7.2 Billion

microsoft icon 2012 Many people in the US returned from Labor-Day barbecues to discover that Microsoft had acquired Nokia's hardware business for roughly $5 billion and would spend another roughly $2 billion to license the Finnish company's patents. The total value of the deal is 5.44 billion euros or approximately $7.2 billion. Here are some of the details from the Microsoft press release: Microsoft will acquire substantially all of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, including the Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as an industry-leading design team, operations including all Nokia D [...]


Microsoft Also Misses On $19.9 Billion In Quarterly Revenue

microsoft-earnings-business-featured A little while ago, Google disappointed investors by missing bullish revenue estimates. Microsoft also did so when it reported fiscal quarter and full-year earnings today. Redmond's overall revenue for the quarter was a massive $19.9 billion. Yet analysts had anticipated just under a billion more. Net income was $6.07 billion. The company also took a whopping $900 million charge associated with disappointing Surface RT sales -- and related pricing adjustments. The company's quarterly revenues were clearly affected by "by the decline in the PC market," said Microsoft CFO Amy Hood. [...]


Tablet Market Share: iPad Remains Dominant, Samsung Shows Growth

ipad-featured Regardless of what the IDCs, Strategy Analytics and Gartners show in terms of quarterly device shipments and marketshare forecasts, the "facts on the ground" continue to show the iPad driving far more traffic than any competing tablet device. That's reinforced by Chitika's new tablet traffic report. Based on millions of tablet-based impressions on its network during April, from the US and Canada, Chitika says that the iPad drove just over 81 percent of tablet traffic. Kindle Fire was second, with 7.4 percent, and all other tablets were together responsible for roughly 11 percent of traffic. [...]


Tablet Shipments To Overtake Laptops This Year — Report

Image Credit: Gizmodo Tech research firm IDC says in its latest forecast that tablet shipments will exceed what it calls "portable PCs" (laptops) this year. The firm reported negative 14 percent growth for the PC market overall in Q1 and says that negative growth trend will be reflected in the Q2 numbers as well. Tablets are expected to exceed all PC sales (desktops and laptops) by 2015. However I suspect it will happen more quickly, by next year. IDC also predicts that the bulk of sales will be at the lower-priced end of the market (read: Android). In addition, there will be more buying activity associated [...]


Dueling Apple, Microsoft, Google Press Events Promise Onslaught Of Mobile Devices For Holiday Buyers

Screen Shot 2012-10-22 at 7.01.04 AM Hold on to your wallets folks, a new crop of mobile devices is imminent. Just in time for the ramp up to holiday shopping, Apple is expected to announce its long-anticipated 7-inch iPad Mini (or whatever it will be called) tomorrow. That event is also rumored to include an interim refresh of the flagship 10-inch iPad in addition to other a couple of other PC-related hardware announcements. Right on the heels of Apple's tablet unveiling Google and Microsoft are holding dueling press events a week from now. Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 event will be held in San Francisco and Google's Android m [...]


Microsoft Revenues Soft As Company Awaits Windows 8 Rollout

microsoft-earnings-business-featured Post PC era indeed. Microsoft announced quarterly results yesterday and, although they were massive, they were flat or down compared with a year ago. Overall Microsoft reported revenue of $16.01 billion. Windows software sales were down 33 percent compared with a year ago. They came in a $3.24 billion vs. $4.87 billion in 2011. Microsoft attributed this in large part to the transition to Windows 8 and delayed enterprise and consumers purchases in anticipation of the launch. Microsoft's other cash cow business, Office, declined a much less severe 2 percent to $5.5 billion (from $5.63 bill [...]


Hands-Off: Microsoft Surface Tablet Review

WP_000083 After seeing yet another "hands-on" review of the Microsoft Surface tablet, I thought it would be interesting to shed more light on what exactly the journalists who assembled in Hollywood this week for the Surface launch event actually got to do with the tablets. In short, not a lot. Come along as I explain the hands-off reality of what I saw. Anticipation, It's Making Me Wait... When everyone checked-in before the event started, they were given small plastic cards with a time printed on them. We weren't told what these were for. Mine said 5:50pm. The purpose became clear after the event e [...]


Where Will Surface And Windows Phone 8 Be A Year From Now?

Screen shot 2012-06-21 at 12.14.36 PM There were two big announcements this week coming out of Microsoft: the Surface tablet PC and the new mobile OS, Windows Phone 8, which will be closely aligned with the desktop version of 8. At the same time the company announced that it had reached 100,000 mobile apps for the Windows Phone. What now comes into clearer focus is Microsoft's larger integrated PC-mobile push. This is Microsoft's "one-two punch" and effort -- last ditch according to some -- to slow the iPad and deterioration of the PC market and re-insert itself into the consumer conversation. Is This "Desperation" or a Bold N [...]


Microsoft Launches Its Own Branded-Tablet: Microsoft Surface

microsoft-surface-featured-2 Saying just as it needed to build its own mice at first, Microsoft announced today that it was releasing its own branded tablet called the Microsoft Surface with integrated keyboard. "Because of Windows 8, the Surface is a PC, the Surface is a tablet, and the Surface is something new that we think people will absolutely love," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at the event. Below is my live blogging from Microsoft's event in Hollywood is below. More info from Microsoft is at the end. Steve Ballmer has come out: He's talking about Microsoft transforming so many things. [...]


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