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Microsoft to get EU approval for $7.3B Nokia deal

Microsoft will soon take over Nokia’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. The $7.3 billion deal would nab Microsoft the phone (and now tablet) business of Nokia, while the networks business would remain independent. With Nokia, Microsoft will have its own in-house devices division to build Windows Phone and Windows 8 products.


Microsoft to get EU approval for $7.3B Nokia deal

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Blackberry Won’t Break Up Company

After being on the table for more than three months, unnamed sources say that the companies Board of Directors will not accept any deals that would split the company up. These sources say that the Board of Directors for Blackberry does not see a break up as being in the best interest for stakeholders of the company. It is true that a division and sell off of parts of the company would affect shareholders, employees and other investors, the extent of a break would affect each differently. Microsoft and Apple expressed interest in buying up patents while other technology companies such as Lenovo expressed interesting in buying up more significant portions of the company. For the time being, it appears that Blackberry has given up its plan to sell and has instead appointed a new interim chief executive. Read More…

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Judgment day for Android: Apple, Microsoft file lawsuit

Microsoft, Apple, Sony, BlackBerry, and other companies filed lawsuits against Android manufacturers Samsung, HTC, LG.  The lawsuits target Google also, saying its core money-maker, Adwords, violates a 1998 patent. United States Patent No. 6,098,065, “matching search terms with relevant advertising.”  To read more about which patents are being infringed click here.


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Google has been the top leader in wearable technology with Google Glass, now Microsoft has jumped on board!

Microsoft Steps on the Glass Gas

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Google Glass may currently be the name most associated with Internet-connected eyewear, but Microsoft is apparently hoping to make its own mark on the nascent category. Specifically, the company is now testing prototypes of a smart glass technology of its own, according to a Tuesday report in The Wall Street Journal.

There are few details available as to how the glasses might work, but rumors circulating online suggest they could be linked to Microsoft’s Xbox line of gaming products, including a Kinect Glasses initiative that has been known as “Project Fortaleza.” While the Kinect Glasses were slated as a 2014 product, it is unclear if they have moved beyond an early prototype stage.

Earlier this year Microsoft also submitted a patent application for a head-mounted display that was tied to its gaming initiatives, and the company was looking at an “immersive display experience” as far back as 2011.

Microsoft’s SPOT watch was another wearable device the company has toyed with, but that product was shut down along with MSN Direct early last year.

Wearable Potential

The timing of this latest round of rumors coincides with the release of new data from Gartner predicting that the wearable smart electronics market could reach US$10 billion by 2016. Microsoft, which by most accounts was late to the mobile market, could be hoping to ensure it is a leader in the wearable tech arena.

“Microsoft, like everyone else, is looking at the potential around wearables,” Jim McGregor, founder and principal analyst with Tirias Research, told the E-Commerce Times. “Wearables combined with Internet of Things and data analytics is likely to create a major market inflection point, equivalent to the PC, Internet or smartphone.”

As a result, “it’s an open opportunity for Microsoft and everyone else,” added McGregor. “However, for Microsoft, it represents an opportunity to regain a leadership position after missing opportunities with the Internet and mobile.”

Mixed Hardware Success

Of course, while software has been Microsoft’s bread and butter, it has had something of a rocky history with hardware. While it scored a hit with the Xbox 360 and its Kinect accessory, the company has left behind a long trail of failed hardware offerings in a number of hardware categories, raising the question of whether it’s likely to do any better with eyewear.

“Microsoft has had mixed results with peripherals,” said Roger Kay, principal analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates. “Kinect has been pretty much an unqualified hit, but the watches not so much.

“It does crank out a steady stream of keyboards and mice,” Kay told the E-Commerce Times. “So, the company has some record of being in this business. Mostly, Microsoft is concerned with making its software more usable, and the peripheral efforts tend to support this goal.”

A Spot of Trouble

Other products have been less of a success, and the SPOT is just one example.

“Microsoft had the SPOT watch, which was a connected device using FM sideband that, like a lot of efforts at the time, was underfunded and died out,” noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. “It is clear we are moving towards wearable technology, and Microsoft has a ton of IP in this area. They clearly don’t want to miss the wave if it turns out to be real, and thus are exploring the technology to assure they won’t be left behind.”

Moreover, “given how badly Samsung belly-flopped with their Galaxy Gear, there is some concern they may have damaged the segment badly,” Enderle added.

Mirroring Google Glass

In the meantime, there is “no reason for the company not to experiment with a Glass-like knockoff,” said Kay. “It’s not clear that even Google will be successful in this domain. People are rather sensitive about their exposure to privacy invasion, and Glass seems like a risk from that perspective.”

It is also possible that these various attempts to bring smart glasses to market could remain nothing more than vaporware for the foreseeable future.

“Microsoft has just as much potential as everyone else, but no one knows exactly how the market, devices and services will develop or when,” said McGregor. “If history is any indication, it will take two to three generations, or approximately five years, after the first products introduced before the technology becomes appealing to the mass market.”

Power, battery life, integration and connectivity are all challenges that need to be addressed, he added, and “that would push mass adoption out to the latter half of this decade.” 

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Google Glass soon to face new competition

Everyone knows about Google Glass, the smart glasses that allow you to take pictures, videos, and even send texts all from right in front of your eyes. Glass is soon to have a friend in the smart glasses market. Microsoft has been working on smart glasses for some time, and is predicted to be announced in early 2014. LG is also rumored to be working on their own smart glasses, a product much different from everything else under the LG name. Google Glass will be available to the full public in 2014 as well.

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Google and Windows fight over youtube app

Windows Phone Has A New YouTube App—Same As The Old YouTube App

Windows has had to release a new version of their Youtube app on windows mobile devices, due to Google’s rights to Youtube.  Google states that Microsoft is violating Youtube’s Terms of Service by creating an app with its own UI for Youtube.  In response, Windows has had to release an older app as “new” which is essentially just a shortcut to the mobile version of Youtube.  This fight between Google and Microsoft has hurt Windows Mobile Users, and has left them with an error prone and at times “unusable” app.  Due to the complaints and reviews from users, both Google and Microsoft are taking the blame, and in turn hurting the market.

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Office for iPad coming after touch-enabled Windows version, says Ballmer

Microsoft’s outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer stated recently that Microsoft Office 365 is being worked on for iPad. While it has been available for the iPhone there has not been a compatible version for iPad. Microsoft explained however that the iPad version will come out after they create a touch-optimized version for Windows. It is likely that it will require ownership of a copy of Office 365 which can cause several problems for Microsoft thanks to its competitors. Both Google and Apple have released productivity apps for free that compete with Office. It’s hard to compete with free.


Office for iPad coming after touch-enabled Windows version, says Ballmer

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Microsoft Surface 2, coming to you September 23

At Microsoft’s invitation-only unveiling in New York on September 23, Microsoft plans to show off the new Surface 2, running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor.  Also making a debut is the Surface Pro 2, running on Intel’s Haswell processor (think i5).  The Pro is expected to release with a whopping 8GB of RAM, which for a tablet is something to brag about.  It should also be expected for Microsoft to wait until the full release of Windows 8.1 until the new line of Surface tablets go up for sale.

Source: Microsoft to launch new Surfaces on September 23 | ZDNet

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Windows Phone 8 may never reach Verizon

Verizon had initially been planning to release three handsets this year operating on Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 OS.  New reports however state that the wireless carrier is unhappy with the lack of access it has to remotely manage these devices, and as a result, the phones’ launches are being delayed and may even be canceled altogether.

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Motorola Gains Stride Over Microsoft in Patent War Saga

“Mobile phone maker Motorola achieved a rare victory against software giant Microsoft in a patent case before a German court on Friday, the latest in a wave of patent lawsuits by technology firms fighting over market share.

The regional court in Mannheim ruled that Motorola Mobility, part of Google, did not infringe a Microsoft patent which enables applications to work on different handsets.

This allows application developers to avoid writing separate codes for each handset saving time and development costs.”

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