The pitchfork wielders have won: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring sometime in the next year, after he completes the search for a successor. And you know what? It couldn't have happened at a better time.
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We are gathered here today to mourn the death of the Ubuntu Edge. This ambitious project blurred the line between smartphone and PC, and while it burned but only briefly, it burned brightly enough that its legacy will live on in the hearts of future generation of phones.
Mixing modern style with business needs
Few Windows hybrids highlighted the compromises inherent in straddling device genres as thoroughly as the original Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11. Physically designed as a "notebook first" hybrid, yet sporting a tablet-oriented ARM processor and the neutered Windows RT operating system, it was nothing short of an elegant piece of convertible hardware crippled by its slate-friendly software.
Google's unrelenting march into Microsoft's turf continues.
Mere days after Microsoft was forced to slash the price of the Surface RT in an attempt to move more of the moribund tablets, Windows RT has received yet another no-confidence vote: Asus plans to pull back from the mobile-focused platform.
Chalk this up in the "funny, but not really" category: Last week, a company working with Microsoft to combat copyright pirates asked Google to remove multiple Microsoft Web pages from Google searches - for infringing Microsoft copyrights.
The truth can be a bitter pill to swallow, but Microsoft's brass is reportedly owning up to its mistakes.
While the pixelicious new Nexus 7 was the only tablet to be featured during Google's Chromecastic breakfast on Wednesday, the company still has at least one more slate hidden up its sleeve, and it's even bigger than Google's budget stunner--at least if you're talking literally.
Okay, Microsoft. You had your fun fling with ARM processors, serenading your newfound love with glitzy dubstep ads full of creepy dancing schoolgirls. Thin and light tablets packing a--gasp!--free version of Office? Freedom from Intel and AMD's x86 processors? Sanctity from traditional Windows malware? How dreamy.
The hits just keep on coming for BlackBerry Playbook owners.
Acer's Iconia W3 is still the one and only 8-inch Windows tablet in town, but it appears that the company isn't sitting on its heels after gaining that head start. A new report claims that the pint-sized slate is slated for a refresh this September, mere months after its unveiling in late June.
Last week, the headlines screamed that computer shipments had plunged roughly 11 percent in the second quarter, after dropping a disastrous 14 per cent the quarter before that. While it's hardly good news, we've known for a while that the rise of tablets, "good-enough computing", and (maybe, just maybe) a lackluster response to Windows 8's new-look interface have been bad for PC sales.
They're just five words, but those five words hold a universe of importance to Microsoft.
The delightful dozen: 12 fantastic (and free) Windows 8 apps
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