Microsoft strikes a humble pose, and hopes to earn a shot at redemption

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With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is telegraphing an attitude one doesn’t often see in companies worth hundreds of billions of dollars: Humility.… Read the rest

Microsoft strikes a humble pose, and hopes to earn a shot at redemption

How Microsoft can break the logjam of carrier anti-innovation

In my column this week, I return to the subject of Microsoft — and suggest a way that the company can give its Windows Phone OS a boost.

Carrier subsidies are increasingly standing in the way of innovation.

“We’re drunk off the subsidy model,” IDC analyst Ramon Llamas told VentureBeat last week.

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How Microsoft can break the logjam of carrier anti-innovation

You will soon be using a Kinect, even if you don’t have an Xbox

In Microsoft’s vision of the future, Kinect sensors are everywhere: In your living room, your kitchen, at school, and even in the supermarket, above the fruit display.

And why not? The $150 motion-sensing device provides a cheap way to add gesture and voice controls to any application.… Read the rest

You will soon be using a Kinect, even if you don’t have an Xbox

Ballmer to Skype Fans: You Can Trust Us

SAN FRANCISCO — Trust us. We’re not going to screw up Skype.

That was the message Microsoft delivered Tuesday, hours after formally announcing that it was buying the internet telephony pioneer for a staggering $8.5 billion — staggering because it’s more than the Redmond giant has ever paid for anything, and because Skype doesn’t exactly print money.… Read the rest

Ballmer to Skype Fans: You Can Trust Us

‘Windows Will Be Everywhere,’ Ballmer Promises

Steve Ballmer. photo by Jon Snyder/Wired.com

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft unveiled its vision of the future, where everything from phones and tablets to big-ass tables runs Windows.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered a somnolescent and nearly news-free keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show here, laying out his company’s strategy for home entertainment, mobile content, PCs and tablets.… Read the rest

‘Windows Will Be Everywhere,’ Ballmer Promises

Microsoft Touts Home Entertainment at CES Keynote | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Steve BallmerLAS VEGAS — Microsoft detailed plans for XBox 360 enhancements, a new gesture-driven interface for the XBox and a tablet-style Windows PC tonight at a keynote presentation kicking off the Consumer Electronics Show here.

It was the second year as CES headliner for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the keynote spot from his former boss, Bill Gates, last year.… Read the rest

Microsoft Touts Home Entertainment at CES Keynote | Gadget Lab | Wired.com