Microsoft Matches Apple iPad Mini and Google Nexus Footprints– Is A Surface Tot In Making?

Microsoft almost  caved in with Samsung’s reign on phablet ground. Across geographies, geeks and smartphone enthusiasts await Microsoft to offer novice ranges again but the last time it answered prayers was in October 2012.

Now here is buzz that whets our appetite once again– the giants have supposedly geared up to unleash a 7-incher on the block this year. After the Surface wooed us fairly well, we expect that the 7-inch hunky might make us go on knees!

Now before we move on to imagining the next avatars of Surface, here’s some  more food for thought—Is Microsoft trekking along Apple and Google’s route with this 7-inch road map in mind?

Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad Mini did wonderfully well in compact tablet kingdom last year and this is well on the path to pick up further this year. Looking back at the earlier era when all I had in my room was a Microsoft PC, the company has prowess enough to arrest disappointment even with this fresh foray.

Initial roadblocks do occur don’t they? However, the company itself smashed chances of stupendous success by tagging high prices onto Surface Pro and Surface RT.  This time, Microsoft might just keep this in mind and drop the price counters for its latest baby in making.

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Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown—Low on Repairing Ease, Makes Us Hope For An Easier Way In

Finally, the Microsoft Surface Pro has come to surface. No more speculations and fantasies! The tablet has arrived in all grandeur with Windows 8 et al. Just that it comes with few glitches. For starters, the battery seems to be a drain on its life. Moreover, it is clumsy when you try to place it on your lap!

The Surface Pro is equally tough to open up and any issue with the battery could make you crib for a heat gun. The repair part of the Surface story is indeed sad. 90 screws speak a tale that is oddly not worth a smile, we think.… Read the rest

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Steve Ballmer Acknowledges Microsoft Has Zero Presence in Tablet Market

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, at the annual shareholder meeting, guarded his company’s record on innovation and financial performance but agreed that he should have taken plunge in the tablet market long back before Apple took the Tablet market by storm.

Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft was silent throughout the meeting, attended by about 450 shareholders.

“We’re innovating on the seam between software and hardware,” said Ballmer, asked why his company had fallen behind rival Apple. “Maybe we should have done that earlier.”

Microsoft Surface Tablet came into the market a month ago but still the sales figure has not been surfaced.

In the tablet market, “we see nothing but a sea of upside,” Ballmer said, an acknowledgement that until now Microsoft has effectively had zero presence in the tablet market.

“I feel pretty good about our level of innovation,” he added.

Ballmer said smartphones running Microsoft’s new Windows software were selling four times as much as they did at this time last year.

Windows has captured 2 to 4 percent global smartphone market which is slow, given that the sales of other smartphones – mostly running Google’s Android system – are on a high

Ballmer, flanked by Gates and Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein, was asked by several shareholders to explain Microsoft’s lackluster share price, which has been stuck for a decade, and has been outperformed by Apple and Google Inc stock in recent years.

“I understand your comment,” he told one shareholder. He went on to explain that Microsoft had “done a phenomenal job of driving product volumes” and was focusing on profiting from that growth.

He suggested that whether investors recognized that value at any given time was out of his hands.

“The stock market’s kind of a funny thing,” he said, adding that Microsoft had handed back $10 billion in dividends and share buybacks to investors in the last fiscal year.

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