Computerworld has some early info on Google’s Android software for netbooks, which would compete with Microsoft’s Windows software for the low-cost laptops built for basic computing like e-mailing and surfing the Web. Built by SkyTone in China, CW says, the new device undercuts most netbooks out there on cost, and should end up costing…More
One of the big questions to emerge from the news that Microsoft is partnering with dozens of Web services to position Windows Live as a central point for managing people’s online lives: Where’s Facebook and MySpace, the two dominant social networks?
Here’s what Chris Jones, the Microsoft corporate vice president in charge of Windows Live, told me via e-mail last night:More
Forbes published its annual list of the 400 richest Americans yesterday. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is on top with an estimated $57 billion fortune. Forbes notes that Gates has more than half his fortune outside of Microsoft stock and that his pile has declined 5 percent in the last 12 months. Another interesting note: “Inflation-adjusted net worth would top $90 billion if he hadn’t given away any cash.”More
Microsoft has inked a search distribution deal with social networking site Facebook. Satya Nadella, senior vice president in charge of Microsoft’s search, MSN and ad platform engineering efforts, said Microsoft “will be providing an API to Facebook where they will create a rich search experience, inclusive of Web search.” It will launch in the fall, and will…More