Happy day-after Easter. Witness the resurrection of the Microsoft blog. Our former Microsoft reporter Benjamin J. Romano departed The Seattle Times two weeks ago for another opportunity, and I will be blogging to you from here on out. I’ve been reporting for The Seattle Times for more than a decade, and I’ve covered everything from the…More
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With Windows Mobile now the fourth-place competitor for mobile operating systems — a slide from second place about a year ago — more people are asking what’s going on. Here are a series of stories dissecting the business, which some are expecting to make a significant splash at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.More
My colleague Brier Dudley picked up a handful of interesting Microsoft items on his blog this week. Check them out: One of Microsoft’s first employees, “Mama” Lubow, passed away Analysis of Microsoft’s annual report Microsoft releases Vista-loving “Mojave Experiment” video T-Mobile’s new Microsoft-Danger SidekickMore
Microsoft’s “white spaces” demonstration device is broken. For the third time.More
After a lull before and after Easter weekend, it seems the tidbits on the Yahoo acquisition front are starting to roll in again.More
You can’t yet watch Flash videos on your iPhone, but soon that capability will be available on Windows Mobile phones.
Adobe announced this morning that Microsoft has licensed its Flash Lite software, the version of the nearly ubiquitous multimedia platform designed for mobile devices. Future Windows Mobile phones will be able to access Flash content in the Internet Explorer Mobile browser.More
Steve Ballmer went toe-to-toe with Guy Kawasaki on Apple, dissing his MacBook Air and welcoming his suggestion that Microsoft might view the longtime rival as a “little chihuahua you just kick away.”
“Arf. Arf,” Ballmer responded, in a startlingly good impression of a small dog barking. He acknowledged that Apple has taken some market share from Microsoft in recent years and credited the company for the iPhone, calling it a “very prominent product.”
“They’re going to continue to do good work, and we’re going to continue to compete with all vigor and energy,” Ballmer said.More
The New York Post chimed in this morning on Yahoo’s move to postpone the deadline for nominating candidates for its board of directors — seen as an effort to stave off Microsoft’s acquisition. The Post’s unnamed sources expect this to push Microsoft to take a more aggressive strategy.
“‘[Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer is just one of many highly emotional people involved in this,” said a source who has spoken with executives at both companies. ”Microsoft has been trying to avoid going completely hostile, but now it is going to get completely hostile.'”
More substantive details in the story, again from unnamed sources: Microsoft has readied a slate of Yahoo director candidates and could submit it as soon as next week. It is considering changing its bid to all cash. The value of the current bid, which is half stock and half cash, changes with Microsoft’s stock price, and is down from $44.6 billion when it was announced to $41.5 billion, as of Wednesday’s closing price.More
Vodafone, the global mobile communications group, announced this morning it has hired Pieter Knook, Microsoft’s top mobile executive, to head a new group focused on the “development and delivery of Vodafone’s current and future consumer propositions for the Internet.” MICROSOFT Knook, formerly senior vice president of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business, is joining Vodafone. Knook, 49, joined Microsoft in…More