Dell/Nook/Nokia/Surface: Microsoft’s Investment Strategy

Microsoft’s probable investment in Dell’s buyout reflects a broader strategy of using its vast cash reserves to fund competitors to Google, Apple and Amazon. This strategy emerged several years ago, with ten billion to acquire Skype (facing increased competition from Facetime) and billions invested in (or given to?) Nokia to support its conversion from the Symbian to Windows Phone. Its …

Patent Verdict Analysis: Apple Wins, Samsung/Google Loses, Microsoft/RIM Opening

It is impossible to underestimate the impact of the nine jurors in the Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit. These individuals have provided government/legal approval for what will possibly be an Apple-dominated smartphone ecosystem (at least in the US) for years to come. With the pending release of the iPhone5, possible reluctance by mobile carriers to promote/sell Android devices (do they want to …

Google Product Announcements and Enterprise Acceptance

At the Angelbeat Birmingham Spring 2012 seminar, Google spoke about BBVA Compass (second largest bank in Alabama, fourth largest in Texas, assets more than one trillion dollars) standardizing on Google Apps. After hearing this presentation, I have been closely monitoring Google’s enterprise/product offerings. Recently they have made several announcements that are individually significant, and collectively really important to IT professionals. …

Does a Physical Keyboard Matter?? Surface Strategy, BlackBerry Demise

The Microsoft Surface all-in-one magnetic cover and keyboard is touted as one of its biggest, innovative features. From what I’ve read and heard, I’d agree.My assistant uses her iPad along with a separate keyboard. It works great but if we could eliminate one item (however small and light) to carry with us while traveling, that would be great. Seeing the …

How Microsoft can compete in Phones & Tablets – Insights from Angelbeat Attendees

I surveyed thousands of IT professionals who attended one of the 30 Angelbeat events held so far in 2012, asking if they wanted Microsoft as a viable competitor to Apple and Google in the tablet and smartphone space. Angelbeat attendees are widely respected/known for their technical expertise and vendor knowledge, with many also admitting to a healthy skepticism of Microsoft. …