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By SuperUser Account on 10/4/2012 7:55 AM
Microsoft is providing some great resources for Partners to get up to speed on Windows 8. Here is a great free training resource that includes online instruction for:
- Windows 8 Partner Opportunity
- Windows 8 Delivering the CXO "Pitch"
- Windows 8 Licensing Overview
- Windows 8 Value for Small and Midsized Businesses
- Windows 8 Value for Enterprise Scenarious
- Windows 8 and Windows RT Devices
And here are some other Partner Resources around Windows 8:
By SuperUser Account on 9/18/2012 8:23 AM
In the suspense-filled lead-up to the release of its Surface tablets, Microsoft has declined to discuss how much the devices will actually cost--until now, at least. In a Friday interviewwith The Seattle Times , Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hinted at a pricing ballpark: $300 to “$700 or $800,” quelling rumors that the Surface RT would sell at the bargain, Kindle Fire-esque price of $199. Also revealed in the interview: The Surface tablets will indeed be sold inside Microsoft's fall-season pop-up stores in malls around the country.
The Times managed to coax the pricing expectations from Ballmer by asking if Microsoft was planning to compete against the iPad on price or on features. The answer, it seems, is features: Ballmer noted that when companies make tablets to be cheaper “they do less. They look less good, they’re chintzier, they’re cheaper.” His example was the original $199 7-inch Kindle Fire, which is anything but a productivity device.
By SuperUser Account on 1/6/2012 9:16 AM
By Fred Schruers at TheWrap
In the constant game of thrones that is the Silicon Valley tech giants’ battle for dominance, 2012 could be the year that Microsoft comes back from exile.
Having lost its beat about a decade ago, the software giant has more recently been plotting an aggressive grab for territory.
And it's getting back in the game with actual innovation.
Flush with capital from its steady core businesses of software and servers, the company has been quietly busy with research and development in recent months and years.
The results are showing.
>> Windows 8, expected to come out in February in beta, is meant to operate at the heart of a Microsoft-wide ecosystem, one that bids to challenge Apple’s intuitive array of linked devices and functions. In introducing 8 at a developer's conference in Anaheim in September, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (pictured) was expansive, promising, "If Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined, we're also in the process of re-imagining Microsoft."
>> The X Box 360’s upgrade, via an improved dashboard and the Kinect add-on, is ahead of the pack as a user-friendly voice- and gesture-controlled device and stoking enthusiasm not only among the early adopters and tech geek websites but on Wall Street. With its inviting user interface, it set a record for Black Friday weekend console sales.
By SuperUser Account on 2/22/2011 4:57 PM
By Ingrid Lunden
Updated: Several sources (look here and here) are now reporting that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is not facing any delays with production of the iPad 2. The device will be launched at an event in San Francisco on March 2. The news caps days of intense speculation over the device, as Verizon on Thursday gears up to launch the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Xoom tablet, seen as the first Android device that will really provide viable competition against the iPad. Original post follows below.
Tablets were nearly as much of a story at Mobile World Congress as handsets were—a huge leap considering how small market share is today, and how relatively new they are on the market. This week there are even more reports and speculation about what will be in the next devices from Apple, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android and Microsoft, and when we might really get to see these things on the market.
—iPad 2: Sightings and hints of Apple’s next-generation iPad have been cropping up here, there and everywhere, and everyone now seems to take as fact the thinner design, dual cameras, and better speakers and processors.
But when will we see them? Here’s one indirect clue: stock of the current crop of devices is, apparently, running out. 9to5 Mac is taking this as a sign that a new iPad could be coming as soon as next month. In Europe, it notes, reseller Carphone Warehouse has run out of its 64 GB WiFi model, and all 3G models; while T-Mobile and Orange have reduced the price on their 16 GB 3G/WiFi devices by half, to £99.99, for those buying them on two-year 3G contracts.
I’m inclined to be a bit cynical: these could be real shortages of finished lines (CPW) and a drive to shift stock before new devices arrive (the operators). But it could also be down to actual supply and production issues; two operators keen to drive sales after a lacklustre start to their subsidised iPad push. (Plenty of reports of slow sales for Orange around the holidays, but the operator has never confirmed directly.)
We’ll only know for sure next month. In the meantime, real fans can already start picking out their favorite color of case (pictured), or wait until June, if the report from Bloomberg—the device has now been delayed until June because of production delays at manufacturer Foxconn—sounds more credible.
—Motorola Xoom: Meanwhile, we now have the latest teaser ad for the Xoom, a 15-second clip (embedded below) that embodies the Xoom sales slogan—“grab it and it grabs you”—and continues the sci-fi, brave new world theme introduced in the Xoom ad effort for the Super Bowl.
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