HP – No More A Part of Tablets & Smartphone Market

HP has lately declared that it is not going to produce tablets or smartphones any more because of poor sales as well as low profit margin. HP is now going to fully concentrate on cloud-based solutions and business software and has recently acquired the U.S. software Company Autonomy for $ 10.3 billion.

HP tried really hard to get a part of the smartphones and tablets market by even acquiring of Palm and development of WebOS with their smartphones and tablets, and even few months back, HP was planning to input the WebOS feature even on their PCs. On the other hand, all these efforts were of no-good productivity for the firm, and as a result they have decided to close it for further production.

Various smartphone and tablet manufacturers like Apple and others are now counting one less rival after HP has withdrawn from the market. Therefore, the number of rivals drops down to four of them including RIM’s BlackBerry, Microsoft’s Windows 7 Phone, Google Android and Apple iOS. HP happened to be one of the primary hardware manufacturers; various others such as Asus and Acer are suffering a lot more under the ‘tablet effect’ as compared to HP, and it is truly anticipated that some of the great players would be throwing in the towel in the coming year.

Facebook Testing A New Feature

Facebook is considering experimenting with the Twitter- Like feature. The feature is useful in alerting members in real-time to what their family member and friends have been up to when it comes to social networking.

This particular feature is known as ‘Happening Now’, and it is being tried by a fraction of Facebook users as currently it has more than 600 million active users. It is presently testing a new feature that concerns the News Feed that enables people to see what their friends are liking and commenting.

In the coming weeks, Facebook is anticipated to make vital improvements and would be expanding it a lot more. Presently, some of the Facebook features are there that are useful in altering people about what their friends have been up to at the social networking portal.

This particular feature is considered to be as a prospective challenge to Twitter – a global micro blogging service. Twitter enables users to easily share what they are seeing, doing or thinking instantly in their messages that comprise of 140 or fewer characters.

 

“Windows 8” Operating System Revealed by Microsoft!

Microsoft Corporation has unveiled its next operating system called as Windows 8 operating system. This is one of the largest Application Company that is anticipated to launch its new operating system which as a code name Windows 8 that is offering touch screen features optimized for tablet systems in the coming 18 months.

Microsoft executives have started showing an initiating page that is very much similar to the Microsoft’s latest phone application with live tiles maneuvering by swiping and pressing the screen. According to the demonstration, Microsoft is making its progresses towards the new operating system which it promises will run on a wide range of hardware devices from conventional Systems to tablets and laptops.

Some of the Taiwanese vendors have certain concerns that have reported some limitations means they would have to be chosen by the chip-makers to make tablet systems for the new and upcoming Windows Operating system.

 

Microsoft Acquires Skype for $8.5 Billion!!

After rumors that initially Facebook and now Microsoft have been considering acquiring Skype, it has been announced recently that the VoIP giant for around $8.5 billion cash has acquired it.

Now, Skype would be incorporated into various Microsoft gadgets and systems such as Outlook, Lync, the Windows Phone, Xbox live, Kinect and Xbox; this has been said in a statement by Microsoft. The corporation has assured that it will continue developing and supporting Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms as well.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO with assistance from Charles Songhurst the company’s head of corporate strategy, has spearheaded the deal, and it was completed by Monday evening.

For Microsoft, the acquisition is quite an expensive one. This is one of the largest prices Microsoft Corporation has paid in decades; Skype is not beneficial as yet. Regardless of revenues accumulation $860 million in the previous year and operated profits of approximately $264 million, overall the company lost $6.9 million according to the documents that have been filed with the SEC. moreover, the company is $686 million in debt.

The company is having one of the largest user-base and that is of 663 million out of which 145 make use of Skype on monthly basis.

 

Google Android Smart phones are No.1 Choice of U.S. Consumers

With the continuous release of innovative smart phones, mobile devices and PC tablets, they are directly associated to the mounting innovation in these particular niches. Technological advancements and developments are creating a need for modern and compact mobile products.

Nielsen, one of the leading research based companies has lately confirmed it after they have conducted a research. The data being collected highlighted that the Smartphone market is exceptionally competitive and this makes the consumers take a new challenge when they are considering opting for their new Smartphone.

There are three leading manufacturers when it comes to the Smartphone market; however, Google’s Android Smartphone has finally taken the lead. According to the new data, the USA consumers prefer buying Android phones as compared to any other Smartphone model on the market. Both the iPhone and Blackberry have been sharing 27 percent market share for the past year whereas Google’s Android presently is holding around 29 percent of the entire U.S. based Smartphone market.

Android is offering its users with a lot more choices; this is something far away from the fairly low-tech Samsung Intercept to the high-end with Motorola Droid Pro. Android offers a large variety of manufacturers as the Operating System can be modified so that the models, features along with the overall user experience completely varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Nielsen explains this point that when it is about the producers then Apple winners and RIM, ever since they are the only ones that are creating and selling Smartphones with their respective OS. The company has further added that the HTC’s consumer base has 12% a HTC Android device and 7% own a HTC device running Microsoft OS. At Motorola, it is 10% and 1% of consumers who have Android and Microsoft OS.

 

 

Google Docs – 12 new File Formats

Now, the Google Docs Viewer enables you to suitably view attached PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and PDF documents. File viewing in your browser is far quicker and secure as compared to viewing them after you have downloaded them. The Google Docs Viewer is now offering enhanced features, and with it now, you can view several highly requested and most popular file formats. Some of the primary ones are;

  • Microsoft Excel – .XLSX and .XLS
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 – .PPTX
  • Apple Pages – .PAGES
  • Adobe Illustrator – .AI
  • Adobe Photoshop – .PSD
  • Autodesk AutoCad – .DXF
  • XML Paper Specification – .XPS
  • TrueType – .TTF
  • PostScript – .PS, .EPS
  • Scalable Vector Graphics – .SVG

All these documents will be showing a ‘View’ link while they are being received in your Gmail Inbox and once you click over the link you will be able to view all these format documents. Google Docs Blog stated that the Google Docs Viewer fully supporting utility for any web portal, with both embedded and full Chrome option.

Wave of Popularity – Twitter’s CEO

Without doubts, we all happen to appraise our professional relationships. Nevertheless, our opinions and ideas tent to remain with us only. The web portal Cubeduel is considering changing this particular state of affairs, it has been launched lately, and this runs while you connect to your LinkedIn account. For this company, it did not take much long to reveal a standing one of the most popular CEOs in Silicon Valley. Conceivably, it is an effort to raise its own profile to some extent..

Based on approximately 1.2 million votes that have been registered by the company’s workforce such as Google, LinkedIn and even Microsoft, the professionals working at Cubeduel were able to determine that Dick Costolo was one of the most bosses in the Silicon Valley. Dick Costolo even replaced Evan Williams as head of Twitter last October.

This is something not bad at all for someone who does not even had an honor of having a single page Wikipedia by his name!

All We have to do is to Wait & Watch!

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Windows New Operating System for SmartPhones

After Apple and Google, Now it is Microsoft Corporation which is planning introducing its latest Windows 7 mobile applications for Smart Phones. According to the media reports, Microsoft Corporation is anticipated to work on this latest version of its core Windows OS for gadgets like tablets. It has been confirmed by the Microsoft sources that Windows Phone 7 software application is soon projected to hit the global Smart Phones market.

Smart Phones, it is one of the most booming sectors in the telephony world. And now, Microsoft is considering establishing its hold in the Smartphone’s market. The analysts assume that Apple and Google have made the market extremely competitive that this latest addition is not going to attract the consumers on huge basis. We already know that Apple’s sales have been remarkable and Google is also expecting to drive the force beyond with its Android based phones. Google recently has associated with Acer and Samsung for the sales of Android applications.

Microsoft, on the same lines is considering unveiling its latest operating system software application that is designed by the ARM Holdings; it is a UK based firm. The OS is running the first time on processor. Microsoft is intending to announce its latest Operating system version that runs on the ARM chip and the chip runs its operations on Intel’s “x86” design. Some of the players say that this US based Software giant is not in a condition to lose the Smart Phones market share.

Microsoft even does not want to lose its Smartphone’s market share at this point where its rivals are planning series of launches. In the next few years, the Smart Phones market is going to be a leading platform for Operating system software makes; as a large number of people are switching from laptop to iPhone and iPad.

Adobe and Microsoft having secret Meetings

Flash maker Adobe and Microsoft corporation have been apparently meeting together to discuss their partnership strategies; however, it is believed that they are building up strategies against Apple.


The New York Times have stated that CEO Ballmer from Microsoft and Narayen from Adobe have secretly met and have been discussing strategies related to Apple. As the Windows Phone 7 will be arriving soon into the market, Steve Jobs Apple’s CEO is taking a fierce filch at Flash for mobile phones; however, the other two leading companies indeed have a lot more to talk about.

Adobe’s corporate communications senior director Holly Campbell stated the New York Times that Microsoft and Adobe are sharing millions of consumers all around the globe and the CEO’s of both the companies keep on meeting each other from time to time. However, these private meetings cannot be publicly commented about their timings or even the topics.

Microsoft Corporation is investing heavily into its new venture related to the mobile phone industry with representing Windows Phone 7, and it will be working as a vital landmark for them as it is expected to grab a lot of the consumer market.

Even though it has faced too much of criticism, Flash us over the internet is still prevalent and is not supporting it ye as it becomes too expensive when it concerns the user. Windows Phone 7 is not supporting Flash yet; however, Ballmer stated that it might be supported and offered later.

Windows® 7 Family Pack is to be released in UK

Microsoft Corporation is ready to release its Windows® 7 Family Pack in the United Kingdom by October 22nd which will be allowed up to three computers in a household to improve to the significantly commended operating system by Windows.

Windows® 7 Family Pack has been on sale in US and has been for a sale under $150 and United Kingdom pricing is to be confirmed yet.

Ashley Brown, Representative to Microsoft Corporation stated that for all those people who are living outside US would be able to get the Windows® 7 Family Pack after October 22. He further stated that Windows® 7 has been designed with the Home networking features. Windows® 7 Home Premium has HomeGroup feature in it that is useful in sharing files, music, and photos between all the PCs that are integrated into your home-based network. It can be extremely handy if all the PCs at your home are sharing a single printing device.

Windows® 7 Family Pack is only available to such users who have upgraded their older systems from Windows® XP or Windows® Vista so that they can get the most recent operating system.

Windows® 7 has been a great hit for Microsoft and it is doing its best to make it more useful, functional, and practical for its users.