Hot on the heels of releasing the Windows 8 tablet ads which took a dig at Apple’s iPad, Microsoft has launched a new webpage that compares the ASUS VivoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet with the full-sized iPad.
Microsoft follows up on its earlier Windows 8 commercial with yet another ad that takes a dig at iPad’s limited capabilities in certain areas like multitasking, the lack of Microsoft Office, and no MicroSD slot.
Microsoft has released a new Windows 8 tablet ad featuring the ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet, which pokes fun at Apple’s iPad.
Mid-last year, Microsoft surprised everyone by announcing that it will be making its own Windows 8 hardware, under the Surface brand name. The company announced two flagship tablets, one running an ARM version of Windows — called Windows RT — and the second running the full fledged Windows 8 operating System.
Quite a few people noticed that Steven Sinofsky, former head of Microsoft’s Windows division, is now tweeting from an iPhone and naturally assumed that now that he’s out of Microsoft, he’s abandoned Windows Phone for iOS.
Yesterday Steve Ballmer sat down with LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman to talk about Windows, technology, and the state of things. From the audio (and video) posted by TechCrunch, there were the typical Ballmer moments, but more interestingly Ballmer is trying to position Microsoft as a middle ground between the wild west of Android and the tight control of Apple. Maybe he’s onto something.
Gartner Report: Apple and Samsung Control Smartphones, Andriod Leads, but iOS Will Narrow the Gap Soon
Gartner’s quarterly report on the mobile phone market are out and unsurprisingly it’s a battle between Apple and Samsung, iOS and Android. Apple and Samsung together control almost half of the smartphone market—46.5%— and while Android controls over 50% of smartphone sales by OS, iOS is expected to narrow the gap in Q4. Really, the smartphone market is like an opera. We have two main players (Apple and Samsung) battling for our hearts and minds, while the rest of the field have their own parts to play.
Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 today with a big event in San Francisco. After reading through a raft of reviews, I wonder if Windows Phone 8 is going to be the dark horse to bring Microsoft’s mobile strategy to life.
Microsoft has just announced the launch of its own music streaming service called XBox Music, which will be initially available on Windows based devices after the launch of Windows 8 towards the end of the month and Xbox.
Microsoft also plans to launch apps for iOS and Android, though it is not clear when they will be released.