Hunter Strategies LLC logo

Microsoft News Tracker

What's more interesting than observing Microsoft?

September 19, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8x: dueling top phones for Windows Phone 8

Posted by David Hunter at 4:58 PM ET.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 Isn’t Even Out Yet And It Already Has A Big Mess On Its Hands

On Sept. 5, Nokia and Microsoft announced a new smartphone, the Lumia 920, calling it the "flagship" device for the Windows Phone platform.

On Sept. 19 HTC and Microsoft announced a new smartphone, the Windows Phone 8x, calling it the "signature" device for the Windows Phone platform.

There seems to be a messaging problem here.

A lot of members of the tech press who attended both Nokia and HTC’s events this month were left scratching their heads today. How can Microsoft have two hero devices?

I’m not sure anyone knows.

I’m not sure anyone cares but the marketeers, although even worse will be if very few buyers care about Windows Phone 8.

So between all the hype for unfinished devices and software and Microsoft claiming two different phones from two competitors are the *it* device for its new mobile OS, I bet the next round of phones have the same amount of success with the public the last generation did. None at all.

See also Nokia slams HTC’s Windows Phone 8 announcement, calls it a ‘tactical re-branding’. Whatever you call it, I rather like HTC’s chutzpah. I think I’ll emulate them and start selling a line of rebadged personal computers called Windows 8z.



Filed under Coopetition, HTC, Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 8

Related posts:

 

September 18, 2012

Microsoft hires former CBS executive to create original Xbox video

Posted by David Hunter at 3:52 PM ET.

With Hollywood Hire, Microsoft Bolsters Entertainment Efforts

Microsoft has hired Nancy Tellem, a former top CBS television executive, to oversee the production of original video content to be delivered to the company’s Xbox video game console, according to people with knowledge of the move who did not want to be named ahead of an official announcement.

Ms. Tellem will oversee a Microsoft production studio based in Los Angeles that will create both traditional “linear” programming and interactive programming that fuses video and gamelike content, they said. She will report to Phil Spencer, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, part of the Microsoft entertainment division that oversees the company’s Xbox console.

Sure, that’ll work.



Filed under Microsoft, Xbox

Related posts:

 

Microsoft hit with zero-day exploit of Internet Explorer, urges security tool download

Posted by David Hunter at 3:35 PM ET.

Microsoft urges customers to install security tool

Microsoft Corp urged Windows users on Monday to install a free piece of security software to protect PCs from a newly discovered bug in the Internet Explorer browser.

The security flaw, which researchers say could allow hackers to take remote control of an infected PC, affects Internet Explorer browsers used by hundreds of millions of consumers and workers. Microsoft said it will advise customers on its website to install the security software as an interim measure, buying it time to fix the bug and release a new, more secure version of Internet Explorer.

The free security tool, which is known as the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, or EMET, is available on Microsoft’s website: http://bit.ly/Kv497S

Eric Romang, a researcher in Luxembourg, discovered the flaw in Internet Explorer on Friday, when his PC was infected by a piece of malicious software known as Poison Ivy that hackers use to steal data or take remote control of PCs.

When he analyzed the infection, he learned that Poison Ivy had gotten on to his system by exploiting a previously unknown bug, or "zero-day" vulnerability, in Internet Explorer.

Full security advisory is here and only IE 7, 8, and 9 on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 are known to be at risk. Internet Explorer 10 is apparently not a problem.

Frankly, EMET isn’t a magic shield and it’s a tool that only geeks can love. The bottom line from the above article:

Dave Marcus, director of advanced research and threat intelligence with Intel Corp’s McAfee security division, said it might be a daunting task for home users to locate, download and install the EMET tool.

"For consumers it might be easier to simply click on Chrome," Marcus said.

Business users will have their own problems with it too.



Filed under IE10, IE7, IE8, IE9, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, Security, Zero-Day Exploits

Related posts:

 

RIM licenses Microsoft’s exFAT file system for Blackberry

Posted by David Hunter at 3:12 PM ET.

Here’s the elevator pitch:

Microsoft Corp. announced today that Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM. exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices.

exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by five times over previous FAT technology. It also increases the speed with which those files can be accessed. The exFAT file system not only facilitates large files for use of audiovisual media, it enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and a variety of electronic devices.

Previous licensees include Sharp, Panasonic, SANYO, Sony and Canon.



Filed under Coopetition, Microsoft, Patents, RIM

Related posts:

 

News Search:

Recent Posts:

Daily Digest Email:

Enter your Email


Powered by FeedBlitz

Categories:

Full category list

Archives:

Archive List

RSS Feed:



HunterStrat Links:

Other:

  • Powered by WordPress.

Advertisements:


 

Related:


Misc: