By Lisa Johnston
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Santa Clara, Calif. – Intel CEO Paul Otellini said today he will step down from his position in May 2013.
Ottellini will take his final bow during the company stockholder meeting held at that time. His decision will bring to a close a 40-year career at Intel. He took over the reins as CEO in 2005.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Redmond, Wash. – Top Microsoft Windows Live exec Steven Sinofsky has left the company and will be replaced by Julie Larson-Green, effective immediately.
Sinofsky leaves the company just weeks after the launch of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the Surface tablet, products he helped shepherd through development.
Larson-Green, who joined Microsoft in 1993, held the post of program management VP for Windows, where she worked developing the user interface experiences for Windows 7 and 8.
New York – Microsoft at midnight today, after months of anticipation, officially launched Windows 8, the Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8.
The new operating system is the software giant’s strongest attempt to break into the tablet market and expand its presence in mobile phones.
Cupertino, Calif. — Apple said revenue was up for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, ended Sept. 29.
The company posted quarterly revenue of $36 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, compared with the prior-year period’s $28.3 billion and $6.6 billion, respectively.
For the quarter, Apple said it sold 26.9 million iPhones (58 percent growth) 14 million iPads (26 percent unit increase) 4.9 million Macs (1 percent unit increase), and 5.3 million iPods (19 percent unit decline).
New York – Asus was not intimidated by what its competition was unveiling at the exact same moment on the West Coast today as the company rolled out its tablet and Ultrabook heavy Windows 8 computer line up.
Asus Chairman Johnney Shih described the new products as part of Asus’ Ubiquitous Cloud Computing Era where users can have constant access to all their content anywhere.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft is rolling out Xbox SmartGlass, a free downloadable app that enables smartphones and tablets based on the iOS, Windows 8, Windows RT and Android operating systems to control Xbox-console content and display that content on mobile devices and Xbox-connected TVs at home.
SmartGlass also works on Windows 8 PCs, said Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft's interactive entertainment division.
Sunnyvale, Calif. – AMD announced a general restructuring today that will include laying off about 15 percent of its 11,705 workers worldwide.
The news was issued along with the chip makers third quarter financial results which saw the company post a net loss of $157 million on sales of $1.27 billion. Sales were down 25 percent from the $1.7 billion generated during the previous year’s third quarter.
AMD posted a profit during both the same period a year ago and the second quarter of 2012.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft reported lower revenue, net income and operating income for the quarter ended Sept. 30 due to the Windows Upgrade Offer, pre-sales of Windows 8 to OEMs prior to general availability, and the Office Offer.
Revenue was $16.01 billion, down from $17.4 billion in the prior year. Operating income was $5.31 billion, down from the prior year’s $7.2 billion while net income was $4.5 billion down from $5.7 billion year on year.
Irvine, Calif. – Toshiba has announced its fall Windows 8 laptop, Ultrabook and all-in-one PC are no on pre-sale.
The company, which unveiled its Windows 8 line up in late August said consumers can pre-order the devices at retail, etail and through Toshibadirect.com. The units will ship after Oct. 26, the official release date of Windows 8. All will go directly on sale on that date.
New York - With less than two weeks remaining before Windows 8 is officially released, several retailers have begun taking pre-orders for the new operating system.
Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy and others are among the first retailers that have started taking pre-orders for the software, which begins shipping on Oct. 26.
Pricing is $69 for Windows 8 Pro and the 32- and 64-bit full versions are on sale for $99.