By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
Barcelona, Spain — Microsoft announced an expanded roster of smartphone vendors supporting its Windows Phone OS.
During the Mobile World Congress, the tech titan said Lenovo, LG, ZTE, Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo) and Longcheer are its nine new Windows Phone partners. They join HTC, Huawei, Nokia and Samsung.
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.
New York – Sales in the United States of Sony’s PlayStation4 entertainment console topped Microsoft’s Xbox One in the month of January, a new report from the NPD Group revealed.
Exact numbers were not revealed, but reports said the PS4 results more than doubled its closest rival in the month.
Redmond, Wash. — Longtime Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella was named CEO today by the company’s board of directors, replacing the outgoing Steve Ballmer.
Nadella, who joined Microsoft in 1992, previously was executive VP of the company’s Cloud and enterprise group. Nadella has spent the majority of his time at Microsoft overseeing the build-out of the company’s Cloud infrastructure that supports Xbox and Bing.
Nadella was also named to the board of directors.
Redmond, Wash. – Dollar sales of Microsoft’s Surface tablets more than doubled on a sequential basis during the company’s fiscal 2014 second quarter to hit $893 million, up from the previous quarter’s $400 million, the company announced.
Unit sales also more than doubled.
The company attributed Surface gains to improved Surface RT sales and to the introduction of the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft reported record fiscal Q2 revenue and higher net and operating income year on year for the quarter, ended Dec. 31, 2013.
Revenue was $24.52 billion up from the prior year’s $21.5 billion. Net income was $6.55 billion, up from the prior year’s $6.37 billion, and operating income was $7.96 billion for the quarter, up from the prior year’s $7.77 billion.
Espoo, Finland –Nokia shareholders approved the sale of almost all of Nokia's devices and services business to Microsoft.
More than 99 percent of shareholders voted for the deal, which is valued at almost $7.2 billion. The deal was announced in September and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 subject to regulatory approvals.
AdWeek magazine and APCO Worldwide have released the results of their Most Loved Brands In The World survey, and a number of CE suppliers and CE retailers made the list, based on responses from 70,000 consumers in 15 major international markets.
The survey measured eight emotional feelings consumers have toward brands: understanding, approachability, relevance, admiration, curiosity, identification, empowerment and pride. Nancy Bachrach, an APCO senior advisor, said the survey is designed for marketers, who "need to know which emotions affect sales."
New York – Microsoft plans Oct. 22 U.S. availability of upgraded Surface tablets that feature the new Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro operating systems, faster CPUs, longer battery lives and a two-position kickstand.
Microsoft is also expanding its selection of Surface Pro models to four from two with two models offering the same amount of RAM (4GB) and embedded memory (64GB and 128GB) as the original two Surface Pro models and two other new models offering 8GB RAM with embedded memory of 256GB and 512GB.
Since the news broke last night that Microsoft is going to buy Nokia’s cellular-handset business and license its patents for $7.16 billion everyone is awash with in theories as to what it means.