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Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft is consolidating its divisions to deliver what CEO Steve Ballmer called “a more coherent message and family of product offerings.”
The new division will include: engineering (including supply chain and datacenters), marketing, business development and evangelism, advanced strategy and research, finance, HR, legal, and COO (including field, support, commercial operations and IT).
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.
Minneapolis – Best Buy will rebrand 500 of its computer departments as Windows Stores beginning later this month.
The move follows the rollout of some 1,400 Samsung Experience Shops to all Best Buy flagship and Mobile stores this spring, and provides a more formal merchandising alternative to the dedicated Apple sections located within 740 of Best Buy’s more than 1,000 big-box stores.
Los Angeles — Sony and Microsoft came into E3 with guns blazing Monday, revealing more details on forthcoming next-generation consoles.
Sony fired what was perhaps the largest salvo in the clash by revealing that its PlayStation 4 console would ship in time for the holidays at a $399 suggested retail — $100 less than Microsoft’s Xbox One.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft unveiled a pair of new mice designed to work with its Windows 8 operating system.
The Sculpt Mobile wireless mouse features a dedicated button to access the Start screen, decorated with a blue Windows logo. The mouse also has four-way scrolling and BlueTrack technology for tracking on nearly any surface.
It’s shipping this month for a $29.95 suggested retail.
Boston — Microsoft will officially roll out Windows Blue, the first major update to Windows 8, with a preview on June 26.
Dubbed Windows 8.1, the actual update will be free to Windows 8 and RT owners and will be available via the Microsoft Store sometime later this year.
The news was released by Tami Reller, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of the Windows division, at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference being held here.
Reller did not offer any details on what the update will contain.
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Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft reported higher revenue, net income and operating income in its fiscal third quarter, ended March 31.
Revenue was up $3 billion to $20.5 billion. Net income was up about $1 billion to $6.05 billion, and operating income was up $1.3 billion to $7.6 billion.
New York — Worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter of the year posted the steepest decline ever recorded by the research firm International Data Corp. (IDC).
IDC analysts directly blamed the situation on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
"At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market," said Bob O'Donnell, IDC program VP, clients and displays.
King of Prussia, Pa. — Microsoft is rolling out five more mini stores this month.
The corporate boutiques, which the software maker has variously described as “pop-up” and “specialty” stores, feature a curated selection of Microsoft products, including Surface PCs, Windows smartphones and Xbox gaming systems.
The latest locations will bring the number of mini stores to 33 nationwide.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft hired Judson Althoff, a longtime Oracle executive, as president of North America sales and marketing and corporate VP.
Althoff starts in his Microsoft role on March 29 and reports to COO Kevin Turner.
Althoff will manage the company’s sales, marketing and services staff in the United States and Canada.
Turner said Judson’s “proven leadership will enable us to continue to excel in delivering the best devices and services experience to our customers, including businesses and consumers.”