By Lisa Johnston
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Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft, which originally limited sales of its Microsoft-brand Surface tablet to its online store and company stores, is expanding distribution to other retail outlets in the coming days.
Best Buy and Staples have already said they will carry the device, which is Microsoft’s first branded computer.
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.
For the last few weeks I thought Hurricane Sandy had managed to knock Microsoft’s Redmond campus off the power grid.
The almost total lack of noise from the software giant regarding Windows 8 sales in both the aftermarket and PC OEM arena is quite telling, and the only reason I could come up with was its email system was down due to the high winds that crushed New Jersey and New York. The hush surrounding the Surface tablet is just as damning.
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.
Englewood, Colo. –Microsoft’s opening-price 10.6-inch Surface RT tablet is more profitable on a percentage gross-margin basis than the opening-price 9.7-inch iPad or 7.9-inch iPad mini, IHS iSuppli said.
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.