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Microsoft's newest plans for Windows Phone to make money in mobile ads and services, while giving away the platform for free, are are already in jeopardy. Just-released research shows that Windows Phone's share of the global ad market is so negligible that it can barely be measured.
Microsoft is at work on a free, cloud-based version of Windows called Windows Cloud that requires an Internet connection for full functionality, and whose full features beyond base ones would only be unlocked if you paid for a subscription. So claims a Russian leaker who has often been right before. Is he right again, or is this just a false rumor?
When Microsoft completes its $7.2 billion deal to buy Nokia on Friday, it will be doing more than buying a mobile phone division and beefing up its commitment to Windows Phone. It will also become a big-time Android player.
If you're a big business, Microsoft is happy to provide you with XP security patches at a reasonable cost. But if you're a consumer or own a small business, it's another story: No patches for you, at any price.
If there was ever any doubt about whether Microsoft or Google would win the war of office suites, there should be no longer. Within the last several weeks, Microsoft has pulled so far ahead that it's game over. Here's why.
The unthinkable has happened: When Intel looks into its future, it sees Android, not Windows, at least as far as tablet sales go. Does this mean the end of the Microsoft-Intel Wintel alliance that once ruled the world?
Microsoft's controversial anti-Google "Scroogled" campaign finally seems to be at an end, with a Microsoft corporate vice president saying the company is "done with the campaign." But not so fast -- the Scroogled site still lives, and Microsoft has left itself wiggle room. Is Scroogled really done?
Microsoft's giving away all versions of Windows on devices smaller than 9 inches was a shocker -- but could a bigger one eventually be on the way? Will Microsoft eventually give away all versions of Windows for free, including those on traditional computers?
If you doubted that Microsoft backed Nokia's move into Android phones, doubt no more: Windows chief Terry Myerson says that Microsoft will continue to back them even after the Nokia acquisition goes through. Could this mean that more Microsoft Android devices are on the way?