“Several internal sources” supposedly told tech website Neowin that the Surface 2 64GB, the Surface Pro 2 256GB and Surface Pro 2 512MB are all backordered, as well as the Touch Cover and the Type Cover in purple and black. One other Surface accessory, the new Arc Mouse, is also apparently out of stock.
This is outstanding news for Microsoft, especially as the tablets only went up for pre-order on September 24, but cynics are likely to argue that Microsoft has lightly stocked the channel this time around.
After all, the Redmond company was forced to write-down $900 million on unsold Surface RT tablets in July and outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer even later [...]
Elop left Nokia to re-join Microsoft as Executive VP of Devices and Services following Microsoft’s deal to buy the handset business for $7.2 billion.
The former Nokia chief executive remains the bookies’ favorite to replace Steve Ballmer, who retires in 12 months, with Ballmer himself doing little to pour scorn on the idea in an interview with The Seattle Times.
“Stephen will go from an external [candidate] to internal. The board will continue to [look at] all appropriate candidates through that process,” said Ballmer, who made similar comments to The Verge.
Elop is now in his second stint at Redmond having been in charge [...]
Ballmer confirmed the news and said that it is now the “right time” to bid farewell.
"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time," said Ballmer in a statement, reflecting on the company's recent restructuring program. "We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team.
"My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction."
As a result, Microsoft’s Board of [...]
A key goal of the update is to appease traditional Windows users, confused by the tile-based interface Microsoft introduced in Windows 8.
"If I was to put it in coffee terms, 'Why don't you go and refine the blend here?'. Let's remix the desktop and your modern application experience. Let's balance them better," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, summing up user feedback.
So the Start button returns in Windows 8.1 along with easier ways to find and access applications. Windows 8.1 also sports a much-improved search function.
The Redmond software giant this week posted a job ad for a new designer to join the Surface team on Coroflot’s Job Board, and candidly admitted that work is on-going on new Surface designs.
"Are you passionate about building cool devices and technologies?," reads the ad.
"The Surface Team focuses on building devices that fully express the Windows vision. We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!"
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has posted an ad looking for new personnel in the Surface team. Back in August, just two months before the launch of the Surface RT, Microsoft advertised for a dozen Surface [...]
In an interview with CBS This Morning recently, Gates – who stepped away from the firm to concentrate on the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation) – spoke on everything from Windows 8 to the company’s lack of success in the mobile phone market.
And when asked if he was happy with the performance of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Gates certainly pulled no punches.
“Well, he and I are two of the most self-critical people — you can imagine," said Gates. "And here were a lot of amazing things that Steve's leadership got done with the company in the last year. Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer. Bing, people are seeing [...]
The claim comes from Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott who suggests that Microsoft is hoping to have the Surface RT on retailer shelves "within days".
Such plans would go against Microsoft’s previous policy of waiting into early 2013 to push the Surface out to its retail partners, although Thurrott says that Steve Ballmer’s company is deciding to “ramp up” that schedule for unknown reasons.
And while Thurrott mentioned no sources in his blog post, ZDNet writer Mary Jo Foley says that the Windows IT Pro blogger has a “supposedly pretty solid” source for the information.
Foley added that the roll-out will come [...]
Keith Lorizio, the VP of U.S. sales and marketing at Microsoft, told Beet.TV that 100,000 new Windows 8 apps will come to the fore over the next three months, and expects there to be 400 million Windows 8 hardware device in play by July.
"We’re expecting to aggressively pursue 100,000 plus apps over the first three months and we have a conservative goal of reaching 400 million [Windows 8 hardware] units in marketplace by July 1," said Lorizio. "But we know we have to have a very healthy ecosystem of apps, and we're putting million dollars against that effort."
Microsoft has been actively promoting Windows 8 to software developers in recent [...]