Few weeks ago, a sales research report from NPD created lots of buzz among the tech blogging media because of one reason, Google Chromebooks. Because the research reported that Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase across the various product segments. Actually, many blogs misunderstood the report and reported that Chrombooks have captured 20% of the traditional PC market. The truth is that the report covers only the devices sold through commercial channel. Commercial channel are the distributors — like CDW and Ingram Micro — that many businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations use to buy personal computers and other devices. Importantly, the report did not include consumer sales, nor PCs sold by OEMs, ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft is in “advanced talks” to invest in location based startup Foursquare. Bloomberg said that Microsoft is vying to take an equity stake in Foursquare Labs. Microsoft may make this investment in Foursqaure similar to what they did with Facebook in 2007. A small investment in this location startup might give them access to data of over billions of check-ins. Microsoft may integrate Foursqaure data into products like Bing, Local Scout, etc, to provide more robust location data to users. Foursquare recently revealed few new features that will engage more users into their platform, The updates included a feature that lets people check their friends into locations in addition to themselves. It’s also unveiling a technology that will send users automatic recommendations when they visit a new restaurant or neighborhood, without having to open the application. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft today responded to some of the recent reports which claimed that Microsoft provides access to customer data to governments. Microsoft was forced to do so because many media outlets started covering about these reports which has no truth. Brad Smith who is the General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged in detail about the claims made by recent reports. In short, Microsoft does not provide any government with the technical capability to access user content directly or by itself. In short, when governments seek information from Microsoft relating to customers, we strive to be principled, limited in what we disclose, and committed to transparency. Put together, all of this adds up to the following across all of our software and services: Microsoft does not provide any government with direct and unfettered access to our customer’s data. Microsoft only pulls and then provides the specific data mandated by ...

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