September 4, 2013
The Triumph of the Tablet

The rise of the tablets and mobile phone devices (which have many of the same features) has had a significant downward pull on personal computers. An Economist account of the impending retirement of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reported that, despite the long preeminence of PCs, “people increasingly prefer to buy mobile devices made by Apple or running Google’s Android operating system. Sales of PCs have been falling at double-digit rates…. Microsoft’s own tablet, the Surface, has been a flop, forcing it to make a $900 million write-off in its latest results.” Microsoft is still hugely profitable, but in its inability to capture the apparent magic of the tablet is a problem the next leadership of the company will have to solve. The announcement this week of the $7 billion cash acquisition of Finland’s Nokia is clearly a major move toward establishing a leading position among mobile providers.
Read more. [Image: Shutterstock/Kostenko Maxim]

The Triumph of the Tablet

The rise of the tablets and mobile phone devices (which have many of the same features) has had a significant downward pull on personal computers. An Economist account of the impending retirement of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reported that, despite the long preeminence of PCs, “people increasingly prefer to buy mobile devices made by Apple or running Google’s Android operating system. Sales of PCs have been falling at double-digit rates…. Microsoft’s own tablet, the Surface, has been a flop, forcing it to make a $900 million write-off in its latest results.” Microsoft is still hugely profitable, but in its inability to capture the apparent magic of the tablet is a problem the next leadership of the company will have to solve. The announcement this week of the $7 billion cash acquisition of Finland’s Nokia is clearly a major move toward establishing a leading position among mobile providers.

Read more. [Image: Shutterstock/Kostenko Maxim]

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