• Microsoft And Tablets: No Plan B?
• Surface RT Now On Sale In 13 More European Markets - But Will It Sell?
• Android and iOS Combine for 91.1% Of Global Smartphone OS Market in 4Q12; 87.6% For Year - IDC
• Samsung's Tizen Mobile OS Could Signal New Competition For iOS, Android
• Evidence Building That BlackBerry Is Doomed - Even In The Enterprise
• iOS 6.1: Excess Exchange Activity After Accepting An Exception To Recurring Calendar Event
• Moxtra Claims To Have Gained More Users In Two Weeks Than Pinterest Did In 1.5 Years
• Linden Lab Launches a New Free Platform for Character-Driven" />



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Microsoft Leaving Money On The Table By Not Supporting iPads With Office, But....
Microsoft - No "Plan B" In Mobile Device Strategy
Microsoft And Tablets: No Plan B?
Surface RT Now On Sale In 13 More European Markets - But Will It Sell?
Android and iOS Combine for 91.1% Of Global Smartphone OS Market in 4Q12; 87.6% For Year - IDC
Samsung's Tizen Mobile OS Could Signal New Competition For iOS, Android
Evidence Building That BlackBerry Is Doomed - Even In The Enterprise
iOS 6.1: Excess Exchange Activity After Accepting An Exception To Recurring Calendar Event
Moxtra Claims To Have Gained More Users In Two Weeks Than Pinterest Did In 1.5 Years
Linden Lab Launches a New Free Platform for Character-Driven




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Microsoft Leaving Money On The Table By Not Supporting iPads With Office, But....

Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt cites Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt estimating that Microsoft could be foregoing as much as two and a half billion dollars of revenue by refusing to offer a full version of its Office suite for the iPad, arguing that while Microsoft (probably with good reason) presumably fears that Office for iPad would likely doom its Surface tablet PC, the Surface so far is a slow-seller anyway. Elmer DeWitt notes that Holt reports that three to four times as many Mac users (30-40%) install paid versions of Office on their machines as Windows PC users (10-15%) do, a metric with some ambiguity attached depending upon whether discounted versions of Office Home edition that come bundled with new PCs are being factored-in.

Whatever, if Microsoft could sell Office to 30 percent of the roughly 200 million iPads at an average selling price of $60, that would calculate to more than $2.5 billion in extra revenue per year, even after Apple took its 30% Apple Store cut off the top - more than Holt forecasts Microsoft will realize selling software (Windows and Office) on all Windows-based tablets in 2014.

One flaw your editor sees in that reasoning is that at least at this point, antiicipating that even 30 percent of iPad users would be likely to buy Office were it available seems fanciful given the Apple tablet's many serious shortcomings as a content creation platform that have nothing to do with whether Office is available or not. It remains to be seen how Microsoft's Surface Pro is received by enterprise tablet users, and how the iPad's uptake in that market is affected by the lack of Office support now that there's an alternative tablet.

You can read Philip Elmer-DeWitt's article here:
http://goo.gl/FMoQd






Microsoft - No "Plan B" In Mobile Device Strategy

Reuters' Bill Rigby and Kenneth Barry reports that while Microsoft Corp hasn't made much of a dent in Apple's and Google's domination of mobile computing, Microsoft's Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein affirmed at the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday that the company will persevere and has no "Plan B," but did not indicate whether Microsoft is planning to move into the growing small tablet market, following the success of Apple's iPad mini, Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon.com Inc's Kindle Fire tablet, after having missed the peak of the 10-inch tablet tsunami with the late entry of Surface.

Rigby and Barry note that Gartner estimates Microsoft sold fewer than 900,000 Surface tablets in the fourth quarter - eclipsed by the nearly 23 million iPads (including minis) sold by Apple, and that Windows phones now account for 3 percent of the global smartphone market, light-years behind Google's Android with 70 percent and Apple with 21 percent.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/Rbiw1






Microsoft And Tablets: No Plan B?

The Register's Rik Myslewski. commenting on Microsoft CFO Peter Klein telling investors at Goldman Sachs' Technology and Internet Conference this week that the company has no "Plan B" should Microsoft's tablet and phone efforts continue to inspire little interest among the buying public.

Myslewski cites Canalys metrics reporting that Microsoft sold only 722,000 Surface RT tablets in the fourth quarter of 2012 out of worldwide tablet sales of 46.2 million during the same period, while Gartner pegged Surface RT sales at around 900,000 as opposed to Apple selling just under 23 million iPads during the same period.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/hZvXh






Surface RT Now On Sale In 13 More European Markets - But Will It Sell?

The Register's Neil McAllister reports that Microsoft made its Surface RT tablet available in 13 additional markets on Thursday, but wonders if the ARM-based tablets will sell any better in those markets than they have in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States, with reports continuing to roll in citing lackluster sales for Surface RT and for Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets in general.

Surface RT will now be available in also on sale in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/SOUVK






Android and iOS Combine for 91.1% Of Global Smartphone OS Market in 4Q12; 87.6% For Year - IDC

Android and iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems (OS) worldwide, combined for 91.1% of all smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 207.6 million units worldwide during 4Q12, up 70.2% from the 122.0 million units shipped during 4Q11. For calendar year 2012, Android and iOS combined for 87.6% of the 722.4 million smartphones shipped worldwide, up from 68.1% of the 494.5 million units shipped during calendar year 2011.

At the same time, lower prices on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S brought iOS within reach of more users and sustained volume success of older models. Even with the Apple Maps debacle, iPhone owners were not deterred from purchasing new iPhones.

"The dominance of Android and Apple reached a new watermark in the fourth quarter," says Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "Android boasted a broad selection of smartphones, and an equally deep list of smartphone vendor partners. Finding an Android smartphone for nearly any budget, taste, size, and price was all but guaranteed during 2012. As a result, Android was rewarded with market-beating growth."

"Likewise, demand for Apple's iPhone 5 kept iOS out in front and in the hands of many smartphone users," Llamas continues. "At the same time, lower prices on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S brought iOS within reach of more users and sustained volume success of older models. Even with the Apple Maps debacle, iPhone owners were not deterred from purchasing new iPhones."

The two horse race between Android and iOS has collectively accounted for more than 50% share of the smartphone OS market over the past two years. At the same time both BlackBerry and Microsoft have been working on competing platforms that have recently launched and are poised for competition. Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 in 4Q12, and BlackBerry more recently released BB10 in January, marking the first time two new platforms have been introduced to the smartphone space in the past several years.

"With the recent introductions of two new smartphone platforms we expect some ground to be made by the new entrants over the coming years," said Ryan Reith, program manager with IDC's Mobile Device Trackers. "There is no question the road ahead is uphill for both Microsoft and BlackBerry, but history shows us consumers are open to change. Platform diversity is something not only the consumers have asked for, but also the operators."

Smartphone Operating System Highlights

Android continued its overall upward trajectory, reaching triple-digit growth for the year. Samsung was the biggest contributor to Android's success, amassing 42.0% of all Android smartphone shipments during the year. Following Samsung was a long list of vendors with single digit market share, and an even longer list of vendors with market share less than one percent. The intra-Android competition has not stifled companies from keeping Android as the cornerstone of their respective smartphone strategies, but has upped the ante to innovate proprietary experiences.

iOS posted yet another quarter and year of double-digit growth with strong demand for the iPhone. But what also stands out is how iOS's year-over-year growth has slowed compared to the overall market. The smaller volumes during 2Q12 and to a smaller extent 3Q12 underscore the possibility for a mid-year iPhone release in order to maintain market-beating growth. Speculation about the release of possible larger-screen and inexpensive models during the middle of 2013 continues to follow Apple, which would help sustain growth. But until any model is formally announced, speculation remains simply that.

BlackBerry's decision to postpone the release of BB10 to 2013 left the platform vulnerable in 2012 and reliant primarily on older smartphones running on BB7. As a result, BlackBerry's tight grip on enterprise users has loosened and its popularity within emerging markets has been diminished by the competition. Now that BlackBerry has unveiled BB10, the company is faced with migrating current BlackBerry users to upgrade while persuading smartphone users of other platforms, including previous BlackBerry users, to switch.

Windows Phone/Windows Mobile made market-beating progress in 4Q12 and 2012. The addition of Nokia's strong commitment behind the platform was the key driver in Microsoft's success. At the same time, the relationship has benefited Nokia, which amassed 76.0% of all Windows Phone/Windows Mobile smartphone shipments. Beyond Nokia, however, is a short list of other vendors who have been experimenting with Windows Phone while also supporting Android.

Linux has remained essentially flat from the previous year, with longtime supporters NEC and Panasonic moving to Android and newcomers K-Touch and Haier making up the difference. Linux will bear close observation in 2013 as new smartphones from SailFish, Tizen, and Ubuntu are all scheduled to launch this year. Still, these new Linux-powered operating systems will require time and investment to gain momentum in the market, making for a slowly growing trajectory.

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In addition to the table above, a graphic showing the relative market shares of the top smartphone operating systems over the previous eight quarters is available at IDC.com. The chart is intended for public use in online news articles and social media. Instructions on how to embed this graphic can be found by viewing this press release on IDC.com.

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Note: Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, contact Kathy Nagamine at 650-350-6423

For more information online, visit:
http://www.idc.com






Samsung's Tizen Mobile OS Could Signal New Competition For iOS, Android

Appleinsider's Kevin Bostic reports that Samsung appears to be prepping a big push behind its own operating system, that could have the potential to truly shake up the mobile market where others have failed, announcing that it will be releasing hardware powered by Tizen, an alternative operating system co-developed by Samsung and Intel. Bostic says Tizen is built largely on the Linux Kernel, the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries, and the WebKit runtime, and is said to be scalable to displays from smartphones to in-car systems to smart appliances, and televisions

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/kcdBx






Evidence Building That BlackBerry Is Doomed - Even In The Enterprise

Quartz's Christopher Mims says that notwithstanding some buzz generated by its new BB10 OS and some new smartphone products, indications are growing that Blackberry is doomed, an example being news this week that the company’s former CEO and co-founder Jim Balsillie sold off his entire stake in the company, going from one of the largest individual RIM/BlackBerry shareholders in, with 26.8 million shares to none.

Mims also cites mounting anecdotal evidence that enterprise customers are losing interested in Blackberry, and survey data showing only 43% of current BlackBerry owners plan to make BlackBerry their next phone (compared to 85% of iPhone owners). He observes that the company appears to be doing little more than coasting on momentum.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/IMCzo






iOS 6.1: Excess Exchange Activity After Accepting An Exception To Recurring Calendar Event

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says that when you respond to an exception to a recurring calendar event with a Microsoft Exchange account on a device running iOS 6.1, the device may begin to generate excessive communication with Microsoft Exchange Server. You may notice increased network activity or reduced battery life on the iOS device. This extra network activity will be shown in the logs on Exchange Server and it may lead to the server blocking the iOS device. This can occur with iOS 6.1 and Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1 or later, or Microsoft Exchange Online (Office365).

(*) An exception is a change to a single instance of a repeating calendar event.

Resolution

Apple has identified a fix and will make it available in an upcoming software update. In the meantime, you can avoid this bug by not responding to an exception to a recurring event on your iOS device. If you do experience the symptoms described above, disable then reenable the Exchange calendar on your iOS device using the steps below.

• Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars
• Select the Exchange account from your Accounts list.
• Turn the switch for Calendars to OFF.
• Wait ten seconds.
• Turn the switch for Calendars back to ON.

For more information, visit:
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4532?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US






Moxtra Claims To Have Gained More Users In Two Weeks Than Pinterest Did In 1.5 Years

Launched at the end of January, Moxtra's developers claim that it has amassed more users in its first two weeks than Pinterest did in its first 1.5 years.

What's Moxtra? It's a new app developed by the former founders of WebEx, described as "a mobile centric social collection and collaboration application service." Think of it as a virtual bookshelf with multiple customizable binders designed to house your personal digital assets, business presentations, or scattered thoughtsall ready for sharing and collaborating with voice over, editing capabilities and multimedia options.

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Moxtra Binder lets you keep all your content in one place, nicely organized, readily viewable and easy to share. Moxtra is a cross platform application that is available for iPhone, iPad and PC/Mac.

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With Moxtra you can:

• Keep everything together: papers, receipts, coupons, pictures, videos, music, pages, documents, notes, web clips, Bookmarks

• Stay organized using a Moxtra Binder for every topic: Kitchen remodeling, Refinance, Tax, Holiday Party, School Project, Scrap book, Customer Presentation

• Share your Binder selectively: You are always in control of what is shared, to whom the content is shared, how and when the content is shared. Collaborate in a small group, or post your content in Facebook

• Express yourself using Moxtra Note: You can add voice and annotations to your photos and documents, creating screencasts that express your ideas effectively - for fun, or for business

• Have a meeting using Moxtra Meet: Host a meeting and share your Binder in real-time with your friends, family, customers or co-workers. Moxtra Meet includes VoIP conferencing, so you do not need a teleconference bridge.

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New in Version 1.0.1
- "My Default Binder" will always be on top
- New binder invitations appear on the top
- Save binder option after Moxtra Meet ends
- Update format made easy to read
- Enhanced the textbox annotation experience
- Fixed thumbnail page disappearing issue
- Fixed the zoom ratio issue in landscape mode
- Fixed the issue: binder cover doesn't update when the first page is deleted
- Fixed one crash issue

System requirements:
• This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
• Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Video:
http://budurl.com/MoxtraDemo

Free

App Store:
http://goo.gl/ud865

Download it on iTunes:
http://bit.ly/Yb4X4l






Linden Lab Launches a New Free Platform for Character-Driven
Interactive Fiction: Versu for iPad

Linden Lab, makers of shared creative spaces including Second Life, Patterns, Creatorverse, and dio, today announced the launch of Versu, a new character-driven interactive fiction platform that immerses readers in living stories. Versu is available for free today for iPad on the App Store. Versions for Android devices will be released soon.

A product of Linden Labs acquisition of LittleTextPeople earlier this year, Versu provides unique narrative experiences in which the reader is an integral part of character-driven interactive stories. In Versu, you take on a character with distinct preferences, concerns, and desires, as you explore and change a story through your decisions and interactions with other characters. The characters you encounter are endowed with sophisticated artificial intelligence and have their own unique personalities, motivations, and emotional reactions as you interact with them. The decisions you make and how you treat other characters define your character in the story and influence the narrative, giving each title the potential for many unique experiences to explore. In the future, the tool set used to build these immersive stories will be made available to users, enabling readers to insert their own characters and scenes into the narratives they explore.

The initial version of Versu for iPad is available for free on the App Store:

In addition to a brief tutorial, an interactive scene adapted from Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice and an original playable ghost story by Emily Short, titled The House on a Cliff, are included with the free app. Another playable story by Short, a murder mystery titled, A Family Supper, is available today for $4.99 and additional titles in a variety of genres will be periodically added.

"Entertainment is most gratifying when its driven by your own creativity," says Rod Humble, CEO of Linden Lab. That's why at Linden Lab, we make digital spaces where people can have fun while exercising their creativity. Reading has always engaged a readers imagination, but with Versu, youre not just a reader, youre actually a creative participant in the story. Today is just the first step for Versu, with the iPad version and our first few stories, but well soon be expanding to Android devices and adding more titles, and in the future, we plan to open the platform to allow authors to publish their own work on Versu as well."

You can watch the full Versu trailer here:
http://goo.gl/q38Qu

Versu product page:
http://www.versu.com/



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