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Microsoft’s Publishing Strategy Remains Beneath The Surface

by Allen Weiner  |  June 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

Microsoft has announced a new entry into the tablet parade, dubbed Surface, which is hardly a major revelation given the rumor Red Carpet that now precedes any such tech announcement. It’s a purty-lookin device with the sorts of lines and angles reserved for roadsters and remodeled Craftsman homes. The slick cover-cum-keyboard is yet another tool […]

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Barnes & Noble and Microsoft: A Marriage Made in Study Hall

by Allen Weiner  |  April 30, 2012  |  Comments Off

The story is rather simple: Microsoft is investing in the formation of a strategic partnership in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary referred to as “Newco,” which will bring  together the Redmond, WA company with the consumer and College businesses of Barnes & Noble.  Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in Newco at a […]

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No Let Up In the E-Reading Device Parade

by Allen Weiner  |  May 5, 2011  |  2 Comments

Just when you thought it was safe to go into your big box retailers and buy an “e-reader” after parsing the maze of options, two new choices loom: a new tablet from Amazon and a new something from Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble’s new device is fact; Amazon’s is speculation built on the usual […]

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Barnes & Noble Introduces The Nook, A Game-Changing Ereader

by Allen Weiner  |  October 20, 2009  |  19 Comments

Barnes and Noble ended weeks of speculation by announcing The Nook, its new ereader that should not only throw a scare into Amazon but also put somewhat of a damper on the ereading capabilities of planned tablets/devices from Apple and Microsoft. Barnes and Noble has addressed many shortcomings of existing devices with The Nook by […]

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Is The Courier Microsoft’s Xbox for the E-Reader Space?

by Allen Weiner  |  September 23, 2009  |  1 Comment

Word is leaking out (no doubt from Microsoft itself) on the Courier tablet. Looks very cool but it raises more questions that offers answers. If it’s the device that supports cool Silverlight applications for content providers, it will be quite interesting. So far, Apple has little to worry about if it intends to offer a […]

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Live from Nokia World: Nokia Booklet 3G, First Look

by Allen Weiner  |  September 2, 2009  |  1 Comment

Nokia has just announced details of its new netbook, the Booklet 3G. It will be available in Q4, be priced at 575 Euros (>$800 U.S.) but it will be subsidized by many carriers. In the U.S., however, many netbooks are already practically given away by carriers ala the combo of phone plus service plans. The […]

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Microsoft, Yahoo! Ink Search Deal

by Allen Weiner  |  July 29, 2009  |  Comments Off

After walking halfway down the aisle with Google in 2008 in a proposed (and then scrapped) search-advertising pact, Yahoo! has inked a 10 year deal in which Microsoft will power Yahoo! search and sell self-service keywords through AdCenter while Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers. The […]

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Bing Goes the Strings of Microsoft’s Heart

by Allen Weiner  |  May 28, 2009  |  2 Comments

CEO Steve Ballmer has announced the long-speculated rebranding and relaunch of Microsoft’s consumer search service at the All Things Digital Conference. As of June 1, Live Search will become Bing (as in cherry and former Piston great and now Detroit mayor). The service is scheduled to be in preview on June 1 and will lose […]

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Buy ‘Em

by Allen Weiner  |  April 30, 2009  |  Comments Off

For those of us deeply entrenched in following the e-book world, we watch and marvel as Amazon’s purchase of Lexcycle, developer of Stanza, a the most popular iPhone e-book application, further distances the Seattle company from the competition. Question: is everyone else in this space either asleep at the switch or too busy worrying about […]

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TV 2.0 Update: Digital Transition Complete

by Allen Weiner  |  March 8, 2009  |  1 Comment

A few weeks into my TV 2.0 project ,where I set up a viewing center sans cable or satellite, I successfully completed the digital transition by attaching a Samsung digital converter box and Radio Shack indoor antenna to my Sharp 32-inc TV. At first, it was a total fail, but because my TV had not […]

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