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Daily Archives: February 12, 2009
- Apple iPhone sales are steady and strong and the Palm Pre is looming on the horizon. But Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry family of smartphones, is having a bumpy ride. Revenue was up, but RIM warned fourth quarter profits could fall on the low end of forecasts in spite of growth in subscriptions.
- A slowdown in customer spending caused NetApp, the data storage maker, to swing to a loss. As Cisco fattened its wallet with $4bn in cash, NetApp was suggested as a potential target for takeover.
- With memory chip makers still suffering from overcapacity, two groups led by Japan’s Elpidia Memory and US-based Micron are pushing harder to consolidate with their Taiwanese rivals and recieve a bailout from the Taiwan government.
After the debacle of the long Vista development cycle and rocky launch, Microsoft must be breathing a sigh of relief over the very positive reception for Windows 7 since a beta version was made available early last month. But it may still be too early to turn the page and move on.
Certainly, a lot of corporate users are starting to weigh whether to skip Vista altogether and move to 7. That much is admitted in a blog post today by Gavriella Schuster, senior director of the Windows product management group. The growing likelihood that 7 will come out in time for this year’s Christmas season – and possibly as early as July, to catch the back-to-school sales – has added to the sense of expectation. Read more