Microsoft was running a sinking ship is finally seeing land with the new Captain. But the question remains if it can recover from the damages incurred so far. With Bill Gates selling his share by the millions, it does have me doubting the future survival of the company itself.
Microsoft has been facing hardship for quite some time now and has decided to take adequate steps to fight back. I am pleasantly surprised by the rumor of cutting down the price of Windows 8.1 by a whopping 70%. The slash in price is to fend off the low-cost tablets and computers from long-term rivals, Google Inc Chromebooks and Apple Inc tablets. The windows 8 platform did not receive the reception expected from it. The issue was that the $50 license that was initially set further extended by $30 for other incentives. Windows 8 is currently selling at a very slow pace that is expected to be triggered to give a 16% rise by 2017 with the slashed price.
Reaching iPad before Windows?
Microsoft is getting ready with a touch version of the Office that is said to be adaptable to iPad even before it adapts to the Windows-8 platform. Set to launch by mid-year, the app is eagerly awaited. It can’t be denied that tablets are now the new notebook. This might cause some sort of riot with the Microsoft office, but either way the news is still too early to be judged on. My worries lie with the contradictory decision boldly pushed by Nadella, when Steve had already mentioned that it would hit the windows platform first. All eyes on the share when this incident comes to light.
The sign of patent between Hop-On Inc and Microsoft has brought some good news for the Microsoft shares. The worldwide patent is said to provide broad coverage for the Chrome OS and Android including tablets and smartphones. Though the exact terms of the agreement are yet to be disclosed but, parties indicate that royalties will be received by Microsoft based on the agreement.
Microsoft is putting in serious effort to boost its force and thrive the fall it has taken for over a decade now. As much as I want it to survive, all we can do is- waiting and watch the numbers.