We don’t really know anyone who is actually a Bing fan, but if you are, then here’s a good news. Launched in June 1, 2009, Microsoft’s own search engine has come a long way. Today, it is now the no. 2 search engine in the US, surpassing Yahoo! which dropped to the third spot. Bing grew from 13.6 % to 13.9 % in August this year, while Yahoo! dropped from 14.3 % to only 13.1 %.
The above photo surfaced today and is rumored to be coming from a Germany-based online retail store. No matter what, I am sure most users accustomed to the Microsoft Arc mouse would surely find this interesting. The device may feature touch-based scrolling (possibly multi-touch!) and even includes a battery indicator. Price is steep though. At $70, it directly competes with Apple’s Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad.
Looks like Redmond is getting more serious every day. A new website dedicated to help consumers decide whether to buy a PC or a Mac is Microsoft’s latest attempt to sell more PCs, and hence more Windows. As per Microsoft there are six very important things PCs allow, which apparently Mac doesn’t, well…at least not to the same extent. They are ‘having fun’, ‘simplicity’, ‘working hard’, ‘sharing’, ‘compatibility’ and ‘choice’.
Microsoft’s much publicized Kin has its fate sealed. The company recently announced that it will no longer manufacture this new line of mobile phones. And it has been just over two months since its launch. Kin was targeted to a younger crowd and focused more on social networking and media. Obviously with the current competition from Apple and Google’s Android, it clearly didn’t have a chance and failed miserably in sales.
Windows 7 success saga continues. Originally launched on 22nd October 2010, it is officially the fastest-selling operating system of all time. The number of licenses sold stands at a mind boggling 150 million, at the end of just 8 months since its launch. And if you do the math, that’s almost 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second.
Research shows that companies (collectively) waste at least $2.8 billion a year on electricity charges. That’s a huge waste, which needs immediate attention from all of us. Now Microsoft Research is coming up with a new app that will help slash power wastage. Termed as the “sleep proxy system”, this application will allow access to all computers in an enterprise network, while staying switched “off” or in a “stand by” mode.