According to Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang, he thinks that Microsoftâ€™s next generation computer and tablet operating system, Windows 8, will be able to recognize and run apps that have been developed and coded for the Windows Mobile Phone 7 operating system â€“ which is the new mobile operating system developed by the software giant. [Read more…]
A class action suit is likely being readied against Microsoft by consumers alleging that the software giantâ€™s Windows Phone 7 operating system tracks the locations of phone owners without asking for consent.
A woman from Michigan has filed the likely class action lawsuit in a Seattle District Court. She claims that Windows Mobile Phone 7 gathers user data from owners of the phone, and continue to do this even if the owners have already opted out of the location-reporting feature. An equally damaging allegation is that Microsoft did not tell the truth to Congress about how much data from location information the device collects.
According to the suit, the location logging feature incorporated into Windows Mobile Phone 7 gets location and network information data directly from the device in order to build a map of WiFi hotspots, cell towers and other related data that can be employed for assisted GPS. The suit further alleges that the information gathered is not just to give phone owners a thorough location-based service but also to create a targeted marketing system that can personalized the ads that are sent to a userâ€™s particular location.
Microsoft, which is expected to fight the class action suit, has assured the public and the US Congress before that data gathering feature will only work if the user has permitted an application to get location services. The company further clarified that the application only gathers location data and nothing else.
Both Android and iOS devices were also accused of getting location data without permission from users but these were eventually fixed in subsequent updates.
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Unfortunately it seems as if one company is not too thrilled about being controlled, and is already voicing their displeasure to the press.
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is putting â€œtroublesomeâ€ restrictions on makers of processors used to run the coming Windows tablet-computer operating system,Â Acer Inc. (2353) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.T. Wang said.
â€œTheyâ€™re really controlling the whole thing, the whole process,â€ Wang said at the Computex trade show in Taipei without identifying the restrictions. Chip suppliers and PC makers â€œall feel itâ€™s very troublesome,â€ he said. (Bloomberg)
Acer (as well as other manufactures) are probably upset that Microsoft isn’t allowing them to customize the tablets in order to help differentiate them from the sea of Windows tablets that will hit stores in the not so distant future.
However the last thing Microsoft needs is to have their tablet end up being a flop (like Xoom), so it’s in Acer’s best interest to be micro managed as a successful Windows Tablet will help push the company to the forefront (or at the very least help them gain a foot hold in the US).
It’s still unclear what the price will be for Microsoft’s iPad challenger, but hopefully their Windows Tablet will not only match iPad 2’s “inexpensive price,” but battery life as well.
Apparently Google isn’t the only company benefiting from Android’s global dominance as it seems that Microsoft is also benefiting from Android’s rise (at least from oneÂ manufacture).
Microsoft (who has made it a quest to sue AndroidÂ manufacturesÂ over patent claims) is ironically making more money off of Android than their own mobile OS.
A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million. If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft.
Microsoft has admitted selling 2 million Windows Phone licenses (though not devices.) Estimating that the license fee is $15/WP phone, that makes Windows Phone revenues to date $30 million. (Asymco)
Microsoft’s strategy of suing their competition is apparently paying off, as Windows Phone 7 sales have yet to witness blockbuster sales seen by iPhone and Android devices.
Currently other manufactures like Motorola have refused to pay Microsoft one cent and are ironicallyÂ counter suing the software giant over patents they feel Windows Phone 7 (as well as a slew of other products) violate.
Google surprisingly hasn’t come to the aid of their mobile friends, despite the fact that lawsuits like these could hurt Android adoption by manufactures in the long run.
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After swooping in and snapping up Skype (to the tune of $8.5 billion), Microsoft for the first time has serious leverage over Google in an arena that doesn’t involve operating systems (for computers that is).