Network World (US)
FRAMINGHAM – Microsoft’s latest version of Office pushes customers toward using cloud-based services that makes the suite of applications available on any device — PC, tablet or phone — and has a user interface tuned to work with the touch-centric Windows 8 operating system. The combination of the new Office with Windows 8 and Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage make an environment that is more productive than the traditional Office, says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together I think they’re quite magical,” he says.
B2B salespeople spend roughly two-thirds of their time selling in virtual environments—via the Web and telephone—yet most companies haven’t adapted their sales skills or content marketing tools to deal with this new reality, according to a new report by Corporate Visions.
Sales and marketing teams are not prepared to sell in virtual environments: 58% of surveyed B2B sales and marketing professionals say they have insufficient (27%), little (10%), or no training (21%) in how to deliver compelling messages in virtual environments.
IDG News Service (New York Bureau)
Microsoft, which on Monday held an event in New York to mark the U.S. launch of smartphones running its latest Windows Phone 7.5 OS, said it is taking steps to “align” the smartphone OS with its future tablet and PC OSes.
The company wants to bring similar user experiences across Microsoft-based phones, PCs and tablets to make usage consistent and easier, said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows Phone Program Management, during a press event.
IDC Press Release
Worldwide Mobile Phone Market Experiences Slower Growth as Smartphone Purchases Soften in the Third Quarter, According to IDC
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. The worldwide mobile phone market grew 12.8% year over year in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11), as smartphone growth declined in key mature markets. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 393.7 million units in 3Q11 compared to 348.9 million units in the third quarter of 2010. However, the 12.8% growth was higher than IDC’s forecast of 9.3% for the quarter and stronger than the 9.8% growth in 2Q11.
According to Retrevo’s Technology Life Cycle analysis, a new study, 62% of U.S. smartphone owners perceived their phone to be obsolete now or will be obsolete before their contract runs out. And, the phone carriers don’t want the old phone and don’t want to subsidize a new one sooner than every two years.
When the study asked smartphone owners whether they would consider changing smartphones before their contract was up, 48% said they would if the terms were favorable while 20% said a two year contract on their device was fine with them. Others were not sure or might buy an unlocked phone. Read more