- Steve Ballmer steps down from his job as the head of Microsoft some time within the next 12 months
- No direct replacement has been lined up, and as such, he'll remain on-board as CEO until the committee finds the right person
- Ballmer admits that Vista was his biggest disappointment during his tenure
- People are eschewing their PCs, opting instead to use their smartphones as their primary Internet device
- Apps on the Top Grossing list are 294% more expensive than apps on the Top Paid list. The median price of an app on the Top Grossing list is 329% more expensive than the Top Paid list.
- There were 200% more Finance apps on the Top Grossing list than on the Top Paid list. 50% more Graphics titles is our first indication of the real link between solving substantial problems and a user's willingness to pay. Social apps do not make money. Weather apps don't make money. The Top Grossing list had four free apps on it.
- Doubled the price of an app and losing less than 50% of buyers makes money. There are other benefits from higher prices: fewer customers means lower supports costs; lower support costs means more revenue going toward development and future products; higher perceived value.
And finally ...
- Microsoft deems the Xbox One an 'entirely justifiable' business expense
- Microsoft Xbox MVP Marques Lyons lists features packaged with the Xbox like Kinect-enabled Skype video conferencing, SkyDrive cloud storage, Wi-Fi direct for beaming tablet presentations to a TV, and general apps like Internet Explorer and Office Web
- Lyons - “The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms.”