The battle between Apple and Google intensified this week with both companies unveiling long awaited business models for publishers eager to develop recurring revenue sources through sale of tablet based subscriptions. Read this article for our views regarding how the “tablet wars” will be affected by the latest battle.
When the Nokia 6160 cellular phone was released in the late 1990s, it was one of the hot technology gadgets of the era. With its “candy bar” styling, good looks, and positive user experience, the phone was very popular and was once considered something of a minor status symbol. Today Nokia faces a “burning platform” according to CEO Stephen Elop. Read this article for more details and commentary.
In a letter to Apple employees released Monday morning, Steve Jobs informed his team that health issues have forced him to take a leave of absence from his day-to-day duties as CEO of the company. Tim Cook, who capably managed Apple (AAPL) in 2009 when Mr. Jobs had a lengthy medical absence, will again assume responsibility for day-to-day operations. Mr. Jobs will remain involved in “strategic decisions” for the company. No time frame was given for Mr. Jobs to return on a full time basis. This has revived a long running controversy regarding CEO succession at Apple. Read this article for more details.
We have outlined the bullish case for Microsoft based on the depressed valuation of the shares, positive recent financial results, and expected strong results this fiscal year due to a corporate refresh cycle that will take advantage of Windows 7 and Office 2010 after a period in which upgrades were delayed due to both real and perceived shortcomings in the Windows Vista operating system. However, despite attractive fundamentals, the market is currently focused on smart phones and appears to be assuming that Microsoft’s new operating system will utterly fail to gain any meaningful share from Apple’s iPhone or Google’s Android operating system. Is this negative sentiment warranted or a potential opportunity for long term investors?
One of the key questions that will determine the future success of many companies involves whether tablet computers such as the iPad can really threaten laptops. Are tablet computers a complementary device or a true substitute for the traditional laptop computer? Read this article for a video and more commentary.