“The global PC business is apparently bouncier than the analysts at Gartner had been projecting only a few months ago, and now, they’re predicting that PC shipments will rise by 19.7 per cent in 2010 to 366.1 million machines. With price competition and a trend toward cheaper machines, however, it is going to get harder for PC makers to turn a buck, with revenues across all PC types and sold in all geographies (and reckoned in U.S. dollars) to rise by only 12.2 per cent to $245 billion.”
“Sony is working on a series of devices designed to take the fight to Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it has been claimed. So say ‘people familiar with the matter’ cited by the Wall Street Journal who point to what seem to be extensions of the PlayStation Portable into smartphone and media tablet territory. Rumours have been cropping up on a regular basis since 2007, when Sony Ericsson admitted it was thinking about applying the PlayStation name to a series of handsets. It has already leveraged Sony’s Bravia and Cyber-shot brands.”
Mary Jo Foley writes about Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010’s release dates.
“Microsoft is specifying a real date on which business users will be able to get their hands on Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010: May 12. Consumers will have to wait until June to buy the product online and at retail, Microsoft officials said on March 5, via a post to the Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering blog. A near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of (Office 2010) is being tested by a select group, with the release-to-manufacturing expected any time during the coming weeks.”