Apr. 23, 2008
Intel cuts quad-core prices
John Morris writes about Intel’s latest price reductions taken on its quad-core desktop processors.
“Intel trimmed the price of the 2.40GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 by 16% from $266 to $224, and chopped the price of the 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad Q6700 by a whopping 50% from $530 to $266. These are the chips that compete directly with AMD’s Phenom quad-core processors, the 2.5GHz Phenom 9850 ($235), 2.4Hz Phenom 9750 ($215), and 2.2GHz Phenom 9550 ($209). Intel did not cut prices on the faster–and pricier–Core 2 Extreme processors for enthusiasts.”
Poll: Microsoft more innovative than Nintendo, Sony
Susan Arendt recaps results found from a poll conducted by BusinessWeek that looks at the most innovative companies in the world.
“Apple, which tops the list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, Microsoft (number 4), Nintendo (number 7), and Sony (number 9) were all called out for their innovative products. The survey was sent to the 2,500 largest corporations by market share; nearly 3,000 executives responded.”
Report: Microsoft acquires Outlook plugin maker Xobni
Nicholas Carlson share’s Michael Arrington, from TechCrunch’s findings on Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Xobni.
“Xobni – ‘inbox’ spelled backward – adds features to Outlook, Microsoft’s desktop email application. As VC blogger Fred Wilson notes, the acquisition is ‘sort of proof that Microsoft doesn’t know how to improve its own software. So they buy those that do.’”