Microsoft Corp. is using a $2 billion loan to help finance Dell Inc.’s $24.4 billion buyout to bolster one of the largest makers of computers using Windows software and fend off competition from Google Inc. and Apple Inc.
Microsoft Corp. unveiled its own Windows-powered tablet computer called Surface, altering its strategy of focusing on software and relying on partners to make the machines in a renewed attempt to take on Apple Inc.’s iPad.
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer says Windows 8, the next version of his company’s operating system, will be bigger than Windows 95, an early and much heralded upgrade unveiled almost two decades ago.
Microsoft Corp. , the world’s largest software maker, won’t release a competitor to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.’s tablet operating systems until the 2012 back-to- school season, people with knowledge of the plans said.
Since Google Inc. introduced its Android operating system in 2007, the company’s strategy has been simple: Give it to developers for free and make money when consumers click ads on the Web or through apps. That model is hitting a snag.
Google Inc. announced a new lineup of mobile devices, using alliances with South Korean electronics makers Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. to step up a challenge to Apple Inc. tablets and smartphones.
Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt said the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. may spur competition among phone makers using its Android software, and the company won’t play favorites with its partners.