Is Bill Gates’ site really running Linux? No. But, his website is using Akamai to mirror content, which by the way, are powered by Linux. End of story, but there’s an interesting comment thread that followed from TechCrunch’s article that’s worth reading.
PC Mag details the latest Microsoft Office pricing structure:
Office Professional, $499 boxed or $349 via Product Key Card. Includes 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, and Office Web apps. It also features premium tech support. It can be installed on two PCs concurrently.
Office Home and Business, $279 boxed or $199 via Product Key Card. Includes 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Office Web apps. It can be installed on two PCs concurrently.
Office Home and Student is $149 boxed or $119 via Product Key Card. Includes 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Office Web apps. A Family Pack version can be installed on up to three PCs in a single residence.
An estimated 200 million units of notebooks will be shipped in 2010. Of the 200 million units, an estimated 25% or 50 million units are going to be netbooks. Microsoft may deem netbook sales insignificant, but 25% of the notebook market is a big deal.
Canalys, a leading market research firm details their netbooks report:
The PC industry is undergoing a more dramatic transformation than seen at any time in the last 15 years. The netbook category was invented as recently as 18 months ago by the likes of Asus and Acer and is the only PC segment enjoying growth this year. The impact of netbooks has been profound.
It has forced Microsoft to fend off a threat from Linux by reducing its operating system prices and to continue promoting its aging XP brand. Netbooks have dramatically lowered industry price points, attracting new categories of consumer buyers.
Furthermore, hard-pressed PC vendors have been forced to cut their operating costs to have any chance of turning a profit. The biggest change of all has been the success the telcos have had in selling subsidised 3G netbooks, emulating the mobile phone business model.
The market shares of PC vendors are changing rapidly on the back of their willingness to commit to the netbook category and their agility in chasing these new, substantial telco deals.
Read the rest of Canalys’ report.
Microsoft has set the price of Windows 7 Home Premium for students at $30. Does that mean everyone is a student? Well, you need to be an enrolled student with a college or university email address. Microsoft may require proof of enrollment. Not sure how they will enforce it. Nevertheless, it’s a deep discount compared to the $199 price tag for the Home Premium for every one else. Complete Windows 7 Pricing. Article.
Microsoft Bing has made a huge step in the month of August when it grabbed 11% of the search market share. Bing was introduced last May. It has gained a whopping 22% last month to finish at 11%. Bing still lags behind from Google Search with a market share of 64%. Yahoo Search came in at second at 16%. Read.