► Microsoft continues cross-platform tear
Last week Microsoft announced the release of a free Outlook native app for iOS and Android, which replaces the oft-derided OWA app. The new Outlook app syncs your mail, contact, and calendars. You might remember last week when Microsoft announced that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are now free on Windows Phone, this in addition to Android and previously iOS. This is a step in the right direction for the company as they compete with the likes of Google and Apple for domination of your mobile experience.
Outlook in the Apple App Store
Outlook in the Google Play Store
► Microsoft’s Surface line-up posts 2nd straight profitable quarter
Microsoft is also still winning as their Surface Pro 3 garners great interest and proves profitable for the company, even as interest in the Surface 2 wanes.
► Apple and Samsung are neck-and-neck in the smartphone market
Apple has caught up to and looks to be able to overtake Samsung. Why is that? For one thing the growing mobile phone market in China gave Apple a massive boost. This to the extent that Apple posted their largest profit in history with their Q4 numbers. Another thing holding Samsung and Android in general back is they still need to catch up to Apple’s biometric support. Finally, it turns out that the iPhone 6 is attractive enough that Apple is seeing newcomers: the majority of new device purchases are from people migrating from other platforms.
Samsung may have opportunities elsewhere, however. They are teaming up with Oracle to expand into cloud-based mobile services.