According to WSJ:
Billionaires Love these 5 stocks:
In a good agreement with
** I Know First algorithmic system** stance on these stocks
2012 was a year that saw Tim Cook put his mark on Apple, Facebook go through growing pains, Microsoft unveil perhaps the biggest product refresh in its history (though the jury's still out on its success), and the "post-PC era" turn into a reality, notes The Verge in its recap of the year's top tech stories. Looking ahead to 2013, it sees Apple overhauling iOS following a bumpy 2012, Google battling with Samsung over Android's future, and Microsoft, Sony, and perhaps Valve trying to invigorate a slumping console gaming industry.
Nokia has talked with Qualcomm, Microsoft, and Compal about developing a 10" Windows RT tablet, claims sometimes-accurate Digitimes, which adds the device could launch at February's Mobile World Congress Nokia tablet rumors were rife earlier this year.
Early sales of Microsoft's ( Surface RT have been weak, though its distribution, pricing, and ergonomics could have something to do with that. Separately, Bloomberg reports Microsoft has been drawing closer to HTC.
1) Tags on Microsoft's support site are fueling new speculation Office iPad apps will soon arrive. The Verge reported last month the apps will arrive in early 2013, but have limited features.
2) Microsoft has added Europe's Hoeft & Wessel and EINS SE to its long list of Android licensees. 3) The Bing unit is working on augmented reality apps for Windows 8 tablets and other devices.
4) Surface RT accounted for a mere 0.13% of North American tablet Web traffic measured by Chitika from Nov. 12-18. The iPad made up 88%.
MSFT market value is about $220 billion, which is $50 billion less than half Apple's and just slightly more than Google's. For a company with financials like Microsoft's, with earnings much better than Google's and slightly less than Apple's, that is low value. Its P/E ratio (at the time of writing) is a relatively low 14.3.
What a low ratio means is that a company is either headed for trouble or undervalued. In the case of a company as healthy as Microsoft, it's the second one.
Microsoft Could Break Open China With China Unicom Alliance.
Microsoft (MSFT) and the world's third largest mobile provider China Unicom (CHU) have announced an industry alliance to help boost Windows Phone sales and bring more innovative Windows Phones to the Chinese market.
The flagship Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8
Microsoft could use the boost.
Currently Windows Phones account for only 3% of the Chinese market - the largest mobile market in the world - compared to industry leader Android's 72%.
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital is an American hedge fund with around $6 billion worth of assets under management.
The dividend stocks that this popular hedge fund favors are Seagate Technology, Microsoft, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Ensco plc (ESV), and Einstein Noah Restaurant (BAGL).
Five teachers from the U.S. were celebrated Saturday night as five of the most innovative educators in the world, as part of Microsoft Corp.'s annual Global Forum Educator Awards. During the ceremony, held in the prestigious Prague Castle to mark the culmination of the 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum, Microsoft announced 21 winners, narrowed down from more than 250,000 teachers registered across national and regional forums throughout the year.
Total Black Friday revenue may have fallen, but online sales jumped 20.7%, IBM estimates.
That followed an increase of 17.4% on Thanksgiving day.
Shoppers are increasingly using their mobile devices to compare prices, with 24% of consumers accessing a retailer's site with a phone or tablet vs 14.3% last year.