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September 18 2014
by Todd Hixon

Microsoft After Ballmer

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 3, 2013.] In most cases, corporate directors change the CEO because they are not happy with results and believe that a different executive can do better. If I were a Microsoft shareholder*, I would be concerned that the board will direct the new CEO to do a better job […]

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July 26 2013
by Todd Hixon

Has Apple Fallen?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 24, 2013.] Apple reported a year-over-year earnings decline for the first time in a decade. Its stock has corrected severely, giving back 40% of its gains over the last ten years (chart). Is this the beginning of the end, or just a correction of expectations that were out […]

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June 25 2013
by Todd Hixon

The End Of Microsoft … As We Know It

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on 7/1/2012.] Steve Ballmer’s announcement of the Windows Surface tablet seemed to channel Steve Jobs: dressed in a dark shirt, a CEO making a glitzy product intro, and most remarkable, an integrated device strategy. LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shows the new tablet called Surface […]

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April 22 2013
by Todd Hixon

Google Is Failing To Market The Android Ecosystem

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 27, 2012. The Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade appeared on my phone yesterday. I had no idea when I might see it: it was pushed by some carriers to some phones three months ago, but must Android users won’t see it for a long time. There was […]

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March 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

The End Of Microsoft … As We Know It

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon Update: this post attracted some sharp comments from loyal users/supporters of Windows and Microsoft. However, the issue I raised is getting broader attention. See the post below: Why Windows 8 Is Microsoft’s Biggest Risk Ever Steve Ballmer’s announcement of the Windows Surface tablet seemed to channel Steve Jobs: dressed in a dark […]

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January 31 2012
by Todd Hixon

My Three Biggest Tablet Computer Surprises Of 2011

Las Vegas recently hosted the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”). At CES 2011, “The Year Of The Tablet” was proclaimed, but that struck me as the hyperbole of bloggers hungry for a tag line. Nine months in to the tablet era, Apple was off to a great start, and lots of other vendors had announced […]

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January 31 2012
by Todd Hixon

Android: The Consequences Of Open

  The Other Side Of Open | TechCrunch The link above leads to a post by TechCrunch’s MG Siegler about the perils of the open Android OS to Google: major competitors will hijack Android by building their own version, and then lock Google’s services out. MG observes that Amazon is starting to do this: the Kindle […]

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August 8 2011
by Todd Hixon

Tablets Turn 18

We’re now 18 months post the iPad announcement.  Like an 18 year-old, the tablet has matured a lot, but still has a way to go.  Here are some key things I have learned. Tablets are a new, major segment of the mobile device market, 40-50 million units this year, a big fraction of the ~250m […]

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March 29 2011
by Todd Hixon

Android Will Hold Its Own

The Verizon iPhone and recent strong success of Apple’s iOS on multiple fronts raises the question: can Android really compete with iOS?  (E.g., WSJ: “Verizon iPhone: A Threat to Android?”)  Although sales and installed base of Android devices have passed the iPhone, some argue that happened because carriers representing 70% of the U.S. market had […]

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February 18 2011
by Todd Hixon

Positioning for On-Line Subscription Dollars

Apple’s announcement of its App Store Subscriptions revenue policy this week (link) has got a lot of people buzzing, tweeting, and thinking – usually not all at once ;-) – about the subscription part of the app economy. E.g., see my partner Scott’s thoughtful post about what it means for Android (link).   The policy lays out Apple’s claim […]

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