This week started with some tall rumors about Windows 8.1 Update 2, Windows 9, and some measures Microsoft have taken to prevent leaks, but by the end of the week, it was all about Windows Phone 8.1, including the imminent launch of the mobile OS, and new smartphones from several local OEMs. Here is a rundown of some...

Operating systems are old news, these days. The realm of productivity suites is where the real battle is being fought. At least, this is the impression one gets from Microsoft and Google. Both companies have increased the focus on these applications. In Redmond’s case, it is understandable — the Office division now...

Although the launch of Office for Android is now just a formality, with voices that Microsoft is deep into development of this flavor of its productivity suite, Google has been working to boost the adoption of its own suite of productivity apps. The search engine giant extended the reach of its solution by launching...

OK, here’s a question for you. What is the existential threat facing Microsoft today? Did you say in operating systems? iOS? Android? Unfortunately, the number crunchers would say: wrong on both counts. Just in terms of raw numbers, Windows is not, repeat, not Microsoft’s biggest revenue driver. That honor falls to...

Google has just announced that new users of Google Docs will now have to pay for the previously-free service.  The minimum tier will now cost $50/year. Office 365, which was released in June, 2011 is Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs.  These productivity apps represent part of each company’s ecosystem that includes...