It's fast, light and secure, but Microsoft's new operating system struggles to be more than the sum of its many parts.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 25, 2012 12:07PM

TheStreet LogoSteven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, at a press conference on Oct. 23 in Shanghai © ChinaFotoPress via Getty ImagesBy Jonathan Blum


Mazel tov, Mr. Ballmer and Mr. Gates. On Friday, after what feels like 13 years of development, the Windows 8 operating system ships to consumers and businesses.


"It's a big step," Bill Gates said in a video he posted about the rollout. "It is key to where the personal computer is going."


But like all fast-growing adolescents, this OS brainchild can be utterly, totally maddening. The computer software desktop that we all know is out. "Nick-at-Nite"-style graphic tiles are in. The trusted keyboard and mouse have been replaced by something called a NUI (that's "newie"), geek speak for a touch-based natural user interface.


The slim tablet has generated the usual Apple buzz, but is it overpriced compared to direct competitors? Here's a look.

By MSN Money Partner Oct 24, 2012 12:36PM
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Apple (AAPL) unveiled its long-awaited miniature version of the iPad this week. But it will cost significantly more than direct competitors from Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN).

Will buyers pony up the extra dollars? Here's a look at the three tablets from the Wall Street Journal.

The smaller iPad is priced higher than competitors, but it appears to have what it takes to help Apple maintain its lead in the market for lower-end tablets.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 24, 2012 12:27PM logo

The iPad Mini displayed in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2012 © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoBy Chris Ciaccia


Apple (AAPL) announced a slew of new products on Oct. 23,  including the long-awaited iPad Mini. 


After demoing the product, as well as Apple's new fourth-generation iPad, it's clear that the tech giant still has a lead on its tablet competitors.


The smaller iPad Mini, which starts at $329 for the 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi version, looks exactly like the larger iPad, but there's a whole lot more to it. The iPad Mini has a screen size of 7.9 inches, significantly larger than the smaller tablet from Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) when you take into account actual viewing size. 


Telecom investors can breathe a sigh of relief following the release of Verizon Communications' solid third-quarter results.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 23, 2012 1:36PM
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An iPhone 5 on display at an Apple store in Toronto © Chris Young/The Canadian Press/AP PhotoBy Antoine Gara


Verizon Communications' (VZ) stronger than expected third-quarter earnings cast doubt on the assessment of skeptics warning that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 will be a drag on telecom-sector profits. Undeterred, some skeptics are reaffirming their expectations that the smartphone is likely to cut into carriers' earnings by year's end.


In reacting to Verizon's third quarter -- which was bolstered by higher than expected wireless margins and subscriber additions -- analyst Shing Yin of Guggenheim Securities said AT&T (T) is likely to see an iPhone 5 earnings hit this quarter. The analyst suspects other carriers will face margin pressures heading into 2013 as the iPhone 5 goes global.


Facebook is no upgrade from Web 1.0. It is Web 1.0. It is time to value it as such.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 23, 2012 12:41PM

TheStreet LoGoFacebook log-in page © Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy  Jonathan Blum


If investors are getting that

déjà vu feeling from Web 2.0 giant Facebook (FB), it's because the second-generation Web is turning out to be just like the first. 

Glance at any computer, tablet or smartphone with an "email" icon on it, and you'll see a perfectly apt model for the past, present and future business potential of Facebook.


Think about it. Technically speaking, the technologies behind Facebook and email are about the same. Each is deployed in roughly the same way. Instead of the decades of slowly emerging Internet Web standards, sharing protocols and server technology that enabled Mark Zuckerberg to share faces and friends on Facebook, email started as a private, text-based communication tool like, say, FidoNet and CECNet, then evolved into modern, commercial email systems in the early 1990s.



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