Faced with sharply declining advertising revenue for both print and online newspapers, papers are trying to entice free readers to pay up for the news. It works partially: old people will pay anything to keep their news habit but young readers have already left the barn.
Charlottetown Guardian erects paywall for digital readers – will it be enough (Guardian photo)
From Rupert Murdoch to the 25 local newspapers in the Quebec based Transcontinental chain, newspapers are struggling to survive the double whammy of the digital world and young readers who don’t give a flying fig about reading a paper.
Paywalls, charging for online access, is a temporary fix for the huge decline in newspaper subscription and advertising revenue.
Windows 8 Mail Calendar and People embedded apps get refresh with many rough edges yet and a hidden security gotcha from Office 365
Mail Calendar and People get mid-term update on the road to real app-dom
The much ballyhooed update of core Windows 8 apps came over night on Monday. You may miss the subtle changes if you don’t look closely.
SkyDrive also got an upgrade that seems positive. I’ll research that a little more and report back.
My personal hopes of seeing People fixed so that social media Sharing would work were dashed. People is still an unorganized and buggy app to avoid.
This is a slow march for Microsoft towards creating a Windows-8-only world in which we don’t or can’t fall back on our favorite Desktop applications like Outlook and Facebook. If that is good or bad is up to you to decide. Continue reading →
Microsoft exec Tami Reller tells investors Windows 8 passed 60 million licenses
Tami Reller (CFO) and Steve Ballmer (CEO) Microsoft (photo @Photo Creative Commons License)
Microsoft Corp sold 60 million licenses and upgrades for Windows 8 operating system in the ten weeks since its launch, Tami Reller Microsoft CFO said at the CES 2013 Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday.
“Windows 8 sales are growing in line with those of Windows 7, Microsoft’s last operating system, launched in 2009,” said Tami Reller, chief financial officer of the Windows division, in a presentation to analysts and investors at the J.P. Morgan Tech Forum in Las Vegas. Continue reading →