You don’t want to use Flash in emails. No, really, you don’t want to use it. Now please can we kill the idea of animation in emails, please?
This game of cat and mouse between Apple and its customers isn’t going to end well.
David Morgenstern compares the “One Laptop Per Child” XO with the old Apple eMate. I loved the eMate, and I’d still love to get one.
Herman Miller does some smart marketing in Second Life, giving away its designs to people who’ve purchased knock-offs.
“Here’s a big number: 20 percent of Microsoft Office US retail sales are the Mac version, according to NPD. Here’s another: Mac users account for 10 percent of retail Windows Vista Business and Ultimate sales.”
Microsoft has much to gain from a resurgent Mac.
Ouch. Joe Wilcox points to a report by Henry Blodget on Microsoft’s efforts to break into advertising and services with Windows Live:
“Blodget, the former Merrill Lynch dot-com analyst, observed ‘that MSN is currently losing about $1 billion a year (run-rate). That’s right, $1 billion. On about $2.2 billion of advertising revenue…That means that MSN is losing nearly $0.50 for every $1 of advertising it sells.’
By comparison, ‘Google’s profit run-rate is $4.4 billion on $16 billion of revenue. Yahoo’s run-rate is $750 million, on $7 billion in revenue,’ Blodget said. ‘All those companies are making money hand over fist. Microsoft is shoveling it down a rat hole.’”
The figures are correct – according to Joe they’re in the SEC filings – and that means that Microsoft is having a horrible time of its transition to online services. Good job that Vista is going great guns… erm…
For those who are still clinging to the belief that it’s AT&T “forcing” Apple to stop hacks which uncouple the iPhone from its provider, the latest news from Marketwatch should be required reading.
According to the report, Orange is struggling to get the iPhone in time for Christmas in France – and may, in fact, not get it at all:
“The difficulties stem from a French law that would require the iPhone to be sold both with and without contracts, undermining its exclusivity for Orange and Apple’s demand of up to 30% of voice and data revenues, Les Echos reports.”
As I’ve posted before, that proportion of revenues adds up to much more than the price of an iPhone over and 18 month contract, and – unlike the hardware – it’s almost all profit for Apple.