Could Nokia's Miracle Be Microsoft?

Now that Nokia has a new CEO, should it adopt a new smartphone strategy as well? There are strong arguments on both sides. On the one hand, Nokia has put an awful lot of money and effort into Symbian^3 and MeeGo, the mobile operating systems with which it hopes to regain high-end leadership in the industry. On the other, the person who defined that strategy, former CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, was ousted last September after an ugly 70 percent decline in Nokia’s market value.

A Fall Guide: How to Pick Your Next Computer

The biggest question for some buyers this fall will be whether to get a tablet or a laptop, now that Apple’s iPad is a proven hit and a flood of competitors is on the way.

Choosing a Windows PC

Walt answers readers’ questions on shopping for a new Windows PC, irritating bundled programs, and the Galaxy S smartphone.

Moving Data to a New PC and Syncing iTunes to Other Smartphones

Walt answers readers’ questions on transferring files and programs to a new PC and syncing iTunes with non-Apple smartphones.

Video Calling on the iPhone 4, Windows 7 Upgrade and Android Apps

Walt answers readers’ questions on a Windows 7 upgrade, the iPhone 4’s FaceTime video-calling feature and Android apps.

Microsoft Totally Going to Make Things Happen in Tablets

Microsoft–which foresaw the tablet PC, but failed to commercialize it–has a lot to prove in the market currently dominated by Apple’s iPad, and every intention of proving it. Bringing Windows-based slates to market “is job one urgency around here,” said CEO Steve Ballmer at the company’s Financial Analyst Meeting Thursday.

Microsoft: We’re Selling Seven Copies of Windows 7 a Second

It took nearly a decade, but it appears that Microsoft has finally developed a worthy heir to Windows XP. Evidently, Windows 7 is proving the commercial success that Windows Vista never was.

30 Million Windows Phone 7 Units in 2011? Sure You Didn’t Mean Windows Mobile OS Phones?

According to a Microsoft presentation made at ReMIX France, Redmond hopes to sell 30 million Windows Phone 7 devices by the end of 2011. And it cites some IDC data to back that goal up. One problem: That data refer to all versions of the Windows mobile OS, not just Windows Phone 7.

Windows 7 Sales Also Boot Faster Than Vista

It took about a year for Windows Vista to claim 10 percent market share, something its successor, Windows 7, has managed in just three months. New data from Net Applications show Microsoft’s latest operating system accounting for one in 10 computers accessing the Web as of the end of January.

Microsoft Second-Quarter Earnings Call: Put on a Happy Face?

It was back to normal for Microsoft, at least if you looked at its stellar results in the second quarter, which the software giant reported earlier today. BoomTown liveblogged the company’s call with Wall Street analysts, which began at 2:30 pm PT today. It was hard to tell if Microsoft–which has been one of the grumpier tech companies publicly, due to its weaker results over the last year–would start to put on a happy face or not.

CES: Steve Ballmer Keynote

Windows 7 to Harry Potter: Expelliarmus

Upgrading to Windows 7

Windows 7: The "Wow" Starts Oct. 22