Archive for February, 2015

Dennis Woodside on Motorola, Google and the future of Dropbox

“Nice phone”, says Dennis Woodside knowingly as we sit down to talk. And Dropbox’s chief operating officer is in a better position than most to comment on the Google Nexus 6: as chief executive of Motorola, his then company made it.

“It is,” he goes on, “enormous. It’s a bit big for me; I drop it all the time.” A Google veteran, Woodside took over Motorola when the search giant bought the company, and left after it was sold on to Lenovo to join Dropbox, Silicon Valley’s hottest cloud company. Used by more than 300m people around the world, it has become as vital as Google to both businesses and consumers.dm800 hd se

It was at Motorola where Woodside developed a reputation for unusual frankness, attacking companies who charged high prices for mobile phones to preserve profit margins: “There’s a handful of players and it’

Microsoft Cloud and Devices Momentum Highlights Second Quarter Results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft’s quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC.

Revenue from cloud computing products, in which businesses pay to use online software housed in Microsoft’s data centers, more than doubled. The division is now on track to bring in $5.5 billion in sales this year. Surface revenue spiked 24 percent to over $1 billion. Another big seller? Xbox — which sold 6.6 million consoles in the holiday quarter. And while profit dropped on big cha