Windows device sales aren’t meeting Microsoft’s expectations, Ballmer admits (xbox720)

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The truth can be a bitter pill to swallow, but Microsoft’s brass is reportedly owning up to its mistakes.

Both The Verge and Neowin say that in an internal Microsoft meeting this week, CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner were blunt in discussing some of the problems that have cropped up in the nine months since Windows 8 launched.

“We’re not selling as many Windows devices as we want to,” Ballmer admitted, according to The Verge, talking about the whole range of Windows-powered hardware, from phones to PCs to tablets.

Analyst numbers back up Ballmer’s stark reality: PC sales are hemorrhaging , Windows tablets have yet to get off the ground , and while Windows Phones snatched the third-place crown away from BlackBerry earlier this year, Android and iOS still account for more than 92 percent of all smartphone sales, according to the IDC research group. And nothing Windows RT-related is selling whatsoever .

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Microsoft to rename SkyDrive after losing trademark suit

Microsoft will be forced to rename its SkyDrive cloud storage service after failing to defend its trademark against U.K. broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting.

BSkyB, as the service is more commonly called, filed suit against Microsoft in 2011 in the English High Court, successfully arguing that the Sky portion of its name could be confused with Microsofts own SkyDrive, and that Microsofts use of the name SkyDrive infringed Skys rights in the Sky mark.

In June, Microsoft lost the case in England and Wales, and failed on appeal as well.

For Microsoft, losing the case will have financial consequences, as the company will be forced to rewrite promotional materials, which have increasingly focused upon SkyDrive as the glue that holds its various software services together. Microsoft hasnt said how much it will all cost, but will probably provide an accounting in subsequent earnings reports, if the amount is materially significant.

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