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posted in August 2012
Now that Samsung has gotten its butt kicked in court, what's next for the two mobile giants? What about Microsoft and Windows Phone? What about us?
Touch screens and touchpads are about to get thinner, says Synaptics, resulting in thinner notebooks and smart phones. Next-gen touchpads also will respond to degrees of force.
Microsoft and Verizon hope to reach new markets with a joint program to offer Microsoft's Office 365 Small Business Essentials package to mobile users. Apart from the classic Office apps and hosted services like Sharepoint and Exchange, the package includes online-oriented programs like Lync for unified communications, FieldForce for employee movement tracking and Intuit's GoPayment for credit card processing on mobile devices.
The next Samsung Galaxy Note smart phone will have a slightly bigger screen than the first. The industry is testing consumer waters with devices of different sizes and capabilities to see what sticks.
Google's cloud-based service can handle payments for credit and debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.