Microsoft Beats Apple Bond Sales While Preparing Groundbreaking Products

Microsoft, who has been struggling for relevancy since 2006, has finally beat Apple at something: bond sales. The Wall Street Journal explains Microsoft‘s minor victory.

“The software giant on Monday completed the largest U.S. corporate-bond sale this year, selling $10.75 billion in debt with maturities of five to 40 years. The sale surpasses a pair of megabonds issued last week, an $8 billion sale by drug maker Merck & Co. and a $6.5 billion deal from electronics titan Apple.”

While this doesn’t automatically make Microsoft completely relevant again, it is a good sign. Part of this is because Microsoft is ready to innovate again. Microsoft just sent out a preview of Windows 10 and the reviews, for the most part, have been favorable. PC Advisor agrees that Microsoft is finally giving consumers what they want again.

“Now we get on to the big stuff. The Start Menu is back, back, back baby. But this time it is improved, and it may even make Windows apps useful. Look to the left and you’ll see a list of frequently used apps and shortcuts to PC settings. Here you will also find documents and pictures folders. At the bottom we see an ‘All apps’ shortcut.”

CNET is just as enthusiastic about Microsoft’s Windows 10, and believes Microsoft’s latest operating system is what Windows 8 should have been.

“Windows 10 isn’t going to fix everything, but these changes to Windows 8’s most divisive elements has made a world of difference to the OS. And that’s crucial to Windows’ future, as Microsoft is still looking at the big picture: PCs are old news.”

Besides Windows 10, Microsoft is getting ready to introduce HoloLens, advanced glasses that let you view holographic images. It sounds very futuristic, but Microsoft is making it happen this year. The Guardian says Microsoft‘s latest project is literally out of this world.

“Augmented reality is like HoloLens: you can still see the real world, still walk around in it and navigate it successfully, but some of the things you can see aren’t really there. What does this mean for gaming? It means games can be everywhere.”

Microsoft’s HoloLens is literally everything the failed Google Glass tried to be and even more. HoloLens is different then virtual reality. In some ways, it is better. Microsoft isn’t trying to bring people into immersive worlds; they are bringing different worlds to already existing worlds. No matter how much Microsoft has tried to explain the concept, one has to experience HoloLens in order to understand how Microsoft has designed it to work.

Do you think Microsoft is headed for a comeback? What product from Microsoft are you looking forward to the most this year?

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