Microsoft’s Sinofsky Exits, Apple Mimics Google: Tech Business Roundup

Microsoft’s  (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows chief Steve Sinofsky exited the company on Monday and now a number of persons at the top levels of the firm say that Bill Gates ultimately supported the current Chief Executive Steve Ballmer in instigating the departure. Ostensibly, the move was to promote better cooperation among the various divisions of the company and to get more top players involved in the planning and development of the next version of Windows.

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Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) will exhibit the initial two of its BlackBerry 10s on January 30th and will subsequently have them available for sale in February. Chief operating Officer Kristan Tear said in an interview that “We want to do it as quickly as possible,” which is commensurate with the company’s bid for a rebound in the sector.

Apparently, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is impressed with the results of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) “20 Percent Time”, which permits its employees to spend that much of their time on extra curricular research, i.e, projects that are not a part of their own sphere of responsibility. Previously, Apple rejected such a freelance approach to employee relations, but now, under Chief Executive Tim Cook, all that is changing. The firm’s rising shares had been a sufficient incentive for employee retention, but increasing rivalry from Google and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has made finding other ways to keep workers happy mandatory.

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