The past two weeks have been quite rocky for Microsoft ( MSFT ) as its stock tumbled down nearly 8% following a broad market meltdown due to the European debt crisis and technology stocks especially have had a tough go. In the past few days we have seen a recovery in tech stock on the prospects of a new EU deal and the coordinated efforts of global central banks. Below we look at some updates for Microsoft.
Microsoft Focusing on Kinect, Office & Enterprise Mobile Apps
Microsoft has increased its focus on the Kinect motion gaming add-on for the Xbox console in the last few weeks. It has announced a new startup accelerator for Kinect based apps, and also announced that it will be launched a variant of Kinect for Windows 8. Reportedly, Microsoft is already working on the second version of the Kinect, which will come with a series of advanced features and improved motion sensing and voice recognition capabilities. Rumors suggest that it is also working on integrating Kinect with TVs.
Microsoft is also working on the next version of Office - Office 15 - which will be launched in 2013. It is planning to launch a beta version of Office 15 in early 2012. Microsoft also launched the Surface 2 touch based, multi-user platform which has been manufactured by Samsung.
It also acquired VideoSurf, new video search technology startup, to improve the search and discovery of video content on the Xbox Live network. It could also use its technology to improve Bing's Video Search.
Finally, Microsoft is trying to capitalize on the growing adoption of mobile devices in the enterprise to increase its market share in enterprise software. It announced that it will launching Lync enterprise chat apps for all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry. It also signed an agreement with AgreeYa Mobility, enabling it to develop apps which connect to Microsoft's enterprise applications and services for Android, iOS, Blackberry and other mobile platforms.
We currently have a $32 Trefis price estimate for Microsoft , which stands nearly 25% above its current market price.
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