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Apple dominates smartwatch market with 48% share in Q3
Source: Hindustan Times, November 10, 2019
Continuing its lead over competitors like Samsung and Fitbit, Apple Watch maintained first position as its share in the global smartwatch market reached 48% in the third quarter of this year from 45% in the same quarter last year, according to a report by market research firm Strategy Analytics. Global smartwatch shipments grew an impressive 42% annually to reach 14 million units in the third quarter of 2019, said the report.
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Released in April 2015, the Apple Watch was the first new Apple device since the iPad. The Apple Watch was a smartwatch that integrated with iOS and displayed notifications like text messages. Apple became the world’s #1 wearables vendor in Q1 2017 with an estimated 3.5 million Apple Watch shipments, 59% higher than the shipments in the same period the previous year. To know more about Apple Watch, read our case:
“Apple Watch: A Disruptive Innovation or a Chink in Apple’s Armor?”
Microsoft, Nokia collaborate once again after failed $7bn smartphone deal
Source: Business Standard, November 6, 2019
After a failed $7 billion acquisition of Nokia's smartphone business five years back, Microsoft has announced a strategic collaboration with the Finnish company to accelerate transformation and innovation across industries with Cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). The new partnership brings together Microsoft cloud solutions and Nokia's expertise in mission-critical networking, to help enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs) transform their businesses.
Our Case
In September 2013, Microsoft and Nokia, announced that both the companies would enter into a transaction where Microsoft would acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services segment, license Nokia’s patents and license and use Nokia’s mapping services, for US$ 7.2 billion. With the acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft aimed to build on its partnership with the former by accelerating the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. To know more, read our cases:
“Microsoft’s Acquisition of Nokia: Will the Gamble Work?”
“Microsoft's Strategic Alliance with Nokia”
“Nokia-Microsoft Alliance: Joining Forces in the Smartphone Wars”
Microsoft Introduced 4-Day Work Week in Japan, Productivity Jumped by 40%
Source: CNN-News18, November 5, 2019
A growing number of smaller companies are adopting a four-day workweek. Now the results of a recent trial at Microsoft (MSFT) suggest it could work even for the biggest businesses. The company introduced a program this summer in Japan called the "Work Life Choice Challenge," which shut down its offices every Friday in August and gave all employees an extra day off each week. The results were promising: While the amount of time spent at work was cut dramatically, productivity — measured by sales per employee — went up by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year, the company said in a statement last week.
Our Case
Microsoft had a strong organizational culture which supported work / life balance and helped boost employee morale. The company also had a well-planned employee retention strategy which was considered among the best in the industry. It offered various benefits to its employees including health insurance, ESOPs (employee stock ownership / option plans), flexible working hours, discounts on several products and services. The company also promoted corporate diversity. To know more, read our cases:
Microsoft Corporation: Best Practices in Human Resource Management”
“Employee Motivation and Retention Strategies at Microsoft Corporation”
“Microsoft India's HR Practices”
Lack of safety regulator slows down ambitious Pune-Mumbai, India Hyperloop project
Source: Livemint, November 4, 2019
The ambitious Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop project that seeks to become the first operational high-speed Hyperloop line in the world is faced with a regulatory problem. More precisely, it is yet to find a regulator for itself, who can oversee construction and safety aspects as it races to beat cities like New York, Abu Dhabi and Mexico City that are also working to build their own lines. In 2018, the Maharashtra government approved Virgin Hyperloop One-led consortium’s plans to develop a high-speed line between Mumbai and Pune.
Our cases
Hyperloop is a proposed pod transport system that would operate inside a near-vacuum tube and travel at high speed. The Hyperloop idea resembles magnetically levitating capsules which are sent at high speeds through low-pressure tubes, thereby potentially reducing transport time. Despite claiming its transport benefits for people across regions, Hyperloop has been facing challenges with regard to its basic design, efficiency, and cost. To know more, read our case:
“Hyperloop: Reinventing Transportation”
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