Chairman Eric Schmidt said it would ship next year, but we're hearing sources say that Glass will start shipping in 2013.
Updated: Why Microsoft-Dell is different from Google-Motorola
Updated 2/5: A couple weeks ago, rumors began circulating that Microsoft would put up some funds -- perhaps as much as $3 billion -- for a private equity takeover of Dell. The reports surfaced in The Wall Street Journal and on CNBC around the same time.
The rumors were true, and the deal was announced this morning. Microsoft in fact loaned $2 billion to Dell to close the deal.
The template sounds familiar. A big software company is falling behind as the world goes mobile, so it spends some of its warchest on one of its struggling hardware partners to help it out -- at the risk of alienating its other partners.
In 2011, the companies were Google and Motorola. Google's Android platform was doing fine in terms of market share, but Android was facing a flurry of patent lawsuits from mobile incumbents like Apple and Microsoft, and the Android ecosystem was not reliably supporting Google initiatives -- Verizon made Microsoft's Bing search the default on some phones, U.S. carriers did not line up behind Google Wallet, handset makers were not getting Android updates out on a reliable schedule, and so forth. Meanwhile, Apple's command-and-control approach with the iPhone and iPad was creating happy customers and record profits.
By buying Motorola, Google put an end to its patent problems -- which was the stated reason for the acquisition -- and gained a direct distribution channel for any mobile-related products or services that Google wants to push. Larry Page hinted at this role for Motorola yesterday on the company's earnings call, although he focused on hardware innovations like better battery life.
Flash forward a couple years. Microsoft is facing huge challenges adjusting to the mobile-first world. The iPad and other tablets are eating into traditional desktop and laptop PC sales, and so far Windows 8 and the Surface have not stopped that trend. Three years of Windows Phone's efforts to take on the iPhone have made little dent.
By investing in Dell, Microsoft has influence over the number-three PC maker and access to all its supply chain expertise. Who better to help Microsoft turn out a series of great Windows 8 tablets or convertibles or whatever other hardware Microsoft believes will help it sell more software? Plus, didn't Dell make phones at one point?
But there's more to Dell than hardware, and it may be these pieces that most interest Microsoft.
Jive has decided to offer its task management offering for free in hopes that users will later upgrade to using Jive's broader social collaboration service.
New threats reported by F-Secure underscore Android's vulnerability and may make it even harder for enterprise professionals to embrace Google's mobile OS.
Do you know what information your employees are creating, and where they're storing it? Could you retrieve it if required by law? Are they destroying information that's supposed to be kept, or keeping information that's supposed to expire after a certain date? Data governance is going to become a big deal in the coming years, warns CITE Conference speaker Deborah Juhnke.
Devices from BlackBerry and Samsung Electronics were earlier also cleared by the department.