The deal with the maker of the popular Nook ebook reader shows that Microsoft, like Apple, understands that ecosystems are the key to success.
The e-reader is one of those rare niche gadgets that can and should have a place in our tech lives.
Coming up first: A Metro-style Nook e-reader app for Windows 8 that will be available to U.S. and international users.
Amazon's Kindle Fire is so capable, so packed with features, and so cheap that no tablet but iPad can compete.
The addition of an LED light source turns the Nook Simple Touch into the must-have e-reader for bookworms.
The secret is to create a template that will work for most any ebook format.
A brouhaha is shaping up: Apple and book publishers square off against Amazon and the DOJ over the price of an e-book. Who's right? CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige looks back to a Whiz Kid from the '90s for answers.
Apple responded to DOJ antitrust accusations claiming it simply leveled the playing field against Amazon's virtual monopoly of the ebook industry. I disagree.