Russian Nesting (Matryoshka) Dolls

Microsoft’s Business Model Ménage à Trois

Ben Thompson of Stratechery wrote yet another brilliant article on Microsoft entitled: “It’s Time To Split Up Microsoft“. Highly recommended reading. I agree with Thompson in part, and I disagree with him in part. Let’s start with the parts where …

by John Kirk   |   July 26th, 2014
field

Microsoft Removed Chesterton’s Fence

On Saturday, I explained why The Smartphone Is Not Merging With the PC. Apple and Google are moving in almost opposite directions from one another. But Microsoft? Their personal computing design philosophy is taking them nowhere fast. And one of …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   July 21st, 2014
AxeBlade

The Smartphone Is Not Merging With the PC

Behold the pot, bathtub and swimming pool. They all contain water. They are the same. ~ Horace Dediu (@asymco)

On July 9, 2014, Walt Mossberg published an article entitled: “How the PC Is Merging With the Smartphone.”

(I)n the past month, it …

by John Kirk   |   July 19th, 2014
which way to go

Snippet: Design Is The Difference Between Choice and Decision

Yesterday, I reviewed some of Dieter Rams’ Design philosophies and tried to apply them to existing and potential wearable products. I decided to leave out the following section on the difference between Choice and Decision because it didn’t quite fit …

by John Kirk   |   July 13th, 2014
350_2x

Divining Apple’s Wearable Design

Most of the wearables on the market today are an experiment in artificial stupidity. Rather than solve problems, they create them. Using a wearable today is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

A good design introduces enough unfamiliarity to …

by John Kirk   |   July 12th, 2014
Career Decision

4 Facts; 3 Acts; 1 Microsoft Mission

If you know the enemy and know yourself,
 you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, 
for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   July 7th, 2014
STRATEGY Definition on Blackboard (business marketing planning)

Microsoft Is The Very Antithesis Of Strategy

Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy’s plans; the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy’s forces; the next in order is to attack the enemy’s army in the field; and the worst …

by John Kirk   |   July 5th, 2014
Time To Learn Concept

Our Wearable Future: Lessons Unlearned

On June 27th, Tim Bajarin wrote an excellent article on wearables entitled “Understanding Apple’s Wearable Strategy“. If you haven’t read it, I highly encourage you to take the time to read it, or re-read it, now.  Tim’s article got me thinking. …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   June 29th, 2014
know how knowledge or education concept with button on computer keyboard

Tim Cook Has The Know-How But Steve Jobs Had The Know-Why

On June 13, 2014, John Gruber posted his epic, “Only Apple.” In part of his article, Gruber focused specifically on the changes occurring at Apple under new CEO, Tim Cook.

Jobs was a great CEO for leading Apple to become big. …

by John Kirk   |   June 28th, 2014
Doodle yin-yang symbol

Disrupting Apple’s Tao

Clay Christensen’s Disruption Theory has been subjected to severe criticism this past week. If one’s aim is to criticize the predictive power of disruption theory, one of the best ways to do it is to point out Clay Christensen has …

by John Kirk   |   June 22nd, 2014
bridge

Disruption Corruption: What Disruption Theory Is And What It Isn’t

Anyone who studies business — and especially those who follow tech — knows Clayton Christensen is the business school professor who developed the theory of disruption. This week, in an article in the New Yorker, Jill Lepore took that theory …

by John Kirk   |   June 21st, 2014
Decision Choose Change or  Same Old Street

Apple’s New Strategy Is Their Old Strategy, Only More So

An Apple Strategy Failure Let’s start with a little history. In the 1980′s… Apple had agreed to license certain parts of its GUI to Microsoft for use in Windows 1.0, but when Microsoft made changes in Windows 2.0 adding overlapping windows and …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   June 15th, 2014
Evaluation

Apple Announces Nothing (New)

“Apple announces NOTHING at developer conference”.

No, seriously, I read it on the internets, so it must be true. You can read it for yourself, here:

Apple Announces Nothing at Developer Conference ~ By Paul “Comic Book Guy” Ausick

Admittedly, that is just …

by John Kirk   |   June 14th, 2014
Upsell People Walking Into Store Customer Conversions

Up-Selling The Mac

Yesterday, in “Whither Apple Or Wither Apple?” I wrote about Apple’s efforts to steal market share from Android. Today I focus on Apple’s efforts to up-sell their iPhone and iPad customers to the Mac. Continuity At WWDC 2014, Apple introduced the concept …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   June 8th, 2014
person sign with arrows

Whither Apple Or Wither Apple?

“Whither” means “to what place or state: whither are we bound?” Wither means “dry up; wilt, droop, go limp, fade, perish; shrink, waste away, atrophy.” Following Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), we now know “whither” Apple is headed. Their …

by John Kirk   |   June 7th, 2014
Anger

The Terrible Tablet Tantrum, Part 2

Yesterday, in The Terrible Tablet Tantrum, Part 1, I raged at the notion that tablets were dead and enumerated facts that refuted that erroneous contention. Today, I take a deep dive into the two philosophical questions that seem to be …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   June 1st, 2014
Anger

The Terrible Tablet Tantrum: Part 1

In the first quarter of 2014, Apple sold 16.4 million iPads, a 16% drop compared to the number of units sold in the same quarter one year ago. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, explained the news away, but the tech press …

by John Kirk   |   May 31st, 2014
playing

Rock, Paper, Scissors And The Fly That Microsoft Swallowed

On Tuesday, May 20, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 Tablet. You can view the webcast here. Yesterday I reviewed and analyzed the introductory comments of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. In essence, I concluded Microsoft was at war with itself — …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   May 25th, 2014
streiten

Microsoft Is At War With Itself

On Tuesday, May 20, Microsoft held an event to unveil the Surface Pro 3 Tablet. You can view the webcast here.1 NOTE: The quotes, below, are time stamped so you can locate them on the video.

I am breaking my coverage …

by John Kirk   |   May 24th, 2014
??????????????????

Microsoft Needs To Burn More Bridges, Faster

I have been one of Microsoft’s most vocal critics (although, to be fair, just one of many). With profits as their north star, Microsoft has spent the past 15 years adrift. lost at sea, subject to the mercy of the …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   May 19th, 2014
Cartoon Frantic Brown Chicken

Apple, the Cloud and Two Jewish Chickens

On May 12, 2014, Ed Bott posted an article entitled: “Apple and the cloud: A magnificent missed opportunity“. It is a scathing critique of Apple’s efforts to master the cloud. It’s very well written and well worth a read. Only, here’s …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   May 17th, 2014
BnSTeBJCIAAhym8

What Is Apple Up To? Beats Me

Shooting Down Trial Balloons On Thursday, May 8, 2014, a strongly supported rumor stated Apple was preparing to purchase Beats Electronics for 3.2 billion dollars. As the news flooded the technosphere, it seemed as though most every pundit felt the need …...

This premium content is available for [cointent_extras]individual purchase or for [/cointent_extras]Insider members. Insider Exclusive content goes beyond the free Daily Tech.pinion to provide deeper insight and additional analysis. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

Subscribe Today Already an Insider? Log in

by John Kirk   |   May 14th, 2014
Debate

Microsoft: Point and Counter-Point

On April 10, I wrote: Say Goodbye To Microsoft. On April 17, I wrote Say Hello To Microsoft 2.0. The two articles, when taken as a whole, argued that:

1. In the beginning, Microsoft’s business model was simple — create the …

by John Kirk   |   May 1st, 2014
Spool and film

Why Apple Is Not Like A Movie Studio

On April 22, 2014, Walt Mossberg wrote an article entitled: “Why Apple Is Like A Movie Studio.”

Is This The Beginning Of The End?
“Some have argued that Apple’s era of greatness is over, that with CEO Tim Cook sitting in Mr. …

by John Kirk   |   April 24th, 2014
Success way

Say Hello To Microsoft 2.0

Last week I said goodbye to Microsoft. This week I say hello to Microsoft 2.0. But before we look at where I think Microsoft is headed, let’s take a quick look at where they’re coming from.

The further back you look, …

by John Kirk   |   April 17th, 2014