Archive for July, 2012

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Microsoft Office 2013′s Biggest Risk Could be its Visual Design

Microsoft Office has been the staple of productivity for years, particularly for businesses. Therefore, whenever big changes happen to the product, it’s a big deal. Literally millions of IT departments and users shoulder the burden to learn every new version …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 31st, 2012
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The PC is Not Dead

I chose this title because so many still associate the term PC with a notebook or desktop computing form factor. Let me first start by re-affirming my conviction that tablets as well as smartphones are in fact personal computers. The …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 30th, 2012
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The New Mac Ads: If Tech Companies Were Cruise Lines

There has been a real kerfuffle caused by the new Mac Ads.

Some people dislike them. Others hate, hate, hate them.

On the other hand, some people like them…or, at least, they tolerate them.

MAC OWNERS AND MAC HATERS ARE NOT THE …

by John Kirk   |   July 30th, 2012

Microsoft’s confusing tablet message

When Microsoft first announced its Surface tablet, the company seemed to be focused on taking back some of the ground it lost to longtime rival Apple since the release of the iPad. However, I find the company’s inconsistent message since …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   July 27th, 2012
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The Opinion Cast: The Future of Smart Watches

In this opinion cast, Bill Geiser the CEO of MetaWatch and I have a candid conversation about the future of smart watches. Bill is a smart guy and has quite a history in the connected watch business and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 27th, 2012
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The Swedish Surface and the Pathetic State of Online Journalism

Yesterday, an obscure–outside Sweden, at least–web retailer, webhallen.com, published a page that purported to give the still unannounced pricing for Microsoft’s Surface tablets. The surface was quoted at a ranged from $1,000 for a minimal ARM version to $2,100 for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 26th, 2012
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The Opinion Cast: The Significance of Mountain Lion

I thought it would be fun to capture Tim and my conversation at the office today around Mountain Lion and our thoughts on what it means for Apple, computing, and even some comparison’s with Apple’s philosophy and that of Windows …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 25th, 2012
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OS X Mountain Lion: My Favorite New Features

Tim wrote earlier this week about his conviction that when it comes to post PC platforms Apple will keep OS X and iOS separate rather than merge the two as many expect. What Apple has done with OS …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 25th, 2012

It’s Not Just the Internet: How Government Built the Computer Industry

This week, the Wall Street Journal‘s L. Gordon Crovitz wrote a strange column decrying the claim that the U.S. government created the internet as an “urban myth.” Crovitz was quickly debunked by myself and many others. The truth is even …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 25th, 2012
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How Android Raises the Experience Bar with Nexus 7

As a technology insider who has actually planned, developed, and launched products, I have always believed it was important to spend inordinate amount of time living with new and emerging technology products.  Only this way, can you get the “feel” …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 24th, 2012

WSJ’s Internet History Is Way Off

The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page seems to have dedicated itself to showing that every single thing uttered

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by President Obama is at best a misstatement. Today, Gordon Crovitz takes on the President’s statement that the government helped …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 23rd, 2012

Confirmed: The iPad Isn’t Good At What It Isn’t Good At

What is it about the iPad that moves seemingly rational people to say perfectly ridiculous things?

The latest example of this foolishness is Matt Asay, writing in The Register, who argues that because there are some enterprise chores that the iPad …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 23rd, 2012
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Why Apple Won’t Merge OS X and iOS in the Near Future

One of the interesting rumors floating around the Valley these days is that Apple is on track to merge OS X and iOS and move Mac users over to their ARM based processors and leave Intel. If you follow Apple …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 23rd, 2012
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Why Apple Stands Apart From the Competition

I have been covering Apple now for 31 years and have a pretty good feel for how Apple works. Of course, how they worked changed over the years depending on who was CEO at the time, but there have been …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 20th, 2012

The PC is the Titanic and the Tablet is the Iceberg. Any Questions?

Most tech pundits are confused about the Tablet computer. They compare the abilities of the PC (traditional notebook and desktop computers) to those of the Tablet and find the Tablet wanting. They can’t understand how the Tablet can be so …

by John Kirk   |   July 19th, 2012
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Will Windows RT Include Outlook? Microsoft Won’t Say

Folks who plan to use Outlook on ARM-powered tablets, such as the Windows RT version of the Surface, may be in for a disappointment. The materials Microsoft released this week along with the Consumer Preview of Office 2013 were frustratingly …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 18th, 2012
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Office 2013: Can Complexity and Touch Get Along? [UPDATED]

The new version of Microsoft Office, unveiled this week in a consumer preview, has an awful lot riding on it. The strongest claim Microsoft can make for Windows 8 tablets, including the Microsoft-branded Surface, is that they will deliver the full …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 18th, 2012
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Human-Computer Interface Transitions will Continue to Drive Market Changes

As a former executive and product manager for end consumer products and technologies, I have planned and conducted extensive primary research on Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI). A lot of this research was for …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 17th, 2012
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Very Quick Office Reaction: Getting the Cloud Wrong

I’ve just spent about half an hour playing with the new Office 2013 preview, so obviously this is a very preliminary reaction. There will be a lot more to say in coming weeks and months. But I do think that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 16th, 2012
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Why I am Convinced Tablets are the Future

During the course of many conversations I have been having lately with industry insiders there is still a drastic underestimation of the importance of tablets. There are some I talk to who get it but I still feel …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 16th, 2012
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The Opinion Cast: Is there a 7-Inch Tablet Market?

In this episode of our opinion cast Steve Wildstrom, John Kirk and myself discuss the potential for a 7″ tablet market.

We explore Amazon’s strategy, Apple’s potential entry with an iPad mini, and Google’s Nexus 7″. Business …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 13th, 2012
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Customers May Have Forced Apple’s EPEAT Retreat

Well that didn’t take take long. Just a week after Apple announced that that it was pulling its products from EPEAT environmental certification, it reversed itself and said it would continue with the program and work with EPEAT to evolve …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 13th, 2012
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PC Growth isn’t Flat, Windows Is

We are living in fascinating times as the personal computing industry is undergoing its biggest transformation since its inception. Tablet computing is leading the charge and forcing nearly everyone in the industry to relearn what they knew about personal …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 13th, 2012
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The Tech.pinions Opinion Cast: An Evolving Idea

An analyst colleague of mine and I were joking recently at a major tech trade show. We thought it would be funny if we put up a table in the hallway with a sign that said Ask the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 12th, 2012
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Does Apple Hate the Environment?

Apple has had a complicated relationship with environmentalists. The company prides itself on its greenness in many ways, having been a leader in eliminating lead, bromides, PVC, and excess packaging from its products and building renewable energy sources for its North Carolina …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 12th, 2012