Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

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Lt. Uhura. Dr. Mae Jemison. Melinda Gates. Onward.

Mae Jemison turned 58 last Friday. Jemison was the first African American woman to travel into space. As a child, one of her influences was Star Trek’s Lieutenant Uhura. I hope some one, some day writes the definitive piece on all the …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 20th, 2014
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Does Windows Stand a Chance With Enterprise Mobile Apps?

The buzz that’s built around enterprise mobility has reached nearly deafening levels with seemingly everybody and their brother working on solutions to mobilize enterprise applications. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of the attention has been focused on bringing business apps …...

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   October 14th, 2014
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Technological Patriotism

Technology is breaking down barriers throughout the world. Conversely, a form of technological nationalism has taken hold, limiting tech’s rise. Expect such nationalist fervor to become more widespread, more virulent, probably more unfair. 

Technology is the new oil. It’s vital to our lives, …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 13th, 2014
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In New Job Steve Ballmer Forces Windows on the L.A. Clippers

I was fascinated to read a recent article about Steve Ballmer and how, in his role as owner of the L.A. Clippers, he has told his entire staff to get rid of their iPads. From now on they will be a …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 3rd, 2014
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Windows 10 and the PC’s Tablet Complex

Yesterday, Microsoft showed the world the first glimpse of the new version of Windows. Oddly, Microsoft skipped a version number in the naming scheme. Rather than name it Windows 9, they choose the name Windows 10. While it is hard …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   October 1st, 2014
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Microsoft and Google’s platform problems

Microsoft and Google appear to be moving in different directions when it comes to their platforms and first party hardware, as I’ve written about before. However, in some respects they’re fighting the very same battle when it comes to platforms …

by Jan Dawson   |   September 18th, 2014
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How Microsoft and Apple’s Ads Define Their Strategy

Recently, after spending a lot of time with many of Microsoft’s OEM partners and looking at their overall strategic view of the PC and tablet markets of the future, it has become clear to me there really is a huge …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 29th, 2014
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Who Apple, Google and Microsoft Should Acquire Next

On Tuesday night, TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm asked on Twitter:

If you were Microsoft/Google/Apple what company would you buy?

— Alex Wilhelm (@alex) August 27, 2014

It was late and I fired off a quick response but I thought it was a question interesting enough to …

by Jan Dawson   |   August 28th, 2014
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Mac vs. PC All Over Again

The latest round of company quarterly financial results illuminate three trends in the device market:

Apple continues to generate record profits largely due to growing iPhone sales (iPad sales are slowly declining, Macs are growing, iPod sales are mostly gone, and …

by Avi Greengart   |   August 27th, 2014
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Analyzing the Surface Pro 3

I’ve spent the past week with a Surface Pro 3. I’ve used every previous version of Surface and given what the promise of a 2-in-1 PC was supposed to be, the Surface Pro 3 is the closest yet to fulfilling …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 20th, 2014
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Windows 9 “Threshold” Could Pose a Real Problem for Microsoft’s Partners

For the last 30 or so years, Microsoft has created new versions of their OS, usually in four or five year increments and each new major iteration has driven strong growth in PC sales. Their hardware partners count on this …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   August 19th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Surface Ads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Microsoft has introduced three new ads for its Surface Pro 3 tablets called “Power,” “Head to Head,” and “Crowded.” You can view them HERE.

The Good

The ads are well done. Clever, funny, short and to the point.

I’ve seen some griping that …

by John Kirk   |   August 16th, 2014
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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
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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 …...

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by John Kirk   |   July 21st, 2014
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Deconstructing Satya. Episode II. The Empire Strikes Back.

Last week before the news broke, I warned Microsoft employees, all of them, to “get to work on your resume.” Change was coming, major change, and that always always always begins with a bloodletting.

Indeed, as others were decrying the word …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 21st, 2014
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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
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Deconstructing Satya

Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid bare his vision for the tech giant. It is borderline revolutionary.

From its early days, Microsoft has focused on using software and computing to empower people and businesses around the world. Nadella still clings …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 14th, 2014
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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 …...

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by John Kirk   |   July 7th, 2014
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The Smartphone Is The Computer

I have spent the past three weeks in Detroit, a city possessing a rich history and an unremitting present. The vagaries of Silicon Valley count for little here. When I heard a young man ask — for real — if …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 7th, 2014
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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
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Why Do All Of You Hate Windows Phone So Much?

I have used mobile phones for two decades. I have tried nearly every single platform. I consider myself a good judge of functionality, durability, usability and value. I have spent the past six months using a Windows Phone — a …...

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by Brian S Hall   |   June 11th, 2014
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Has iPhone Lost The Best Value Crown?

Smartphones have gotten so good, so fast, and become so vital and accessible in such a short time, it’s difficult to accurately predict the direction of this market over just the next year, and nearly impossible over say, the next …...

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by Brian S Hall   |   May 28th, 2014
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The One Where Brian Is Wrong About Everything

Please allow me to introduce myself…

You likely don’t care and would not believe the volume of blog posts, research reports, technical writings and analyst studies I sift through on a daily basis.

This is necessary both to stay informed and to …

by Brian S Hall   |   May 26th, 2014
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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
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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 …...

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by John Kirk   |   May 19th, 2014