Microsoft and Qualcomm’s New Partnership for Low Cost Laptops

Chromebooks have been selling well, especially in education markets. These stripped-down notebooks basically run web browsers and anything you can do in a web browser can be done on a Chromebook. Education markets value them...

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Tim Bajarin / December 21st, 2016

Reflections from a Day with Microsoft and a Day with Apple

Getting Thing Done vs. Doing New Things – by Ben Bajarin My friend Benedict Evans had a great post a while back where he outlined how, when a technology is toward the end of its...

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Ben Bajarin / October 28th, 2016

Context for Microsoft and Apple’s Events

This week will see PC-centric events from both Microsoft and Apple, with Microsoft launching its latest Surface devices on Wednesday and Apple updating its Mac line on Thursday. As such, it’s interesting to think about...

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Jan Dawson / October 25th, 2016
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Microsoft Doubling Down on AI

This week, Microsoft announced improvements to Office 365 and a new camera app for iOS called Microsoft Pix. While these two products are very different, in nature they clearly demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence for Microsoft...

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Carolina Milanesi / July 28th, 2016

The Big Six in Q1 2016

Every quarter, once earnings season is over, I put together a set of comparisons for the “big six” consumer technology companies: Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Samsung. The full analysis goes into a deck...

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Jan Dawson / May 16th, 2016

Microsoft has to Demonstrate that it’s Building Momentum

This week, Microsoft will hold its Build developer conference in San Francisco, kicking off the now customary season of developer events that will continue with Google’s I/O in May and Apple’s WWDC in June. Last...

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Jan Dawson / March 28th, 2016
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Fairly Confident Predictions for 2016

A couple of other Tech.pinions contributors have already outlined some predictions for 2016 but, in my first Insiders post of the year, I thought I’d chime in too. The predictions below are mostly ones I’m fairly...

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Jan Dawson / January 4th, 2016
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Augmented vs. Virtual Reality

Over the course of 2016, you are likely going to hear a lot more on the subject of virtual reality and augmented reality. Samsung just released, in limited quantities, their Gear VR solution based on...

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Ben Bajarin / December 1st, 2015
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Comparing the “Big 6” Consumer Tech Companies

After earnings season ends, I always like doing some comparisons between some of the largest and most important consumer technology companies to see how they measure up on key financial and operating metrics. I’ve shared...

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Jan Dawson / November 30th, 2015
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Microsoft’s Surface Book and its Impact on Apple and PC Vendors

I have been intrigued by various reviewers who have suggested Microsoft’s Surface Book is the best laptop on the market today. If I were one of Microsoft’s PC partners, this very thought would offend me....

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Tim Bajarin / October 30th, 2015

Breaking Down Microsoft’s New Segments

Microsoft reported its earnings for the third calendar quarter of 2015 last week. This was the first quarter since it re-structured its segments. Following my piece on company reporting structures a few months ago, I’m...

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Jan Dawson / October 26th, 2015

Microsoft’s Hardware Strategy and the Impact on Their Ecosystem

In last Friday’s main column on Tech.pinions, I wrote about Microsoft getting into hardware. The important takeaway is the idea that, as the PC industry consolidates, Microsoft has fewer customers who could ship PCs with...

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Tim Bajarin / October 16th, 2015

Microsoft and Apple’s Diverging Bets on Their Future

As I watched the live video from the Microsoft device launch event earlier in the week, I could not help but be struck by the incredible divergence of OS strategies Apple and Microsoft have as...

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Tim Bajarin / October 8th, 2015

iPad Pro and Surface. The Future of Notebooks

There is an unquestionable trend emerging — tablets are evolving into notebooks. This does not mean all tablet/notebook combinations will replace PCs. However, it does validate the opinion that there is a segment for these...

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Ben Bajarin / September 15th, 2015

Waste Less Time on Apple Reports

It’s been an interesting week for those who spend their time paying attention to Apple’s third quarter earnings. The fun started last week with an analysis from Slice Intelligence that claimed a 90% drop in...

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Steve Wildstrom / July 24th, 2015

Forum Topics: Microsoft Smartphones, iPhones in China, Slice Apple Watch Data

One of the ways I’m using our new forums is to share some shorter posts and solicit more of a discussion around certain topics. So I’ll frequently post a short post, or top of mind … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / July 8th, 2015

Windows Phone’s Diverging Fortunes

Following a week when Microsoft executives overseeing both its devices business in general and the phone business specifically have departed, it’s worth looking at how Microsoft’s smartphone business has been performing and where it might go...

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Jan Dawson / June 22nd, 2015
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No Wonder Microsoft Is Very Different

It’s hardly a surprise Microsoft has finished off the job of replacing its top managers. The company has been changing leadership considerably for the past year as a big sign of a company finally moving...

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Steve Wildstrom / June 19th, 2015
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Microsoft’s Re-Org and Their Future in Hardware

Microsoft announced some key, but not terribly surprising, changes to their management teams yesterday. The headline was Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, will be leaving Microsoft. Most public commentary has been viewing the moves in...

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Ben Bajarin / June 18th, 2015

Why Context is the Next Battleground for Apple, Google and Microsoft

At this year’s Google I/O Conference, the company announced Now On Tap, the next-gen version of its Google Now digital assistant, which can contextually improve how you experience apps using an updated machine learning algorithm...

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Tim Bajarin / June 16th, 2015

Rethinking the Conference Room

Picture this. You walk into a conference room, and everyone watches as someone (hopefully not you) suffers through the process of fumbling and futzing with cables, dongles and A/V switchers for 5 or more minutes...

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Bob O'Donnell / June 4th, 2015

The Amazing HoloLens Leap

As a grizzled tech industry veteran, it takes a lot to really make me feel like something is dramatically new and different. In other words, I’ve seen lots and lots of evolutions, but not really...

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Bob O'Donnell / April 30th, 2015

Windows Phone and Prepaid in the US

Alternative title: Cricket is saving Windows Phone in the US I’ve written quite a bit about Windows Phone previously, but I have a slightly different angle this time around — the impact prepaid is having on...

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Jan Dawson / April 27th, 2015

Hands-On (or Heads-on) With HoloLens

What a difference a day makes in the tech business. Having attended yesterday’s Windows 10 unveiling at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, I was one of the lucky few who got to try out an...

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Bob O'Donnell / January 22nd, 2015
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Mobile App Development Challenges

Despite all the hype around enterprise mobility, there are still significant challenges many organizations are facing. The simple truth is many organizations are finding the move to mobile applications more challenging than it might appear....

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