Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 13:34

So, I was in two Microsoft stores in the Atlanta area yesterday (yeah I know, I must be a masochist -- Atlanta's traffic woes are almost as bad as LA's), and they both had 3 or 4 MS bands on their...

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 15:26

What's so gross about the WashPost app? I have the new app from the cloud, and on my Fire HDX 8.9 (2nd gen); and the "old" washpost app on my Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (1st gen), and I have to say that...

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:24

I think the main problem was calling it a "phone". It is a device, a tool for interacting with the real (and virtual) worlds. Bezos himself said: oh yeah, I occasionally make calls with it....

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 15:26

They didn't just move the ball, they moved the goalposts into an entirely different stadium.

And for the bulk of MS customer base (enterprises) O365 also includes Exchange, Sharepoint, and...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 18:16

I just finished listening to the call. Satya was very clear that this quarter (and going forward) everything that MS does will have an Azure component at its base.

This will give them...

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 13:07

I wonder if this only applies to servers like exchange or exchange online.

I have Office 365 home, and I just did a manual update for office fixes (asked me to exit Outlook 2013). After...

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:30

On the encryption thing: the fifth amendment protects us from self incrimination. Put that another way: the stuff between your ears is yours, and no amount of search warrants (or torture :grin...

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 20:49

Let me put a little positive spin on the ICON thing.

If you take Verizon's actions and combine them with AT&T's recent almost 50% price cut on the Lumia 1020, what you see is...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 17:20

windows 8.1 update 1, office 2013, office 365 E3, Adobe Creative Cloud -- especially Audition, and Acrobat.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 11:50

So I went ahead and bought a Samsung ATIV Book 9+ with a 13" 3200x1800 screen, core i7 (Haswell), 8 GB ram, 256 GB SSD from the MS store for $1700. Price wasn't particularly a concern (although I...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 20:32

I think IE11 does a great job of rendering, and I like the clean uncluttered look that results. However, I'm dependent on two add-ons: Lastpass and Pocket which don't work nearly as well or...

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:28

Microsoft's IT Professional LalaPalooza

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 14:36

Of course lurking underneath every version of Android is ... you guessed it: Linux :grin

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 19:07

I went to my local att store today to buy an international data plan for my lumia 920.

I'm planning to upgrade in the fall to another lumia. They had a nice windows phone display. They...

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 10:37

you're sort of jumping code bases here. What about nt 4.0, windows 2000? Windows xp was really the follow on to windows 2000 whereas windows ME (truly horrible) was the end of the windows over...

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 15:45

It's easy to criticize, but in MS defense, it may not have been readily apparent that they had a problem. And even when they did know about it, it's probably the case that for a period of time...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 16:37

I would highlight Steven Elop's role here. MS has not yet done much to integrate the Nokia and MS teams. It would seem to be that smaller form factor devices, and devices with LTE fall better...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 23:04

I'm not all that interested in running metro apps in desktop windows. I would prefer to be able to run the desktop as a split screen app on the metro start screen. I mostly keep my high use...

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 23:54

I mostly agree with your analyses. I already have 2 Surface Pro's which I am happy with -- battery life was never much of an issue for me because most of my SP use cases are plugged-in.

I...

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 12:19

just a short comment: I would hesitate to refer to the Touch keyboard/cover as "inferior" to the Type keyboard/cover. I would prefer to say that they are "different".

I actually much...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 12:46

I wonder whether MS partners who subscribe to the Microsoft Action Pack (MAP) will qualify as "OEMs" or not?

Paul, any thoughts/info?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 14:52

I suspect that there are a large number of individuals who won't upgrade until they buy a new PC (which might be never). But certainly the lion's share is probably in the Small to Medium sized...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 12:47

I was up in the Orlando, FL area a couple of weeks ago, and stopped in to a local Best Buy. They already had the MS store up and running -- looked just like the one in your LA picture. It is...

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 15:37

Talk about over the top analysis! Several articles in the mainstream and technical press today are linking Microsoft's earnings report with Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Whither Detroit so goes...

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 15:29

As I've said before the name Windows RT connotes Windows on top of the WinRT API -- not necessarily just Windows on ARM. MS could release a Windows RT product running on Intel silicon (probably...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 13:57

BN is really 3 different businesses: the Nook eBook readers, the retail bookstores, and the college bookstore/textbook business. The chairman Leonard Riggio started the college bookstore business...

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 16:01

If you remember, Windows RT was originally called Windows on ARM (WOA). They changed the name to Windows RT to highlight the fact that the only exposed API in the OS is WinRT.

I think...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 17:45

I would agree that "shippability" has become a primary focus of the MS Windows teams (that IMO is what Sinofsky brought to the table -- not a friend winner that :grin). The other issue they have...

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 22:41

To understand what's going on with the various Windows products, one has to (IMO) look at what's going on under the covers with the Windows API's -- in particular with WinRT. Most of the ongoing...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 11:58

I think the comparison of consumers vs business are a bit misleading. While Balmer's numbers may be correct, but when you look at their recent financial reports, it is clear that a majority of...

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