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Microsoft Office for iPad, will they or won’t they?

October 3, 2013
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Microsoft was hoping the exclusive availability of “real Office” would be enough to give their Surface tablet an advantage. It turned out that wasn’t enough and, after a year of sluggish (non-existent) sales,  Microsoft had to write off almost a billion dollars in inventory that they couldn’t sell. Recently, they slashed prices to try to…

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An “eye on mobile” is not enough for the next Microsoft CEO

August 23, 2013
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Tim Bajarin is a wonderful and vastly experienced PC analyst, but his story, A Look Back and A Look Ahead for Microsoft misses the point as badly as Microsoft and Ballmer themselves did, and ironically, for much the same reason: only looking at the world through a PC lens. Microsoft had a chance to remain relevant, and…

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Landlines revisited

March 5, 2013
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Way back in 2007, telecom consultant Tom Evslin said: “There Won’t Be Any Landlines in 2013″ and I said “I’ll take that bet.” As I said then, I like bold predictions like this. Tom said: “By 2012 no more reason to use our landlines – so we won’t.” And I’d say that is becoming more and…

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App.net branches into Cloud storage and social networking framework API

February 13, 2013
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App.net wants to be “Twitter that you pay for” and, so far, that has been a bit of an uphill battle. Now they have introduced a File API and have started talking about the idea of an “unbundled” future where your data is separate from the social networking service. Dalton Caldwell writes: The promise of “unbundling”…

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Google == AOL 2001?

December 31, 2012
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Google == AOL 2001?

Brian S. Hall and I share some views about Google’s situation. Earlier this year, I said: Google has to be worried even more about the decline in the desktop pie, given that according to their own SEC filings, 96% of their revenue comes from web browser clicks – and people aren’t clicking those ads on…

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Surface Analysis

October 28, 2012
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Surface Analysis

You may have heard me already poking fun at Microsoft Surface as the “Zune 2.” I’m not the only one of course to make that comparison. ZDNet goes so far as to suggest “Microsoft’s greatest hardware fiasco ever?” I still feel that Surface may be turn out to be just that. Everyone knows I’ve never loved…

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Effects of Twitter’s API and policy changes will be gradual but profound

October 27, 2012
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If Twitter continues on its stated path, it will be a completely different animal in 18 months, and prospectively. These plans include cutting off the current API 1.0 March 2013, new “Display Requirements,” sunsetting @Anywhere, and other API usage and policy changes. Of all these, the draconian ”Display Requirements” if fully enforced by Twitter along with some…

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Forbes: Android is shipping more phones but Apple is still the logical choice for mobile development

May 16, 2012
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The title to this May 9 story, suggests another Apple bashing: “Is Apple’s dominance of Mobile Development on the Wane?” It appears to be an old editorial trick, the classic alarmist headline, because the article itself goes on to answer in the negative: Apple is the logical choice for mobile development today Where is market share…

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I’m calling BS on “Android Dominance” meme

April 2, 2012
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I’m calling BS on “Android Dominance” meme

We have been reading for quite a while now how Android has surpassed iPhone and taken the number one spot in terms of smartphone shipments. I don’t dispute that number. What I do dispute is whether it really says anything that matters. As I kept hearing more and more about  ”Android’s Dominance” I was seeing…

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Facebook has just done Google a huge favor

September 18, 2011
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Facebook has just done Google a huge favor

Facebook is rolling out two new features that appear to be a direct reaction to Google+ (and to a lesser degree Twitter). Of course we have no way of knowing how long Facebook has been planning these features, but the timing and similarity to Google+ features certainly makes it appear to be a copycat response…

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