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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Stop the bullying, I love Google too

August 15, 2013
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Stop the bullying, I love Google too

I’ve been critical of Google on this blog. I’ve been critical of Apple, and others too. These companies deserve praise for what they have done. But that shouldn’t give them a free pass forever. I take grief for bashing Google (nobody seems to mind when I bash Apple). But I wanted to take a moment…

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Another perspective on “Why mobile web apps are slow”

July 12, 2013
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The recent post from Drew Crawford “Why mobile web apps are slow” has received a lot of attention and provides a rather powerful argument for the topic. I’m not here to dispute anything in that post; it’s good information, go read it if you are interested in the topic. The point at the end of the day is…

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iOS 7 Quick Takes and What’s (Still) Missing in iOS 7

June 14, 2013
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iOS 7 Quick Takes and What’s (Still) Missing in iOS 7

By now you have probably seen the screen shots of iOS 7. It is extremely white, wow, and yes, it’s “flat” too. I have not taken the deep dive into all the features and changes yet, but already I can see that it’s a much bigger shift than I first thought. There have been some…

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Android vs. iPhone development experience

March 26, 2013
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There are a steady stream of posts about which platform makes more sense to develop for, in terms of market size, chances for success etc. This post isn’t about that. This post is about the development experience itself, what it’s like building apps for the two platforms. A few years ago I would have said,…

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Here we go again, Google is nice, Apple is mean

March 18, 2013
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Here we go again, Google is nice, Apple is mean

In a piece titled “How Apple Gets All the Good Apps,” Walt Mossberg points out that Apple’s direct competitors — Google, Microsoft and Amazon — all have official versions of their apps for Apple devices. He asks: So, why do Apple’s rivals help make iPhones and iPads more versatile when Apple doesn’t return the favor? The article portrays…

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