Microsoft announced today that it will be selling two new Windows 8 tablets under its own name, taking on the iPad and competing with its own partners, the manufacturers who will be distributing their own Windows 8 tablets in the fall.
A lot of details were made available about the Microsoft Surface tablets and a few questions went unanswered. […] continuedRead more
Looking backwards: Windows XP
Microsoft is pushing businesses to abandon Windows XP. Last month Microsoft announced that it would stop issuing security updates for Windows XP in two years, which would be the equivalent of a death sentence. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Office has an overwhelming global presence in businesses large and small. Estimates range from “81% of companies” to “holding steady at 94 percent for years”. Google Docs is making inroads but currently controls less than 10% of the market for office applications by any measure (and Google’s momentum has been slowed by publicity over Google Drive privacy issues and the failure of Google+ to make any headway against Facebook). […] continuedRead more
An updated version of Microsoft Security Essentials is being installed automatically for anyone currently running the free antivirus program. It is being pushed out silently by the Automatic Updates system and will likely be completely invisible to most of you. It does not require a restart after the update is installed. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft and Google each introduced services this week that are copies of Dropbox in rather precise detail.
Taken together, these services represent a fundamental change in the way we use technology. Here’s my best effort to sum it up:
Storing files on one device or in one physical location is now just another option – and not a very useful one. […] continuedRead more
Let’s gather up all the things that are on the verge of changes large and small. It covers just about every category.
The common thread is that not one of them is ready now.
Everything is in play. Anything that you buy now will seem like a poor decision in hindsight within a short time. […] continuedRead more
We have a long relationship with the Windows Start menu. It was introduced in ancient times in Windows 95 and expanded to two columns in Windows XP. We are emotionally attached to it at a deep level, as you will discover when you try to adjust to a different concept in Windows 8. […] continuedRead more
Windows will continue to be the dominant platform for enterprises and professionals but it runs the risk of becoming irrelevant – or at best, just another equal but decreasingly important option – for a generation growing up with no particular loyalty to it. […] continuedRead more
The Start screen on your Windows 8 computer will look something like the screen above.
If Microsoft is successful is finding a place in the market for mobile devices, this is what the Start screen will look like on your next tablet:
And the Start screen on your next phone will look something like this:
The look will be consistent. […] continuedRead more
The logo for Windows 8 that was unveiled over the weekend symbolizes a lot of things that will have a deep effect on you sooner than you think. In a couple of weeks Microsoft will unveil a “consumer preview” of Windows 8 and begin a drumbeat of publicity that will lead up to the launch of the new operating system at the end of the year. […] continuedRead more
Are you a Facebook user? You probably noticed the significant makeover to your Facebook page on Wednesday. Your news feed is now formatted a bit like a newspaper or online magazine, with “top stories,” a “ticker” feature on the right, “smart lists” on the left, and what appears to be some new methods of filtering the feed to show you a small portion of the flood being posted by your six hundred friends. […] continuedRead more