Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the Windows Phone 7 version of the Metro interface should feel very flattered; we've seen the look everywhere from conference Web sites to the new Android Marketplace look (which even has the side-swipe panoramas to go with the Metro tiles) to Windows 7 skins like Newgen and Metro Home to WordPress themes.
500 words into the future
Unapologetically opinionated views on technology, in the office and out
Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.
Mary Branscombe is a freelance tech journalist. Mary has been a technology writer for nearly two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the web and most things inbetween.
Google's famous 'don't be evil' mantra was intended to be "a bit of a jab at a lot of the other companies, especially our competitors, who at the time, in our opinion, were kind of exploiting the users to some extent" according to Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, who was one of the people behind the original phrasing.
For a phenomenally successful company, Google makes a lot of mistakes. Google TV, Buzz, Wave, privacy infringements that earned the company 20 years of privacy oversight - and the whole one-trick pony thing, with 97% of Google's money coming from ads in search.
Listening in to the Google/Motorola Mobility financial analyst call after the announcement of Google's takeover of the mobile phone pioneer, two things stood out.The first, and the most obvious, was Google's desire to own Motorola's patent portfolio.
With RIM's BlackBerry Messenger rumoured to be the mechanism used to orchestrate the riots and looting in London over the last few days, there have been rumours across Twitter about RIM's relationship with UK law enforcement, which RIM answered by stating it would comply with police requests.
The 6th of August 1991 is one of those significant dates that most people don't know about, a day that changed the world.It was the day that Tim Berners-Lee made public the first World Wide Web server, running on a NeXT cube on his desk at CERN.
There are so many things about Windows Phone that are effortlessly delightful, from the clean layout to the proper font to the smooth animations to the only touchscreen keyboard I can actually type on. (Although, having tried both US and UK phones, I'm disappointed that the US keyboard is far better at autocorrection, particularly when I hit the 'b' key between two words instead of the space - a UK phone never corrects that, a US phone gets it right every time.
The Internet Explorer 6 deathclock continues to count down, with global usage now less than 10% - and the UK clocking in at only 2.4%.
While IT has been concentrating on security, virtualisation and taking out costs (like the business told them to), business users have been signing up for public cloud services and bringing their own smartphones to work. You can either work out how to make the most of cloud or get run over.
Why does Microsoft make the decisions it makes? If you ever wonder that, you're asking the wrong questions, because Microsoft isn't actually a monolith.