Tired of the endless 'but what have you done for us lately?' comments that follow Microsoft's every move, no matter how successful, communications head Frank Shaw rounded up some fun statistics to underline the fact that Microsoft is still the heart of the PC industry and the PC industry is still the heart of mainstream computing.
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I'm going to disagree with one key point in Ina Fried's thoughtful piece on why Apple came out with the iPad instead of Microsoft, even though Bill Gates stood up on stage and showed off a thin, light slate PC code-named Haiku years before. It wasn't Microsoft who failed to deliver the form factor - it was Intel.
It's Wimbledon fortnight, and living in south west London I'm watching out for the inevitable clouds and rain, something that made me think about the other cloud...I'm not really one to use cloud services.
Imagine a computer network when you can connect with thousands of other users, can play multiplayer games, chat online and share information across the world, explore complex documents that link between pages and between different elements of content – all on terminals with local memory and high resolution touch displays.Sound familiar?
The SVG working group met at the beginning of June and decided to send the SVG 1.1 Second Edition proposal to the W3C, turning its attention to SVG 2.
We’re currently in a hot and humid New Orleans with 11,000 IT pros and developers, at Microsoft’s TechEd North America event. It’s one of those events that helps you drill down into the deep and dark places that underpin Microsoft’s growing technology stack with the folk behind the tools and the services.
SP1 for Windows 7 is further proof of what Microsoft has been saying - and the sales figures for Windows 7 have been confirming - all along. Windows 7 doesn't need the kind of service pack that XP and Vista needed.
Exchange email sync is almost right on the HTC Evo I've been trying out since Google IO; almost is actually quite infuriating but still bad news for Windows Phone.I hadn't tried out Android 2.
To get screens to be as ubiquitous as paper, the price is going to have to drop as low as paper - and than means getting away from clean rooms and expensive glass-handling robots. HP, as a printer company, thinks that printing screens is the way to do it.
What's a supposedly staid company like HP doing at Maker Faire? Fitting in perfectly.
At Google IO, the Google team talked repeatedly about having done "a thorough legal analysis" into the VP8 video codec to make sure it doesn't infringe any patents . "We're very confident with the technology," product manager Mike Jazaeri told us; "that's why we're open sourcing it".
Tucked away in the corner of Google's after party last night was a large screen with lots of people touching, tapping and zooming pictures and maps in and out. Chatting away with the experimenters was Jeff Han, the man behind Perceptive Pixel and the massively multitouch system that most US TV channels used to analyse results on election night in 2008.
FiRe isn’t just a technology conference. After all, we live in a world where technology is only just part of the picture.
We’re currently at the annual Future in Review conference, just south of Los Angeles. FiRe’s one of those events that sets agendas, attracting an audience of CTOs and CEOs, entrpreneurs and investors.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 I came to love Surface Pro so why does Windows 10 feel like duct taping my fingers together?
- 2 Bandwidth vs signal strength: How to get the best internet connection for your device
- 3 SQL, NoSQL? What's the difference these days?
- 4 Windows 10, OneDrive sync and the art of difficult conversations
- 5 Just what is the difference between a smartphone and a featurephone now, anyway?