Microsoft and BlackBerry took the same approach to evolving their smartphones strategies – but Microsoft was faster off the blocks and that matters.
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.
Networks of tomorrow need innovation in chips, network topology, security and more - here's what's on the way.
Software gets everywhere, even into the motors that drive vacuum cleaners, fans and hand dryers.
Moving to a continuous development cadence will require Microsoft to make a lot of decisions that might not make everyone feel warm and fuzzy.
The key to cleaning up the internet is tackling the darknets, not letting censorship in by the back door
The UK government's proposals for blocking search terms for illegal content aren't only badly thought through, they're dangerous.
Can Microsoft really get better at cooperating internally? According to some teams, it already has — and Visual Studio might be the poster child.
Will reorganising to play together better help Microsoft win more users and make the most of Microsoft Research?
Certification and the first shipping devices mean that 802.11ac is available and worth using, but there's plenty more functionality still to come.
Redmond is shifting to continuous development and continuous integration of new technologies. That's good news for developers who want to move fast.
Should we get paid to use the free services such as search engines and social networks?