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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.
Just how do you completely rebuild a company? Windows 8 is important but it's just one step towards the future for Microsoft.
You only really get to know an OS by living with it. After using Windows 8 for over a year, I've seen it evolve, and found that - on the desktop at least - some fears are exaggerated.
Microsoft Surface has been popular enough for pre-orders to sell out but there's continuing confusion among users and IT pros about what the Windows RT operating system it runs is and what the OS does.
You could call cloud comms company Twilio component as a service. But whatever it is, it's mixing cloud and on-premises with mobile, and letting users work with developers on next-generation business tools.
Pricing for Surface, Microsoft's flagship ARM-based Windows RT tablet, starts at $499 — $599 with keyboard.
It's time to stop emulating film in digital cameras. The next generation of smartphones are a pointer to the future of photography.
Integrating improvements to Windows made for specific PC hardware into Windows 8 now rather than in SP1 bodes well for faster future releases. It's something Microsoft needs to be doing to keep up with Apple's iPad.
With less than a month to the launch of Windows 8, controversy still surrounds the Windows Store app market but it's based on a number of misconceptions.
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