As long as Microsoft is unwilling to guarantee that documents created with its tools are readable from any platform, they should expect to be cut out of the public sector.
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As part of the Churchill Club's 20th anniversary event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Sun co-founder and now venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Bill Joy moderated a panel entitled "Next Generation Leaders." The panelists (see image below) included Evan Williams, Founder of ODEO; Mark Jacobstein, President, Digital Chocolate; Scott Heiferman, CEO, Meetup.
I caught up with Evan Williams at the Churchill Club's 20th anniversary event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Evan was one of the founders of Blogger, which was sold to Google, and is now involved in the podcasting startup, Odeo.
As part of the Churchill Club's 20th anniversary event, entitled "Leadership Defined," at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Motorola CEO Ed Zander was interviewed [podcast here] by Elizabeth Corcoran, senior editor at Forbes Magazine. Zander talked about how he came into the struggling 75-year-old company about two years ago, after 15 years as a Sun executive, and replaced 34 percent of the top 135 executives.
I just saw that the Washington Post picked up on an Associated Press story with the headline PalmSource loses out with Treo. The headline is drawing the obvious conclusion based on the rumor that came true: Palm has closed a deal with Microsoft to build a Windows Mobile-based Treo.
Readers have been weighing in on the iPod nano screen scratching issues. I may have been a bit over the top in calling the nano a potential clunker, but a screen that scratches easily under 'normal use' conditions, as has been reported, isn't going to help sales.
Blake Ross is one of the co-creators of Firefox and is on a mission to make software for mere mortals. That's one of Steve Jobs' favorite phrases.
You've seen similar open source distribution and solution as adjunct to a commercial product strategies from Red Hat, JBoss, IBM, Novell, and Sun.
Microsoft called Massachusetts' bluff and lost. One of Microsoft's biggest mistakes in what will prove to be a critical turning point for the Redmond-based company is that it sent the wrong men to Massachusetts' last hearing before that state set a new IT policy into stone: one that essentially bumps MS-Office from its approved software list.
After nearly two years at the helm at 75-year-old Motorola, Ed Zander is feeling pretty good. The company has grown its share of the handset/mobile device market, garnered attention for its slick Razr phone and Rokr iTunes phone, and its enterprise business is thriving.