John Carroll

John Carroll has delivered his opinion on ZDNet since the last millennium. Since May 2008, he is no longer a Microsoft employee. He is currently working at a unified messaging-related startup.

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Windows Phone prospects in the developing world

Nokia's Lumia 610 faces entrenched opposition in the developed world. But, in developing markets, where the Nokia brand is strong and a decision about which platform to favor has not been made, it is on firmer footing.

February 26, 2012 by John Carroll

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Hulu buyers, beware

Starz decision to end its relationship with Netflix is a sign of the difficulties content companies are having making money through Internet streaming. This should give potential buyers of Hulu pause. Distribution brands like Netflix and Hulu may not be the future.

September 1, 2011 by John Carroll

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The worst decision Google ever made

Oracle's Java-based lawsuit could make things expensive for Google. By missing the chance to own Java, however, Google lost an opportunity to have a platform that could serve as a counter to Microsoft and Apple.

June 20, 2011 by John Carroll

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Avoiding an iPad-induced panic

Everyone seems to think that Microsoft must rush to release a credible competitor to Apple's iPad. I beg to differ. Getting it right is more important than getting it tomorrow.

January 20, 2011 by John Carroll

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The wonderment of Apple

Apple's current success is truly astounding when you consider the state of the company in 2000. Today, they are the company that essentially owns that segment willing to pay most for client device customizations.

December 2, 2010 by John Carroll

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Shake-up at Microsoft: It's about time

Microsoft recently shook-up its Entertainment & Devices division in an attempt to jump start its device efforts and pose better competition to Apple and Google. Here are five suggestions as to what they should focus on next.

May 26, 2010 by John Carroll

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