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Jack Schofield

Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....

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The death of Silverlight has been greatly exaggerated

November 1, 2010 by in Tech Industry

The death of Silverlight has been greatly exaggerated

Microsoft's Bob Muglia unwittingly threw a spanner in the Silverlight works at last week's Professional Developers Conference by telling ZD Net's All Things Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley that:"when it comes to touting Silverlight as Microsoft's vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime, 'our strategy has shifted,' Muglia told me. Silverlight will continue to be a cross-platform solution, working on a variety of operating system/browser platforms, going forward, he said.

Windows 7's first birthday: 240 million sold

October 22, 2010 by in Tech Industry

Windows 7's first birthday: 240 million sold

Windows 7 was released a year ago today (October 22), and Microsoft has announced More than 240 Million Licenses Sold. The blog post by Brandon LeBlanc adds: "As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st).

Ozzie to leave Microsoft: future cloudy

October 18, 2010 by in Tech Industry

Ozzie to leave Microsoft: future cloudy

Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates's replacement as Microsoft's Chief Software Architect, is leaving the company. The news emerged in Steve Ballmer E-mail to Employees on Ray Ozzie Transition, where CEO Steve Ballmer told staff that Ozzie "will remain with the company as he transitions the teams and ongoing strategic projects within his organization" and that he will work in the Entertainment Division for a while.

RIM gets a new PlayBook

September 30, 2010 by in Tech Industry

RIM gets a new PlayBook

RIM duly unveiled its PlayBook (aka BlackPad) wireless tablet this week, as reported here, without quite explaining why anyone would buy it. However, it does take the first step towards establishing QNX as the new BlackBerry operating system for smartphones as well as tablets, as I said last week.

Digg and the Deathly Redesign (updated)

September 24, 2010 by in Tech Industry

Digg and the Deathly Redesign (updated)

It’s a pretty safe bet that any website that goes through a “redesign” is going to end up working worse than before: it happens all the time. However, Digg has now surpassed most previous disasters, and according to Hitwise monitoring: “Since the end of August, traffic from UK Internet users to Digg has declined by 34%.

RIM may unveil BlackPad tablet next week

September 21, 2010 by in Tech Industry

RIM may unveil BlackPad tablet next week

Rumours of a RIM BlackPad tablet have been floating around for a couple of months, and the device could be unveiled at a developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday. The Wall Street Journal reports, in RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad, that the BlackPad will have a 7-inch screen and run the QNX operating system – RIM bought the company.

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