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.
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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....
Microsoft Windows 7 is continuing its climb in the operating system market, as measured by NetMarketShare figures based on visits to websites. In the October charts, released today, it reached 18.
Taiwanese vendors will ship more than 90% of the 200 million notebook PCs that the major vendors are expected to sell next year, according to the Taiwan-based DigiTimes.* Only South Korea's Samsung is expected to manufacture all its own portable computers, totalling about 12 million units -- see the table below.
Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates's replacement as Microsoft's Chief Software Architect, has posted Dawn of a New Day -- his "goodbye memo" -- a bit ahead of time. First, it's dated October 28.
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).
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.
Next -- the clothes shop, not Steve Jobs's failed computer company -- surprised a lot of people by announcing its own 10-inch tablet computer. There's actually nothing tricky about this.
The Social Network, the movie about Facebook, has been the weekend's hot topic following its release on Friday. I've not seen it yet, but opinion seems pretty much split between ordinary moviegoers, who think it's a great movie, and people who actually know about the subject.
Microsoft plans to unveil some mobile phones running Windows Phone 7 at its second annual Open House in New York on Monday, October 11. This won't be an exclusively phone-oriented launch but will also show off other consumer-oriented technologies, including the Xbox 360 games console, Zune media player and subscription services.
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.