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July 14, 2014 by

Why Windows Phone is barely making a dent in the market

Microsoft has put a lot of dollars and effort into Windows Phone, even going as far as to buy Finnish handset firm Nokia in order to gain traction in the smartphone space. But despite this investment Windows Phone's usage share has grown from about one percent to around two percent over the past 12 months.

November 12, 2013 by

Why I've all but given up on Windows

After more than two decades of being a dedicated Windows power user, and having invested tens of thousands of hours into mastering the platform, and run versions spanning from 3.0 to 8.1, I've now all but given up on Windows.

June 2, 2011 by

Windows 8 will run Windows apps, even on ARM (kind of)

Windows has to be all things to all people, and that causes fights. The fights that the Windows 8 demos shown this week are about old versus new, thin versus rich, touch versus mouse, innovation versus legacy investment - and they're pretty much all missing the point.

October 20, 2010

Thin is in at HP

HP has re-jigged its market-leading thin client portfolio, adding three new products plus updates to others to run the embedded version of the Microsoft Windows 7 OS.The new models make up what HP call the t5500 family (the 't' stands for 'thin'), sharing a common hardware spec that starts with the same 64-bit processor (a 1GHz VIA Nano u3500) plus 1GB of DDR-3 memory.

October 1, 2010 by

Windows Phone 7 will be unveiled on October 11: can it compete?

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.

July 12, 2010 by

Microsoft announces “cloud in a box” appliance

Microsoft is taking an appliance approach to cloud computing with the announcement of a “cloud in a box” version of its Azure platform. At its Worldwide Partner Conference today, Microsoft described it as “the first turnkey cloud services platform for deployment in customer and service provider datacenters”.

May 21, 2010 by

How Microsoft loses the TV space

Google yesterday officially confirmed the existence of Google TV, a "not so secret" project hints of which have existed for quite awhile. A number of key Microsoft engineers wandered into permanent positions on Google campus while I worked for Microsoft as part of its Mediarom division (Google's Mountain View headquarters is less than a mile from Microsoft's large office in Silicon Valley).

March 31, 2010 by

Could there be a free, ad-supported Windows in Microsoft's future?

Would Microsoft ever go so far as to offer a low-end SKU of Windows client that would be free, but ad-supported? Back in 2005, a Microsoft researcher authored a ThinkWeek paper detailing how and why Microsoft could make Windows an ad-supported product. But I never thought anything came of that paper... until now.

February 16, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series

Microsoft has finally made the official announcement about the next version of Windows Mobile – Windows Phone 7 Series – but there’s a long list of questions that Microsoft says it won’t answer until the MIX conference in March. In the meantime, here’s what we do know about the phones that will be on sale for ‘the holiday season’ (which to US companies starts in October or November).


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