What happened in 2012?
Whether you regard it as the beginning of the end for Windows, or a moment of rebirth, for me it was the year of Windows 8. Microsoft’s new Windows is fascinating on several levels: as a bold strategic move to make a desktop operating system into a tablet operating
…continue reading Android up, Apple down, Microsoft so near, so far: 2012 in review
Appcelerator and IDC have released their latest mobile developer report, in which nearly 3,000 users of the cross-platform development tool Titanium report on their views and intentions.
These reports are always interesting but experience suggests that they are poor predictors. A year ago, the Q4 2011 report told us:
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire ignites developer
…continue reading Mobile: Windows Phone appeal growing, iOS and Android secure say Titanium developers
Last week Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke at a “Fireside Chat” with AWS (Amazon Web Services) chief Werner Vogels. It was an excellent and inspirational performance from Bezos.
If there was a common theme, it was his belief in the merit of low margins, which of necessity keep a business efficient. Low margins
…continue reading The disruption of pay as you go hardware – and I do not mean leasing
Adobe has published a mission statement which is worth a read if only to demonstrate how far the company has moved away from Flash, once positioned at the heart of its ecosystem – remember the Flash Platform?
The mission statement essentially declares the web as the new heart of Adobe’s platform and it is working
…continue reading Adobe using Google Chromium Embedded Framework for Edge tools
I set up Windows 8 on my desktop PC, accepting the default Do Not Track setting. This is still set:
However I noticed Amazon ads served by Google/DoubleClick on a third-party site that reflected my recent activity on Amazon. I clicked the Privacy link on the ad (which links to Amazon rather than Google)
…continue reading IE10 and Do Not Track: ineffective with Amazon ads
Subtitled Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the internet, this is an account by the Guardian’s Technology Editor of the progress of three tech titans between 1998 and the present day. In 1998, Google was just getting started, Apple was at the beginning of its recovery under the returning CEO Steve Jobs, and Microsoft
…continue reading Review: Digital Wars by Charles Arthur
Microsoft has published its latest financials. Here is my at-a-glance summary:
Quarter ending March 31st 2012 vs quarter ending March 31st 2011, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 4624 +177 2952 +160 Server and Tools 4572 +386 1738 +285 Online 707 +40 -479 +297 Business (Office) 5814 +485 3770 +457 Entertainment
…continue reading Microsoft results: old business model still humming, future a concern
Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt addressed the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in confident mood, boasting of the strong growth in Android adoption and saying that the world would need to increase its population in order to sustain current rates of growth.
His keynote was in three parts. He kicked off with a
…continue reading Google’s Eric Schmidt looks forward to an Android in every pocket
Vendors who create new platforms work hard to attract developers, because high availability of apps is seen as essential for success. This is why, for example, RIM is offering free PlayBooks to developers who submit apps to BlackBerry App World.
Why then would Microsoft deliberately and consciously choose to release a new family of
…continue reading Windows on ARM fixes much that is wrong with Windows, but lack of apps makes it Microsoft’s big risk