What in the world is going on with Microsoft’s Surface Book 2?

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to Microsoft’s Surface Book 2. It’s highly pertinent — my Surface Pro 4 (and the Surface Pro 3 that preceded it) was a great machine for my previous workflow, but the screen’s just too small and the Type Cover too constraining for what I’m doing lately. I’m […]

Asus ZenWatch 3: A quick unboxing

So, I was surprised last Friday to see that Amazon has the Asus ZenWatch 3 available for order. Most sites still indicate the new Android Wear device as “coming soon,” including Asus’ own web site, and so I was quite pleased when I saw it available for order. I received the watch this morning, and […]

What’s going on with The Tech Chat?

  You might have noticed that I was spending some time over at WinBeta.org as a Senior Editor–you can check out all of my writing there via this link. I was having a blast, and as a long-time WinBeta reader, I couldn’t think of a better site for my Microsoft-focused ramblings. I’m also working as […]

Microsoft Ending Support for Lumia Photo Apps in Windows 10 Mobile

I was just thinking this morning about how Microsoft will handle the old (Nokia) Lumia photo apps that are preloaded on my Lumia 830. Will apps such as Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Beamer, and Lumia Refocus continue to be supported in Windows 10 Mobile, or will they be phased out in deference to the stock apps […]

Is Windows 10 Continuum the Key to Microsoft’s Smartphone Strategy? (Updated)

Update 7/14/2015: As Windows Central reports, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference) seems to agree with my position here: When I think about our Windows Phone, I want it to stand for something like Continuum. The bottom line is, Nadella is no idiot, and Microsoft’s strategy is indeed deep and compelling. Read the […]

Microsoft: “Use the Phone That’s In Your Pocket”

This video previewing Microsoft’s upcoming Phone Companion app for Windows 10 seems to summarize Microsoft’s strategy when it comes to smartphones. At about the 3:10 mark, Joe Belfiore (Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group) says: Today, people have this expectation that they’ll be able to take whatever device they have and have all of their […]

No, Microsoft Isn’t Giving Up on Smartphones (Updated)

Update 5/26/2015: So, Microsoft has made it official that Cortana will be available on Android and iOS. Does that change this equation? After all, Cortana was one of the value-added technologies that would have made Windows 10 Mobile unique on smartphones. My guess is that, in the and, Microsoft’s positions on phones, and maybe even […]

Microsoft Surface 3 Bundle Pre-Order at Costco for $699.99

Microsoft recently announced its most recent Surface device, the Surface 3, to a bit of fanfare and generally positive previews. The Surface 3 is the direct replacement for the Surface 2, and serves as a sort of entry-level version of the Surface Pro 3. It uses an Intel Atom processor, can be configured with up […]

What Is Productivity?

What is “productivity”? This is an important question for me, given that I’m working to turn this blog from one that’s a bit scattershot to one that’s laser-focused on how technology can make us more productive. It’s also important for Microsoft, given that they’re making a transition of their own from a company offering proprietary solutions […]

Google is Abandoning Me, and So I’m Abandoning Google

Given Google’s willingness to abandoning major projects, with Google+ as potentially the latest victim, I’ve decided to abandon Google. I’m not doing this in a vacuum: since making a concerted effort to go entirely cross-platform, I’ve found that relying on Google properties makes things unecessarily difficulat, particularly on Windows Phone. And so, watching Google doing away […]