Adobe Shows That Microsoft is Cool Again (Update: Behind the Scenes)

I don’t know how much of this is concept and how much is shipping today in the new Adobe Creative Cloud, but the following video reinforces my conviction that Microsoft is doing some very cool and very powerful things. The title of this video is “Adobe Illustrator on MS Surface,” but I see a whole lot […]

Microsoft 365: Will Microsoft Migrate to All Subcription Services? (Updated)

Update: Microsoft just announced their Q1 2015 financial results, and they did quite well. Relative to this post, the fact that 7 million consumers are subscribing to Office 365 is particularly interesting. Makes a pretty strong case for the kind of subscription service I envision here… Update 2 (10/27/2014): So, Microsoft announced unlimited storage for […]

OneOS: What Microsoft Should Call the Next Version of Windows

I’m not usually one to hand out free marketing advice, but given Microsoft’s recent announcement of significant cuts in its labor force I’m not sure that they’ll be hiring any new marketing people anytime soon. I’d hate for good marketing ideas (in my opinion, anyways) to go to waste, and so here you go, Microsoft. Something […]

Amazon Announces All-You-Can-Read Kindle Unlimited Plan

Amazon has released the Kindle Unlimited subscription service, which provides unlimited (natch) access to a curated selection of ebooks and audiobooks for $9.99 a month. I don’t often question Amazon’s business decisions–so far, CEO Jeff Bezos has proven his mettle in terms of reading the market and providing in-demand products and services. Here are some […]

Microsoft CEO Paints Picture of a “Productivity and Platform” Company

    Edit: I spent a little more time reviewing Nadella’s email, and I’m not sure that I agree with ZDNet’s interpretation. So, I’m adjusting my post to better reflect my own interpretation (which I should have done in the first place). ZDNet published a fascinating article outlining CEO Satya Nadella’s vision of a new […]

Will a Plan B (Or C) Work for Windows Phone?

Paul Thurrott, along with a few others, is among the most knowledgeable and influential writers when it comes to everything Microsoft. So, in my transition to all-Microsoft products, I’ve started to follow him a bit more closely. His latest piece, titled “Plan B for Windows Phone?”, is interesting and makes some important points. I don’t […]

My Microsoft Transition: the Biggest Challenges So Far

I’m well into my transition from a mixed Windows/Android world to one that’s all Microsoft products. I’ve been using Windows Phone 8.1 on the Nokia 925 and a Surface Pro 3 for over a week now, along with my Dell Venue 8 Pro, and other than grabbing screenshots for comparison purposes haven’t touched any of […]

Windows Phone 8.1: A Former Android User’s Initial Impressions

I received my Nokia 925 a couple of days ago, and after resolving a case of missing SIM holder, I upgraded to the Developers Preview of Windows Phone 8.1. Since then, I’ve been setting up the phone and re-familiarizing myself with Windows Phone after a few years on Android. I must say, the platform has […]

LogMeIn Cancels Free Accounts, TeamViewer An Excellent Alternative

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been using LogMeIn for years now to manage remote PCs (Windows, OS X, and Linux). Some of you might do so for business, but some might only manage their various personal machines. I fall into the latter category, and so I’ve enjoyed LogMeIn’s free capabilities for supporting the mother-in-law’s […]

Windows vs. Apple: An Accurate Measure?

  Alex Wilhelm wrote a fascinating and, I think, important article on Techcrunch yesterday (1/14/2014) where he argued that we need a different way of measuring the market share of Windows vs., say Apple products. He started by showing the following graph, which was created by Asymco and which is intended to show that Apple […]