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Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to get into more OEM tablet designs in Asia and elsewhere.Intel said that its Windows tablets are shipping in...

Why Google and Apple Should Fear the new Microsoft

In decades of covering Microsoft, I don’t recall the company enjoying so much positive press at one time. They are literally transforming before our eyes – at least from the outside looking in. The first salvo has to be Office...

Cloud Cruiser Azure Support Boosts Cloud Savings

Hybrid clouds are gaining momentum causing organizations to question whether they are allocating their compute resources as effectively as possible. One solution to this problem is provided by Cloud Cruiser who announced today they now support Microsoft Azure meaning companies...

Ford's CES View on The Future

If there was one surprise at CES it was the overwhelming amount of car innovation as pointed out by Rob Enderle. We are at the point today where the car is moving from becoming simply a vehicle to a centralized...

ZipWhip: What if Every Phone Number Could Text?

Back in 2005, yes, 2005 I wondered when WiFi phones would allow text messaging – I suggested there was an opportunity for companies to take advantage of the merging of the VoIP and consumer electronics spaces. Of course eight years...

SimpleSignal and gUnify Brings Lync-Like Power to Google Apps

I’ve had a few conversations recently with analysts and resellers about how Microsoft Lync is getting trials in many of the largest global corporations and this has traditional telecom equipment providers getting nervous. From these discussions you might surmise that...

Does Microsoft Need to Fire Bill Gates?

Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates are synonymous with Microsoft’s management and for many years the duo did a fantastic job creating value for customers, shareholders and employees. While the company is far from in trouble, possessing huge amounts of cash...

Thanks PopSci: Web Page Integration may be the next Social Frontier?

You may have heard that Popular Science has shut down its comments citing studies which show comments can influence the readers perception of a story. Specifically: Another, similarly designed study found that just firmly worded (but not uncivil) disagreements between...

Microsoft Buys Nokia Device and Services Business

“What’s good for windows phones will be good for the Windows ecosystem,” said Steve Ballmer to CNBC regarding the company’s acquisition of Nokia’s services and device business. He went on to explain that this deal will help Lenovo and Dell....

7 Areas of Microsoft Focus Post-Ballmer

Steve Ballmer has just announced he will be stepping down from Microsoft in the next twelve months and for his many critics, this is triumphant news. The happiest critic will likely be the author of the Mini-Microsoft blog I first...

Snom Riding Lync Wave to Success

In a recent meeting with Snom’s Mike Storella in the company’s office in Massachusetts, I had a chance to learn how the company is riding the Microsoft Lync wave to success. One of the early differentiators they touted was Lync...

Why Google is Getting Hammered on Twitter for being Evil

Google is being called out by Microsoft for being "evil" and pursuing anti-competitive practicesLast May Google blocked a Microsoft YouTube app from running on its mobile platform Windows Phone causing Microsoft to rewrite it to Google’s specifications. This week the...

Despite Complaints, Tech Wealth Helps Society

The pace of entrepreneurial activity fueled by tech wealth isn’t slowing down… In fact it is accelerating at dare I say “Internet speed.” Just last week I discussed how Tech Leaders Brin, Zuckerberg and Bezos are changing everything as the...

Why Apple Dropped its App Store Name Fight With Amazon

In January 2011, I wrote about my belief that an app store is an app store and both the terms app and store are generic meaning together they become yet another generic term. Certainly the nuances of the legal system...

MDM is Just too Small a Market for Apple

It is no secret that MDM is a huge market and Apple is in large part responsible for the trend where non-Microsoft and non-Blackberry devices infiltrated the enterprise. Moreover, corporate IT departments have huge budgets so if Apple came...

A Billion WebRTC Endpoints Force Voice and Data Players to Adapt or Die

From an evolutionary standpoint regardless of whether we talk about nature or business, adaptation is a key to success in changing environments. During the industrial revolution in London a species of moth with a white color blended in with...

Momentum Continues in WebRTC Space

Last year, TMC and its partners launched the first WebRTC conference in the world and the market reacted enthusiastically with a sold out exhibit hall and a standing room only crowd. I tell you this because I haven’t seen...

With Tablets and Smartphones Eating the PC, What Can Microsoft Do?

These are very dark days for people who work for many divisions of Microsoft as tablets and smartphones have absolutely decimated the PC market as evidenced by a decline of 14% in sales of PCs last quarter. This news comes...

Windows 8 Relegated to Budget Status?

Microsoft seems to make an OS you HAVE to buy while Apple makes an OS you WANT to buy The Microsoft Store has good news for people waiting to pick up a new Windows 8 machine… Lower prices on relatively...

Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Google: France's War With US Tech Firms

Ten years ago the people of France had to deal with a major challenge – English tech words were beginning to become more popular than baguettes. As a result, the country’s Culture Ministry banned the term e-mail and replaced it...

Microsoft EU Fine Shows Irony of Tech Antitrust

Microsoft was just fined a whopping $732M by EU antitrust regulators for breaking a voluntary agreement to give 15M users a choice of internet browsers beyond IE. The challenge according to Microsoft is they had a technical glitch which first...

Smith Micro Extends MDM Standard to Chipset Level

Smith Micro's main message at Mobile World Congress 2013 was that wirelss broadband connectivity is going to become easier. Carla Fitzgerald, VP Marketing Wireless & Mobility explained how the company has worked with chipset vendors to get its QuickLink...

Dell+Microsoft=Apple?

Dell is in a mind-bogglingly large long-rumored deal to go private worth $24 billion and of note is business partner Microsoft has decided to invest in the company which has struggled for many years. The company still has strength...

Latest ITEXPO Miami 2013 Show Daily

There is so much happening at ITEXPO next week I thought it made sense to share the latest show daily from the event - Friday, Jan 25, 2013. Some of the companies mentioned are Microsoft and specifically their Lync...

Gesture-Based Eye-Tracking, Hand-Sensing Tech Coming but What of Standards?

Microsoft certainly popularized gesture-based computing with the Xbox Kinect but it seems one of the next areas where this sort of interface will have a big impact is in your automobile. Hyundai in fact unveiled a concept car recently...
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