Monthly Archives: February 2014

Another stupid Anti-Malware test?

PC Mag has an article on the latest anti-malware tests by NSS Labs.  For this test NSS Labs turned off Microsoft’s SmartScreen because it was too effective, blocking 98-100% of malware.  SmartScreen, being in the OS now, works independent of … Continue reading

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Microsoft Goes Low

Lower-end devices are where both Windows Phone and Windows 8 tablets are showing the most traction.  On the phone side the (Nokia) Lumia 520/521 is where a lot of the volume growth has come from.  On the tablet side the … Continue reading

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How much of a broadband monopoly is there?

One of the issues that comes up  in the Net Neutrality discussion is people’s perception that there is a monopoly or duopoly on broadband providers.  Ok, for folks outside the U.S. this is going to be a very U.S.-centric discussion … Continue reading

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“Net Neutrality” gives me a headache

Many a night, usually during what would be considered “Prime Time” for TV, my wife complains that the Internet is slow.  She isn’t trying to watch video, and most of the time when she makes this complaint no one is … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with an insider?

I am often shocked at how many people believe an insider taking over as a CEO will be more change-averse than an outsider would be.  It just isn’t necessarily the case, though it may be harder for an insider to … Continue reading

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More fuel on the Android apps on Windows fire

In 1996 Microsoft licensed Java from Sun.  Think about that for a moment before continuing on with this blog post.  At what seemed the height of its PC market dominance, when it “owned” the developers, when Visual Basic and Visual … Continue reading

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The Scott Guthrie Manuever

A few weeks ago, as rumors that Satya Nadella would be named Microsoft CEO gained prominence, a friend and I were discussing who would replace him as head of Cloud and Enterprise.  Our conclusion?  Scott Guthrie.  So I wasn’t particularly … Continue reading

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The one about the new Microsoft CEO

Now that some of the dust has settled on Microsoft’s changes last week I’m going to cover three topics.  Satya Nadella the new CEO,  Bill Gates increasing his Microsoft involvement, and Scott Guthrie replacing Satya as Executive VP of Cloud … Continue reading

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Microsoft and an Android play

We are floating in rumors and suggestions this week around Microsoft and Android, from a call for Microsoft to drop Windows Phone in favor of a forked Android to Peter Bright’s explanation of why that doesn’t make technical sense, to the … Continue reading

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Where is Windows going?

Paul Thurrott’s piece (some might say rant) this weekend over where Microsoft seems to be taking Windows with Windows 8.1 Update 1 adds more fuel to the fire about the future of Windows.  Put simply, Microsoft began a re-invention of … Continue reading

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