Category Archives: Google

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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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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The Smart TV Market

I (and many others) have opined on the need for Microsoft to have a device to compete in the lower-priced mass market segment for smart TV add-ons.  I want to refine my thinking and explain why Microsoft may not have … Continue reading

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What if Microsoft got NOOKed?

Earlier this month rumors circulated that Microsoft was looking at purchasing the Nook business (in which it already owns a stake) from Barnes and Noble.  I wrote about the deal a year ago, so you might want to review that … Continue reading

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Google Reader and other customer tragedies

(This was written weeks ago but not published until now.  I’m going to largely leave it as originally written, with an update at the end.) I’m pretty upset about Google’s decision to drop support for Google Reader.  I think it … Continue reading

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About that $2B annual loss from Microsoft’s search business

A few days ago Scott Cleland published a thought-provoking piece on what would happen if Microsoft exited the search business.  It was all about what that would do to Google, but might just as well have been titled “Microsoft should … Continue reading

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Bing going Mobile

Yesterday we had the announcement that Bing would become the default Search and Mapping solution for the next generation of RIM’s Blackberry.  Over the previous year we’ve seen Microsoft introduce excellent Bing apps for the iPhone and more recently iPad, work … Continue reading

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Is Bing Putting the Squeeze on Google?

There were two interesting pieces of news out this week.  One was news from Experian Hitwise adding to other evidence that by some measures Bing has grown to about 30% of the search market in the U.S.   The second interesting … Continue reading

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Microsoft and Nokia, a match made in hell?

The rumors are once again swirling on the topic of Nokia adopting a Microsoft operating system for its smartphones.  A few years ago there were rumors about Nokia adopting Windows Mobile specifically for the US market, where its Symbian-based phones … Continue reading

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Is it ‘Game Over’ in Smartphones?

The Smartphone war seems to be shaping up to look very much like an earlier paradigm shift in computing.  Sure analogies are imperfect, but let me try this one on you. It was 1983 and the computing industry was in … Continue reading

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