Category Archives: Microsoft

I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up

I’ve been using a Windows Phone since Windows Phone 7 shipped, and for many years before that (with the exception on 1 year on the iPhone 3GS) I used Windows Mobile.  Indeed my history with Microsoft’s mobile offerings goes back to … Continue reading

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Surface Pro 3: It’s all about the form factor

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 has received a large amount of good press, and the occasional negative (usually liking the hardware but disliking Windows 8.1).  But today’s piece on The Motley Fool warranted a response.  The problem with the article … Continue reading

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The Missing Mini

No one was more disappointed by last week’s no-show of a Microsoft 8″ class Surface device than I was.  At the same time launching such a device at that particular event would have been a disaster, as I’ll get to in … Continue reading

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Will Microsoft get the new Surface(s) right? Part 2

Having done a bit of a post-mortem on the original Surface products and strategy in Part 1, I can now dive into what I think Microsoft needs to do in order to succeed with the Surface family.  The first thing … Continue reading

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Will Microsoft get the new Surface(s) right? Part 1

It appears that on May 20th Microsoft will announce at least one new member of the Surface family, most likely a Surface Mini (aka 7-8″ class device).  The rumors have heated up suggesting that there will actually be two or … Continue reading

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Free Windows (TANSTAAFL)

Some are touting yesterday’s announcement that Microsoft was making Windows (including Windows Phone) free for devices with screens smaller than 9″ as the most impactful news coming out of Build 2014.  While I do think it is important news, I … Continue reading

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Let the Build 2014 games begin!

We are just a few hours away from Build 2014, and the most important set of reveals for Microsoft’s Operating System business in a decade.  Yes, more important than Windows 8.  Or Windows Phone 7.  Or whatever other seemingly, at … Continue reading

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Microsoft has a near miss with the Xbox One Media Remote

Regular readers will of course be familiar with my Xbox: Fail from January, and I thought a little update was in order. To get something out-of-the-way, the February and March updates did nothing noticeable to improve voice recognition.  I did … Continue reading

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10″ LTE for me

One of the things that has bugged me about Windows 8.x from the beginning was the lack of devices with built-in WWAN, and particularly LTE, support.  I had 3G support in my original iPad, and it was a pleasure to … Continue reading

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Supporting other platforms before Windows

A few Microsoft properties have received grief the last couple of years about shipping features, or even entire apps, on non-Microsoft platforms before those same features or apps come to Windows and Windows Phone.  I talked to a friend about … Continue reading

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