For Microsoft, simply ending CEO hunt is a good move

By now, you’ve all probably heard that Microsoft has chosen its third CEO, Satya Nadella, a 22-year veteran of the company who most recently held the position of President of the Server & Tools division. Satya, however, has also...

02/06/2014

Review: Xbox One has mountains of untapped potential

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Xbox One and a handful of games early on in the lead-up to the official launch. If you’ve followed all of the news that broke since Microsoft first began talking about the Xbox One publicly...

12/09/2013

Microsoft just doesn't learn how to keep customers happy

For all of the talk recently that Microsoft is listening to its customers, the company just doesn’t seem to get it. There are a number of reasons I say that, but two recent events in particular have me scratching my head. The first...

10/28/2013

Is Ballmer's departure the cost of Microsoft's missteps?

Microsoft made a surprise announcement this morning that its divisive CEO, Steve Ballmer, would be stepping down within the next 12 months once a worthy successor is chosen. Many have been calling for Ballmer’s resignations for...

08/23/2013

5 steps Microsoft can take to beef up Windows Phone 8 market share

A little over a year and half ago, I wrote about an IHS and iSuppli smartphone market report, which claimed that Windows Phone would surpass iOS in market share by 2015, due in part to Nokia’s aggressive push into the space and...

08/21/2013

The PC never died

At this point, the PC’s woes are well known; I’m not going to extensively dissect any market trends or make any bold predictions about the future of the PC here. I may just snap, though, if I hear one more person say “the PC is dead”...

08/13/2013

Start listening to your customers, Microsoft

Witnessing the last few weeks of Microsoft news unfold has been like watching a really bad soap opera. There’s been a ton of news lately in regards to the company’s re-org and a myriad of other events, but a few specific things have...

07/30/2013

Microsoft's Kinect technology is a potential goldmine for mobile

The consumer PC market has undergone a major transformation over the last few years, due in no small part to the rapid influx of relatively powerful and easy-to-use ultra-mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. I won’t be using...

06/18/2013

I'm ditching Windows Phone 8 again, but not without reservations

Back in January, I got my hands on a Nokia Lumia 920 and decided to give Windows Phone 8 an honest try. I’m a fan of Windows 8 and I own a Surface tablet, so I thought it might be cool to somewhat unify all of my computing platforms...

06/03/2013

Xbox One used game policy is a lawsuit waiting to happen

When Microsoft’s initial Xbox One unveiling ended, the company allowed the press to get a little more up close and personal with the console and ask engineers and designers some questions that weren’t answered during the event. A...

05/30/2013

Why Xbox One gaming has been an afterthought

Microsoft may not have wowed hardcore gamers with its initial Xbox One announcement, but I’m not sure it wanted to. All of the exclusive game titles and advanced graphics capabilities of the Xbox One will most likely be shown off at...

05/29/2013

Microsoft's new idea to steal Android users is a good one

News broke a few days ago about a mobile app coming to the Google Play Store, designed to ease the transition from Android to Windows Phone 8. The “Switch to Windows Phone” app being developed by Microsoft and its partner Quixey...

05/01/2013

Why a 7-inch Surface tablet would be a mistake for Microsoft

For the past couple of weeks, the web has been buzzing with rumors and speculation that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch version of its Surface Tablet. There has been no official word from Microsoft, of course, but if you look at...

04/18/2013

What am I missing with Windows Phone 8?

A few months back, I acquired a Nokia Lumia 920 with the intent to use the device as my everyday smartphone. I had been a long-time user of the old and now defunct Windows Mobile, and still like to experiment with custom ROMs on an...

04/02/2013

Microsoft's TEALS program: Facilitating computer science education, coding at a younger age

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a video posted to YouTube by the Microsoft Citizenship group titled "Woolly worms to worlds of opportunities: Jeremy's story." The video tells a story of a high school student from...

03/12/2013

Surface Pro is making people crazy

I understand that Microsoft is a divisive company. I get it; I really do. Over the years, they’ve won over a few fans and created more than a few enemies - and both sides are constantly at war. But what’s happened since the release...

03/11/2013

Windows 8, once called a 'catastrophe,' is actually ideal for gamers

A few months back, I wrote about an interview in which Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell called Windows 8 a “catastrophe.” Just to refresh your memory, back then Mr. Newell specifically said, “I think that Windows 8...

03/08/2013

Prepare for the Windows 8 app onslaught

Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched numerous people try to analyze what little solid information is available regarding Windows 8’s initial sales. Microsoft made an announcement a few weeks back claiming that it sold 40 million...

01/14/2013

Why I abandoned Windows Phone 8

A few months ago, I forced myself to switch to Windows 8 on my desktop system (and laptop) and ended up liking the operating system very much. Once I got used to the quirks and garish look of the new Start screen and learned many of...

01/07/2013

Questioning Microsoft's relevance is nonsense

Over the last few years, Microsoft has been bombarded from nearly every direction. Whether it be the vicious assault from Apple and iOS, the unstoppable force that is Google, or the ever-increasing array of quality open-source...

11/29/2012

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