Xbox One wrap-up

Yesterday’s Xbox One announcement couldn’t have been more different from Sony’s PS4 announcement earlier this year.  In fact, you’d be hard pressed to think of a single way they could have made it more different. The Xbox event was short and to the point.  That left numerous gaps that people have been furiously trying to […]

Pathetic

Microsoft enlisted former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Rob Schneider and disgraced baseball star Pete Rose to denigrate Google Docs in two new videos that posted to the Web Friday. via Pete Rose, Rob Schneider mock Google for Microsoft Office | Microsoft – CNET News. Watch the videos, and try not to cringe.  Then shower […]

Bill Gates has lost the plot

Bill Gates On The iPad via Business Insider: He then said of people using iPad-like devices, “A lot of those users are frustrated, they can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have Office there.” I think this is a clear indication of how out of touch and isolated from the real world Microsoft can […]

People in glass houses…

Microsoft’s top executive for mobile phones took shots at both iOS and Android today, calling Apple’s operating system “boring” and claiming Google’s is “a mess.” via Microsoft exec talks mobile smack, trashes iOS as ‘boring,’ Android as ‘a mess’ – Computerworld. Perhaps Microsoft, and specifically Terry Myerson, should focus more on getting their own house […]

Netflix saying goodnight to Silverlight

I can’t think of many better examples of Microsoft’s “follower” strategy than Silverlight.  You might point to the (in)famous way they copied features from other operating systems to shoehorn in to Windows, or the way they jumped on the cloud services bandwagon with Azure, or even the recent rumours that they’re working on a watch […]

Madness at Redmond

The Verge: The Verge originally revealed Office for iOS in November, with an excepted release early this year. Foley claims a roadmap for the future of Office includes release dates for Android and iOS in October 2014. This is madness.  Considering Microsoft is currently staring in to the abyss, to delay the release of Office […]

Microsoft is staring in to the abyss

It’s difficult to overstate the challenges facing Microsoft at the moment. A Gartner report out this week: Traditional PC Market Predicted to Decline 7.6 Percent as Change in Consumers’ Behavior Drives Transition to Tablets and Ultramobiles (Am I the only person who finds Gartner referring to themselves in the third person highly amusing?  Like that […]

Microsoft continues bribing developers, misses the point

Microsoft really wants to make sure iOS and Mac developers are keeping Internet Explorer 10 in mind when working on their projects. To help bolster that effort, the company is offering developers a better deal than consumers are ever likely to see: a QuickStart kit that includes “free” (after $25 donation to one of three […]

Because always connected DRM always works

An installable game requirement backs up claims that Microsoft is developing an anti-used games system that requires activation codes for 50GB-capacity Blu-ray discs. The latest information leak includes references to an “always on, always connected” console. Previous rumors have suggested that an activation system will prevent games from being sold, coupled with an online requirement […]

The bizarre world of Microsoft

Microsoft are essentially bribing application developers to create apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 by giving them $100 per app that’s successfully submitted: Microsoft wants Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers to create apps for its platforms, and it’s tempting them by offering up hard cash. In a new US marketing effort, Microsoft […]