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In Seattle: Amazon Expands, Microsoft Adapts

Posted In Looking in Tech
Seattle Skyline
What’s New This Quarter Should Microsoft leave Seattle and head for Silicon Valley? That was the provocative question raised by Peter Cohan in a February Forbes column. His theory: Microsoft can no longer innovate, and its best hope is to immerse itself in the feverish environment of the Valley. “The lack of competing opportunity for Microsoft’s talent spurs complacency by employees and management,” he wrote. Of course, Seattleites immediately fired back. “In my opinion, being outside the echo chamber of… continue…

Windows XP Support Expiring: Don’t Freak Out

Posted In Living in Tech
Windows XP
It’s official: Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. There’s just one little problem: millions of PCs continue to run the aging operating system. Businesses and schools around the world still rely on XP to drive daily computing, and don’t seem very interested in spending the time, money, and tears on a massive tech refresh. Indeed, Windows XP holds 27.69 percent of the PC operating-system market, according to the latest data from NetApplications—well behind Windows 7 at 48.77 percent, but… continue…

What Microsoft Dropping Windows Licensing Fees Means for You

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Microsoft plans on offering Windows licenses for free to manufacturing partners who install the operating system on devices with screens smaller than nine inches. This is a wholesale shredding of the company’s traditional playbook, which dictated that all Microsoft software come with a licensing fee of some sort, and it suggests the danger that Google Android and Apple’s iOS pose to Windows’ traditional dominance of the operating-system space. To wit: a few years ago, the PC sat at the center… continue…

5 Alternatives to Office for iPad

Posted In Working in Tech
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Microsoft finally decided to bite the (proverbial) bullet and release Office for iPad, with a catch: anyone who downloads Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for Apple’s popular tablet will need to purchase an Office 365 subscription if they want to actually edit documents. Had Microsoft released Office for iPad a few years back, it might have instantly seized a considerable portion of the tablet-productivity market. As it stands, however, “iOffice” is now something of an underdog, albeit one jacked on serious… continue…

Office for iPad Is Here… With a Catch

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After years of debate over whether Microsoft will actually release a version of Office for the iPad, the company is ready to make that move. As expected by many in the tech press, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to a San Francisco stage March 27 to explain the company’s strategy under his watch; a few minutes into the presentation, Julia White (general manager of Microsoft Office) joined him to demonstrate Office for iPad, and announce that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint… continue…

What Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Could Do Next

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Satya Nadella
When Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its new CEO in February, analysts and pundits immediately began to debate over what sort of leader he’ll turn out to be, and whether he’ll attempt to radically remake the company in his own image. Some answers to those questions are expected to emerge this week, when Nadella makes his public debut at a March 27 event in San Francisco. He’ll likely follow that up with an equally high-profile appearance at Microsoft’s BUILD conference… continue…

Amazon Game Controller Images Leak Online

Posted In Cloud
If genuine, the images suggest the online retailer is indeed hard at work on an Android-based gaming console. continue…

Is ‘Titanfall’ the Next ‘Halo’?

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Microsoft hopes so. continue…

A Look at Microsoft’s PCL for SQLite

Posted In C++/C#, Working in Tech
SQLiteSpy
Having grown up in a world where the concept was anathema to Microsoft, it seems strange to think of them now on the side of open source. In 2002, for instance, there was public debate about the GPL with Microsoft taking a stand against it. Now, there’s a part of Microsoft that’s pushing out open source, “Building bridges between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies.” Now it has to be said that this does not come from sheer altruism. Microsoft has come… continue…

Define Irony: Microsoft Places Elop In Charge of Xbox

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Elop reportedly wanted to split the gaming console’s business operations from Microsoft. continue…