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  • Could Broken Windows Break A Company? [View article]
    Same thing happens when you set down at your local coffee shop with one.
    Oct 31 11:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Could Broken Windows Break A Company? [View article]
    Take the time to setup the start screen to fit your needs. Out of the box it might not be a fit to make your day flow but with your own customization it should.
    Oct 31 11:30 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "With each new generation of Windows Phone, Microsoft not only closes the gap with iOS and Android in important ways, but it also differentiates in important ways," says The Verge in a fairly positive review of Windows Phone 8 (MSFT). It also declares the OS to have the best home screen of any platform, and likes its built-in Office and cloud apps. But it's not crazy about the Nokia-powered (NOK) Maps app, and says there are still "countless annoyances" that hurt the user experience. (yesterday: I, II[View news story]
    Thing is while the metro interface is improved in WP8 it has been around since WP7. I've enjoyed it the whole time. I'm glad people are finally noticing how brilliant it is. The problem is folks have listened way to long to Apple and Google fan boys and media. Just like the upcoming election, observe the facts, get out there and put your hands on all the different devices and make up your own mind based on fact not what you heard. WP has been the best phone out there for 2 years now. Don't worry about the low numbers of apps. This phone is going to sale app developers will follow.
    Oct 31 11:13 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4M Windows 8 upgrades were sold to consumers during its first 3 days of availability, Steve Ballmer discloses at Microsoft's (MSFT) BUILD conference. An aggressive upgrade price of $40 has something to do with that figure. John Paczkowski notes Windows 7 sales (including new PCs) totaled 175M in their first year, and that Microsoft has a total base of 1.25B PCs. Reviewers continue to complain about using the new UI with a keyboard/mouse, but some users like the revamp, and investor expectations are pretty low at this point. (live blog) (more[View news story]
    Tired of the UI discussion. It's really no big deal and an easy learning curve.
    Oct 30 03:11 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "With each new generation of Windows Phone, Microsoft not only closes the gap with iOS and Android in important ways, but it also differentiates in important ways," says The Verge in a fairly positive review of Windows Phone 8 (MSFT). It also declares the OS to have the best home screen of any platform, and likes its built-in Office and cloud apps. But it's not crazy about the Nokia-powered (NOK) Maps app, and says there are still "countless annoyances" that hurt the user experience. (yesterday: I, II[View news story]
    What? I LOVE the Nokia map app. Its as close to a full blown GPS as I've seen on any phone.
    Oct 30 12:11 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yahoo (YHOO) says it will ignore the "Do Not Track" privacy requests sent by search partner Microsoft's (MSFT) Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft's decision to make "Do Not Track" a default setting on IE10 has already sparked an uproar within the Internet advertising industry, and Yahoo's move could further pressure Microsoft to backtrack. [View news story]
    My understanding is most if not all other major browsers have tracking turned on. Microsoft is trying to protect his users and give them a choice. Yahoo is wrong in its stance and wants to track your every move on the internet. Is that what you want or do you want tracking turned off by default.
    Oct 29 09:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) officially launches Windows 8 at an NYC event (live blog) that's light on new details. More importantly, a flurry of Windows 8 reviews are out. Like others, David Pogue isn't a fan of Microsoft's efforts to fuse two UIs: "TileWorld is fantastic for touch screens ... Desktop Windows is obviously designed for the mouse ... you can’t live exclusively in one world or the other." The Verge has similar concerns, but is more positive about Win. 8's tablet potential. "Picking up a tablet PC with Windows 8 makes an iPad feel immediately out of date." (more[View news story]
    Vista was crap but Windows 7 has been awesome. Windows 8 takes thing to another level. Be open minded and you may be enlightened by the experience.
    Oct 26 11:23 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) officially launches Windows 8 at an NYC event (live blog) that's light on new details. More importantly, a flurry of Windows 8 reviews are out. Like others, David Pogue isn't a fan of Microsoft's efforts to fuse two UIs: "TileWorld is fantastic for touch screens ... Desktop Windows is obviously designed for the mouse ... you can’t live exclusively in one world or the other." The Verge has similar concerns, but is more positive about Win. 8's tablet potential. "Picking up a tablet PC with Windows 8 makes an iPad feel immediately out of date." (more[View news story]
    There are 2 keyboards available, one is a soft touch the other a traditional hard key. The hard key version is $10 more than the soft key but solves the issue with using in your lap.
    Oct 26 10:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Scenes From Microsoft's Packed Times Square Surface Launch [View article]
    Wouldn't hurt my feelings to see Ballmer go but come on man paying people to be in line, don't believe such nonsense. Surface and Win8 are awesome and those that haven't used it should reserve their comments till they have given it a fair chance. What are people afraid of? That their precious Apple may not be king of the hill anymore? Solid competition is good for all consumers.
    Oct 26 10:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Scenes From Microsoft's Packed Times Square Surface Launch [View article]
    Good, the Zune HD was awesome, better than any music device Apple has produced. Timing and advertising are what killed it.
    Oct 26 10:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT) officially launches Windows 8 at an NYC event (live blog) that's light on new details. More importantly, a flurry of Windows 8 reviews are out. Like others, David Pogue isn't a fan of Microsoft's efforts to fuse two UIs: "TileWorld is fantastic for touch screens ... Desktop Windows is obviously designed for the mouse ... you can’t live exclusively in one world or the other." The Verge has similar concerns, but is more positive about Win. 8's tablet potential. "Picking up a tablet PC with Windows 8 makes an iPad feel immediately out of date." (more[View news story]
    The reaction of your kids has been the same with folks I know running the RTM. Apple and Google fan boys fan try to talk Win8 down but it's all hot air. Win8 = Winning better grab some shares while they're a bargain.
    Oct 25 09:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Windows 8 Shows Why Steve Ballmer Must Go, And Why That Is A Buying Opportunity [View article]
    This is spot on, hit the nail on the head.
    Oct 25 09:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Windows 8 Shows Why Steve Ballmer Must Go, And Why That Is A Buying Opportunity [View article]
    I think you mean Kevin Johnson to return. Kevin Turner is the biggest hiring mistake MSFT ever made. Wal-Mart management mentality has proven to spoil one of the best working environments in America. The 3 peas in a pod (Turner, Brummell and Ballmer) are responsible for taking a great fun place to work to a place of dread. The board needs to do MSFT stock holders a favor and clean these 3 out.
    Oct 23 11:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: Windows 8 Shows Why Steve Ballmer Must Go, And Why That Is A Buying Opportunity [View article]
    All this MSFT bashing. The discussion always revolves around Windows OS. The OS hasn't been the cash cow for tge company in many years. What about Office, SQL, System Center, Hyper-V, X-Box and Kinect. If everyone will give Windows Phone and Surface a chance they could very well find themselves with the best device available in their hands. The Metro interface is awesome on mobile devices. As for desktops its still up in the air how the enterprise will react. For most consumers my bet is they will enjoy the experience.

    On the totally the different topic this article focuses on. Yes Bal.er and Brumell must go. it would be extremely beneficial to fire Kevun Turner along with them. He is a huge cancer on employee morale and Balmer has listened to him for way too long. Take these 3 peas in a pod and give them a boot. TheIr replacement is a bigger and tougher issue. Kevin Johnson could be brought back but he was axed for the failure to purchase Yahoo. He however was the most open minded execs that had high employee approval before he was let go. He could breath life, innovation and fun back into MSFT and take them to new heights.
    Oct 23 09:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Microsoft: 1) The WSJ notes Microsoft is making unprecedented retail efforts to promote Windows 8, even dictating retailer demo PCs show e-mails and photos belonging to a fictional "Allison Brown" (she's Franziska Fiegler in Germany). 2) CNET provides an in-depth profile of secretive Windows chief Steven Sinofsky: he receives high marks for his intelligence and passion, but his hierarchial management tactics are said to have alienated workers and hurt innovation. (marketing plans[View news story]
    You don't have to use the tiled interface. You can freely continue to use the traditional interface. However like most change, if given a couple days to settle in most end up liking it.
    Oct 22 02:56 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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