Feeds

Microsoft explains (inaudible) phone behavior

Mystery solved

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

3GSM Microsoft VP and smartphone honcho Juha Christensen says that a third party transcription service was to blame for censoring references to his former employer Symbian at a trade show a couple of years ago.

At one of his very first public appearances for Microsoft, references to Symbian, which Christensen helped to create while at Psion, were rendered as "(inaudible)", in the subsequent transcript. Illustrating the strangely enduring popularity of this story, our coverage ranks as the 5th most popular entry for a search for "inaudible" on Google.

According to Christensen, this was entirely coincidental. The transcribers simply didn't understand the name.

"There is no Big Brother at Microsoft," Juha told us.

A very minor bootnote, for sure, but still more interesting than anything Juha and the team had to say at their press conference today, where they shared the stage with T-Mobile and Intel. Microsoft has produced a reference design using Intel's XScale platform, which was also on show today.

But in doing so, Microsoft struck the right note, disavowing the triumphalism of yore. This strategy offers no hostages to fortune and, in truth, no one feels like world domination is theirs by right in this current climate. Or as Siemens emphatically pointed out in the conference immediately following Microsoft, "the market is shrinking and needs to be revived". ®

Related Story

Microsoft declares war on '(inaudible)' Sh... Symbian

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.