Feeds

Office online and Windows Mobile: Ballmer's last laugh

Word the least of his woes

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Radio Reg It wasn't the glazed expression or the tired nod. It was the dismissive laugh that characterized how Steve Ballmer and Microsoft failed to fully comprehend the iPhone.

"$500, subsidized with a plan!" That was the reaction of Microsoft chief executive to the unveiling of the iPhone by Apple wunderkind and control freak Steve Jobs.

Apparently, it came down to lack of a keyboard, which business types apparently can't do without. Why would you want touch when you could get some perfectly capable, $99 piece of crap running Windows from Motorola that does web, music, and email? There-ya-go kid, now run along.

Ballmer on CNBC

The eyes have it: Ballmer responds to the iPhone

Anyhoo, Microsoft lost market share, and now, it's pulling in every man Jack to work on Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7.0.

What went wrong and where is this all headed?

And why did Microsoft fail to deliver the promised technical preview of the web-based version of Office in August? As August expired, Microsoft claimed it had "tentatively" promised at its Worldwide Partner Conference the preview would be available in the August "timeframe." Well, The Reg was at WPC, and the words "tentative" and "timeframe" were not used. It was August, full-stop (period, for the Americans).

Are Office Web apps falling victim to corporate politics or is it problems in getting SharePoint 2010 - that Office Web apps will tap - to scale that are behind this delay?

And a world without Word? A US judge ruled Microsoft violated an XML patent in Word and ordered it to stop shipping the ubiquitous word processor. Microsoft will appeal this month, but Microsoft's already got a Plan B in the waiting to protect its $14bn Office business and bilk litigant i4i out of its juicy settlement.

Join Reg software editor Gavin Clarke and All-About-Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley on MicroBite, where they look at why the Office Web apps trial was delayed, settle what you can expect from Windows Mobile in the coming year or so, and find out why Word will carry on regardless.

You can listen using our player below, MP3 download here or Ogg download here.

MicroBite 12

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.