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Windows 8 on ARM vs iPad: Has Microsoft lost already?

MicroBite 34 Steve Ballmer’s company has released a consumer preview of Windows 8, something Microsoft’s chief executive has called his company’s riskiest bet. After some rowdy Apple-style rah-rah fanboidom, it has quickly become apparent that the focus on tablets makes Microsoft’s Windows 8 difficult and frustrating to use for those running …
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Baby Bills, Windows 8 and a Microsoft 'Zynga' stealth project?

MicroBite 33 A cultural revolution is creeping through Microsoft. With a reorganisation in full swing and job cuts rumoured, the future looks uncertain for an entire class of marketing types and MBAs at Redmond: the software giant's officers seem intent on resetting the corporate clock to year zero to recapture the spirit of Bill Gates. The …
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Nokia, Skype, ARM: Microsoft's big year in review

MicroBite 2011 saw Microsoft place a some big bets to break into new markets: putting Windows on ARM to challenge the iPad, becoming a web telco with the record-breaking $8.5bn purchase of Skype, and an exclusive deal with handset manufacturer Nokia to deliver smart phones using nothing but Windows Phone. Some choices seemed logical: ARM …
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Core facts: Windows 8 truthiness dissected, Mango sliced

MicroBite With 500 new features, Mango's a juicy release for Microsoft's Windows Mobile team: third-party application multi tasking, HTML5-compliant browser and video voice mail. But with the iPhone 5 looming, technology alone won't help Microsoft close the gap on Apple or on Google's Android. In this MicroBite The Register's software …
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Is Skype Microsoft's PowerPoint part deux?

MicroBite Microsoft already owns one verb: "PowerPoint. But it's not a very sexy or exciting verb in today's webby world. So, a few years back, Microsoft began searching for another, one that covers something lots of people do online. But Google already owns that one. But this week, chief exec Steve Ballmer finally got his wish. His …
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The Microsoft mobile reboot needs rebooting

MicroBite Late last year, plagued by a falling mobile market share, Microsoft "rebooted" its Windows mobile franchise with the launch of Windows Phone 7. Reviewers loved the smartphone operating system. The gadget press lapped it up. Even hardened skeptics felt some love for Microsoft they had forgotten they could feel. But five months on …
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Elop's choice: Microsoft and Nokia take a bruising

MicroBite Stephen Elop's decision to make Windows Phone the Nokia smartphone operating system of choice could be rationalized, even defended, right up until the point where Microsoft's new phone platform bricked Samsung Omina 7 phones. Suddenly, and without any real explanation, Windows Phone 7 couldn't be updated on 10 per cent of phones …
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No Jobs, Schmidt deleted: Microsoft can't fail, can it?

Radio Reg From the GUI to the iPad, Microsoft has been in a race to copy and catch up with Apple. On the internet, Microsoft's love of the desktop helped Google surge ahead in search and ads, leaving Microsoft to struggle uphill with Bing. So, we wonder, is there a silver lining for Microsoft in the interruptions in leadership at the top …
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Microsoft's year in review: Hits, misses, and maybes

Radio Reg This year saw Microsoft return to mobile with Windows Phone 7, deliver its answer to Google Apps, and silence web skeptics with an HTML5-compliant IE9 beta. Yet Microsoft failed to answer Apple on tablets and lost the presidents of its Office and entertainment and devices divisions along with Ray Ozzie, the man handpicked by …
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Microsoft's Apple revenge: the pleasure and the pain

Radio Reg Steve Ballmer's summer has been dominated by Microsoft's delayed response to the iPad and iPhone. He reassured investors last month that Microsoft is energized and that nobody's sleeping until the job's done. That said, the Windows slates Ballmer touted as coming this Fall are unlikely to be running Windows 7 and won't be using …
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Windows 8 and life after KIN - Ballmer's hot summer

Radio Reg July’s a high-pressure month for Steve Ballmer, so he’s not at home to Mr Cock-up. First, he has to stand before thousands of Microsoft partners at his company’s annual partner conference - next week - and convince them to believe in the roadmap and evangelize them into selling more of Microsoft’s products and services. Then, …
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Microsoft beyond Ballmer, Windows, and Office

Radio Reg Is Joe Belifore the new face of Microsoft cool? If not, Microsoft could try poaching Steve Jobs. He's got some good ideas - and he dresses in the requisite black. Or there's Tony Hawk, for the teens, tweens, and X-gamer crowd. Wherever it turns, Microsoft needs an infusion of hip. Its new ideas man – "call me J" Allard – has …
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Microsoft, martyrs, and the sizzle of Natal

Radio Reg Sure, Microsoft has just released the latest installment in its multi-billion-dollar Office story, but it's not Microsoft's most exciting launch of 2010. No, we don't mean Windows Phone 7 tops the excitement list - even though Windows Phone 7 certainly reinvents Windows for the smartphone crowd. Nope. The product designated as …
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Microsoft and the Windows Phone 7 noise machine

Radio Reg Critics of the company and Web 2.0 fashionistas frequently assert that Microsoft is no longer "relevant," in an era of Google and open source. But the near hysterical level of speculation in the run-up to Windows Phone 7 - and the coverage on the day - prove the opposite. It remains a center of gravity. What you actually got …
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Windows 8 and beyond: Microsoft's next decade

Radio Reg January marks not just a new decade but also the 10-year anniversary of Steve Ballmer's appointment as Microsoft's chief executive officer. The last 10 years offered a mixed report card for Ballmer and Microsoft: Windows XP versus Vista, success of the Xbox but treading water on mobile, corporate revenue grew 163 per cent while …
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The Ballmer decade and what's next for Microsoft

Radio Reg It's a different Microsoft leaving the first decade of the 2000s compared to the one that entered it. The year 2000 was a safe and secure world of the client and the server - and closed source code. Ten years later, Microsoft is grappling with open-source and - as ever - a successful internet strategy. Also, it has just …
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Microsoft's IE 9, Silverlight 4 and the whiff of lock-in

Radio Reg Basking in the afterglow of the recently released Windows 7, Microsoft has rallied the faithful to share the love at its annual Professional Developers' Conference in Los Angeles, California. Traditionally, PDC has been about looking ahead and charting the roadmap of the next few years. Previous years saw Windows Vista and then …
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Office online and Windows Mobile: Ballmer's last laugh

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 …
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Microsoft super discounts Windows 7, cloud, online Office

Radio Reg Microsoft executives like to affix "super" to their words. In the past, we've had "super" important, "super" cool, and "super" nicely. The origin of this practice, we understand, is Bill Gates, who used it in a genuinely geeky way while others inside Microsoft tried to emulate him. Anyway, here's another "super" for you. It's a …
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Windows 7, Bing and security: Mr Ballmer regrets

You can measure the size of a man's regret by how much he spends to make up for his mistakes. If you've missed your girlfriend's birthday, for example, then that could be a lolcat. If you're Steve Ballmer and you've let Google run away with online search and advertising, that could be $5.5 to $11bn of Microsoft's operating …
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Microsoft promises summer lovin' for test heads

Radio Reg A funny thing can happen to tech and business people on their holidays. Faced with the prospect of spending hours of free time with their families they find excuses to fire up the PC or get online, to make a head start on that project or to finally sort through their emails. Well, Microsoft lovers, you don't have to fake it this …
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Windows 7: MS plays a Jedi mind trick on netbook owners

Radio Reg At Microsoft, your potential is their passion. Unless you’re passionate about owning a low-priced netbook, which hurts Microsoft’s bottom line. Netbooks are the only segment of the PC market growing, and while netbooks installed with Windows are good for the ubiquity of Windows and power of Microsoft, they deny Microsoft money …
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Fabric and loathing in Vegas: what happened at MS Mix

Radio Reg Microsoft's Mix was intended to introduce developers to the company's cloud platform - Azure Services Platform. Just days before, though, Azure suffered its first outage - 22 hours of darkness. Microsoft blamed an over-active Fabric Controller for the problem, saying it had taken down healthy server instances instead of just the …
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Microsoft Mixes it in Vegas with Silverlight, Azure and IE 8

Radio Reg What do you call a man with a Windows Home Server sticker on his forehead? Steve Ballmer. Microsoft's chief executive recently slapped on the logo and delivered a fine performance for Most Valued Professionals (MVPs) in Redmond, Washington, with talk of Silverlight and Windows 7. Ballmer was big on motivational ”vision” but …
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Microsoft on the shrink's couch: time to get touchy feely

Radio Reg You really have to question the strategic judgment of Microsoft's management team. Surprisingly, the people who put a target on Palm’s back and beat it have treated the mobile phone as something of an afterthought. And at the height of the worst recession since the 1930s, with retailers going out of business one after the other …
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High Zune: MS loads up for the CES shootout

Radio Reg What better venue than Las Vegas, America's playground, for the annual multi-billion dollar gadgets and entertainment jamboree that is the Consumer Electronics Show? Among this year's players Microsoft, entering the arena surrounded by a cloud of rumor over the potential for an iPhone-killing, Zune-based, Redmond mobile phone …
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Windows 7, June 2009 and the technologies of antitrust

Radio Reg Bundling’s come a long way since Microsoft was dragged through the US courts in the 1990s for wrapping Internet Explorer into Windows. With the up coming Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 Release 2 and Silverlight 3, it looks like Microsoft’s taking a soft sell to get you to consume the trio without landing in hot water. Register …
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Azure, Windows 7 and it's OK for MS to hate Vista, too

Radio Reg What do you call a herd of geeks in a T-shirt stampede? PDC. Yes, Microsoft descended on Los Angeles, California, last week, and along with it the long awaited Windows cloud. After weeks of threatening, Microsoft finally unveiled its cloud computing project, called Azure Computing Services and following in the wake of Amazon. …
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Windows 7 and Microsoft's cloud - The Reg takes a MicroBite

Radio Reg Microsoft's massive Professional Developers' Conference (PDC) hits Los Angeles, California, next week. It's the event for anyone interested in the direction and details of where Microsoft's software is headed. To put PDC in perspective, previous years saw Bill Gates unveil .NET and Windows Vista. And we all know how they went. …