Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Firefox Gains Market Share

TechCrunch – Firefox Surges to 16% Market Share in U.S.

Good for Firefox.

I use Firefox, and not because I’ve sworn some crazy oath to never use Microsoft software or anything like that – I use and love a lot of Microsoft’s products, but because it’s better software. The competition in this space is good for us (users) – it’s going to force all the browser publishers to innovate and produce better browsers. Keep it up Mozilla. Get moving Microsoft. Competition is a good thing – always – unless you’re loosing.


I commend Microsft for …

I commend the Microsoft leadership for allowing their employees to publicly criticize their business practices.  Philip Su, a Microsoft developer on the tablet team, does an excellent job in this wildly popular post. The World As Best As I Remember It : Broken Windows Theory. On the other hand, it sounds like the leadership in Redmond doesn’t have control over much these days. I think Bill’s plan is to leave on a high note – you know, like Seinfeld.


Adobe’s Side of the PDF/XPS Dispute by Mike Chambers

Adobe PDFMike Chambers, a senior product manager for Adobe, blogs about Adobe’s side of the Adobe vs. Microsoft PDF/XPS dispute. Ryan Stewart over at ZD NET dubs Mike’s blog post “Adobe’s side of the story” – I’m guessing that pissed a few Adobe PR / Legal types off. Mike’s post is interesting because it provides a candid perspective of the way Adobe employees probably feel about the dispute. The comments (public perspective) associated with Mike’s post are even better – I just skimmed them but I’d have to say they’re mostly in Microsoft’s favor and a lot of them criticize Adobe for producing crappy PDF software. I think this whole thing is producing a net negative PR return for Adobe.

IMO – Microsoft should include PDF support in Office 2007 and Adobe should support the effort – it’s good for their brand because the PDF standard is typically associated with it. They’re going to have a hard time protecting this association with legal tools – the best way to protect it is by building great PDF software.


Scoble – IMO

Scoble, the uber blogger, is leaving Microsoft for Silicon Valley start-up podtech.com. News of Scoble’s decision to leave Microsoft rocked the blogosphere over the weekend and it will continue to monopolize the conversation through the week. In fact, the jolt and the resulting traffic was significant enough to knock podtech.com off-line for a while. IMO, Microsoft should have done a lot more (there’s a price) to keep him around. Seriously, Scoble is Microsoft in the blogosphere and I can’t see how they’re going to fill the void – Channel9 was just a small part of what he did for them. Big mistake Microsoft – you can’t afford to loose guys like Robert. Best wishes Robert!

Related: Scoble is Leaving Microsoft – Chris Pirillo (good "buzz" outline/link list

 


Windows Code Names

Now I know where Microsoft comes up with Windows code names. I didn’t know the Canadians had this kind of influence over Windows development.

Ever wonder where Microsoft got the code name for its upcoming Windows Vista release? According to Lily Delos Rios, VP of Product Delivery at Symantec, the code name Longhorn grew out of two then-current project code names: Whistler and Blackcomb. Whistler and Blackcomb are two mountains near the popular Whistler, British Columbia, ski community. The project named Whistler became Windows XP, and Blackcomb was to be an even more ambitious new operating system. When it seemed that Blackcomb was too ambitious, Microsoft decided it needed something in the middle, something between Whistler and Blackcomb. In the real world, there’s a saloon located between the two mountains, and that saloon’s name is Longhorn.

 

Source: Security Watch: Forget Google, it’s Symantec vs. Microsoft – CNET reviews


Micrsoft vs. Google – A Question of Relevance

Microsoft Monitor: A Question of Relevance Joe Wilcox, Microsoft Monitor, writes about the competition between Google and Microsoft. A great read – very much in-line with my opinion on the subject.


China’s President Visits – Stops at Bill’s 1st

Chinese FlagHu Jintao, China’s President, is making a historic visit to the United States. News, but not the type of news I usually click into. In this case it’s more interesting than usual – he’s stopping at Bill’s house before heading to George’s house. Funny stuff. That has to be embarrassing. Right? Cheney is probably consoling him right now – it’s Ok George, go to sleep, Hu’s still coming for a play date. News.com – China president at Gates house, not White House


Too much of a good thing …

I feel like the Web jumped into overdrive this quarter and I’m having a hard time keeping up.

The battle raging between the three giants - Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! is responsible for most of the speed increase. Web 2.0 companies represent potential feature morsels for the giants – a few, if any, will ever evolve into real companies.

In a year we’ll be begging for a good old fashioned monopoly. Windows Vista might do better than everybody thinks. 


Windows Vista

Windows Vista
The next version of the Windows Operating System, code-named “Longhorn,” was “officially” dubbed Windows Vista today. Watch the “Longhorn” naming announcement video.
Microsoft is trying to keep the Windows Vista hype to a mininum – some analysts think this is an effort to protect the Windows XP revenue stream by not diverting focus from XP to an OS that won’t be available until late in 2006. Good idea.
I came across a sharp list of performance promises for Windows Vista that I think represents some of the best marketing I’ve seen in regards to the future OS. Why? It’s benefit oriented and I can immediately see the impact it will have on my Windows computing experience.
Peroformance Promises:

  • launch applications 15 percent faster than Windows XP does
  • boot PCs 50 percent faster than they boot currently and will allow PCs to resume from standby in two seconds
  • allow users to patch systems with 50 percent fewer reboots required
  • reduce the number of system images required by 50 percent
  • enable companies to migrate users 75 percent faster than they can with existing versions of Windows.

Additional Resources:
ZDNet – Good article related to the announcement


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