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Microsoft and Nokia seal mobile deal worth $7.2 billion

[Updated] In 2001, I was a usability tester for a Windows Phone. I don’t remember the details very much, but I do remember that it was hard to use. This, of course, was pre-smart phone but not pre-mobile-phones-connected-to-the-Net. Flash forward 13 years later. The Microsoft mobile global market share during the first quarter 2013 was […]

Five Clicks To Get To A Download Is At Least Four Too Many

Listen up, marketing folks. Tell your developers you need bookmarkable URLs so that when a customer clicks on a link, she can go straight to the product. If it’s not in the functional spec, it’s not going to happen. Here’s a tale from Microsoft. I needed to install Microsoft Remote Desktop, so that was the […]

Who Is FairSearch.org?

I discovered FairSearch.org, an astroturf site, via a random Google search. I was struck by the links between the 16 members. Knowing that there is only the appearance of competition in travel sites is one thing; seeing it in black-and-white, so to speak, is another.

HP TouchPad Joins MSFT Kin On Shoals Of Abandoned Products

HP is “[discontinuing] operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones.” The company slid this into its press announcement regarding possible purchase of Autonomy Corp (AU.L); with a market cap of $7 billion, it is the second largest pure software company in Europe. The HP TouchPad tablet went on sale on July 1, […]

MSFT + Skype: What Does It Mean To You?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will announce an $8 billion purchase of Skype as soon as Tuesday. A deal could be announced as early as Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said, though they cautioned that negotiations aren’t yet final and a deal could still fall apart. Including Skype’s long-term debt, the total […]

Thinking Portability: The Osborne 1 Is 30 Today

It was early 1984. Apple had just released the Macintosh, but IBM (and its partner/stepchild/competitor Microsoft) had jumped into the nascent personal computer market in mid-1981 with the IBM PC. However, the tried-and-true operating system (or tired-and-old, depending on your point of view) of the day was not DOS but CP/M. Somehow I convinced my […]