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Jan 07 2013
Paul Thurrott has a good article explaining the lack luster sales of Windows 8 over the holidays, primarily being netbooks have driven the price of PCs down over the years making it harder for higher priced touch screen devices to sell. I think that may be part of the reason, but a bigger reason is Microsoft owns the enterprise and the enterprise did not roll out Windows 8. Too many IT managers I know will not roll out Windows 8 due to the major change in the user experience that the new OS provides. As an IT manager, they do not want their h...
Nov 21 2012
Having been playing around with development on Windows 8 for the past few weeks, another benefit came to mind. Yes, it's more of a pain in the ass for me than anything else, but for the IT director, it's going to be a big benefit. One of the problems facing IT is the consumerism of IT. Folks are becoming savvy enough to load applications on their work PCs, and do pretty much everything they want. But Windows 8 changes much of that. Any application they want to download is from the store (at least Metro apps), so they have to buy it o...
Nov 17 2012
So today I submitted my first app to the Windows 8 app store. The process was insanely easy, and being that I researched and could never figure out development on iOS or Android without a significant amount of research time, I was so surprised how easy it was to develop and submit an app to Microsoft for review. This follows up on my recent comments about how I think Windows 8 and Surface devices are going to be a big boon for Microsoft and the enterprise. Existing Windows developers are going to very easily port over to the new platform. And s...
Nov 07 2012
So recently I've been knocking Microsoft every chance I get about their Surface efforts, and direction, but my mind has changed due to a few reasons. Namely, Apple lacks vision, and Microsoft has the chance to have enormous success if they get their vision together. And here's the why I think so: Apple is basically Apple - Over the past couple years Apple hasn't really come out with much, just some variations on their existing line (iPad mini, yeah that's innovation). They are a hardware vendor, not a software vendor. Apple only makes software...
Oct 26 2012
The reviews are pouring in over the Microsoft Surface tablet, and the primary problem with the device is their app store.  The marketplace has around 3,500 apps, which is paltry compared to Apple's or Google's and few folks are seriously looking to post their wares in the Surface store. Being that Microsoft is late coming to the fray in providing a consumer tablet experience, how can they get developers excited about building apps for the platform? Maybe they should take a lesson from the past. Back in the 90s, the web developme...
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