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Microsoft Announces Press Event On March 27th, Will Focus On Cloud And Mobile Computing

Satya Nadella Microsoft CEO

Microsoft has just announced a press event that will be held in San Francisco on March 27th. Both the event timing and location is surprising given the fact that Microsoft’s annual developer conference BUILD is going to take place in the same city after few days of this event.

Microsoft is just describing the event as a “briefing and news focused on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing.”

Also, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella will be there at this event talking to the press. This event should not be related to Windows at all as Microsoft is planning to reveal it during BUILD keynote. It should be something else. Recode speculates that Microsoft may be announcing Office for iOS and Android. What’s your guess?

Exchange server acting up? Blame those iOS 6.1 users, then ban them

sick-3g-cjrReports are rolling in that Apple has messed up once again, and that their latest iOS 6.1 update is causing iPhones and iPads to overloads 2007 and 2010 Exchange Servers by constantly logging in to the server.

This is of course affecting the other users of the same server, leading to IT admins asking iOS users not to upgrade to the latest OS or face being blocked from the service.

We were forwarded an email from Mark from his IT describing exactly this scenario.

They write:

Over the recent days we’ve been experiencing sporadic occurrences of Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) that stop communicating with our email system Exchange.  Working with Microsoft and Apple, they have identified an issue in IOS 6.1 that if a user updates, deletes, modifies, accepts any calendar entry from their i-device it causes problems with the Exchange server that impacts all or many other users with a multitude of different problems.  There is at this time no resolution from Apple/Microsoft.  This is occurring globally.

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Is the iPad doomed?

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I just came off reading a rather pessimistic editorial over at Michael Mace’s Mobile Opportunity blog, where he predicts that Windows 8 will fail to set the world on fire.

Of course the ex-Palm VP of product planning would know quite a bit about failure, from first hand experience , but I found his arguments flawed, as it is predicated on Windows 8 offering a poor mouse and keyboard experience and therefore being a step backwards for productivity users.

The truth of course is that Windows 8 is not for productivity workers, but for consumption.  Enterprise users will not get Windows 8 this year, or even next.  They will stick to Windows 7 and the start menu for some time to come.

Windows 8 is aimed at consumers looking to upgrade their PC experience (but not their existing PCs) and these days that means adding touch. And when your laptop (who uses a desktop these days) is touch enabled all Windows 8 usability issues disappear (see video above), and the new Start menu with its live tiles all make perfect sense.

It seems Acer has read my mind, as they have just released a perfectly timed announcement of their Windows 8 series, and all three categories of devices are touch enabled.  There is the Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook, the Acer Iconia W700 dockable tablet and Acer Aspire 7600U, All in One, which folds flat into a Surface analogue.

While all of these X86-based devices can be used for work, they are directly aimed at the home market, and as soon as Metro apps for Facebook, Netflix and Hulu come along, consumers will convert to the Metro interface and spend most of their time there.

The Live Tiles also elevate the OS from just chrome for apps to an important part of the experience, alerting users of what’s happening in their social networks, and acting as bookmarks to websites.  Windows 8 will once again become a platform, rather than a mere place where you run your browser.

Who are the winners?  The OEMs, who get to sell a whole new set of hardware at a premium because it is touch enabled.  Microsoft of course because they have managed to step into the mobile future. Windows Phone by association.  Developers because they will have a vastly expanded audience to address with their apps. The users of course because they will have the best of both worlds.

Who will lose?  The iPad certainly, and any Android tablets. Firefox and Chrome, due to IE10 deep integration.

Given that the winners vastly outnumber the losers I think the chances of a good outcome by Q 2 2013 is pretty high.

What do our readers think of Microsoft’s chances of success with Windows 8, and of touch screen ultra-books in any case? Let us know below.

WTH Microsoft! Do you own Windows Phone or not?


Rick has written to us about the download page for the Halo WayPoint app, which is available for iOS, Android, and if you peek really closely, Windows Phone 7 also.

Also the Windows Phone is not exactly front and centre in the panoply of devices, suggesting to me that either 343 does not know they work for Microsoft, or Microsoft does not know Windows Phone is their platform.

Do our readers agree Microsoft is seriously failing to promote Windows Phone on their own properties? Let us know below.

See the page here.

Thanks Rick for the tip.

Could the Bing iPad app be a precursor to the Windows 8 tablet UX?

I say yes but first I have rant a little.

Microsoft quietly released the Bing app for the iPad which as you can see from the review on the video above by Chris Pirillo, and a consensus of people who have tried it out on the internet, they have all concluded that it is fantastic app. I know it has been said that Microsoft is a software company first and they have to make software available for other platforms, fair enough but, what is the value proposition of staying with Microsoft products when their best apps are not available on their own native platform?

Take an example of the above Bing app for the iPad, if Microsoft’s interim answer to the iPad are the various slates like the HP slate, where  is similar Bing app for Windows based tablets. Is that asking too much? I bet our readers outside the US would also like to know, will any of these features ever make it to their territories?

Oh well! back to the main point.

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Can the Xbox with Kinect cannibalize iPad sales?


Microsoft latest gadget, the Kinect controller for the Xbox 360, was unveiled amid great celebration this morning in Times Square, NY city. The event featured music by R&B Singer Ne-yo and hundreds of dancers. There were other launch parties across the country with stores opening at midnight to cater for the early adopters. All in all, Microsoft did a pretty good job creating awareness for the device which also included featuring the products on TV shows like, Oprah, Good Moring America, The Ellen show e.t.c

The reviews for the products are somewhat mixed with some “expert” reviewers hesitant to give it their full confidence while on the other hand, most of the average users seem to be satisfied with the product despite its growing pains.  So what does this have to do with the iPad? There has been a general consensus that the iPad has been cannibalizing netbook sales with MS apparently  admitting to this phenomena. When I look at these two products, even though they seem be worlds apart, they basically cater to the same segment; consumption of media and entertainment.  The iPad has some advantages in that it is mobile and can be used for things other than entertainment but the Kinect has advantages in better multiplayer online gaming, Video Kinect, ability to watch movies with friends over long distances and such. Furthermore the Kinect with  Xbox 360 provides entertainment for the whole family while the iPad is a one person device.

When it comes to price, the Kinect comes out ahead too. Starting from $149.99 for the device only to $399.99 for the most expensive bundle. The price  still ends up being $100 less than the cheapest iPad which then can be used to purchase the Xbox live family pack for up to four people bringing it to parity with the least costly Apple offering. I think Microsoft would be wise to allocate some of their marketing budget to exploit this value proposition. Say a consumer has $500 to spend towards an electronic gadget this holiday season, should they buy an iPad or an Xbox with Kinect?

So to answer my question, yes, I think that Kinect has the potential to cannibalize, if not slow down iPad sales. The only question is whether Microsoft is courageous enough to go for the jugular. As for all the other areas that are not entertainment related, well, that is what Windows Phone 7 is for.

Well played RIM; Your move Microsoft!

Of all the companies I ever thought would a make bold move, RIM never crossed my mind as one. I had heard rumors of the firm coming out with a tablet but never really thought that it would happen. The introduction of the Blackberry Playbook yesterday put that to rest and with it, anteed up the stakes that Microsoft has to tackle and no, I don’t think the HP slate or a full Windows 7 tablet is up to par.

The Playbook has all the dream specs of a tablet I wrote a about long time ago that Microsoft should  build and the only thing that would hold it back is the user experience. RIM has a huge brand  following in the enterprise and this tablet, IMHO, puts the brakes on any rapid encroachment that the iPad or any Android tablet may have had in that space. Sure, some companies may still move to the Apple and Google offerings but, companies already invested in the RIM infrastructure now have a viable alternative that satisfies all their security and enterprise needs. The two upstarts  still have along way to go in that area and the only other player who could make a credible challenge, Microsoft, is nowhere to be found.

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Steve Jobs’s Diabolical Plan for Global Domination

Doesn’t anyone else see what is so obvious to me? Or has Steve Jobs’s diabolical plan for global domination already reached a point that humans don’t even see what is happening to them?

The whole iPhone (and iPod and iPad) thing is starting to sound like a 1950′s science fiction movie. If you’ve ever watched one of these now-totally-camp movies, the story line goes like this: A mad scientist bent on world domination invents a fanciful machine that turns humans into unthinking zombies over whom he has complete control. Now let’s update that storyline. A mad scientist by the name of Steve Jobs invents a fanciful machine called the iPhone that, according to a recent Stanford University survey, turns users into “junkies” allowing him and his evil empire to take over the world (at least the media world, so far). Now do you see it?

How powerful is this fanciful machine? The research indicated that 44 percent of those surveyed rated themselves as a four or five on a five-point addicted-to-my-iPhone scale. Another 32 percent reported that they were worried that they would eventually become addicted. Here’s a scary stat: 75 percent of respondents said they slept with their phones in their beds. Even more scary is that users felt their iPhones were an extension of themselves and have actually begun to anthropomorphize their phones. Sounds like induced psychotic and delusional behavior to me. That is one powerful device Mr. Jobs and his team of mad scientists have invented!

His plan is as fiendish as it is brilliant, having been years in the making. His release of increasingly more addictive devices, starting with the iPod, then the iPhone, and taking it to a new level with the iPad shows a clear vision and the patience to realize that vision. And Mr. Jobs is an evil genius of great sophistication and nuance, seeing the addictive power of seemingly innocuous little things called apps. The App Store may seem innocent enough selling what appear to be fun and often-times useless applications, but each $.99 purchase and installation of a new app is another nail in the metaphorical coffin of humanity and free will.

This mad scientist has even developed a cadre of Apple uber-zombies, who proudly call themselves Apple Fanboys, who are specially trained to protect the empire whenever it is threatened. This brigade of storm troopers (only a satirical reference to Nazism; no offense intended) has been given special access to this wicked machine through jailbreaking and “unauthorized” apps (wink, wink), giving them super-Apple powers that threaten those as-yet-unaffected survivors daily. These demented guardians of the empire are ever vigilant to attacks from the few remaining humans who have been able to resist drinking the Apple-flavored Kool-Aid. A critical news report, an unsupportive blog post, anything that might question or criticize Jobs or Apple, any sign of resistance or defiance against this new world order is met with swift and ruthless Apple justice.

Going according to Jobs’s wicked blueprint for global supremacy, the population is slowly, but inexorably, falling under his spell. I see it around me every day. First, it was work colleagues and clients. Then, it was acquaintances and a few friends. And now some in my family have gone to the dark side including my mother-in-law who, the horrors, takes care of my children once a week.

What can those of us who haven’t gotten zombified do? Probably nothing given Mr. Jobs’s maniacal mission of world dominion and the Sirens-like allure of Apple products. What hope is there for humanity? Only one perhaps. That the other mad scientist of the technological-industrial complex, Bill Gates, has finally come up with another fanciful technology, Windows Phone 7, that will enable the Microsoft empire (admittedly equally evil) to compete for world domination. How will that help us humans? Well, it seems certain that we’re all headed toward zombieland. At least we can exercise our last vestige of free will by choosing which poison we want to drink before life on Earth as we know it comes to an end.

As for me, to paraphrase a classic Charlton Heston line, I’ll give you my Windows Mobile phone when you take it from my cold, dead hands!

Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of performance in business, parenting, and sport. He is the author of ten books, including Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child, Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids’ Values, and How You Can Protect Them, The Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training, and Applied Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives, the Prime Sport book series, Psychology of Dance, Psychological Approaches for Sports Injury Rehabilitation, and Comprehensive Sports Injury Management.

He has has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, UPN’s Life & Style, ABC’s World News This Weekend, and the major television network affiliates around the U.S..