Microsoft’s smartphone failures have been spectacularly costly. Could it really be planning to give it another go?
Stories by Preston Gralla
Even if it’s doing so out of self-interest, the company has been acting as a force for good.
The company is going to kill off SMB1 at long last, but you shouldn’t wait to disable it.
This is a case of Trump being on the right track, and the tech industry off it.
The company’s algorithms told it where to offer its Prime Free Same-Day Delivery service, but an algorithm that uses data tainted by racism will be racist in its outcomes.
Windows 10 has been one of the most anticipated Windows releases in Microsoft history -- especially given the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2948467/emerging-technology/good-riddance-windows-8.html">issues with Windows 8</a>, the result of Microsoft's decision to build an operating system that works on both touch and non-touch systems.
Computerworld contributing writer/reviewer Preston Gralla summarizes three features of Windows 10 that he likes and two features he doesn't like. The new operating system from Microsoft launches for consumers on Wednesday, July 29.
Finally, an operating system from Microsoft you can love.
Windows 10 is here - and many users (especially those who have been wrestling with Windows 8) are probably eager to upgrade. But even if you can get it now -- the upgrade will be sent first to <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2944212/microsoft-windows/windows-10-release-date-delayed-itbwcw.html">those who signed up for the Windows Insider beta program</a> and then in "slow waves" to everyone else -- you may want to hold off.
Everyone, from Amazon to Google to Martha Stewart, has been lauding the benefits we'll all reap by the use of drones, and there's a gold rush on to cash in on the technology. But beware: The trend has all the hallmarks of a bubble-in-the-making, the contemporary equivalent of that symbol of the excess of the millennial tech bubble, the now-defunct Pets.com.
It's been nearly four years since Microsoft first released Windows Phone, and what it has gotten after many millions of dollars in development and marketing costs, plus its $US7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia, is this: a worldwide smartphone market share of less than 3 per cent. And that number has been going down, not up.
Alan Mulally is a savvy manager and a smart engineer. But Microsoft's big problem is vision, and that's where Mulally falls short.
There are increasing calls for Microsoft to sell off Bing and walk away from mobile. Would those moves be good in the long term?
The preview of Windows 8.1 reveals an operating system that corrects many, but not all, of its previous mistakes.
Windows 8 isn't even <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/245374/windows_8_beta_expected_in_early_2012.html">in beta yet</a>, but IDC is already predicting that very few PC owners will upgrade from Windows 7 to it. And that's just for a start -- the company also predicts that <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/245221/5_ways_microsoft_can_make_windows_8_tablets_a_hit.html">Windows 8 tablets</a> look to be a bust as well.Those predictions are contained in a new report, <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=231593">"Worldwide System Infrastructure Software 2012 Top 10 Predictions."</a>