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Are Windows tablets the best option for onscreen writing?
May 12, 2015 | 12:25 pm

f3eb2ff8-1958-4106-b55d-d807ff94f09eAs a diehard and inveterate Android user, it pains me to admit this, but my recent experience with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and a dip back into Windows 8, reminded me just how good the onscreen handwriting implementation of the basic Windows OS is. This has been baked in to Windows 8 from the beginning, and was implemented in the tablet versions of Windows well before Microsoft, Apple or the rest of the world started to take tablets seriously. I was using a Fujitsu tablet with an active digitizer back in the mid-2000s, in Hong Kong, and the handwriting...

Windows 10: My story so far
April 23, 2015 | 4:25 pm

After some struggles with a progressively degrading Windows tablet hacked to run Ubuntu, the Acer Iconia w500, I decided to take a chance on the Windows 10 Technical Preview, the free-to-try advance look at the latest iteration of Microsoft's PC (and now phone) OS. Through the Windows Insider Program, thanks to which "you can help build Windows 10 alongside PC experts," I downloaded the latest build (EN-US_9926), burned it into an ISO disc, and installed it quickly and with very little trouble. In fact, even at this flaky stage, Windows 10 boots up and runs far faster than Windows 7,...

Cyanogen looks to diversify mobile experience with Microsoft apps
April 20, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Cyanogen Inc., the commercial operation behind the highly popular Cyanogen range of Android OS variants, has announced a partnership with Microsoft that offers prospects of a more diverse Android platform in future - if it still counts as Android OS at all. "Cyanogen Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership to integrate popular Microsoft services across the Cyanogen Operating System," states the Cyanogen release. "Under the partnership, Cyanogen will integrate and distribute Microsoft's consumer apps and services across core categories, including productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft will create native integrations on Cyanogen OS, enabling...

PC sales decline means what for Windows?
April 15, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Two more or less simultaneous research polls just released show sales of traditional PCs in significant decline, although actually surpassing the even more pessimistic expectations of analysts. As recorded in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, "worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.5 million units in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15), a year-on-year decline of -6.7 percent, and slightly ahead of previous projections." Gartner, meanwhile, recorded a 5.2 percent year-on-year quarterly decline in global PC shipments for 1Q15. With PC sales continuing to fall, ebook enthusiasts should be looking hard at their choice of reading platform for the future...

Advent of ultra-cheap Windows machines a game changer?
November 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Arguably one of the big drivers for iPad and Android tablet adoption, besides the new form factor, has been price. Just like netbooks back in the day, tablets offered Internet and digital media access for a price far below that of traditional laptops and desktop PCs, and the home computer market has suffered accordingly. But what if Microsoft was able to drive down the prices, as well as multiply the form factors, of Windows machines, to compete head to head in the tablet/small portable device space? What is that going to do for the balance of OS uptake in the...

Samsung squares off against Microsoft in the smartphone wars
November 3, 2014 | 6:25 pm

SamsungGalaxyTab_thumb.jpgSamsung's attempts to dominate the global smartphone market have taken a new turn as a result of Microsoft's own efforts to promote its Windows Phone OS. The two giants' collaborations have now ended in an exchange of lawsuits, with Microsoft claiming that Samsung owes $6.9 million in interest on over $1 billion of delayed patent royalties in a case filed in the southern District of New York. Samsung is now counter-claiming that the original agreement is void, since Microsoft is now a hardware competitor since its purchase of Nokia. Samsung's original royalty agreements with Microsoft covers parts of the Android OS...

Morning Roundup: Publishers are as bad as Amazon, Final bill for Apple price-fixing
July 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

Apple price fixingMicrosoft Layoffs- Thursday's the Day (GigaOM) The company, as reported, needs to slim down after its $7.17 billion buyout of Nokia and to focus on key “CloudOS” and productivity tools across devices. The cuts are expected to be substantial — insiders expected up to 10 percent of employees will lose their jobs, which would be a deep cut for Microsoft. *** More Speculation on the Final Bill for Apple's Price-Fixing Problems (GoodEReader) News was announced yesterday from the lawyers for the plaintiffs in one of Apple’s side lawsuits over ebook pricing that the grand total the company could have to pay out to consumers...

Morning Roundup: Surface Pro 3? Photographer targeting Google over copyright infringement and more
May 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

Surface Pro 3Oops! Microsoft hints at a Surface Pro 3 (GigaOM) An official Microsoft support page spotted by The Verge references the Surface Pro 3, a device that doesn’t yet exist. *** Keeping It Real — Are Our Technology Expectations Out of Whack? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Of course, these complaints are rife with contradictions. We want unlimited horsepower at low prices; we want more platform provider options but a “one-stop shop”; and we want them to be both unlimited in their scope and simple to work with. *** Photographer Who Settled With Twitter Over Copyright Infringement Allegations Now Targeting Google (Techdirt) As Mike opined during Boffoli's initial infringement lawsuit,...

Morning Roundup: Self-publishing, how good is good enough, 8 inch Surface tablet coming?
April 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

self-publishingLeaked Product Listing Hints at 8-Inch Surface Tablet (The Digital Reader) Rumors have been circulating for nearly a year now that Microsoft was working on a smaller MS Surface tablet, and now it looks like the device is going to arrive next month. *** Self-Publishing: How Good is Good Enough? (GoodeReader) Grobel’s reason for self-publishing is far from isolated, unfortunately. As bookstores close and discovery becomes difficult, an already hard-to-break-into industry has become even more wary of investing in new titles. But it still begs the question: is his self-published book unworthy because of its status? *** Selling Backlist Titles? Think Audience and Metadata (Digital Book...

Microsoft profit numbers say don’t write off Redmond yet
April 4, 2014 | 6:22 pm

Top_10_Software_Vendors_2013_nAll those Microsoft knockers - me included - who've held back from embracing Windows 8 and shunned Windows Phone OS phones may want to eat their words, or at least, nibble around their edges. Because according to the chart below from Statista, based on Gartner figures, Microsoft was far and away the world's leading software vendor by revenue in 2013, with total income of $65.7 billion, besting second and third placed rivals Oracle and IBM by over $30 billion. For comparison, Apple generated revenue of $171 billion in its 2013 financial year. Google's 2013 revenue was $59.82 billion. With these kind...

Pocketables survey shows tablets still mainly reading and consumption, not productivity, devices
March 7, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Pocketables is one of the longest-established mobile device and portable digital technology websites and online magazines, in business since 2006. Its readership is one of the more loyal, dedicated, and better informed in the mobile device space, so their current usage habits and opinions regarding tablets and mobile tech are pretty representative of high-end leading-edge users as a whole. And when current editor-in-chief John Freml decided to poll the readership on this topic a short time ago, he came up with some fairly pronounced findings. "Depending on the person you talk to, tablets are either the best thing since sliced bread,...

Android powers ahead as PC sales sag
March 6, 2014 | 1:25 pm

Two sequential research reports paint a stark - if you're a Microsoft exec or an Apple fan - picture of how the personal computer and digital device market is evolving. A Gartner Inc. report dated March 3rd found that "Worldwide Tablet Sales Grew 68 Percent in 2013, With Android Capturing 62 Percent of the Market," and with a conspicuous year-on-year market share decline for Apple. A day later, on March 4th, International Data Corporation (IDC) released its findings that PC market shipments are expected " to Fall by -6% in 2014 and Decline Through 2018." The Gartner figures show Apple's iOS-based tablet...

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