When Bill Gates went on TV last week purporting to know what iPad users want -- a keyboard and a copy of Office -- he exposed himself as an out of touch executive, but worse he revealed Microsoft's true tablet strategy, which is the same as it ever was.
BlackBerry and Microsoft have tried to brand themselves as the corporate phone, but in an age when employees are for the most part choosing their own phones, that doesn't seem to scoring many points with users -- and the companies continue to lose market share.
What do Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Amazon all have in common? They are trying to emulate Apple's successful software-hardware integration strategy -- but do these competitors have the chops to pull it off?
As Microsoft struggles to stay relevant, squeezed between the iPad on one side and Chromebook on the other, sales of Windows 8 devices are grim -- and if you're an IT pro looking to the future, it's worth noting that there are alternatives now.
Microsoft and BlackBerry face a a paradox. They can't really attract developers in large numbers away from iOS and Android without a critical mass of phones -- and phone buyers tend to stay away from phones without a vibrant app store. It's a stalemate that's going to be tough to break.
This one looks at the Google Apps for Enterprise upgrade to QuickOffice that lets you view and edit Office documents on just about any device, and it's just one more shot across Micrososft's cloud bow.
It's that time of year when the news cycle slows and the tech journalist's mind looks at predictions to fill the news hole. I make some bold mobile prognostications for next year including predicting the end of RIM.