Less than a week after Google shut down the Glass Explorer's program, Microsoft enter the fray with a new device called the HoloLens and this thing looks pretty cool. Suddenly the battle for the face computer is heating up. http://tcrn.ch/1xzNLs8
We have big operating systems created for the desktop era and we have Google Chrome OS, an OS made for the cloud era, but what we lack is something in the middle that takes into account the way people work today across both environments. http://bit.ly/1BYkfBb
One UMass professor had a vision for a class involving international students collaborating using cloud tools, and while it took some time for the technology to catch up with his idea, it finally did and he's running a class today involving students in the US, Ireland, Russia and Egypt -- and he's using a package of Microsoft tools to make it happen. Here's his story: http://bit.ly/1hSOIay
Microsoft's latest phone OS, version 8.1, was released yesterday and reportedly had some tools IT should love, which would be great if people were buying Windows phones in large numbers, but they're not. But Microsoft has been smart enough to make these management tools work across platforms and they could win IT hearts and minds --even if users continue for the most part to reject Windows phones. And a win's a win, right? http://bit.ly/1hRWCMS
Microsoft is finally going to stop supporting Windows XP today --for real --and yet almost 30 percent of all Windows users stubbornly cling to it. Luckily for you, the antivirus vendors will pick up some of the slack for now, but you really need to be thinking about a transition before your luck runs out. http://tcrn.ch/1itPIiY
Trust me when I tell you that the Microsoft hype machine is going to be in full gear the next couple of weeks, but when you look closely, if Microsoft is truly finally announcing Office for the iPad, they are years late to the party, and frankly most iPad users probably don't care. http://bit.ly/1eSpDI2
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Microsoft faces a tough battle as it transitions to the cloud. That's because it's competing against companies born in the cloud that don't face the legacy products and internal politics Microsoft deals with, and that makes it all that much harder for them to compete. http://bit.ly/1ftCMqa
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It's Friday and that means it's time for my regular Friday feature, the Cloud 5. This week, PaaS upstarts take on the big boys, Microsoft's plans for a cloud future and Nicholas Carr calls out cloud dawdlers. http://bit.ly/1qf5PXs
I had a great conversation with Microsoft's Greg Sullivan this week at Mobile World Congress and while Sullivan honestly acknowledged the challenges his company faces in the mobile marketplace, he wasn't about to cede mobile to anyone. http://bit.ly/1evyAKV
Microsoft's new CEO has to know that to succeed, he has to find a way to expand his company's mobile marketshare, but the latest numbers from IDC show an entrenched market with very little room for anyone beyond Android and iOS. http://bit.ly/1czqmfV
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