How Microsoft extends the R&D model in India

Image by Marc_Smith via Flickr Navi Radjou has an interesting post on how Microsoft approaches it’s global R&D over at the Harvard Business blog, excerpt: Microsoft Reinvents Its Global R&D Model – Navi Radjou – HarvardBusiness.org What impressed me most about TEM is its staff members’ multidisciplinary backgrounds. In addition to computer scientists and engineers, […]

SlideShare makes PowerPoint a social application

Image via Wikipedia I hate PowerPoint.  Actually, I don’t hate PowerPoint, I hate how PowerPoint makes it easy for poor communicators to believe they can be the next Steve Jobs.  I’ve sat through excruciating 162-slide presentations done by ‘management’, in 10 point type.  I’ve nearly been blinded by awful color choices.  I’m sure you have […]

Tim O’Reilly discusses web 2.0 and cloud computing

Image via Wikipedia Over the last few months I’ve been asked, a lot, by some smart folks on how web 2.0 and cloud computing are defined, and what their impact will be on technology as a whole.  Since both terms are used very loosely, and often times by marketers who aren’t knowledgeable in either field, […]

The Powerset acquisition and what it means for Microsoft’s enterprise software business

Since the rumor about Microsoft’s $100M acquisition broke last week (now no longer a rumor, but a fact), I’ve had several people ask me on my take of where Microsoft is headed with this new tool in its search toolbox. First let me frame my angle here. Over the last four years I’ve worked in […]

Yahoo is the big loser, but Microsoft isn’t far behind

Unless you were living under a rock, you probably know by now that Microsoft decided to walk away from an acquisition of Yahoo! late yesterday afternoon. A great behind the scenes view of what happened was posted by Kara Swisher here. Earlier this week, a much smaller – almost insignificant – deal apparently collapsed as […]

Marc Andreessen’s analysis of the Microsoft – Yahoo drama

We all know Marc, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Netscape, right? Well, if you happen to follow his weblog, you’ll see that he also offers some very good analysis of ‘the events of the day’. Take, for example, his excellent post on the possibility of Microsoft going hostile on Yahoo. Here’s an excerpt: We […]

Great 67 point rant on why Outlook sucks

Outlook is one of those Microsoft applications than can shorten your life. I’ve seen people fly into rage because of some inanely stupid thing that Outlook did. I’ve had really powerful computers slow to a crawl while Outlook ‘does its business’. Even with substantial improvements under Outlook 2007, I still am amazed that Microsoft can’t […]

My last Windows based computer

A few months back, I upgraded to a new convertible Tablet PC – the Lenovo X61T – replacing my workhorse tablet, the Toshiba M200. I had the M200 for three years, the longest that I’ve used any laptop. As the M200 approached the end of its useful life, I seriously considered migrating to a new […]