Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

Old sci-fi story highlights gulf between foresight and vision

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Books on tvAs a book review, it doesn’t start well: I have forgotten the author’s name and the book’s title, and, to make it worse, I only ever read a sample chapter. In my defense, it was about 35 years ago during an English class in my secondary education middle years.

Here is what I remember.  Read more…


Byebye Microsoft

September 18, 2013 1 comment

20130918-230217.jpg This is the end of an era. Bill Gates’ momentous decision, a few decades ago, to focus on software rather than hardware and turn the Windows / Office combination into a universal platform propelled Microsoft to the top of the charts. Recently, a series of decisions have gravely undermined Gates’ legacy:

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How could Microsoft become innovative (again?)

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment

In her blog entry Microsoft’s challenge: innovation, innovation, innovation, Mary-Jo Foley invites “Other thoughts about how  — and if — Microsoft can become more innovative?”.

Let’s do with the if first and fast: if they don’t innovate with a sense of urgency, they’ll die. It may be a long, slow death given how they currently dominate their sector, but sure enough they’ll run out of steam in an industry where the pace of change and innovation continues continues to accelerate. Other giants such as Google are lurking in the shadows, and who could say that a small, unknown David will not emerge to deliver a killing blow to the Goliath of OS?

Then the more difficult question: how should they go about innovating? Here are two suggestions. Read more…