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Microsoft buys Nokia’s Devices division (release one)

No joking, no April Fools, the press release just came through. And here it is: Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents and mapping services Nokia Corporation Stock Exchange Release September 3, 2013 at 06.00 (CET +1) REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that […]

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Devices Opinion

Can we officially declare the Microsoft Surface dead, then?

So is that it, then? It’s been a good few months now. Nobody’s bought one. Well, no one I know has. And that, dear reader, is the reality check. This viewpoint is hardly based on extensive research but I think everyone bar Microsoft’s various PR agencies can now nod their heads in unison to the […]

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News

Office for iPhone looks pretty smart, but…

… at the cost of a $99 annual subscription to Office365, that makes it amongst the most expensive mobile office productivity applications around. I’m pleased that Microsoft has actually made the leap into iOS. I’m on record as saying their reluctance to engage on the iOS platform has been a costly, costly mistake. Millions of […]

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Opinion

Just how damaging is Microsoft’s Office for iPad non-strategy?

Right now I’m sitting on a train carriage surrounded by people using laptops. I’m the only one using an iPad (and a physical keyboard). The chap sat across from me looks to be in his sixties. He’s well dressed and looks to be a city grandee type. Arrayed before him is: – An iPad (WiFi+3G, […]

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Operators Opinion

Wishful thinking from Microsoft

A video conference? From a British train? Almost impossible for more than 20 seconds, surely? 😉 (I found this advert on the train to Basingstoke)

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Devices Opinion

Surface: Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft… WHAT are you thinking?

Well. We’re all clairvoyant, aren’t we? What a clusterfluck that was. Microsoft yesterday released a rather smart looking tablet device on the back of all the Windows 8 launch shenanigans. It looks wonderful. I haven’t had hands-on yet. Yet it’s already a substantial disappointment. Let’s set aside the clear technological innovation. There is no debate […]

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Devices Opinion

Microsoft Surface: One sentence opinions from the mobile industry’s executives and influencers

This afternoon The Verge broke the pricing news of Microsoft’s Surface tablet device. I have my own rather strong opinions but wanted to check those of the MIR audience first. I sent a note out to the MIR insiders subscribed to our TinyLetter newsletter asking for one-sentence perspectives. (I’ve only used first names to protect […]

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Devices Opinion

$199 for the Microsoft Surface? Now that would set the market alight…

Everyone and their dog has picked up the rumour-cum-possible-fact originally cited by Engadget that Microsoft will shortly offer their Surface (Windows RT version) for $199. The tech blogs are full of standard he-said, she-said commentary — obviously a $199 Surface would sell a lot better than a $999 Surface. However I think the deal is […]

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Devices Opinion

Acer should start innovating and stop complaining

I had to smile at this series of points from Acer’s top man into today’s FT regarding the impending launch of Microsoft’s Surface: Acer, the world’s fourth largest computer manufacturer by shipments, has attacked Microsoft’s planned move into tablets, highlighting the growing rift between the software company and its former allies among PC makers. JT […]

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Devices Opinion

Why the Microsoft Surface tablet is brilliant news for everyone

Well then. That took us all by surprise didn’t it? Last week’s keynote from Microsoft announcing their Microsoft Surface tablet strategy was unexpected. We should be clear, though: Of course Microsoft has been looking at tablets. Of course. Tablets (or, quite frankly, “iPads”) are one of the biggest trends in technology right now. Microsoft couldn’t […]

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Buy an Xbox for $99 and $15/month… how long before I can get my MacBook Air this way?

For a long time I’ve been banging on about renting and leasing. WHen it comes to consumer technology, I rarely ever want to actually own it. Why bother? What is the point? Especially when there’s going to be another one along in 9 months. Or a few years. I don’t want the management overhead. A […]

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Devices

TechCrunch on Nokia: “Nobody ever got fired for buying Microsoft”

A positive note from the chaps over at TechCrunch on Nokia — along the lines of my piece last week. As bad as Nokia’s financials look right now – a $4 billion drop in sales won’t make anyone’s day – don’t consider the Windows Phone move a failure just yet. They’ve done what many phone […]