Microsoft: Think Square

Published on Author Eli Fennell

I’ve argued that one of the reasons why Microsoft is failing in mobile is because of the new Metro User Interface for Windows Phone and the upcoming Windows 8.  Rather than bringing any awesome new software and hardware features to market, Microsoft has been reduced, in the mobile space, to trying to push a radically… Continue reading Microsoft: Think Square

Windows 8 Will Surprise… Anyone Who Thinks It Can Succeed, Part 4

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Continuing my pre-postmortem of why Windows 8 is dead before arrival, Windows 8 will share many common issues with its kissing cousin Windows Phone, including one that is painfully obvious by now: 4) Differentiation of different devices. While Microsoft does allow third-parties to install their own apps for its mobile devices, they sorely limit the… Continue reading Windows 8 Will Surprise… Anyone Who Thinks It Can Succeed, Part 4

Windows 8 Will Surprise… Anyone Who Thinks It Can Succeed, Part 3

Published on Author Eli Fennell

I’ve talked about how licensing costs for Windows itself and legacy software like Microsoft Office, as well as the need for a keyboard and mouse to optimize the experience, will squeeze out Windows 8 on the low end by pressure from good but affordable devices like the $99 Ainol Novo7 Android 4.0 Tablet, the Amazon… Continue reading Windows 8 Will Surprise… Anyone Who Thinks It Can Succeed, Part 3

Windows 8 Will Surprise… Anyone Who Thinks It Can Succeed, Part 2

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Windows 8 is virtually doomed to failure, and there are obvious reasons why.  In Part 1 I talked about the issue of licensing fees, and the extra cost of accessories like a keyboard and mouse.  Users aren’t ready to dump PC’s for tablets, and Microsoft needs them to be to justify the inevitably high cost… Continue reading Windows 8 Will Surprise… Anyone Who Thinks It Can Succeed, Part 2

Windows 8 Will Surprise… Anyone Who Thinks It Can Succeed, Part 1

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Microsoft, as far as I can tell, is going down in flames.  Only the Xbox division still has the power to surprise, it seems.  Windows 7 is a fine product, sure, as was Windows XP, but they’re the last of a dying breed, the desktop operating system, which is really what it is, even when… Continue reading Windows 8 Will Surprise… Anyone Who Thinks It Can Succeed, Part 1

Go Away, Windows! You’ve Outstayed Your Welcome

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Microsoft isn’t just late to the party… it’s being shoved out the door by the bouncers, and having the door slammed shut in their faces.  In a recent blog post, Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn’t It Taken Off?, the former GM of Windows Phone, Charlie Kindel, shares his own thoughts on why Windows Phone… Continue reading Go Away, Windows! You’ve Outstayed Your Welcome

More on the Windows Phone Postmortem: Metro is Lame

Published on Author Eli Fennell

I know I’m going out on a limb here to keep saying Windows Phone is dead, but there’s nothing at the moment to give me any reason to doubt it.  We’ve heard a lot of reasons and I’ve added a few myself.  Microsoft got there late.  The Windows brand wasn’t sexy enough of a name… Continue reading More on the Windows Phone Postmortem: Metro is Lame

Another Problem with Windows Phone: It was a Lie

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Judging by the number of articles in recent days, there is a growing consensus that Windows Phone isn’t just losing in the market… it has already lost, and Microsoft, Nokia, and all five of their drooling fans just haven’t admitted it yet.  The market, however, has spoken. Now all that remains is to write the postmortem… why… Continue reading Another Problem with Windows Phone: It was a Lie

Windows Phone is Losing Because It’s Not as Good

Published on Author Eli Fennell

You can’t blame the former General Manager of Windows Phone, Charlie Kindel, for believing in the product he helped realize, even if he is in complete and utter denial.  He bemoans that the success of Android was primarily due to its being preferred by manufacturers and carriers, who can have more control over the product… Continue reading Windows Phone is Losing Because It’s Not as Good

Bing vs. Google: The Day Tech Journalism Died

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Did I wake up in a parallel universe, because suddenly there is a spate of articles declaring that Bing won the search war in 2011 over Google Search?  No, seriously, is this a parallel universe, or did I miss something catastrophic for Google in the search market?  I don’t recall spending the past year in a… Continue reading Bing vs. Google: The Day Tech Journalism Died