10 Wacky Tech Predictions for 2017

Published on Author Eli Fennell

1) Twitter finally acquired by 11-year old Jenny McIntyre of Dulles, Virginia in exchange for all her lunch money for 1-year. Miss McIntyre’s resume includes running a profitable lemonade stand and babysitting neighborhood children. Her pragmatic approach to business is expected to be a breath of fresh air for the company. Investor confidence increases, pushing… Continue reading 10 Wacky Tech Predictions for 2017

Is the Decline of Windows XP the Rise of Google Chrome?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Microsoft doesn’t want users on Windows XP.  Official support for the platform ends next year, with the option for some enterprise customers to pay a price for ongoing critical support.  Microsoft wants users to upgrade to a newer version of the OS, preferably Windows 8 but Windows 7 if not, heck they would settle for… Continue reading Is the Decline of Windows XP the Rise of Google Chrome?

Will Windows Phone Be HTC’s Final Mistake?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Citing unnamed insiders, sources for Bloomberg are reporting that Microsoft is in talks with HTC to make Windows Phone an option on their Android line of smartphones.  There is no indication whether this would involve a dual-boot option, or possibly allowing customers to choose their preferred OS at time of purchase, but since dual-booting would… Continue reading Will Windows Phone Be HTC’s Final Mistake?

Face It, Microsoft (as We Knew It) is Dead

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Microsoft, as the “King of Personal Computing”, is dead and gone.  It is nothing but a previous history so remote and forgotten in technological terms that a generation is already growing up having never really experienced it, some of them nearly of age to vote or serve in the military.  Since at least the early… Continue reading Face It, Microsoft (as We Knew It) is Dead

Microsoft: It’s Hip To Be Square

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ The Apple-Samsung trial brought to light that Microsoft and Apple have a “gentleman’s agreement” (http://goo.gl/jOn7n) regarding patents: Microsoft ensures that they do not “clone” (read: make anything Apple thinks looks to much like it) iOS, and in exchange Apple doesn’t bother them about certain products.  That they nonetheless infringe on some… Continue reading Microsoft: It’s Hip To Be Square

Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ Windows Phone will rise and Android will be laid low!  At least, that’s the strange and unfounded conclusion some hyperbolic journalists and fans (including a few employed by Redmond) have arrived at after Apple’s strong victory against Samsung in court. A couple Microsofties get to enjoy their moment to gloat on… Continue reading Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph

Die, Windows! Die!

Published on Author Eli Fennell

It’s official… Microsoft is closing down the “Where’s My Windows Phone Update” website, whose purpose was to put pressure on the carriers to deliver Windows Phone updates in a timely manner.  It was their own equivalent, in a manner of speaking, of Android’s Open Handset Alliance. It worked, they felt the pressure, and they cracked… Continue reading Die, Windows! Die!

Nokia’s Biggest Mistake

Published on Author Eli Fennell

In What Makes Android Revolutionary, Thom Holwerda writes, “The iPhone is heralded as the most revolutionary mobile phone in human history, but the cold and harsh truth is that for all the cheering and punditry, the iPhone’s impact on the world is negligible. Sure, it had a huge impact on the smartphone market in rich… Continue reading Nokia’s Biggest Mistake

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