As we slide into 2014, this is a good time to reflect on the past year and talk about goals and targets for the next 365 days.
2013 was a time of transition for the site. I run multiple businesses and (unfortunately) had to take my eyes off of Windows for a good part of this year. One of my other ventures desperately needed my attention so I had to get a team of writers to take the helm for a bit.
They did their best and it was better than nothing but it wasn’t a great year in terms of content quality for the site and for that I apologize.
I started this site (as Windows8update.com) because I was excited to see what new changes Microsoft was bringing to the table and was genuinely excited at the possibility of a new and revolutionary Operating System from Redmond.
Windows 8 as released and was a dud – lets face it – it was. The IT community called it DOA and we spent the post-rollout period talking about the improvements that could be made. It was a very rough and contentious period for the Windows community and it was tough to cover.
It was also clear (with the Sinofsky transition) that Microsoft was in some turmoil and there were larger events at play.
In record time, Microsoft released a patch/fix/upgrade to Windows 8 and soothed a few of the concerns of the tech community. While this update has been an improvement over Windows 8, the entire Windows 8.x experiment has still (without question) turned out to be less than ideal.
I started this because I love Windows and Microsoft (ironically) and actually enjoy being part of the Windows tech community at large. I just saw that there were no really independent voices that were free to call bullshit on Microsoft LOUD and CLEAR.
I have clearly done that over the past few years (much to the chagrin of readers on here from time to time).
For the new year, there will be some BIG changes.
I am taking this site back to the original purpose I started it for – to take a sharp look at Microsoft and Windows and to call it EXACTLY as I see it.
There will be less daily stories but deeper and more insightful ones. I will focus a lot more on Windows and the direction of Windows and Microsoft in detail and less on every Microsoft and Windows related story that pops up every day.
I couldn’t really care less about app reviews or little idiosyncrasies from third party vendors.
I do care about the components of Windows and how they affect our lives and whether or not we can look to Microsoft as the next center of innovation in the OS space in 2014. I think Google, Apple and Samsung will be the players to watch out for in the OS space so I will be keeping an eye on them.
If you think that you don’t want to read these stories, that’s fine by me, there are lot of good sites out there – have fun. To all those who want to read up to the second Windows News – check out The Verge, Neowin, Winbeta and others – they re doing great work.
To all the faithful readers of the blog – thanks for sticking with me for so long and I promise you, 2014 will be a lot more exciting.
Happy New Year all.