We knew this would happen and I’m surprised it’s taken that long. In a pretty scathing piece on the Financial Times website, the F word was publicly associated with Windows 8. The piece begins: Microsoft is preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system, marking one of the most prominent...

So a lot has been said recently about Windows 8.1 or Windows Blue actually having a Start Button and possibly having an option to boot directly to the desktop. This news is interesting and if true would directly contradict Microsoft’s silence to all the criticism from prominent bloggers so far. Microsoft was 100%...

Adam Hartung recently wrote an article called “The Sale of Microsoft: Game Over Ballmer Loses”, where he spoke extensively about the coming demise – in his opinion – of Microsoft.  His major point was that the sea change in computing has left Microsoft behind and there is little prospect of their catching up. Now, he...

Failure is easy to spot Microsoft’s lineage of operating systems have had a mixed legacy of success.  Some of its OSs have been wildly successful while others have failed to catch on with the buying public. This has led to a term called the “skipped” O/S, or an O/S that has not matched the success of both its predecessor...

Failure is easy to spot Microsoft’s lineage of operating systems have had a mixed legacy of success.  Some of its OSs have been wildly successful while others have failed to catch on with the buying public. This has led to a term called the “skipped” O/S, or an O/S that has not matched the success of both its predecessor...

My previous article reported on Microsoft slashing its Surface RT orders from manufacturers by half, from 4 to 2 million. This follows on the heels of anecdotal stories that demand for the tablet was tepid over the Black Friday sales period. Now we know that the Surface Pro will be released in January 2013, a scant...

Will the Surface Rollout Succeed? The last week has not been kind to Microsoft. Steve Ballmer’s description of “modest” sales of the Surface and the no-show of the Surface Pro has me wondering if the Surface line of business is being bungled. Add to that the firing of Windows Evangelist, Steve Sinofsky and rumors of a...

We’ve heard a lot about how important the success of Windows 8 is to the future of Microsoft. You have to wonder though, without much real competition in the desktop world, can it actually fail? Even if it was an unstable and worthless repeat of Vista would it change anything? Would everyone throw Windows out the door...

Paul Thurrot has written an interesting article that talks about what would happen if Windows 8 was substantially less than a commcercial success. According to him, the effect on Microsoft as a company would be potentially devastating. It’s a must read and you can see it here. My take – Microsoft has a lot to lose if...