Microsoft bought SwiftKey?

I must really be out of the loop. I had no idea Microsoft bought SwiftKey. Anyway, they are killing the Windows Phone keyboard for IOS and focusing exclusively on SwiftKey.

When Microsoft does things that makes sense, I'm always surprised. When they do things that do not make sense (like beefing Skype for the iPhone) I am rarely surprised.

Microsoft's Windows Phone keyboard for the iPhone is dead – The Verge
https://apple.news/AzmC65qmoQ9iobO0hF4VDPA

Microsoft Paint is dead

Microsoft will be killing off “Microsoft Paint” in the next release of Windows 10 (the so-called “Fall Creator’s Update”).

This article on the Verge points out the various things that are being shed. Microsoft Paint seems to be the most significant user-facing thing, but I can imagine some enterprises will have difficulty with other changes.

Microsoft is doing better

It looks like Satya Nadella’s strategies are paying off. Microsoft reported some gains in Windows 10 and its cloud business.

That’s good news for overall competition. I’ve also witnessed Microsoft become more and more “Internet friendly,” by way of embracing multi-platform applications and developers. This is what needed to happen.

Just think if Ballmer was still around… maybe Microsoft would be folding by now.

They do need to do something about the Windows handset business, but I’m betting that Satya has a plan for that.

Still, I’m firmly entrenched in my Apple camp because with this hardware, I can have the best of all of the OS worlds. If Microsoft could arrange licensing for OS X to run on their hardware, they would really have my attention.

Unpopular Opinion Post: Microsoft Azure is toast (as a public service)

I really think Microsoft Azure is screwed.

It’ll still be around to power Microsoft’s backend services, but as a public offering to compete against AWS… it’s toast.

Also… OneDrive… seriously, wtf?

Microsoft’s Settled for Relevance

This post summarizes my thoughts on Nadella’s Microsoft very nicely.

When OneDrive gets provider-side encryption and an API that puts it on par with Dropbox… the war is really on.

Microsoft (and Paul Thurrott) says Windows 8 sucks

Last week, Hell froze over in one of the deepest freezes in the history of the United States.

This week, Paul Thurrott finally speaks the truth about Windows 8/8.1. It’s not pretty.

“Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015 | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

It’s going to be a very interesting 2014 in the tech world.

Speaking of which, I hope you’re having a fantastic start to this new year. I need to get back to blogging and updating my websites.

Lync 14.0.6 update may not install

This morning I was alerted to Microsoft’s update of Lync 2011 for Mac. They’ve released 14.0.6, which apparently fixes three relatively minor issues. However, the bloody thing doesn’t seem to install.

I clicked the link in the update notice and discovered that it’s going to the 14.0.5 update. I already have 14.0.5, so that makes little difference to me. Microsoft blew that one. Seems like my Mac was trying to install 14.0.5 and kinda failing since I already have it. It gets better though. I found the real link and noticed that buried deep inside the article is a little note:

Before you install the Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.6 update, you must uninstall any version of Lync for Mac 2011 that is earlier than Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.4 on your computer. Additionally, make sure that the computer is running Mac OS X 10.5, or a later version of the Mac OS X operating system.

If you’ve not been updating Lync as soon as it comes out, make sure you’re at least on 14.0.4!

IBM Is Now Worth More Than Microsoft

All I can say is… times are definitely changing.

BOOM: IBM Is Now Worth More Than Microsoft

 

Microsoft’s EC Complaint About Google

I was reading the blog post over at Microsoft from the fellow… Oh, I forget his name already. Anyway, he was explaining why Microsoft is filing a complaint with the European Commission about Google’s unfair business advantages and whatnot.

At first, this whole thing comes off as a company entering legacy mode. Microsoft reminds me of the RIAA, MPAA and the newspaper industry. They clearly feel the edge is blunted and their technology is dying. They are unable to adapt. As a result they are engaging in a strategy of sue and destroy.

Back to the blog post from the executive. One of the complaints is that Google purchased YouTube in 2006 and has made it difficult, if not impossible, for search engines to index the content. Apparently this is a progressive action.

I do believe that when you are as big as Google, you have a responsibility to allow openness of this nature. However, I’m rather disturbed by the complaint. Essentially, Microsoft is saying that if Google were to put in a robots.txt file on a website they own to block search engines from indexing content this should be illegal. Uhm, what?

A great many people have employed the use of robots.txt throughout the web’s history to prevent indexing of pages. Could Microsoft’s complaint set a precedent for companies complaining about the use of robots.txt to force the hands of web masters?

I’m just asking the question. Sometimes I wish Microsoft would just quit whining and get back to making great software like they used to. It seems more and more that will just not happen. When a big company out-innovates them or outsmarts them in business, their first reaction is to sue.

Reminds me of the RIAA, MPAA and the newspaper industry. Get back to solving hard problems, Microsoft. Stop wasting your time and money on lawsuits. Are you a software company or a whiny bitch?

The Big Three in Back to the Future Terms

It just occurred to me while I was visiting the Thinking Chamber earlier today:

If the big three tech companies were characters in Back to the Future, they would be…

Microsoft == Biff
Apple == Marty McFly
Google == Doc Brown