Tag Archive 'ballmer'

Good Bye Microsoft, Hello GoogApple

I recently had an experience that epitomizes everything that’s wrong with Microsoft, and why it is rapidly being tossed into the Recycling Bin of history. I have a Vista laptop and, as I’ve recently learned, I am powerless over it. (Just saying that makes me feel like I should belong to a 12-step group. But [...]

Is Bing worth a fling?

Early reviews for Microsoft’s latest sea–err, decision engine are surprisingly positive. Is Bing the real thing?

Microsoft: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that Bing

Microsoft is about to unveil yet another attempt to beat Google at the All Things D conference. Please reserve your smirking until after Mr. Ballmer has finished his presentation. Thank you.

Too cool to use Windows, too cheap to buy a Mac

The Windows/Mac holy wars are back with a vengeance. As you may recall, last week Steve “The Mad” Ballmer’s declared that the only difference between an Apple Macintosh and a Windows PC is a $500 logo. What seemed to be yet another bout of Ballmer’s persistent Tourette’s turns out to be a cunning marketing ploy, [...]

Ballmer to Apple: Bite Me

Microsoft’s Big Cheese says in a down economy people won’t pay $500 just for the Mac logo. Are Apple fanboyz crazy about logos or is Ballmer just plain loco?

Microsoft’s $8.5 billion problem

Bad financials, massive layoffs, and now Microsoft may have to pony up billions to settle a suit with disgruntled Vista users. How will the tottering giant respond?

49 and a half reasons to give thanks

What do retired billionaires, supermodels, search engines, supervillains, energy drinks, whacked-out actors and fried breakfast pastries have in common? They’re some of the things I’m thankful for this year. If I’m conscious, I’m usually complaining about something. But because it’s almost Thanksgiving I’ve decided to list some of the things I’m grateful for, in and [...]

Is Vista Capable? Maybe. Microsoft, not so much.

What do Microsoft and OJ have in common? Highly public courts cases with lots of incriminating evidence. But no amount of laywerly magic may be able to save Redmond from the public’s verdict.

Windows 7: It’s not you, it’s us. Really.

Are journalists to blame for Vista’s failure to catch on? Will Windows 7 suffer a similar fate? Cringely tosses more gasoline on the OS fire.

Who will be king of the Geeks?

Very soon the nation will have its first chief technology officer. Whom should Obama appoint? Cringely shares some ideas.

Is Yahoo Dead?

Thanks to the DOJ, Google has backed out of its partnership with Yahoo — leaving the #2 search company dangling helplessly over the jaws of Microsoft. Can it survive?

Microsoft + Yahoo: RIP?

Our long national nightmare is over — or so it would seem. After Yahoo gave Carl Icahn a seat at its table, Microsoft walked away, allegedly for good. Is truly the end of MicroHoo? Cringely has his doubts.

Yahoo’s struggle for independence

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) On this 4th of July weekend, let us celebrate the independence of Yahoo — for however long it lasts. Because just when you thought Microsoft’s bid for the Yahooligans was really truly deeply ultimately finally over, it really isn’t. At least, according to the [...]

Save the whales, save XP

(This post originally appeared in and/or on Infoworld’s Notes from the Field blog.) by Robert X. Cringely The international movement to save endangered operating systems (aka Windows XP) has gained supporters in unlikely quarters. Cringester J. C. reports: Just got a call from my Dell rep: Dell will provide XP on business class computers (Latitude [...]

Windows is falling — run for your lives!

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) by Robert X. Cringely That creaking sound, the dust, that feeling of vague but imminent doom? It’s not an earthquake. Your office isn’t falling into a sink hole. It’s the warning signs of Windows collapsing. According to a presentation served up last week by [...]