Tagged: Microsoft

Bing!  Bang!  Bust! 0

Bing! Bang! Bust!

And, after the hoop-la dies down, things will just settle back down. Story here. Bing, launched on June 3 but available to some users a few days earlier, took 8.23 percent of U.S. Web searches in June, up from 7.81 percent for Microsoft search just prior to its rollout and 7.21 percent in April, said Internet data firm StatCounter. Google lost share slightly, dipping to 78.48 percent from 78.72 percent before Bing. Yahoo Inc, the perennial No. 2 in the market, rose to 11.04 percent from 10.99 percent. My guess, based on entirely on complete and total ignorance: They’re taking market share from Cuil.

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick 2

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link Watch or another gadget watch – BTW – I remember having a “Transformers watch”. It was awesome! Still, the Dick Tracey style communication watches, the “Computer on a wrist”, never really hit it off. I even remember a watch that gave you directions. You would put in the...

Week in Tech History – Bill Gates Steps Down from Microsoft 0

Week in Tech History – Bill Gates Steps Down from Microsoft

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSbrought to you by GotoAssist Express. Get a 30 day free trial We announce the 3rd step in the Summer of Geekazine contest June 27th – William Gates officially hands the keys over to Steve Ballmer and goes on his retirement. Well, sort of. Bill announced that he will be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft and letting Steve Ballmer take the reins. He will have interaction with Microsoft. After all, it is his company. Lots of other cool historical events from Atari, Commodore, Microsoft, Apple and IBM within the podcast

Bing, Bang, Bust 0

Bing, Bang, Bust

Two assessments of Microsoft’s Bing search engine hit the news this morning. The Guardian reports that a small study of 25 computer users showed that Bing’s search results were not that great, but that Bing users were more likely to look at some of the advertisements. The full story is here. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft’s share of searches has risen about two percentage points during the two weeks since unveiling Bing, from single to double digits. Story here. Frankly, I suspect that, once the novelty wears off, Bing will go the way of Microsoft’s previous attempts to penetrate the search engine market–that is, following a trail first blazed by Bob.

Podcast Ep 90 – 6-08-09 – Back in Madison, WI 0

Podcast Ep 90 – 6-08-09 – Back in Madison, WI

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe new location is cool – Setup a temporary desk while figuring out office – SuperChirp – Heading back to Vegas for the HP Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Delicious Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Twitter Attacks Fakes – Are you Authentic? Bing Leaps Yahoo Ballmer: Taxes could Move Jobs – If Taxes rise, Employees might not be in the US. XBOX 360 with HULU? – They’re looking at new opportunities. China Security Software – Where Big Brother can watch. Homeland Security Gets Black Hat –Full List of Names Cyberspace Review Lacking – Security Experts want...

Week in Tech History – Proxy Battle On; Microsoft’s Last Bid 0

Week in Tech History – Proxy Battle On; Microsoft’s Last Bid

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – Get a 30 day free trial. – www.gotoassist.com/techpodcasts. This was a pivitol week on the Yahoo Proxy battle as everything was approved to go. Carl Icahn was given the green light to lobby shareholders and possibly win control to ready for a new Yahoo. The previous week, we saw all the reports of Carl Icahn making the statement: Jerry Yang must go. This week was no different. In the meantime, Microsoft made one more offer. This time it wasn’t for the whole company – it was only for the search engine. $35 a share for Yahoo Search. This was significant because this was the same bid Microsoft did back in February for the whole company. Other great items in the Week in Tech History Quickcast – TI/99 restructures, Jacques Cousteau was born. We also saw...

Podcast Ep 88 – 5-27-09 – Last Week Here 0

Podcast Ep 88 – 5-27-09 – Last Week Here

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week in this place. I ate a lot of Brats this last weekend. Goodbye to friend ‘Supergirl’. Show Prep on Google Docs. Still need an iPhone App developer. Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on http://delicious.com/geekazine/88 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Lenovo S12 on ION Kumo or Bing – Microsoft in a transition The 10 TB Disc – All your music and movies on a DVD Win 7 Netbook Strategy Rethought iPhone Painting on cover of New Yorker Hulu LIVE – Dave Matthews Concert is the first Aneesh Chopra CTO – Senate approves Apple Accepts Eucalyptus –...

Week In Tech History – The Icahn Proxy Fight 0

Week In Tech History – The Icahn Proxy Fight

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Gotoassist Express. Get a 20 day free trial On May 15th, 2008 – Carl Icahn stepped up to the plate and officially announced his bid to proxy Yahoo so he could work with Microsoft on getting a deal out.  A couple days prior, Eric Jackson decided to pull his bid for proxy and the rumor started to fly that Carl Icahn was going to take over the fight. Of course we saw how that went – Icahn got a seat on the Yahoo board, and Yahoo stayed with Yahoo. Other items of note – ZDTV starts, HP and EDS acquisition and the Ethernet Standard is formed. Of course there is a lot more in the podcast.

Microsoft To Fold Encarta 0

Microsoft To Fold Encarta

The New York Times theorizes that Google killed it. The full story, which is worth the five minutes of time it takes to read, is here. Encarta could not compete, however, against the Web and Google. The Google search engine is an automated, continuously updated, always-expanding guide to information that is completely free. Authority now comes not from a small group of encyclopedia editors and famous contributors but from Google’s algorithms, which analyze links that point to Web pages elsewhere and other clues to make an educated guess about trustworthiness.

Another Blast from the Past: MS in Anti-Trust Case in Europe 0

Another Blast from the Past: MS in Anti-Trust Case in Europe

MarketWatch reports that Microsoft is in trouble in Europe for Internet Explorer. Again. Or is that still? Read the full story here. Here’s an excerpt: It was a complaint from Opera that spurred the European Commission to issue an objection in January to Microsoft’s practice of tying its Internet Explorer browser to its dominant Windows operating system.

Microsoft Loses Patent Case 0

Microsoft Loses Patent Case

The story, of course, is not over. Microsoft plans to appeal the jury verdict. MarketWatch reports that the case involves “Microsoft’s anti-piracy registration system,” which I interpret to mean the activation system that came into use with Windows XP. Read the full story here. An excerpt:

A Flash of Silver Light 1

A Flash of Silver Light

From the New York Times: Major League Baseball and Microsoft square off on the relative virtues of Adobe’s Flash Player and Microsoft’s Silverlight in a darkly humorous exchange. Read the full story here.

Week in Tech History – 4-04-09 – Jobs, Woz and Wayne? 0

Week in Tech History – 4-04-09 – Jobs, Woz and Wayne?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Quickcast is brought to you by GotoAssist – 30 Day free trial at www.gotoassist.com/techpodcasts I can see it now – Grampa sits jr on his knee and tells a story of how he was the third partner in the Apple franchise. He then proceeds to tell his sons’ son that he decided it was too risky and pulls out of the company 11 days after it was founded. At the time he was concerned over Jobs and Wozniaks’ work ethic and felt the company would not last – let alone make any money. Guess he should’ve listened to Forrest Gump. By the way, that person’s name is Ronald Wayne. In other Tech History, we see the Microsoft – Yahoo bid war heat up as not only Yahoo works deals with Google, but also tries to merge the internet operations with AOL....

Future Shock Win7 Style 0

Future Shock Win7 Style

In May of this year, Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Then, the release candidate for Win7 will be downloaded by millions of people and the transition will begin, leapfrogging the ill-conceived Visa OS. Except for the skilled, it is going to be one tremendous slap around for most of the country. Those who were learning, and those who thought that they knew are going to be in for one big setback. Their newly acquired and hard earned computer skills will be once again. obsolete. Computer literacy has, in the main, been explained in terms of ability to work within the Microsoft product family. Right now, there are hundreds of thousands in job-retraining programs and in remedial instruction to give basic computer skills. Once those machines begin to flow throughout the system, a lot of marginally skilled workers who are just now being able to...

Week in Tech History – 3-23-09 – Gateway Buys Amiga 0

Week in Tech History – 3-23-09 – Gateway Buys Amiga

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Amiga has been sort of an enigma in the computer industry. It started in 1982 as the Amiga corporation, then Commodore purchased the line to put in their family of computers. The computer was held high for video production – with a video toaster, the system could do as much as a mac or PC, but for less price. Commodore of course folded up, but the Amiga line still tried to thrive. On March 27th 1997, Gateway 2000 decided to take over the reigns and be the home to this great machine. We have since seen Gateway come and go. Other historical notes for this week – the EU lands a fine on Microsoft, Microsoft splits into 5 while Motorola splits into 2. Seagate gets bought by Veritas and Kevin Mitnik pleads guilty to wire fraud. Finally we see Excel 4.0...

Microsearch Engines 0

Microsearch Engines

Bloomberg quotes Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft’s efforts to become a player in internet searches. Read the full story here: “Google does have to be all things to all people,” Ballmer said yesterday in an interview in New York. “Our search does not need to be all things to all people.” Google may be tentative about changing the look of its search pages, causing the company to take fewer risks, said Ballmer, 52. The challenge is similar to what Microsoft faces with its Windows operating system, which needs to appeal to a broad range of customers, he said. I find Mr. Ballmer’s position interesting for a number of reasons.

IE 8 Released 0

IE 8 Released

From MarketWatch, which reports that Microsoft “unveiled Internet Explorer 8, the newest version of its Web browser. The software will be available for download in 25 languages at noon Eastern Time on Thursday at Microsoft’s Website.” Here is a link to the IE 8 webpage.

Windows 7 and Netbooks 2

Windows 7 and Netbooks

Netbooks seem to be the newest hot thing. I saw my first one a week ago, and it was slick. It was an XP box, but the user was running Ubuntu Linux under Wubi (we talked geek for almost an hour). Windows is promising a stripped down version of Windows 7 adapted to netbooks. In this storyBloomberg News considers whether it will help Microsoft’s business model.

A Price on His Head 0

A Price on His Head

According to the Register, Microsoft has issued a substantial reward for the author of the Conflicker (or Downadup) worm. Story here. More about Conflicker here. Full Disclosure: I’ve found that stories in The Register need to be read critically, not because The Register makes stuff up, but, in a choice between snark and accuracy, it leans towards snark. Given that, it’s still one of my favorite websites.

Week In Tech History – 1-26-09 – Tim McVey Day and MicroYugo 0

Week In Tech History – 1-26-09 – Tim McVey Day and MicroYugo

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoMeeting – Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. It was a year ago Sunday that started what I called the soap opera “As the MicroYugo turns”. Microsoft put on a bid for Yahoo of $31 a share – 44.6 Billion in cash and stock. Of course the news went on til August as Yahoo said no, then Carl Icahn stepped up, Yahoo gave him a board seat, Jerry Yang stepped down as CEO and finally in January of 2009 Yahoo replaced him with Carol Bartz. However, did you know that the day before the announcement, former CEO Terry Semel broke all ties with Yahoo? Some other items of note you’ll hear on the Podcast – It’s Timothy McVey day! The LaMaccia Loophole, Craigslist hitman and Yahoo buys Geocities. The first version of Tetris...

Will Customer Service Suffer from Layoffs? 0

Will Customer Service Suffer from Layoffs?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by Citrix’ GotoMeeting – Free 30 day trial – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. You’ve been working at your job for years. You’ve made lots of money for the company and are the most loyal employee they know of. Yet, tough times are ahead and the company decides you are one of the 10% they have to let go to stay afloat. It’s a frustrating thing to have happen, but what are you gonna do? Now let’s flip that: You are at your job and survive the cut, but now you are in the position to take up a part of that person who was laid off. As companies like Intel and Google are looking at trimming the fat, it makes the average consumer wonder – what will our customer experience be without 10% of the workforce?

CES – Day 4 p.1 Blogging from NBC Universal 0

CES – Day 4 p.1 Blogging from NBC Universal

Well I didn’t expect this to happen, but when we got to CES today, our first order of business was to interview Jon Accarrino with NBCUniversal. What turned out was not only the interview with Jon, but also Bill Hartnett. We talked about their little Blogger lounge and how NBC has contributed to this new media. Andy interviewed the event on the Primary channel, and I took Backchannel video coverage. The best part is the fact that Jon set me up with a station where I could not only upload the Video in High Speed, but also put up this Blog. Therefore, I am sitting in this comfortable chair connected to a real high speed pipe (300 MB Video was posted in no time flat). Sure beats the 170 minute upload at the Hotel.

Podcast Ep. 66 – 12-31-08 – The LAST Episode… 1

Podcast Ep. 66 – 12-31-08 – The LAST Episode…

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…For 2008 that is… Finally feeling Normal – Las Vegas – New Years – More Panelists on the LIVE Show Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. Get IT Certified – Careersaver.com – 25% off with Code “Geek08” 877-654-2265 All Show Notes are also on Delicious

LIVE Show – 12-29-08 – Rob Greenlee from Zune, Gary Leland from PodcastPickle 0

LIVE Show – 12-29-08 – Rob Greenlee from Zune, Gary Leland from PodcastPickle

Wow. What a great LIVE Show to end out the year. We had 2 great guests that are both in the Podcast range, therefore we talked a lot about Podcasting. Rob Greenlee is the Podcast Content Director at Zune, and Gary Leland runs the website PodcastPickle.com. We talked a lot about Podcasting, how Zune is running podcasts, associations of Podcasts to iTunes, if MP3 players are stepping aside for Smartphones, if a Zune Phone will be out and a lot more. We also talked about Twitter, Microsoft Home Server, Vista, Quad-core Laptops and a lot more. Hour 1 Hour 2

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