Tag Archives: Microsoft

A vision of 2019: Interface eye candy

It’s a vision of the future from Microsoft Office Labs. If you’re into interfaces and devices — and how they may look in the future, you’ll love the video below: (You can watch a crisper version too)

The mobile trap

Much has been written on how big the mobile audience is, and how it offers an opportunity to appeal to a mass audience. Even better, it’s an environment where consumers will more readily pay via micro-payments for “Freemium Services“. It’s a dream come true. Or is it? But here’s the challenge: There are, so to […]

Why Microsoft will eventually win on the web

I’m no Microsoft fan boy. In fact I don’t think there is anything like a “fan boy” when it comes to Microsoft products. I’m a recent iPhone convert and I curse the years I’ve had to put up with the clunky and often-buggy Windows for Mobile and PC. It’s no secret that Microsoft is a […]

Web predictions for the new year

We may be in the throes of a global financial crisis, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see innovation on the web. In fact, leading trend analysis blog Read Write Web reminds us of the old cliché that “tech innovation thrives in times of recession”. Tight economic conditions incubate intense creative and lateral thought, because […]

Help Firefox set a world record

Firefox is a brilliant browser. It’s also fast. I discarded Internet Explorer (IE) about two years ago. It wasn’t an ideological decision, I wasn’t trying to make a point… it’s just that Firefox is a better browser. I still have IE7 on my laptop, but use it only for testing purposes. I find it slow […]

Powering your site: Technology choices

Making the wrong technology choice can cripple your online business. It can mean expensive maintenance and development costs down the line. It could mean downtime for your website and make the simple act of publishing an article a trapeze act. You don’t want this. A site’s Content Management System (CMS) is the engine of your […]

Apple: Be evil?

Here’s a riveting read from Wired magazine, “How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong”, analysing the factors behind Apple’s success. Wired argues that despite Apple’s sexy image, it flouts the ideals that represent many of the new, progressive and forward thinking tech companies of today. These values include embracing open platforms and encouraging […]

Kawasaki grills Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Vista

Duncan Mcleod of Fm Tech pointed me to this funny interview between Guy Kawasaki and Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. It’s worth a watch, especially when Ballmer gets on his hands and knees during the interview, searching for the DVD drive on the Mac Book air. Ballmer also fields some tough questions about Vista.

12 predictions for the web

IBM Chairman Thomas Watson famously predicted in 1943: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” In the same decade the magazine Popular Mechanics also weighed in, predicting that “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” Even Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicted in 1981 that for computer memory,”640K […]

Rise and rise of mobile media

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun provides a glimpse of mobile media in the future…. Japanese media are the undisputed world leaders in mobile media. When many places on the planet weren’t even using their cellphones for SMS, the Japanese had mastered delivering content on the mobile platform, and making a solid business from it. Japan’s Asahi […]

Mobile publishing: A glimpse of the future with Asahi Shimbun

I always look forward to the presentations by our Japanese media colleagues about their mobile phone strategies. They are the undisputed world leaders in this field. When many places on the planet weren’t even using cellphones for SMSing/texting, these guys had mastered delivering content on mobile phones and were making a solid business from it. […]

Social Networking is Online Publishing 2.0

I’ve recently changed my mind about some of the smaller niche, trade, business-to-business websites that are on the online scene. These are often trade publications that cater for specific industries. I’ve realised that, if approached correctly, this type of publishing is perfectly poised to be more than just traditional content publishing, but powerful social and […]

Will Facebook eventually replace the Windows & Mac desktop?

Had the privilege to meet up with Saul Klein, E-commerce VP at Skype and founder of the Open Coffee club, who was in the country yesterday. While chatting to him about the local online scene together with my colleague, Vincent Maher, we got talking about Facebook and other niche social networks. We articulated a thought […]

The Search Wars: Can the Wikipedia boss take on Google?

Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia boss, has now detailed how he plans to take on Google, the search behemoth. Google is so good and so powerful, you get the feeling that competitors are at a bit of a loss on how exactly to take the search giant on. Even Microsoft, which has never run away from […]

Upwardly mobile: Content on cellphones is the killer app

Since the ugly days of wap, phones have got a lot smarter and more efficient at accessing the web. Cellphone screens are getting bigger and more colourful. Screen resolutions are edging higher and internet connections becoming faster. It’s become easier to connect to the internet than ever before via your cellphone. Most cellphones now come […]

The Google plan: sell advertising everywhere

Those clever guys at Google… they’re planning to “organise the world’s information”, but also they should add that after organising that information, they’re going to “sell advertising on all of it”. And they don’t just mean public information and your emails, but eventually everything — including your personal documents and your desktop. Before you freak […]

Scoop: New "Web 2.0" recruitment site launches in South Africa

Here’s a scoop for ya. I’ve just been alerted to what looks like a new and pretty serious “Web 2.0” entrant in the South African web market. www.employmint.co.za, the site owner claims, is a web 2.0 recruitment site “packed full of all the Web 2.0 goodness you can think of including mashups with Microsoft Virtual […]

Google vs Microsoft; Bush vs Blair

On Google Trends I plotted the popularity of Tony Blair vs George Bush and Microsoft vs Google. Interesting to see that according to popularity by search term, that it appears Microsoft is in slow decline, and Google is soaring to new heights…. In the comparison of George Bush vs Tony Blair — I think the graph illustrates who is really running the show… Do both of these examples mirror reality, do you think???

Shuttleworth returns to the source

Mark Shuttleworth speaks to Matthew Buckland about getting to the source of it all

Open source in SA

Something pretty revolutionary is going down in a dusty patch of Limpopo province. It involves billionaire and Africa’s first Astronaut Mark Shuttleworth, a multi-national technology company and the government.