“Microsoft tech-support virus scam”

One downside to home-working (I’m in my home office three days a week), is that you realise just how often your home phone rings during the day. I try to ignore it, knowing that it’s very likely to be a cold caller, but there’s always a concern it’s actually important; perhaps the kids’ school, a…

Knock, knock, knocking on Nokia’s door

For & Against My views [on behalf of my employer] regarding the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia Devices & Services. Published in Global Telecoms Business by the rather great @alanburkittgray Spoiler alert…the other guy is wrong                     Click to access 130930-global-telecoms-business.pdf  

Microsoft and Nokia: The dust has settled…

Windows Phone has long been key to Microsoft’s continued sustainability and relevance. Nothing reinforces that sentiment more than the acquisition of its largest smartphone hardware partner. For many in the industry the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business by Microsoft comes as little surprise. As early as 2011, people were speculating that the newly…

Skydrive: A case of mistaken identity

When I first read this headline, I had to check that it wasn’t 1st April.  Could Sky, a television and communications business, really have forced Microsoft to rename its cloud storage solution, Skydrive? My first reaction was one of incredulity (I thought Apple had the market for petty legal attacks in the bag). In its…

Microsoft and BlackBerry absent from MWC?

I first got a little suspicious a couple of weeks ago when I searched on the GSMA website. Looking through the list of Mobile World Congress exhibitors I noticed a couple of absences; Microsoft and BlackBerry. Neither was listed, and neither seemed very forthcoming in responding to my tweets asking about their plans for the…

Yammer and enterprise networking

News of Microsoft’s $1.2bn acquisition of Yammer hit my desktop at the same time I was reading a news piece about the ‘death of email‘. It’s enterprise networking tools like Yammer that incentivize the media to proclaim the demise of email. These platforms bring social networking functionality into the workplace, allowing colleagues to share and…

Windows Phone 7 needs to keep the Office lights on

Cross-posted to my company blog (wds.co) The industry is awash with Windows Phone 7 right now. But of all the commentary that’s flying about, very little has really touched on Microsoft’s key motivations for the OS. Had this  ‘just‘ been about smartphone operating systems,  I don’t think anyone would have been surprised by Microsoft’s retirement…