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Their Version

By Michael Mulvey on April 2, 2014 2:43 PM

CNN Money: Meet Cortana, Microsoft's Siri

NYTimes: Cortana, Microsoft's Answer to Siri

The Verge: The story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri killer

Engadget: Microsoft unveils Cortana, its answer to Siri and Google Now

Gizmodo: Windows Phone 8.1's Cortana Is Google Now Plus Siri

The tech press, understandably, has been comparing Microsoft's voice assistant, Cortana, with Apple's Siri.

I love how they call Cortana, "Microsoft's Siri".

Sort of how the Zune was Microsoft's iPod. And Surface is Microsoft's iPad. And Bing is Microsoft's Google.

Best of luck in the mobile wars, Microsoft.

Microsoft Cortina

By Michael Mulvey on April 2, 2014 9:10 AM

Microsoft just announced their entry into the automotive world this morning with their new voice-assisted car, the Cortina.

I'm confused.

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Steroids Suck

By Michael Mulvey on February 11, 2014 9:52 AM

Bijan Sabet:

We often hear about new products that promise to beat the current market leader by being the "blah blah blah on steroids".

I'm not a big fan of this strategy.

That doesn't mean that the market leader isn't vulnerable but it's a question of the approach.

Apple didn't put a hurt on Microsoft desktop business by a better version of Mac OS. They put the hurt by nailing a new category altogether with the iPad.

By contrast Microsoft has adopted the "on steroids" strategy in many of their products.

The Surface tablet is an attempt to be an "iPad on steroids". It has a keyboard, it shipped with a pro and consumer model. It can do split screen. The list goes on.

You know how well the Surface did.

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My blood-schädenfreude level was getting low. Thanks, Bill.

By Michael Mulvey on February 9, 2014 12:31 PM

[Update: I should have know I was Onion-rolled. This New Yorker piece is fake. Still funny.]

Andy Borowitz, for The New Yorker:

A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates's first day in his new job had been "a learning experience" and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7.

Is this not a perfect metaphor for Microsoft?

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Ctrl+Alt+Del

By Michael Mulvey on January 23, 2014 8:56 AM

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Many Misses

By Michael Mulvey on December 11, 2013 9:28 AM

Fortune looks at the legacy (if you can call it that) that Steve Ballmer leaves on Microsoft.

My favorite part isn't the bullshit ego stroking the article gives Ballmer.

No, my favorite part is Jean-Louis Gassée in the comments:

No mention whatsoever of Ballmer's many misses: music, search, maps, phones, tablets, windows 8, king of browsers Internet Explorer dethroned by Google, social networks.

Whatever, those are just little details.

Nothing to see here.

Contenders Interested In Damaged Goods, Please Stand Up

By Michael Mulvey on December 9, 2013 8:53 AM

I love reading Jean-Louis Gassée. He has a remarkable ability to beautifully and concisely explain things in the world of technology (he probably could do it with any subject).

His latest post is about Microsoft's CEO search, now that Ballmer is out:

For a large, established company, having to use an executive recruiter to find its next CEO carries a profoundly bad aroma. It means that the directors failed at one of their most important duties: succession planning. Behind this first failure, a second one lurks: The Board probably gave the previous CEO free rein to promote and fire subordinates in a way that prevented successors from emerging.

I still contend it's going to get worse for Microsoft before it gets better.

Noted.

By Michael Mulvey on December 6, 2013 9:16 AM

Forbes contributor Mark Fidelman says Microsoft will overtake Apple in 3 years.

And that, my friends, is the comedy to start your weekend.

Profitable Losses

By Michael Mulvey on November 26, 2013 2:19 PM

From BGR:

Despite selling more than a million Xbox Ones in less than 24 hours after launch, Microsoft is not going to make money off its latest gaming console anytime soon, prompting some analysts to advise a spin-off for the Xbox division. Barron's points us to note sent on Friday by Nomura Equity Research analyst Rick Sherlund to investors claiming that Microsoft stands to lose more than $1 billion this year from its Xbox venture, a number that looks slightly better than the initial $2 billion Xbox One loss forecast from the same research firm.

???

I think it's good I'm not a "finance" or "business" person, because selling shit without making money on it doesn't make any sense to me.

I Can Answer That

By Michael Mulvey on November 26, 2013 12:19 PM

Co.Design: Why Did Apple Just Pay $360 Million For Microsoft's Sloppy Seconds?

Because Apple can probably do a much better job at implementing the technology than Microsoft has thus far:

There is another way to use Kinect, too: with your hands. Simply raise a hand up to the screen, hover over any tile, and push forward to select an app. Close your fist to grab the screen, and you can drag it to scroll much the same way you'd swipe across a touchscreen. In Internet Explorer, you can even "punch" the screen with your fist or pull it away to zoom. Unfortunately, it's even more finicky than the voice commands: sometimes I couldn't get it to recognize my hands, and often I selected something I didn't mean to.

Call me crazy.

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