Tag Archive: microsoft

Eight signs that Microsoft dead in the water

Check out this article by John Dvorak on Microsoft. 100% true. Great read.

I am fully convinced that Microsoft is loosing focus on its bread and butter business – i.e., developing good software. Instead its spending most of its energy in territories like advertising and search. Leave those things alone! Yes, agreed that there is lot money involved in advertising, but that does not mean that you should jump into the other territories without having the capabilities.

Microsoft is too occupied and obsessed with what Google is doing and that’s gonna cost Microsoft a lot!. Where as, Google doesn’t bother about what Microsoft does!!.. The day it does, Google too would be in big trouble!

One of the points from the above article…

8. Preoccupation with Google. Microsoft is too easily distracted by successful companies who are not competitors. There is a deep-rooted belief that if a company like Google is successful, then they are an enemy per se. So the company obsesses on what Google is doing rather than concentrating on important Microsoft projects. Now Microsoft is about to do a deal with Yahoo to flank Google. This old-lady-like skittishness is unbecoming for a company this size.

Check this: Possible Microsoft & Yahoo merger article on slashdot.

More: Mr. Ballmer’s mail to Micro$oft folks.

I feel that the next couple of years would really decide Microsoft’s future!

Google Calendar is Live… and it rocks!!

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is Live… and it rocks!… Its just too cool. I am really impress at the feature set they have provided on day 1. Almost as good as outlook. … in fact its much better than outlook!

The entire blogosphere has gone crazy about this, and i think this would be a hot topic for the next few days!.

I just quickly reviewed it, and I am amazed at the features that they have provided. The best part is the “Quick Add” feature. Just say “Meet Mr.XYZ at Bangalore at 3PM this Saturday” , and it understands!. It also gives you an option to view the map of that area (i.e., Bangalore in this case)! Very Impressive. Besides, the entire calendar is click-able/draggable. Its totally Ajax based. You can setup notifications too (emails and if you are in US, you can setup SMS notifications too).

The UI is just fantastic. Oh yes, there is very good support of data import/export. You can import your Outlook calendar, Apple iCal data, or Yahoo! Calendar data. You can also export to both XML and ICAL. And… the best part is, you can share the calendar with rest of the world or you can allow granular access to people you choose!!

One more step close to a Web-based world! Can’t wait for web-based document editor (aka word) and a web-based spreadsheet (aka excel)!

Do give it a try!, and ..yes, its still a beta!

More info from Google available here.

More review here, here, here and here.

Win XP on Mac : Officially – An bouncer from Apple

April 1st, 2006, 30th anniversary of Apple. And no major announcements from Apple. That’s what the world thought. But then came this announcement….a bouncer from Apple! Boot Camp.

Now you can run Win XP on an Intel Mac. I would say that this is a major event in the history of computing. It means a lot, and I am sure that the Apple stocks are zooming sky up.

How would it impact Micro$oft? Well, as of now, Microsoft would be happy to see that Win XP works on Mac. But, Apple is a company which has learnt some hard lessons. Specially from Micro$oft. Its just a matter of time. For now, It would also mean that the sales of Macs would sky rocket since it would open up a whole new segment of users – the business users! Think about it! Wow.

I think the next big company to be impacted would be Dell. Dell, Watch out! Seriously, I was considering buying a dual core Laptop from Dell but now suddenly, a MacBook Pro seems to be a better option!. What say ?

BTW, an interesting side note from the Boot Camp site …

Word to the Wise
Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it’ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes.

Oh, yes, there is a rumor that with the next version of OS X, one can directly run Windows Applications in the OS X environment. Wow!

Google + Sun = Google Office ?

The world changes this week“! This is what Jonathan Schwartz — President and COO of Sun Microsystems said in his personal blog couple of days back (oct 01, 2005)!

If I were a betting man, I’d bet the world was about to change. And that what just happened in Massachusetts, when a state government made what was to me a very rational statement – we will pick an open standard to protect the right of our citizens to access data and services; we will then buy from vendors that support standards – will be a shot heard ’round the world.

And today, Google Inc’s Eric Schmidt and Sun Microsystem’s Scott McNealy are giving a news conference, announcing some form of collaboration between their companies! [Web Cast Link]

Its going to be a very exciting day!

Microsoft office 12 suddenly seems to be in deep trouble.

According to slashdot, we can expect it to be an AJAX version of OpenOffice.. wow!. I am super excited!

MCP bootcamps again

Like I had mentioned earlier, we are supposed to take up the MCAD certification exams. I have already cleared one of the exams (70-305 – Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET), and now its time to take up the next set of exams. So, back to bootcamps again.

Today we stared with the bootcamp for the 70-229 elective exam (Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Enterprise Edition ). The boot camp goes for two days.

The next bootcamp is for 70-310 exam (Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework ), and is planned for Monday.

So, 4 days back to back in classrooms. So, in a couple of weeks, I would be MCAD certified.

Be ready to buy a new monitor and hardware!

Be ready to buy a new monitor, and other hardware if you are planing on to upgrade to Windows Vista.

Traditionally every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, it implicitly means that its time to junk your existing hardware, no matter how new it is.

This time, even if you have the latest, and the fastest hardware, its even worse. You might need to replace your Monitor tooo – If you want to see protected contents. You need to get a DRM enabled monitor, which obviously would be expensive.

More info here : Microsoft Vista means you need new monitors

This is one more way of making money. And its a cheap way of making money.

BTW, PC Mag has a detailed review of MS Windows Vista Beta 1 at : http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1840730,00.asp

Reading the review, clearly indicates that windows is aping(as ever) Mac OS! (it never will)

MCAD certification

I might have to soon be a Microsoft Certified Application Developer. (MCAD) . My company is kind of sponsoring this. :). Its a good thing.

To get the MCAD certification, one has to clear 2 core exams, and 1 elective exams. The individual exams make you a MCP – Microsoft Certified Professional.

I would mostly be taking up the following exams :

Core Exams :

  • Exam 70-305 – Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET
  • Exam 70-310 – Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework

Elective :

  • Exam 70-229 – Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Enterprise Edition

Yesterday we had a boot-camp for the 70-305 exam at office. And we had mock test took. Kind of ok. Manageable. Most of the participants cleared the mock test at the end of the boot-camp. Next is the real exam.

Wish me luck ;)

It isn’t spyware anymore!!

This is kind of insane. A recent spyware report from Webroot Software Inc. lists Claria’s software as the second most prolific adware install, appearing on more than 2 percent of consumer desktops. Webroot also counts Claria’s GAIN application as the second biggest threat to desktop computers.

And…………..Microsoft buys Claria (to fight spyware with spyware????.. .. god only knows!)

And worse, Microsoft Windows anti-spyware application has now downgraded Claria’s Gator detections and changed the recommended action from ‘quarantine’ to ‘ignore.’ !!.

Now, What message is Microsoft giving the community ?….
…. since its now owned by Microsoft ignore the GAIN application even its a spyware …. what the heck, there are too many such things in Windows itself which are worse when compared to GAIN!