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Ballmer Bites Back, Disses the iPad

Ladies and gentlemen, step up to the ring: We’ve got a good old-fashioned Microsoft-Apple battle a-brewin’.

In one corner, you have Steve Jobs, the turtleneck-loving, porn-hating Apple CEO who says the “post-PC era” is upon us.

In the other, you have Steve Ballmer, the “developers!”-chanting, fancy-dancing Microsoft boss who likens Jobs’ vision of technology to an elitist fantasy.

This week, the two forces indirectly clashed onstage at The Wall Street Journal’s D8 conference in Southern California. And, suffice it to say, some colorful comments ensued — comments that, depending upon whose side you believe, could foreshadow some interesting things for the future of business computing. After all, as conventional wisdom goes, Apple has a legacy of downplaying the business market that Microsoft has courted for 30 years.

Steve vs. Steve: PCs, iPads, and the Future of Computing

First, the background: The Microsoft-Apple argument started when Jobs took the stage at D8 on Tuesday. Speaking with the Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Jobs delivered the sure-to-be-eternally-quoted line: “PCs are going to be like trucks.”

(It’s safe to say he didn’t mean they’d be powerful and reliable — you know, “like a rock.”)

Jobs went on to elaborate, suggesting that PCs would always be around but would eventually be used only by “one out of ‘x’ people” — leaving it up to you to fill in the ominous variable.

“This transformation’s going to make some people uneasy,” Jobs said. “People from the PC world.”

Ballmer’s D8 Rebuttal

Fast-forward to Thursday, when Steve Ballmer got his turn up on the D8 stage. Ballmer contradicted Jobs’ remarks, declaring that the age of the PC was anything but over.

“I think people are going to be using PCs in greater and greater numbers for many years to come,” he said. “There may be a reason why they call them ‘Mack Trucks,’ but Windows machines are not going to be trucks — they’re not.”

Ballmer went on to knock the idea of owning a different device for every purpose — say, an iPad for the road, an iPhone for the pocket, and an iMac for the home — suggesting that such a concept might seem realistic within the “bubble” of a tech conference but would never prove feasible for the majority of consumers.

“I think there will exist a general purpose device that does everything you want, because I don’t think the whole world’s going to be able to afford five devices per person,” Ballmer said.

Finally, Microsoft’s main man directly dissed the iPad, saying the famed tablet itself was merely a “different form factor of PC” — and proceeding to take a jab at its practical uses.

“A guy tried to take notes on one in a meeting with me yesterday. That was fun,” Ballmer quipped. “The meeting didn’t go real fast.”

The Battle in the Business World

When it comes to mobile tech and business, both Ballmer and Jobs may soon be battling a common enemy. Apple’s iPad is sure to face stiff competition from the soon-to-hit onslaught of Android-based tablets, which will offer corporate decision-makers far more options in terms of both hardware and carriers (not to mention far fewer restrictions in terms of content and applications). The iPad, after all, is more geared for consuming than creating content. A true mobile road warrior needs a device that’s built for the latter.

For Microsoft, with its thus-far-tablet-free shelves, the bigger threat may be Google’s upcoming Chrome OS. The operating system, set to debut sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, will bring a lightweight, open source alternative to netbooks and potentially desktop PCs as well. And if Google’s able to get businesses on-board with its cloud-driven vision, Microsoft may be in for another serious fight.

For now, though, it looks like it’s tech’s oldest feud that’s taking center stage yet again. Ah, nostalgia.

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Revamped Microsoft Office Will Be Free on the Web

This is going to be a very short post. I have just received news that :

Revamped Microsoft Office Will Be Free on the Web

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Google Chrome – how to attack Microsoft in one single BLOW – itsReal

Virtually out of the BLUE – Google announces its new browser by mistake ? Hmm.. apparently the announcement was not meant to happen for a week but some innocent google person hit send on a comic book to announce CHROME – personally i wonder how accidental this is BUT lets give google the benefit of the doubt.

What does this mean for all of us, what does this mean for builders of virtual worlds like Twinity… is Google attempting to BUILD like the Romans – and inspire companies to build websites based around their new browser which makes enjoyment on browsers like FIREFOX, SAFARI, IE impossible…. we have just concluded the Olympics but I foresee a NEW Gold Medal race has just emerged – accidentally ?

More info below:

Google Chrome – Google Book Search.

Their announcement post:

Thoughts on Chrome & More from the Head of Mozilla:

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microsoft Surface heats up Rio in Las Vegas – itsReal

will the integrated resorts in Singapore be getting some of these screens…

Surely the IR’s can figure out how to back money back from them…. these are cool toys !!!

For more videos on deployment & insider news visit: Microsoft Virtually Anything Goes….

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is Yahoo Microsoft’s 45 Billion Diamond – itsReal

Just before Christmas I had the opportunity to have lunch with a bunch of Microsoft evangelists and TDM members. The discussion was how we perceived Microsoft today – during the conversation an opinion was offered that Microsoft, if it did not change had the potential to become like a Power Utility, something everyone needs but pay the bills because we have to and NOT because we want to – Could the latest offer to buy over Yahoo change Microsoft ? and save it from its current possible future ?

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Singapore’s planned software Grid – itsReal

Hey Nic WILL it happen – will microsoft comply – and become a Power Station – a mere but important utility to be tapped into when needed… by the way everyone remember to flick-off
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by Nicholas Aaron Khoo, Singapore

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Singapore Government making software ownership easy?

The Singapore Government has just launched an initiative toward a wired future where companies and organizations can use any software big or small as an online service instead of the current traditional sales model.
Imagine a not-too-distant future where any business from hair salons to clinics, to medium-sized companies or non-profit organizations can go onto this platform to find complete suites of applications that can help them manage their businesses, for cheap! That’ll surely be a great catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore!
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parents are clueless…


cyper savvy parents

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Microsoft eyes stake in Facebook

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Microsoft is talking to Facebook about buying a minority stake in the fast-growing online social network that could value the company at $US10 billion or more, the Wall Street Journal is reporting on its website.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal said the world’s largest software company sought to buy a stake of up to 5 per cent in Facebook for $US300 million to $US500 million.

Facebook, led by its 23-year-old founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, may insist on a valuation as high as $US15 billion and is considering raising up to $US500 million in cash to expand its operations, according to the Journal.

Such a deal could help Microsoft better compete against web search leader Google for a growing base of online advertising and put one of the Internet’s hottest names firmly in Microsoft’s camp.

Google has also expressed an interest in investing in Facebook, the Journal report said.

“It would probably be pretty good for Microsoft since it has not had the best success in creating really hip, young-people-grabbing stuff on the web,” said Kim Caughey, a senior analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group, which oversees more than $US1 billion, including Microsoft shares, for clients.

Microsoft would not comment on the report, while Facebook representatives were not immediately available to comment.

Facebook, which allows members to seek out a circle of friends and share online activities, has seen speculation over a potential partnership or buyout intensify as it rapidly expands its base of users and advertisers.

It has grown to 39 million members, up nearly 63 per cent from 24 million in late May, and is quickly gaining ground against larger rival MySpace, bought by News Corp in 2005 for what is now seen as a bargain price of $US580 million. MySpace now has more than 200 million users.

Microsoft already has an exclusive agreement until 2011 to broker display advertisements for Facebook. The Journal said Microsoft and Facebook are discussing expanding that agreement beyond the United States.

After relinquishing an early advantage in the lucrative paid search market to Google and Yahoo, Microsoft is trying to catch up by clinching deals to broker display advertising to some of the leading names in “Web 2.0.”

Web 2.0 is a catch-phrase for a new generation of internet services that run on interactive software and typically rely on content generated by users to attract more visitors to the site.


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iPhone Mania & Microsoft Sour Grapes? – itsReal

At the Microsoft Premix 2007 event at Geek Terminal on Thursday night it was encouraging to see the new developments coming our way with Silverlight. I just downloaded the package and my brand new MacBook can not install it o well…quite funny because the reason is I need Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher hmmm I have Mac OS X 10.4.10…never mind…what was more disappointing however was the bashing of APPLE iPhone on the night. Tuning into CNN Dial “P” for Phenzy news report and seeing the crowds lining up to purchase the iPhone for USD600 this morning however makes me believe it is just sour grapes from Microsoft that they have not got an iPhone of their own.

Please bring the iPhone to ASIA quickly. I wonder if someone has created a “Virtual iPhone” for Second Life or


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Virtual Hiring a PR disaster – itsReal

Disappointment is all I can say, I recently wrote a post, see here, that basically was a promo for the in-world virtual career fair,

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