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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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Project Natal – meet Milo

MICROSOFT have amazed me – meet MILO a 3D interactive Boy

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I Love Netbook Singapore – itsReal

Many will argue that netbooks are so under powered that it should hardly be called notebooks. But if you look that how the average users are using these devices, it seems the contrary is true. It seems that people are using their netbooks as notebooks and this is a very important observation which explains a growing trend; users are experimenting with running Windows Vista, Windows 7 and other more mainstream software on their netbooks. Netbooks which were initially designed for the casual web surfer and email addict is now a very affordable and capable notebook.

This site is created to provide you with the latest reviews and some tips and tricks on how you can optimize the use of your netbook to be more efficient on the road. Besides me, I have a couple of friends who will help me with content and the technical side of things. We are very proud to be launching this together with our partner Lenovo, during the IT show.

via About – I Love Netbook.

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Red Herring 100 North America 2009

On May 11 – 13, 2009, more than 350 CEOs, investors, government officials, and senior corporate business developers will meet to discuss the future of technology and venture capitalism at Red Herring 100 North America. At this event, executives from leading technology companies in North America will showcase exciting new advancements in technology and present a distinctive array of innovations. The top 100 privately held companies will be announced at the event with winners to be chosen by Red Herring editors from hundreds of submissions. By bringing together the CEOs and founders of these award-winning companies, Red Herring 100 offers attendees the opportunity to explore how North American firms are playing a major role in many tech sectors in a setting that fosters personal encounters and networking.

via Red Herring 100 North America – San Diego at San Diego Bay (Monday May 11, 2009) – Upcoming.

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What has Virtual Worlds done to peoples Imagination – itsReal

Thanks Skribe: http://www.skribeproductions.com/2009/03/05/world-builder/

Skribe, your presentation inworld this weekend at the Jokay UnConference – tells the story of viral video and its surge in dominance over text, it is only the beginning – videos matched with imagination, like these above of how the world might be and can be is really the payload for life in the generations ahead.



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future of corporate social media

Blogout! 2009

Blogout! ’09

Blogout! ’09 aims to help make sense of the social media landscape in Singapore.

It is an event to celebrate bloggers’ independent voices, emergent forms of social, web technology and to create change for their organizations, communities and society.

Corporate + Open Track
Open Track
Date: 6 & 7 March 2009 7 March 2009
Time: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Venue: 8Q, Singapore Art Museum – 8 Queen Street, Singapore
Fee: $90/per person (extended to 3 March 2009). Thereafter $120. Free, registration required
  • Gather 4 people that are a confirmed attendee, and you will get the 5th ticket FREE!
  • Hey, the 1st 50 to register & Pay are entitled a chance to win in the lucky draw.

This promotion is not applicable for payment made on-site.

Please contact Belinda Ong at +65 6220 6643 or email to belinda@firestarter.com.sg

Register now!

For detailed program: http://tdm.sg/events/blogout

Why attend?

There’s something for everyone at Blogout! this year. If you are an executive or business owner who wants to see how social media can work for your organization, you definitely do not want to miss Day 1 (Corporate Track) where we feature some of the best speakers and practitioners in the social media scene. Find out more here…

Key Speakers

Jon Yongfook

YongfookYongfook is an award-winning web producer, a blogger (of 10 years!), a proponent of permission-based marketing and a big believer in metrics-based approaches to solving online business problems. A programmer-designer-marketer living in Tokyo. He specialises in usability, platform development and online marketing. He’s the creator of open source lifestream software Sweetcron and the recipe sharing website Open Source Food (now known as Nibbledish), which was acquired by Tsavo Media in January 2009. He helps companies improve user experience, to increase conversions and revenue, assist companies reach new markets, and building online applications to solve a business or communication problem.

Melvin Yuan

MelvinMelvin is Director, Digital Strategies Group (Asia) at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. He’s a co-founder of Scoopasia.com and member of the Social Media Collective and The Digital Movement (Singapore). He is dedicated to helping PR practitioners understand the new world that we live in and to bridge the gap between the wired-world business objectives of today and the traditional PR methods that we’ve been used to.

Joel Postman

JoelJoel Postman is senior partner and chief enterprise social business strategist for Intridea, a Washington, D.C. based developer of Web 2.0 applications including the popular microblogging platform Present.ly. His background includes a decade of Fortune 500 corporate communications leadership, four years as the speechwriter to the CEO of Sun Microsystems, and experience in print and broadcast news. He is the author of SocialCorp: Social Media Goes Corporate, published December 2008. Joel lives with his family in the Santa Cruz Mountains. To the extent that he could be said to have grown up. He did so in the Silicon Valley, and first lived there before the discovery of silicon. He is also an experienced Zamboni driver.

Register today!

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Live from DMfest 2008 Singapore – Web 2.0 & Building Online Communities

First up is Aroon Tan – Managing Director & Co-founder of Magma  Studios – they build virtual worlds for companies – come on down Microsoft’s evangelist Jonathan Wong – his  5 minute demo begins now -he is nort promoting silverlight really he is not i think he has said silverlight 5 times – 6 his demo is on mobtv – he very funny – in context advertising to monetise your community – he is pushing his time limit – with his TOY F1 Girls – Ok Jonathan – till next time – come on S.P. Raja – from big blue IBM Technology Architect – important Lesson – Get ready to believe in the impossible – BuzzCity CEO Lai Kok Fung – Mobile Internet consumers using mobile devices as their primary device for the internet. India is used as country where people are accessing the internet with mobile phones – most have nvere used a computer.

BuzzCity is Buzzing…..

Hu Shunjie  from Seesmic – video platform to create conversations with video ! Community 2.0 – Video is most useful fr those with disabilities.

Another pitch from Microsoft – Windows Live is being rebuilt ! Facebook is a communications company not a social network – 18billion industry for virtual products – new industry arriving to trade virtual products – First Meta – Virtual Credit Card – for virtual and real goods


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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 ?

CNN Money Carries the Breaking News

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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
clipped from asia.cnet.com

Sober IT truths from the island-state

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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