"Chrome users have long been able to remotely connect and control to Windows and Mac OS X computers in the browser. Google expanded that list to include Linux computers this week, adding Linux beta support in the Chrome Remote Desktop application. The software works for both the Chrome browser and devices that run Google’s Chrome OS, including Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
"We discuss the updated Chrome Remote Desktop software on this week’s podcast and explain how I can now access my new Linux-powered Raspberry Pi with it. Also on this week’s show is news of Acer’s updated Chromebooks, Google Drive Apps in the Chrome App Launcher and how Chromebooks may be getting native video support for Chromecast. Tune in below or download the podcast here."
Note well, this article is listed on Yahoo among the "Microsoft Headlines", so I trust nobody will complain about my taking note of it here.
I left Windows behind years ago, and that is all that is necessary. Microsoft can labor with that millstone around its neck as long as it likes, but others are drifting away.
"July 11, 2014, 11:50 AM — Windows has been synonymous with Microsoft for as long as I can remember. The company is infamous for it's "Windows everywhere" mind-set that has caused it to miss the mobile revolution and lag behind companies like Apple and Google. Now, finally, it looks like Microsoft may be ready to move on from Windows, according to Time.
"According to Time:
"What a difference two years and a change in leadership makes. On Thursday morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed a much different vision compared to that of his predecessor, one that emphasizes productivity regardless of the computing platform. Although Windows will still play a role in Microsoft’s strategy, it’s no longer the focus. Nadella’s memo to employees doesn’t even mention Windows until the 23rd paragraph.
"Put another way, Nadella is doing what Ballmer never could: letting go of Windows as the center of Microsoft’s universe. Instead, Microsoft will be satisfied if people are using services like Office 365, Skype, OneDrive and Bing, whether they’re on an iPhone, Android device or Windows PC."
"As a longtime Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) shareholder, I'm well aware that the last few years have been disappointing when compared to the S&P 500.
"Microsoft, once a nimble innovator, has not been able to keep up and has been outmaneuvered several times in recent years. One company it can learn from is another giant -- Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF ) .
"Gary Shapiro -- head of the Consumer Electronics Association -- is also author of Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses. His book explains that in this age of fast technological changes, companies must employ ninja-like tactics to innovate their way to the top. This includes being quick, team-oriented, and always willing to change plans.
"I was able to speak with him at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas about his book, and which companies are doing things right.
In this video, Shapiro points to Samsung as a big company doing things right. This was recorded shortly before Microsoft named Satya Nadella as CEO, and Shapiro notes that Microsoft's new leader needs to break down siloes and unleash talented people into new areas."
That's more the style of the wallybot and other shillbots we've known for so long.
The world is "relaxing" (to use an engineering term) into a post-cold-war and post-colonial configuration. The process won't necessarily be pretty.
What we have been pleased to call "Iraq" is actually parts of at least three countries, according to the ethnicity of the people who live there. Artificial boundaries were drawn by colonial powers, and it took the tyranny of a Saddam Hussein to maintain those boundaries. Remove the externally-imposed constraints and the native ethnicities will assert themselves, and "Iraq" will revert to being three countries.
How's that again?
"Microsoft's new Climatology app makes it simple to check weather conditions anywhere on Earth. Funny thing is, the company just released it for Android devices, with no Windows Phone app in sight."
Apparently the answer is yes.
"To understand why NuoDB could threaten Oracle and its peers, it is useful to explain the distinction between “scale up” and “scale out.” According to my July 8 interview with NuoDB investor Mitchell Kertzman, managing director of Hummer Windblad and former Sybase CEO, “If you are a company that wants to expand its database capacity and buy from Oracle, you need to scale up. This means that you have to buy expensive hardware and software that is engineered for peak demand. With NuoDB, a company can scale out — meaning that it can inexpensively expand and contract its processing power through the cloud and have much less waste.” "
"Microsoft is concentrating its attention on perfecting Windows 8."
W8 is already known as a worse failure than Vista. W7 showed some signs that Microsoft had learned some lessons from Vista, but W8 shows that the lessons have already been forgotten.
"Microsoft is flailing in the mobile sector, facing stiff competition from Google and Apple.
"Microsoft still sells the most software out of any company in the world, by a large margin.
"Microsoft needs to innovate and diversify itself if it wants to expand beyond its already massive self.
"Microsoft (MSFT) began as a monopoly and then continued to be one. Just now, it seems like the tide may be shifting against it. Apple (AAPL) products swarm our vision, and the once-unknown computer maker is now grabbing market share away from Microsoft. On the mobile front, it doesn't seem like Microsoft has anything at all - every phone it comes out with seems clunky and unoriginal, which may be why Microsoft has such poor market share in the mobile space right now. That being said, let's not forget who we're dealing with here: Microsoft has a market capitalization of $346 billion and a vast store of patents. With all the growth that Microsoft has undergone, is there still room for more? Let's take a look."
It's an accepted variant spelling. Quoting from one dictionary:
"[smij-uhn] Show IPA
"a very small amount: a smidgen of jam for your toast.
"Also, smid·gin, smid·geon."
It appears Microsoft is offshoring its shills. The wallybot would fear for its job if it were a person.
The shills from Mumbai don't quite have the same venom, but they will learn, no doubt.
My my, Microsoft is beginning to sound almost civilized.
Horsepucky. Can't think of a real criticism? Try thinking of something good Microsoft has done lately.
Here, I'll give you a hint. They got rid of Ballmer. Good idea, though slow in coming.
Good idea. Why didn't I think of that? /sarcasm/
Actually, a lot of people are doing that. Nobody looks to Microsoft for new ideas any more, if they ever did.
Exactly. It has often been said, if Microsoft had come up with a decent operating system, there would have been no need for Linux.
Not everyone now remembers, but back in the 80's Microsoft came out with its own adaptation of Unix, which it called Xenix (corresponding to Solaris for Sun, AIX for IBM etc), intended to be Microsoft's flagship product. Exactly why the company went astray isn't clear, but I'd bet it has something to do with the departure of Paul Allen.
As it is, it looks like Microsoft is destined to fade into the background as just another application vendor, if it doesn't disappear altogether.
Agreed. I didn't anticipate Microsoft porting Office etc to Android (and other?) platforms, but in retrospect it makes sense for them to try it.
But I see it as temporizing, postponing the inevitable. It will hurt Windows, as MS management expected, while helping MS bottom line only temporarily, I expect. It shifts Microsoft's center of gravity to its "productivity" applications, making that an inviting target for anyone wanting to compete with Microsoft. There are already alternatives of which Libre Office is only one. Google Apps is another. Watch for that arena to heat up.
On the other hand, Linux wouldn't have happened without the Internet.
Microsoft management was right to see the Internet as a dire threat to its existence.
One thing we can definitely infer from all this -- the softie shills are seriously bothered by the fact that Android is Linux. It's something they don't want anyone to know or believe. That means it's a serious threat to Microsoft; otherwise they wouldn't bother to deny it. I've been pointing it out incidentally for some time, but only now, apparently, has it sunk in.