Forget Vista, I'm Skipping to Windows 7
Wondering what the next
release of Windows
for the desktop will look like? So am I, and so -- I
imagine -- are the developers themselves.
But here's what we do know: It already has a code-name, "Windows 7"
(Windows 95 was 4, 98 was 5 and XP was 6), it's expected to ship in 2010, and
it will run in 32 or 64 bits. Microsoft is also kicking around the idea of selling
it on a subscription basis.
Do you really want to rent your OS? And should Redmond bite the bullet and
go pure 64-bit? Let us know at [email protected].
Microsoft Research Shows More Than It Ships?
I've been a defender of Microsoft Research and the billions that the company
spends exploring the computing envelope. Other journalists haven't been as kind,
taking the division to task for not turning its research into leading-edge products
we all can use.
The more I hear about Microsoft Research demos that are all show and no product,
the more I start to agree. While there's a place for pure research, other companies
-- such as startups -- research, develop, then ship!
Last week, Microsoft
Research held a Faculty Summit where it showed off new pen and search technology,
as well as speakers that can isolate two different sounds in a single room (so
you can watch the hockey game while your spouse listens to "Days of Our
Lives," or vice versa). Oh, and don't forget the robot that uses an old
cell phone as its brain.
I'm still a fan of Microsoft Research, but would be an even bigger supporter
if I could use some of its inventions. What say you? What do you want to see
Microsoft invent? Let us know at [email protected].
A Bad Quarter for Google (Kinda Sorta)
I wouldn't mind having the bad
quarter Google just posted. The search engine king reported earnings of
nearly a billion dollars on sales of nearly $4 billion -- a neat little 25 percent
margin. Meanwhile, revenue was up almost 60 percent compared to the previous
So Wall Street geniuses drove the stock price up, right? Not on your life.
The Street was looking for more and slapped Google upside the head by driving
the share price down 8 percent in one day.
Meanwhile, Google exec Eric Schmidt is talking cautiously about the future,
indicating that the company will slow down its hiring (is that why it hasn't
returned my calls?).
results, to my mind, were also superb. It has more than three times the
profits of Google (MS had $3 billion) and over three times its revenues (MS
had over $13 billion). But as an older and larger company, Redmond's growth
rates failed to compare to Google's.
Andreessen Now Even Richer
Marc Andreessen has never been seen as a real heavyweight executive. Many felt
he lucked into the whole browser thing and went along for the ride at Netscape.
I sometimes veered into that category, as well.
Marc, I take it all back. You're smart, inventive and a heckuva businessman.
The proof is in the results.
After Netscape, Marc (using his first name saves me from spelling his last
one) started Loudcloud. He sold a chunk of that to EDS and turned the rest into
Opsware, which he just unloaded
on HP for $1.6 billion -- despite the fact that Opsware has been losing
money. Now, that's a businessman!
Which tech exec do you think is underrated? Let us know at [email protected].
Mailbag: Taking Apart the Trade Deficit
One reader shares his thoughts on the U.S. tech sector's $102 billion trade
I see the problem as twofold. One, the American lifestyle to which we
have become accustomed has mutated into a self-centered gimme-gimme kind of
mindset, where all things should be cheap and disposable.
The other is that other countries are actually CULTURES; the U.S. has
no culture. So we stand alone, basically doing economic battle with people
who are held together by their belief in what they are, often bound by an
almost World War II-like desire to excel as a race. People in this country
seem to hold Japanese and German (and probably all foreign) products in higher
regard than our own. Why? Because they believe that those countries have pride
in their work and that they are unified in their efforts to supply a superior
product. Why do they believe that? Because they have jobs which reveal a total
lack in ethics by their co-workers, and they see the low quality of work.
Why is there a low quality of work? Because everything is cheap and disposable,
you don't have to work hard, and you're not a team or a culture struggling
Myself, I know the value of the American worker, and I strive to buy
not only U.S.-made, but also U.S.-owned. I willingly pay more, something most
Americans refuse to do. I remember when all my server stuff was made in the
U.S., and only small chips came from foreign markets. Now, companies like
Intel are investing more in off-shore manufacturing, and you have to wonder
when the technology will leave with the manufacturing. People have to be willing
to sacrifice and keep those U.S. companies here, even if it means paying more
Tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to [email protected].
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.