Surface 3

Microsoft has announced a new addition to the Surface line, the Surface 3, now this device borrows heavily form the Surface Pro 3 line and rightly so. The Surface Pro 3 for all intents and purposes is a hit for Microsoft.

While the Surface 2 and the Surface RT before it, didn’t do much to generate sales or revenues for the company, the Surface Pro 3 has actually made a profit for Redmond and does generate some excitement for the device.

I predict this one will sell in bigger numbers that the Pro 3 thanks to a great form factor and value and very attractive price.

It also seems that the door for Apple to undermine the Surface Pro 3’s momentum with an “iPad Pro” has just closed a little more.

So far the Surface team seems to be fleshing out and rebalancing the Surface line nicely.


Blogging Away

Sitting down in a local coffee shop and trying to enjoy s hot cop of coffee can sometimes be a challenge after all, its a public place and anybody’s welcome who’s interested in purchasing something to drink.

I for one was surrounded one day by a group of bikers, not the leather vested and tattooed type the kind that rides the very expensive two wheeled chain driven, human powered and very expensive made bicycle that when I was a kid I called my Schwinn.

They usually show up on the weekend all around the same time and then congregate and discuss their upcoming ride and the challenges it will present to them.

No I don’t mind this as I’ve gotten used to them and the clicking of their special shoes  and very  aerodynamic safety helmets.

Unless….I’m trying to post to my blog as I was trying to do this particular morning. One of the riders even seemed to take a fancy to my tablet computer I use as my daily driver.

I finally decided I had enough and pulled out my noise cancelling in ears, a must for anyone trying to do any kind of work in a regularly noisy area.

After turning on my favorite Bose headphones and moving a few seats over and away form the group they seemed to take notice of me and my annoyance to their presence and all of the them got up and departed to begin their ride.

Now in reality, I’m here quite a bit and I cross paths with these weekend Tour de France types all the time, they recognize me and I of course know them as well.

It’s because of this that I believe they decided to show me a little courtesy and leave me in peace, and I appreciate it.

Blogging this particular morning was something  of a challenge for me. I was just  sitting and trying to decide what to write when this group of individuals gave me something to blog about.

I’ll probably just sit here the next time and let them talk away until they’re ready to go.

Nokia and Microsoft

So its now official, Microsoft will officially buy Nokia’s handset and hardware business and some patent rights to go along with the move.

I won’t go into the details of this purchase which at this time has yet to happen before going through  all the regular regulatory maneuvering.

Of course you have the usual and expected opinions divided on both sides and not quite down the middle.

The Android fan boys lament the loss of Nokia to Microsoft and what could have been had Nokia decided to commit to or commit suicide realistically by adopting Android early and following HTC into a possible dead end of an alleyway.

Windows phone might have seemed like a less than obvious choice to many, but  with Microsoft willing to get behind Nokia and push Windows Phone at all costs..something Google would not have wanted or would have been unwilling  to do.

Was Elop a “Trojan horse” as many have claimed, maybe, most likely Elop was a conduit, an agent provocateur  that would help Redomond get a lot of needed insight into Nokia’s capabilities and the chances of taking the relationship to the next level.

There’s no naiveté on Nokias board, they knew that business prospects for the Finnish Giant was dire at best without having a very close relationship with a partner with the resources to carry the relationship forward.

Nokia and Microsoft entered the relationship being “just friends” while always secretly and probably discreetly making their longer term desires known.