The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

Film-Speedy Zombies In the 2013 film, World War Z, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is riding through the streets of Jerusalem as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken) explains how the city was able to avoid the zombie apocalypse: The tenth man. If nine of us look at the same information and arrive at the exact same conclusion, it’s the duty of the tenth man to disagree. No matter how improbable it may seem, the tenth man… Read More


How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later

surface-pro-3f Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it’s a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. The device is basically the perfect partner for Windows 8 and the Modern Windows UI, but your appreciation of this device (or lack thereof) will depend heavily on what you want to do with your computer. Read More


Yammer’s David Sacks Departs Microsoft After Two-Year Tenure

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 2.41.43 PM Today Yammer’s founder and former CEO David Sacks announced that he will depart Microsoft, the software company that purchased his social enterprise startup for $1.2 billion.
His exit, which comes two years after the June 2012 acquisition of Yammer, follows standard timing. When companies are purchased, existing employees are often given two-year contracts, sometimes with earnouts attached. Read More


Microsoft Confirms Decision To Kill The Surface Mini

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 2.32.29 PM Remember the Surface Mini, a device that got axed at the last minute? Microsoft gave it a shout out in its earnings report today.
The company noted in its hardware section that its “[c]urrent year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.” Ding. Read More


Ahead Of Earnings, A Mixed Developer Landscape For Microsoft

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 8.38.32 AM A recent report by Developer Economics details a mixed picture for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms. Microsoft reports its earnings today after the bell, making the results of the survey more interesting. How will Microsoft frame its progress in attracting developer attention, and will its notes agree with the established figures? Read More


A Microsoft Surface Revenue Bet

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 4.56.14 PM After the introduction of the Surface Pro 3, I tweeted that I thought it would do pretty well in the market. I should have clarified that I meant that in the context of prior Surface sales, but I can’t edit tweets after the fact, so here we are. Read More


Microsoft Open Tech Brings Support For More Open-Source Projects To Azure

Microsoft Way At O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., today, Microsoft’s Open Technologies subsidiary announced two new partnerships that bring support for more open source technologies to the Microsoft Azure platform. Developers will now be able to use Azure with Packer.io, for example, a service for creating machine images for multiple platforms from one source configuration. Read More