• July 29, 2019

    Comparing Google and Microsoft Revenues

  • The Seattle area, home to both Microsoft and Amazon, is a potent symbol of the affordable housing crisis that has followed the explosive growth of tech hubs. Now Microsoft, arguing that the industry has an interest and responsibility to help people left behind in communities transformed by the boom, is putting up $500 million to help address the problem. Microsoft’s money represents the most ambitious effort by a tech company to directly address the inequality that has spread in areas where the industry is concentrated, particularly on the West Coast. It will fund construction for homes affordable not only to the company’s own non-tech workers, but also for teachers, firefighters and other middle– and low-income residents. Microsoft’s move comes less than a year after Amazon successfully pushed to block a new tax in Seattle that would have made large businesses pay a per-employee tax to fund homeless services and the construction of affordable housing. The company said the tax created a disincentive to create jobs. Microsoft, which is based in nearby Redmond, Wash., and has few employees who work in the city, did not take a position on the tax. The debate about the rapid growth of the tech industry and the inequality that often follows has spilled across the country, particularly as Amazon, with billions of taxpayer subsidies, announced plans to build major campuses in Long Island City, Queens, and Arlington, Va., that would employ a total of at least 50,000 people. In New York, elected officials and residents have raised concerns that Amazon has not made commitments to support affordable housing. Microsoft has been at the vanguard of warning about the potential negative effects of technology, like privacy or the unintended consequences of artificial intelligence. Executives hope the housing efforts will spur other companies to follow its lead....
  • January 16, 2019

    Walgreens Partners With Microsoft

    Brad Sams from reports via Twitter that the Walgreens Microsoft partnership will, in fact, includes 380,000 licenses of Microsoft 365. 380,000 Walgreens employees moving to Microsoft 365. Someone is getting a yuge bonus for landing that. — Brad Sams (@bdsams) January 15, 2019
  • Microsoft and Amazon announced today that the Amazon Echo will be able to talk to Microsoft Cortana AI (Artificial Intelligence) Platform. Amazons very popular AI platform Alexa will be able to talk to Cortana, and Cortana will be able to talk to Alexa. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in the post “Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us,” going on to say “Bringing Cortana’s knowledge, Office 365 integration, commitments, and reminders to Alexa is a great step toward that goal.” Users will have access to Alexa and Cortana features no matter what platform they are using. If you are by your Echo you could Cortana to booking a meeting, accessing work calendars, or reading your work email. The same goes for if you are on a Windows 10 computer you could as Alexa to make a change to your smart home device, check the status of Amazon orders or interact with Alexa skills to listen to Sirius Radio. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said “The world is big and so multifaceted. There are going to be multiple successful intelligent agents, each with access to different sets of data and with different specialized skill areas. Together, their strengths will complement each other and provide customers with a richer and even more helpful experience,” Alexa and Cortana will begin talking to each other later this year. What surprised me is how long Siri has been around and Amazon never reached out to Apple who is not offering a smart speaker competitor until recently and really is not even a competitor for Amazon in its current form. On top of that Amazon had time to talk to Apple before their HomePod debut and HomePod will not even debut until December reports are saying....
  • August 11, 2017

    Microsoft Is Now A Linux Company

    We start out the show talking about a lot of news coming out of the Microsoft camp. We talk about consumer reports and the Microsoft Surface. We talk about Netflix news and David Letterman returning to late night on Netflix. Google has a new messenger app plus Microsoft now supports more Linux than ever. Consumer Reports: Microsoft Surface is Dead Last for Reliability Microsoft Issues a Major Update to OneDrive on iOS Disney starting their own streaming service removing Netflix David Letterman Returning to TV With Netflix Talk Show Microsoft Announced New Beta YouTube Uptime is Another Google Messenger AMD Confirms Linux Performance Marginality Problem Microsoft is Changing Windows 10 to Meet Kaspersky Demands You Can Test Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows Server in Preview Chrome OS set to get trackpad pinch-to-zoom, launcher gestures, and back button
  • November 30, 2016

    Microsoft News Week

    Today we get into the new podcast schedule and what where doing with our premium membership. We get into tech Black Friday Sales and news of the week lots of Microsoft News. We get into Apple and Microsoft partnership. Much Much more….. Microsoft Selling Nokie Black Friday Skype Integrates iOS 10 Adobe Photoshop elements for sale on Microsoft store Grammarly Dedicated support line for surface studio owners Microsoft bringing solitaire coming to android n iOS Chaseable tiles on Microsoft Instagram live Groove does not offer family plan Cortana does todo list Visual Basic 2017 on mac Echo Touchscreen
  • November 4, 2016

    Apple Envy

    This week on the show we go into past events the Windows 10 event, Apple Macbook event and Office 365 event. We talk about Steve Ballmer and his Apple Envy and how Microsoft dropped the ball on the Windows phone. We talk about Apple and Microsoft earning reports. We get into Skype and the brand recognition vs Google Hangouts. We go into the security of iMessage and Apple bug bounty price vs Google Android pricing. Plus Much More….. Join Me Today To Talk About… Apple Earnings Report Microsoft Earning Reports iMessage Security New Macbook Pro New Windows 10 Surface Facebook Workplace Apple Bug Bounty Skype
  • Virtual Reality or VR is defiantly the hot item in tech right now and probably the hot item for the holiday buying season. Google release their mobile VR head set last week called Daydream at a price point of $79. Looking at the product it seems rather comfortable to wear, easy to operate and has a few fun games to play. Samsung Gear VR was being offered free for a while with the purchase of a galaxy phone. Samsung Gear VR is no longer free but sits at a price point of $99.99. The PlayStation VR Launch Bundle or PlayStation VR Starter Bundle are around $499.99 the PlayStation VR alone with nothing included is running about $399.99 at most retailers. Oculus Rift which in my opinion is the flagship VR headset is priced on their website at $599.00 USD. Then there is Microsoft HoloLens which sits at a price point of $3000.00 for consumer and $5000.00 for business. Microsoft announced earlier this week that they are accepting pre-orders for HoloLens in six additional countries, Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Before announcement HoloLens was limited to developers and commercial customers in the U.S. and Canada only. Microsoft has said that Windows Holographic technologies will be available on Windows 10 sometime in the first half of 2017 making the technology available through PCs with the capable hardware. HoloLens has about 80 compatible apps in the Windows Store so far with no great media attention for any of them. What I don’t understand is how Microsoft is expecting to make money with this product. By pricing this product at 3000 dollars they have priced out the consumer. Apple made the same mistake with the first Macintosh computers. There is such a small set of people that can afford...
  • October 12, 2016

    Apple Google Facebook The Messenger War

    It’s amazing to me at times in tech the tech world what’s old is now new again just in a different way. For example in the 70’s and 80’s everything was terminals and dial up modems connecting to a mainframe computer hosted at data center. Then in the 90’s Microsoft changed the industry by making servers and workstations affordable on local networks with the Windows client and server architecture. Then the industry changed again in 2007 with the release of the iPhone, broadband adoption and the cloud. What I am trying to get at is the recent push for messaging. Back in early 2000’s messaging was all the rage as AOL, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ fought to be the instant messenger that everyone used on daily basis. Slowly over time as social media and SMS messaging got adopted instant messaging started becoming less since if you were not at your computer it really was not an instant message. Users started making phone calls, sending SMS text messages and receiving email on their phones. At that point instant messaging started to die out. Then with the release of the iPhone and Android the cultures shifted again. Talking on the phone has become less and less the messaging war has returned. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snapchat and Apple are the big players trying to win the messaging war with users this time around. Google has Hangouts, Allo, and Duo all doing different things in different places to try and draw you into their messaging echo system. Google with the popularity of Gmail, Google Apps for Education and Business (now called G Suite) gets users to use Hangouts as part of Gmail.  YouTube uses Google Hangouts as part of its live offerings for content creators all designed to push users into Google messaging experience....
  • August 10, 2016

    Idea Man By Paul Allen

    Idea Man By Paul Allen Idea Man by Paul Allen was a good book published in 2011 by Portfolio publishing. The book goes through Allen’s life from his early year’s right up to when the book was published in 2011. The book talks both about Allen’s business life and personal life and really paints a picture of the kind of thinker he is and innovator. The book starts off talking about Paul Allen’s younger years and his great family. He then talks about his college education and meeting a friend Bill Gates. Paul Allen gets into his love of computers and his love of working with then friend Bill Gates and how they spend hours a day programming. Paul Allen goes into talking about starting a business as two young kids to then changing into Microsoft. Paul Allen talks about Microsoft going from writing programming languages to DOS then to Windows. He then goes into his fall outs with Bill Gates and how he decided to leave Microsoft after everything he had contributed to the company. Paul Allen does dive into his health issues and his struggle with cancer and how he overcame the illness. I found that very inspiring. He goes into his love of music and Jimmy Hendrix his musical ideal. Allen takes us into the struggles of owning his own basketball team and how he dealt with financing the team and there arena. Paul Allen then speaks about how he launch a plane into space and how he loved space and never got a chance to every fly into space but was proud to be a part of the entire thing.  He talks about passions of his and contributions to the medical industry. Allen gives is feelings about the current state of Microsoft and where he would...