Words matter. They define, they shape, they influence, they have power. But most importantly, they evolve as our understanding of them and the world evolves. And so it is with the word “productivity.” In the world of technology, the word productivity has often been narrowly defined – usually referring to work that involves a document, spreadsheet, presentation, or to do list. But in its broader historical context it’s a word … Read more »
Last July, we put the word out that Microsoft will host a unified enterprise technology conference in May. We told you it will bring together the best of previously individual events – the Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences – and then take it to the next level, based on what our customers and partners have asked for. Now, we have more to share.
Twitter brought bad news on Friday. Eric Lundquist, one of the very early, always respected, incredibly bright chroniclers of the tech industry, passed away. It’s a big loss. Eric was there at the very beginning of the PC era. I often think about this industry we’re in. It was born and made great by the inventors and dreamers, the businesspeople and the technologists, the partners and competitors and those who … Read more »
Apologies to Charles Dickens, but these days I imagine a lot of people working in IT might describe their world by saying “It was the best of times. It was the cloudiest of times.” Because the era of cloud computing is here. There is no longer any real argument about that. Any remaining questions are more of the “when and how” variety, not the “why and who” type. And yet, … Read more »
One of the most interesting things about my job (and by extension, our company) is that I get exposed to a very diverse portfolio of innovations and experiences. One day I might be touring our Garage or getting the inside track on how best to counter “rodeo” attacks in Titanfall (pro tip: electric smoke). Other days, I get to dig in on all the breakthroughs happening to unlock organizational potential … Read more »
Mobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcelona this week, one of the biggest events of the year for the mobile industry. I love Barcelona, and am sad to miss MWC this year. There is something about the combination of the history and tradition of Barcelona past and the energy and innovation of Barcelona present, with all the attendees of MWC a punctuation mark. And there is always something … Read more »
As is common during the holiday and New Year season, I find myself in a reflective mood. But oddly enough, I’m not drawn to reflecting on the past 365 days, but simply one of them. The day I’m thinking of was a normal one, not that unlike the other 364 that surrounded it. In fact, the only remarkable thing that happened was that I happened to pause at the end … Read more »