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  • Blog Post: Steve Jobs

    I’ve held off posting here to respect Steve Jobs’ passing and decided this evening that it was the right thing to do to publish this post. I've admired and respected Steve from afar for a very long time. When I walked in to my apartment this evening, after 3 days on the road, I stopped...
  • Blog Post: Mother Earth Motherboard

    I remember the first time I picked up a copy of WIRED at my university bookstore and decided I was going to splash out the little cash I had on this neon ‘thing’ instead of going for a pint in the student union. It turned out to be money well spent. WIRED changed how I think about technology...
  • Blog Post: A busy week for Windows apps

    I’m always keen to have the latest and greatest apps on my Windows PCs and Windows Phone. The last week has been a busy one with a number of killer apps arriving. First up is Flipboard for Windows 8 – an app that I’ve always admired on the iPad. As an information junkie, I love the...
  • Blog Post: A look back on Next at Microsoft in 2011

    Given we recently celebrated the one year anniversary of this blog , it seems a little odd to look back on 2011, but something I didn’t do in that birthday post was pull out some of my favorite moments and posts during the year. It’s sort of traditional to do it at this time of year, so here...
  • Blog Post: Next at Microsoft: 6 months' review

    Tomorrow marks the 6-month anniversary since we launched this blog so I figured it’d be a good time to take stock, review where we’ve been, where we’re going and ask some questions to ensure that’s the right direction. I feel a little like the site has been on a 6-month probation...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to 2012

    So here we are, 1 day away from a new year – another year of tech progress and surprises. So what am I looking forward to in 2012? Here’s my shortlist Windows 8 – with the beta due soon, I’m as eager as others to see what has changed since the Developer Preview and get...
  • Blog Post: Do you need a digital will?

    You’ve probably heard the phrase “digital memories” many times and like me, you likely think of this as digital photos and perhaps emails or other personal information that reside on a computer somewhere. Ask most people and I think they’d generally think this meant photos. I...
  • Blog Post: Looking beyond CES at what’s next

    I was about to write a post that used CES as the backdrop to look at what’s next for technology but Sarah Rotman Epps from Forrester has already done a terrific job of covering much of what I had planned to with her post Beyond Tablets: The Next Five Computing Form Factors - so I’ll riff...
  • Blog Post: If our habitats were programmable, what would we ask of them?

    This was one of the many provocative statements in a book by Herman Miller I read recently. Always Building is a fascinating look at what buildings could be like if we used digital technology throughout the lifecycle of a structure. It challenges many of today’s building concepts where technology...
  • Blog Post: Xbox: The evolution of TV and entertainment

    [click to see full size infographic] I remember when a video recorder first arrived in our home – it was met with much excitement, despite the fact that it was about the size of a modern day microwave. It brought with it a new era of entertainment and even had a (wired) remote controller if...
  • Blog Post: Next at Microsoft: The story so far

    Next at Microsoft has been up and running for 125 days now – a little more than 4 months and 100 stories posted. The inaugural post was back on Dec. 1, 2010 when I promised to offer a director’s cut of Microsoft. It’s been an interesting ride and as I sit here enjoying the sun and winding...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics hits 212mph

    The Formula 1 season gets underway again this season and personally I love that fact that Lotus is back near the front of the pack. I’ve been a fan of their road cars since I was a kid and the story of Colin Chapman and Jim Clark was often discussed in our household. It’s also great to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches The Fire Hose blog

    Earlier today we added a new blog to the stable of official blogs from the corporate communications team here at Microsoft. The Fire Hose covers the latest developments across the company by curating and linking to the best stuff of the day. This means short, iterative posts combined with a mix of...
  • Blog Post: Top 9 posts from 6 months of microsoft.com/next

    Following yesterday’s post on a look back at the last 6 months of Next, I decided to put together a downloadable PDF that captures some of my favorite stories from the last 6 months. These aren’t necessarily the most successful in terms of views (though they’re all in the top 10% of...
  • Blog Post: Dodging the facts in Silicon Valley and beyond

    I never met Don Dodge during his time at Microsoft which is a shame as I always admired his work in the Valley to change people’s perspective of Microsoft. I was genuinely disappointed when he left and I continue to read his blog as he’s a smart, articulate chap. Two of his recent posts left...
  • Blog Post: On the Care and Feeding of Tomorrow’s Engineers

    I’ve said it before, but one of the great things about my job is seeing the many ways in which people combine their imagination and expertise to create some pretty amazing stuff - inside and outside of Microsoft. We saw some great examples coming out of MIX this week, and I had a close-up look...
  • Blog Post: Craig Mundie: How Tomorrow’s Technologies Will Shape Your World

    In late October and early November, Craig Mundie visited students and faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin to share his thoughts on the future of computing, as well as to hear the thoughts and ideas of the next generation of technology innovators. ...
  • Blog Post: Steve Clayton nominated for a Niney award

    Gosh…I’ve been nominated for a Niney !! Okay, technically this award is for my Geek in Disguise blog but given almost all my blogging happens here now, I figured it would be appropriate to mention here too, I’m surprised and honored - especially with the esteemed company in the...
  • Blog Post: The reimagining at Microsoft continues, this time with CRM

      You’re hearing that word a lot from Microsoft lately – reimagining – and I’ve posted a LOT of videos here over the last two weeks about what that means, in particular for Windows. The video above highlights the reimagining going on in another part of our...
  • Blog Post: Xbox Music: all the music you love, every way you want it

    …just to add to two other videos from earlier . I kinda like this one too Find out more about the new Xbox Music service on News Center . For me, it’ll mean Spotify and Pandora are removed from my taskbar as I ‘ll finally have one cloud connected music service that works across...
  • Blog Post: Bye bye IE6

    This morning we launched http://ie6countdown.com – 10 years on from the launch of IE6, this site is dedicated to watching IE6 usage drop below 1% worldwide. C’mon IE6, it’s time for a modern web so nice knowing you and all that but….buhbye! I talked about the topic of IE6...
  • Blog Post: Next at Microsoft: 1 year on

    This week marks the one year anniversary of the launch of Next at Microsoft . It’s been a busy year for me personally and the blog – we launched quietly and have slowly built momentum and a loyal following. If you’re a regular reader, thanks for your time – I know you have plenty...
  • Blog Post: Talking trends on GeekWire

    I got the chance to stop in and talk with Todd Bishop and John Cook recently for their popular GeekWire podcast and we talked about technology trends for the year ahead and beyond. Regular readers will not be surprised at the trends I touched on – Natural User Interface (NUI), Big Data and Machine...
  • Blog Post: Looking over the horizon

    As the holiday season starts to wind down (I got back from mine last week), my mind is turning to what the next year holds in the technology sphere and what we’ll be covering here on Next at Microsoft . As I look back over the last 10 months or so since we started this blog, I’ve covered...
  • Blog Post: Xbox takes center stage in the devices and services world

      Remember when Xbox was just a games console? The black box that now sits under my TV does everything from entertain my family with movies (streamed from Netflix usually), soothes us with music from Xbox music (including playlists that roam to across...
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