Microsoft VP Says Google OS Is Defensive Only

Over at Deals and More [VentureBeat]  they have an article in which a Microsoft VP was interviewed and he expressed his views on the new Google operating system. According to Walid Abu-Hadba who is the Vice President of Developer and Platform Evangelism [ that’s the real title folks – sounds more like a church gathering], he stated that everything that Google does is ‘defensive’.

In his opinion he stated that:

“Most of what Google does is defensive,” Abu-Hadba said.

You may be wondering how Google can be playing defense when it’s entering a market for the first time, but Abu-Hadba said it’s not about operating systems at all; instead, Google is trying to distract competitors from attacking its cash cow, search. He argued that whenever Google enters a new market, like releasing mobile operating system Android, it’s trying to force competitors to focus on existing products, rather than challenging Google in search.

He also gave his opinion about Adobe:

You could argue that Microsoft itself is making a similar move with Silverlight, which is taking on Adobe’s more established Flash platform. Not surprisingly, Abu-Hadba describes things a bit differently. It’s less about taking market share from Adobe, and more about improving Microsoft’s overall platform for the development of software, he said. And as for Adobe, Abu-Hadba said the company’s past focus on designers makes it poorly equipped to compete as a development platform. In fact, he predicted that, in 10 or 15 years, Adobe will have either died or transformed dramatically.

“They don’t know how to deal with developers,” he said.

Interesting take. One that should raise a few eyebrows.

Comments as always are welcome.

Microsoft story is here.

Hearst Corporation Wants Online Only News

I previously mentioned that on Monday I lost my column at a local newspaper in California. Though this came as no surprise considering the state of the economy and how newspapers are struggling to survive, it appears that the Hearst Corporation may close another newspaper in Seattle and wants to go online only with their news. In a news article at the, one reported has stated the following:

Staffers chosen to participate in an online-only version of the Seattle P-I were notified of their selection Wednesday and Thursday. The selections indicate The Hearst Corp.’s plan for such a Web site is advancing.Two reporters said they received “provisional offers” from P-I New Media head Michelle Nicolosi or Hearst executive Ken Riddick. They said they were told they will be given formal offers if the Web site gets the go-ahead from Hearst’s senior management.

The reporters wouldn’t give details, saying they had been asked during their interviews not to comment. Nicolosi also declined to comment. Riddick, who has been at the P-I over the past two days, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

The statement continues with:

According to Castro, Riddick said Hearst plans to start the site the day after the paper quits publishing, which Hearst has said will occur on a date not yet specified if no buyer has emerged by March 10.

It has been previously reported that Hearst also has plans on closing the San Francisco newspaper The Chronicle, which has been posting severe loses. The Chronicle could also suffer the same fate as the Seattle newspaper and go online only for their publications.

Magazines are also switching to online only publications as well. In the February 2009 issue of VARBusiness, they have announced there last printed copy.

Comments welcome.


Printed Version Of PC Magazine Will Cease January, 2009

Since 1982, PC Magazine which is now owned by Ziff-Davis, has provided useful information in the computer technology arena. But the once popular magazine has fallen on hard times, and the last printed issues will cease to be published next January, 2009.

Ziff-Davis will continue the magazine online as PC mag. The article also states that:

Gadget and PC shoppers stay online now, preferring sites such as AOL’s Engadget, Gawker Media’s Gizmodo or CNET to print. Ziff Davis will follow that model and PC Magazine will become PCMag, part of a new network of sites called the PCMag Digital Network. The Network will also include ExtremeTech, Gearlog, Appscout, Smart Device Central, GoodCleanTech, DL.TV, Cranky Geeks, and PCMagCast.

I believe that other magazines may follow by also discontinuing their printed magazines as the economy continues to slow in 2009.

Comments welcome.


New York State Posts Dell Complaint Form

As most of you are well aware, the State of New York has won a victory against Dell computer, stating the company used bait and switch tactics against some consumers. The complaint was recently upheld by a New York judge, so the state is no proceeding against Dell and now has posted a complaint form online. On their site it states:

The Attorney General’s action against Dell and Dell Financial Services encompasses only those purchases made from New York State. Residents of other states should contact their local consumer protection agencies.

If your purchase was made from New York State, please print and fill out our complaint form and mail it to the address on top of the form. Please don’t forget to read and sign the 2nd page.

Note the part about purchases made from New York State. The judgment does not cover any other state except New York proper.

One reader has made a comment recently that indicates that the State of New York is taking similar actions against other companies, noting that HP may be next on the hit list.

Comments welcome.

Dell complaint form is here. [ .pdf format]