August 19th, 2011

full steam ahead

My tweets

  • Thu, 13:22: have to agree ;-) RT @SanVog: I wish BlackBerry would stop having 9am press events. They're an absolute pain to freelancers
  • Thu, 13:55: great, now I have to avoid honey in the US as well as everything with HCFS? honey laundering, lead & china http://t.co/eWOdrG3
  • Thu, 18:01: Google's real problem: the smartest kids in the room http://t.co/CD1RHPp #zdnetuk
  • Thu, 18:10: Teach evolution, not creationism - e-petitions http://t.co/Z8BPZXG
  • Thu, 19:27: how do I know it's cold today? I am pinned down by the cat pile under the laptop's heat vent. srlsy; I may never move my legs again
  • Thu, 20:56: RT @bob_moss: Very odd speculation that Microsoft will buy HP's ailng PC business. Note: Microsoft has never, ever sold its own machines ...
  • Thu, 20:57: Hmmm; feeling sorry for the journo that HP took my review TouchPad yesterday back to send on to urgently!
  • Thu, 21:07: #HP was a natural partner for #wp7 - did the Vista Basic debacle push them towards #WebOS or was it a bolder strategy? #Palm as albatross?
  • Thu, 22:29: Wait, what? the plot for oceans 13 is coming true, with a Vegas hotel being demolished to avoi earthquake problems? oops, as Bank would say
  • Fri, 11:28: RT @prodnose: Happy With This? A typical British bacon roll is composed with just 70% bacon. #ifyoutoleratethisyourchildrenwillbenext
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Predicting Windows 8 scorecard: a place to track what I get right

It's a couple of weeks to the BUILD conference, the Building Windows 8 blog is starting to set the scene and I'm looking back at all the coverage I've already done of an OS most people won't use until next year. I'm not keen on writing about rumours, but I do like detective work; looking at job posts and architectural information to deduce the foundation something will be built on (and the never-publicly-acknowledged presentations that someone at HP leaked were a fascinating view of a work in progress).

Plus, I'm never playing poker with Steven Sinofsky: when we spoke at the 2009 PDC in LA I asked him flat out about Windows on ARM and he produced the most perfect poker face to say what sounded like no (Steven Sinofsky; the future of Windows: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/sinofsky-the-thinking-behind-windows-8-663088).

But a few months later I did get a hint that ARM might be on the cards from Charlie Kindel on the Windows Phone team (Will Windows 8 run on ARM? http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/will-windows-8-run-on-arm-processors-683227) and we now know it will. We just don't quite know how...

What started out as a rumours piece for TechRadar has evolved over the months, with updates as we've found out more, so this is a mix of detective work and confirmations as news as come out: http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/pc/8-things-you-need-to-know-about-windows-8-643699

I've also been writing about specific topics: Will IE 10 need Windows at all - or why Microsoft won't 'do a Chrome' (which should reassure the still-panicking .NET developers and might explain why Microsoft thinks they've said enough to reassure them already): http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/microsoft-s-sinofsky-html5-doesn-t-mean-you-don-t-need-windows-677438

This was a job advert I found and used to predict the importance of Web apps in Windows 8; I'm calling this a successful prediction ;-) Web apps to get Windows 8 love http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/microsoft-s-windows-8-web-app-vision-906713

What Windows 8 on SoC means - or, yes, Windows apps can run on ARM, sometimes: http://ces2011.techradar.com/2011/01/what-does-windows-on-soc-mean-for-windows-8/

Windows 8 wishlist: this was written to be deliberately provocative and certainly got the discussion going, flames and all - I'm giving opinions rather than making predictions so I'm not going to score them...
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/windows-8-features-wishlist,review-1637.html

What IE10 means for Microsoft and Windows 8: more detective work, joining the dots on the standards going into IE10 and the Windows 8 touch interface http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/what-ie10-tells-us-about-windows-8-942732
How Windows 8 touch relies on IE10 http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/how-windows-8-touch-relies-on-ie10-971637
Similarly, predicting from the multitouch Microsoft mouse: What the Touch Mouse tells us about Windows 8 gestures http://www.techradar.com/news/computing-components/peripherals/windows-8-gestures-what-the-touch-mouse-tells-us-991070

What Windows 8 needs to compete on tablets: Microsoft telling me they'd been working on Windows 8 touch since before the iPad came out: http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/microsoft-we-know-where-we-re-going-with-windows-8-tablets-966757

Microsoft hints at a release date for Windows 8: the VP didn't say any more than I'd already calculated, but it was the first semi-official discussion and I broke the news - the first time I was top of a new section on TechMeme! http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/microsoft-hints-at-windows-8-release-date-966233

What we know about the Windows 8 timeline: another definite hit - there was a rumour of a Windows 8 CTP for the Partner Conference and I was convinced it wouldn't happen (it didn't): http://www.techradar.com/news/software/is-a-windows-8-release-date-announcement-close--977481
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Mono - the cure for Microsoft monotheism (that took months to write)

I've been itching to write this piece since the MIX conference in the spring when I talked to Miguel de Icaza about the way Mono was developing and the headline sprung into my mind; I detoured into the chintzy little phone booths they have in the corridors in Vegas conference hotels to write it down before I could forget, Plus Miguel gives fantastic quote: "It's like when your girlfriend is in denial about her friends. Microsoft is in denial that the Mac OS exists and the iPad exists and the iPhone exists and Android exists and Chrome OS exists and all of those things." Interviews like that are a joy to write up.

And then Novell sold itself to Attachmate and the Mono team were gone and the product was in limbo and I was almost sorrier to lose my wonderful headline (I'll admit it; when we writers have a phrase that sings to us, we love it deeply) than to think that Mono was in trouble. I was delighted to have Xamarin set up and take over Mono: it plays to my native versus Web development prejudice, I'm a big fan of C# and I loathe JavaScript with a passion I once reserved only for Java itself, and while .NET is a lumpy beast, many of the lumps are powerful muscles rather than just excrescences... And I could catch up with Miguel, get the skinny on the future direction and finally get to write this piece up.

http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/application-development/2011/08/11/mono-a-cure-for-microsoft-monotheism-40093649/