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Is VR overrated?

Kristopher B. Jones, an entrepreneur from near my neck of the woods, weighs in on VR in a recent Forbes piece debating the applicability of the technology: I’m a strong believer that virtual reality is overrated, as it has limited applications outside of very specific industries. Industries like gaming and medical training are likely to […]

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Danny and I sat down on Saturday afternoon to chat about a few things. Below are a few links relevant to our conversation. http://plain-colin-backup.s3.amazonaws.com/cdevroe.com/audio/e16.mp3 Links The Dark Crystal on Netflix trailer Netflix spending $6B on content Amazon spending over $3B Google I/O Keynote Microsoft Build Keynote | Day 2

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My thoughts on Build 2017

I have a few thoughts on Build 2017. First, how did Build 2017 measure up against my very short wishlist? Windows Phone. Although a few presenters over the few days managed to get an applause from the crowd when referring to Windows Phone, we saw zero announcements from MSFT in this area. The complete opposite […]

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My Build wishlist

Microsoft’s Build conference starts on Wednesday. I’ve been watching this conference closely for the last three years.* Each year Microsoft has shown that they are a completely different company since Satya Nadella has become CEO. They actually make the things they show. Over these same years they’ve improved upon Windows so-much-so that I have a hard […]

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Bashing Windows

Ben Brooks likes the look of the new Surface Book Laptop. But he says this about Windows: Still runs Windows though. I don’t know if Ben has used the very latest Windows 10 builds but if he hasn’t he should give it a try. I’ve already said not to bet against Microsoft but I would […]

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How Microsoft is doing

Fred Wilson: Even more impressive in many ways, is what Satya Nadella has done at Microsoft. He slayed the Windows Everywhere albatross that was holding Microsoft back for most of the post Gates era and has made Microsoft relevant again in the world of tech. Windows is enjoying a resurgence, the Office app suite is finally […]

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How we got Linux on Windows

Brian Jepson writing about the Windows Subsystem for Linux: But there’s a lot more going on. First, WSL is really a new infrastructure for Windows that implements a Linux kernel-compatible ABI (Application Binary Interface). It allows Windows to run unmodified ELF-64 binaries, and is distribution-agnostic. When you configure it, WSL downloads and runs an (unmodified!) […]

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Brian Hall at Microsoft: More people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before. Our trade-in program for MacBooks was our best ever, and the combination of excitement for the innovation of Surface coupled with the disappointment of the new MacBook Pro – especially among professionals – is leading more and more people to […]

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Last weekend Danny and I sat down and discussed our current experience with bots, the progress I’ve made on my still forthcoming Windows 10 and Surface Book review and also Twitter’s new Head of Product hire. Links: MKBHD on YouTube Review of Google Home http://plain-colin-backup.s3.amazonaws.com/cdevroe.com/audio/e15.mp3 Download MP3

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How Surface changed Microsoft

Jason Ward, writing for Windows Central: Windows devices once perceived as low-end bargain basement devices are now seen as expensive cutting-edge hardware that rivals or exceeds Apple’s long-standing high-end market position. I make this same point in my forthcoming review of the Surface Book and Windows 10. I’m so sorry it is taking so long […]

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A tablet and a notebook in one

John Gruber: To me, an iPad in notebook mode — connected to a keyboard cover — is so much less nice than a real notebook. And the difference is more stark when compared to a great notebook, like these MacBook Pros. There are advantages to the tablet form factor, but no tablet will ever be […]

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Danny and I have a Saturday morning conversation about my purchase of the new Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base and switching from macOS to Windows 10. http://plain-colin-backup.s3.amazonaws.com/cdevroe.com/audio/e13.mp3 Links: Simplenote OneDrive and iCloud exFAT Surface Book and Surface Studio Thanks to Danny for the early wakeup. I edited this MP3 and published this post on Windows […]

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Surface Book reviews

I’m keeping an extremely close eye on all things Microsoft lately. I’ve even stated, publicly, that I think if they continue on their current course they are going to be beating Apple on several fronts within half a decade. One product out of Redmond I’m watching closely is the new Surface Book. Even though today is […]

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Touch Bar

I’ve been tweeting like crazy about the new MacBook Pros and how I’ve found the most recent updates underwhelming. But I couldn’t come up with a great way to describe how I felt about Touch Bar in a way that I wanted in my blog archives. Until I read this. Michael Tsai: I’m not crazy about […]

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Richard Lander on the .NET Blog: We are excited to announce the release of .NET Core 1.0, ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0, available on Windows, OS X and Linux! .NET Core is a cross-platform, open source, and modular .NET platform for creating modern web apps, microservices, libraries and console applications. They said they would, and […]

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Digital Transformations

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, on LinkedIn:

Satya’s Build keynote introduction made it clear that he believes technology can change society for good. We can all agree that it is changing society, but it is arguable whether or not all of it is for good. His position is that he’s both optimistic — that in the long run the changes will be good — and driven — that he and Microsoft will try to make good decisions about how technology fits into our lives.

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