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Archives for October, 2010


Is Windows Losing Market Share?

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 28, 2010  |  4 Comments

During our interview last week with Steve Ballmer, one point of contention was whether or not Windows was losing market share. The context of the question was a discussion on consumerization and its impact on enterprises. What our clients are telling us is that there are an increasing number of Macs being brought into the [...]

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Category: Microsoft Virtualization Security Windows 7     Tags: , , ,

Ray Ozzie’s Last Memo

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 26, 2010  |  1 Comment

In 2005, Ray Ozzie penned his famous memo in which he laid out the challenge for Microsoft as it entered the era of cloud-based services. I interviewed Ray Ozzie to discuss Microsoft’s cloud strategy in detail in this 2009 Gartner research document. Last week, Ray Ozzie announced he was leaving Microsoft. Yesterday, Ray’s last memo [...]

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Symposium Mastermind with Steve Ballmer

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 25, 2010  |  Comments Off

On the final day of Gartner’s US Fall Symposium, my colleague John Pescatore and I interviewed Steve Ballmer on the main stage. You can catch a clip of the interview here. One of of questions we asked concerned a version of Microsoft’s “tablet” form factor that Steve had indicated that such a device would be [...]

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Category: Microsoft Windows 7     Tags: ,

From Secure Virtualization to Secure Private Clouds

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 13, 2010  |  3 Comments

I’ve been out the last week travelling in preparation for Gartner’s US Symposium conference. I’ll be involved in multiple sessions (including interviewing Steve Ballmer). One presentation I’m giving is on how information security is evolving to become context aware and adaptive. Another presentation I am giving is on how cloud-based computing has the potential to [...]

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Category: Cloud Cloud Security Next-generation Data Center Next-generation Security Infrastructure Virtualization Virtualization Security     Tags: , , , ,

What Would You Ask Steve Ballmer?

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 5, 2010  |  4 Comments

Yesterday, there was quite a bit of buzz about Microsoft after a Goldman Sachs analyst downgraded Microsoft from “Buy” to “Neutral” and lowered their target share price by US $4. As reported in the article, the analyst highlighted Microsoft’s continued weakness in the mobile and tablet space as factors in the downgrade. Microsoft’s future is [...]

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