Neil MacDonald

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest, is it Encrypted?

by Neil MacDonald  |  September 6, 2012  |  1 Comment

There’s a story behind the title of this blog Recently, I had a discussion in regards to Microsoft’s BitLocker with a client. One of the issues I call out in my research on BitLocker is that (unlike competing third party products), Microsoft doesn’t have an option to synchronize the pre-boot PIN with the Windows login […]

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What we Need is the Equivalent of Apple for Enterprise Data Centers

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 29, 2012  |  Comments Off

I’ve spent the last three days in Silicon Valley – some of it at VMworld and some of it with a client. With the flight out and back to the West Coast, I’ve had some time to do some thinking. Cleary, there’s a perception that hardware is commoditizing and that there’s little or no premium left in […]

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Why Stephen Elop Makes Sense for Nokia

by Neil MacDonald  |  September 10, 2010  |  1 Comment

Our mobile analysts are working on the official Gartner analysis of the announcement and I’ll link to this when it becomes available. As Gartner’s primary analyst on Microsoft, I interviewed Stephen at Gartner’s US Fall Symposium last fall. Over the past several years, I’ve gotten to know Stephen Elop pretty well. He is a great […]

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Observations from Microsoft’s Financial Analyst Meeting

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 3, 2010  |  Comments Off

Last week, Microsoft held its annual financial analyst meeting. The materials presented are available at this link. There are the things you would expect – like Microsoft talking about the success of Windows 7 and IE8. There were a couple of areas that stood out: 1) Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, explained that Microsoft’s […]

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Why Don’t Mobile Application Stores Require Security Testing?

by Neil MacDonald  |  February 3, 2010  |  3 Comments

As the number of mobile smartphones increases, as several platforms begin to dominate and as users begin to download lots of executable code, they will become targets for attack. Rather than repeat the mistakes of the PC world, why can’t we do things better from a security perspective this time around? So far, most mobile […]


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Food for Thought Friday: REST, DNA and the Diversity of IT

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 8, 2010  |  4 Comments

Over the holiday break, I watched an excellent presentation on PBS titled “What Darwin Never Knew” During the 2 hour show, it stuck me that all of the diversity — from the simple to the complex — of life on earth is expressed with DNA using only four types of molecules called bases – abbreviated […]


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Don’t Underestimate Microsoft

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 7, 2009  |  4 Comments

After the latest financial results were announced by Microsoft (including the first year over year revenue decline in its history), I heard an increase in the comments from press and some analysts along the lines of ‘Microsoft has hit its peak’. Don’t underestimate Microsoft. Microsoft is at its best when it is threatened. Time and […]


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My Positive Experience With Bing

by Neil MacDonald  |  July 22, 2009  |  Comments Off

I’m just back from a vacation after the Gartner Information Security Summit. More on that later. While on the trip, twice I had a better experience with Microsoft’s Bing search than with Google search. Both times, I has a specific goal in mind: find a hotel for the family (with three children!) with an indoor […]

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