Windows Weekly 139
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Recorded: January 14, 2010
Published: January 15, 2010
Windows Weekly 139: Big Trouble in Little Paul
The rebirth of Windows Mobile, PC sales soar, and Google bitch slaps China.
- PC shipments surge in holiday quarter
- Biggest year-over-year quarterly gain in over seven years
- Worldwide PC sales in quarter: Over 90 million, up 22.5 percent
- US PC sales in quarter: Over 20 million, up 23 percent
- Analysts cite availability of low-cost PCs. But we had these kinds of PCs last year.
- I think there is one big difference between late 2009 and late 2008: Windows 7.
- Top PC makers: HP, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba
- Biggest winners: Acer and Dell
- Biggest loser: Possibly Apple, which fell to 5th place in US market despite strong sales
- The netbook--and Windows 7--have contributed to a plateauing of Mac sales that started, go figure, in October.
- Microsoft pulled Office/Word from its electronic stores and services
- And it started appearing again within hours, depending on which service you're looking at
- In accordance with injunction in i4i case
- A new outlook for Windows Mobile
- Microsoft has a plan to save Windows Mobile and it might just make sense
- First: Support for capacitive touch screens
- Second: A new generation of Windows Mobile 6.5 (either 6.5.3 or 6.6) devices with touch-friendly UIs
- Third: Windows Mobile 7
- More at Mobile World Congress (February) and MIX'10 (March)
- Nexus One fallout
- The "superphone" not so super according to some reviewers
- Some complaints about the cost of ending the contract as well
- But I think it's fantastic
- This is the first serious iPhone contender I've seen
- Google and China
- Other companies are involved as well
- No one is saying this for some reason, but attack very clearly came from the Chinese government or its agents
- Fallout: Gmail finally goes https:// by default
- Funny Mosspuppet skit
- Nice Thurrott reference
- Video of Paul trying to steal Leo's coffee
Tip of the Week
- Some New Year resolutions - things we can do better this year
- Backup. Early and often. Locally and offsite (ideally to the cloud). Consider syncing critical data (documents, music, etc.) between PCs as well (or instead, depending on your needs).
- It's time to say goodbye to "www" in URLs (we already stopped using http://). As a heads-up, Chrome does a superior job of URL prediction when typing.
- Modernize and simplify. Doing more with less is more relevant than ever. Don't just "upgrade" your system/infrastructure. Do the right thing.
Software Pick of the Week
- Simple AdBlock for IE - A simple browser extension for Internet Explorer designed to make ad blocking easy. Simple Adblock blocks all kinds of advertising from websites including flash ads, banner ads, rich media, slide-ins and fly-ins."
- Thanks to Mainuddin Ahmad Jonas for the tip.
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