Ballmer: We’re all about devices and services now

Steve Ballmer HP Slate

Hmm, kleine identiteiscrisis bij Ballmer?

10 oktober: “Microsoft wil op Apple lijken
30 oktober: “Microsoft wilt niet in Apple veranderen

En dan lees ik gisteravond dit:

Microsoft’s CEO makes the most succinct case yet that the software giant has moved to a new era where it will build devices and produce the services that run on them

via Ballmer: We're all about devices and services now | Microsoft – CNET News.


Gerucht: Office voor iOS en Android verschijnt in november

Office for iPad

Volgens een betrouwbare bron van Boy Genius Report zal er in november een versie van Office verschijnen voor iOS (dus niet alleen iPad?) en Android. Deze zou sterk lijken op de versie die eerder dit jaar uitlekte via The Daily:

BGR has learned from a reliable source that Microsoft is currently planning to release the company’s full Office suite for not only Apple’s iPad, but for Android tablets as well. The company is targeting November of this year for both launches. Additionally, our source has seen Microsoft Office running on an iPad first-hand and has said that it looks almost identical to the previous leak from The Daily a few months back, despite the fact that Microsoft flat out denied that the app was authentic. It is also plausible that Microsoft Office will be coming to the iPhone and iPod touch rather than only the iPad, as we’re told the loading screen in the app clearly said “Office for iOS” and not just iPad.

via Microsoft Office — iPad, Android tablet version to launch in November.

Toch Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer 10?!


En dat is geen goed nieuws als je het mij vraagt, want wat is er gebeurt met het alleen ondersteunen van web-standaarden?

Two years ago, Microsoft declared that the future of video on the web would be powered by HTML 5. Today, however, a lot of web video content is still delivered via Adobe Flash technology. So, in a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft is integrating Flash directly into Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and doing so in a way that does not undermine the safety and reliability of the Metro environment.

Microsoft werkt nauw samen met Adobe om dit voor elkaar te krijgen, blijkbaar is het geen plugin meer maar wordt Flash een integraal onderdeel van Internet Explorer:

[..] As Mr. Hachamovitch noted, Microsoft does work closely with Adobe, closely enough that Adobe actually provided Microsoft with source code access to Flash, allowing them to seamlessly integrate the technology into IE 10. Thus, Microsoft did not need to make an exception to its no-add-on policy for Internet Explorer Metro. By making Flash a part of IE 10, it can ensure the code meets its own standards for reliability, compatibility, security, and, probably most important, performance.

via Windows 8 Secrets: Internet Explorer 10 will Ship with Adobe Flash Within Windows.