With the New York Yankees being a $210 million disappointment this summer, I have shifted my gaze to that other ball-and-stick game: cricket. I have been watching The Hundred, a new tournament created to push the newest format of cricket invented by the English Cricket Board (ECB.) Most of my readers are American, so they … Continue reading
The marriage of Microsoft and TikTok seems so bizarre that I couldn’t help but be reminded of another such bizarre Union – late actress Anna Nicole Smith and her billionaire octogenarian husband, J Howard Marshall. But weirdness aside, Microsoft’s possible take over of TikTok’s operations in the US, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia, brought up … Continue reading Microsoft’s TikTok: But why?
If you paint stripes on a horse, it doesn’t become a zebra. And the same is for companies. As a company, you develop a corporate DNA, which becomes so ingrained that it is hard to fight against your genetic programming. I had pointed this out in an earlier piece. It can become an albatross, or … Continue reading Why Microsoft had to close its retail stores
Disruptions, downturns, and recessions make the weak weaker and the strong stronger. It was true centuries ago, and it is true today. The 2001 downturn turned telecom and cable giants into the Internet’s gatekeepers. Microsoft emerged victorious with its Internet Explorer. During the 2008 financial crisis, when cash was king, the big banks — JP … Continue reading The inevitable has happened.
Microsoft has acquired two iOS applications — Acompli (email) and Sunrise* (calendar) — for about $300 million. Those acquisitions are good for the founders (and their investors). Some might see it as a sign of a new Microsoft — aggressive and quick in trying to turnover a new leaf. To me, they are all of … Continue reading Microsoft’s mobile inabilities