Michael Gartenberg

Windows Mobile: Don’t write it off yet

Windows Mobile: Don’t write it off yet

Windows Mobile has been around for a long time. It started life in 1996 as Windows CE (which some say stood for Consumer Electronics and Microsoft insisted was an acronym for nothing) with the first clamshell device coming from Casio, called the Cassiopeia. Over time, it's evolved into a stable platform, with both enterprise and consumer appeal and devices from multiple vendors available for carriers around the world. Despite selling 20 million devices last year, there's still a lot of negative buzz about the platform. Bloggers, analysts and journalists have all called the platform's future into question (while still calling for a mythical Microsoft-created phone) and continue to raise the question of platform viability. I think the latest version of Windows Mobile, 6.5 addresses many of those issues along with strong support from OEMs who are still committed to the platform and will help drive business adoption further over the next 18 months.

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Understanding the Mobile Rule of Three

Understanding the Mobile Rule of Three

It's an interesting challenge. Lots of mobile devices that are all vying for the consumer pocket (and wallet). But just how many devices will consumers carry with them at any one time? The answer is important as that also helps define which devices will be successful and which ones will fail. Conventional wisdom holds that most consumers prefer to carry only a single device, and while that wisdom is correct it only tells a partial story. We've done some interesting research at Interpret that says there's more here than conventional wisdom would indicate and that consumers are willing to carry more than one device; however there's also an upper limit on that number.

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The Wright Brothers and Frequent Flyer Programs or Why Predicting the Future is So Hard

The Wright Brothers and Frequent Flyer Programs or Why Predicting the Future is So Hard

Life as an analyst is exciting. For fifteen years, I have had the privilege of standing at the center of the technology universe, observing the technology landscape, charting the major tends and offering my predictions for the future. In that course of time, I watched as fundamental changes occurred. Changes that were large enough to alter the course of the industry. Changes that were sweeping in nature. The funny thing is they were all changes that were almost universally missed by the pundits and experts.

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Time for Apple TV to go from Hobby to Strategic Product

Time for Apple TV to go from Hobby to Strategic Product

With the successful launch of the iPhone 3GS last spring and a new version of OS X and a new crop of iPods expected this fall, one player in Apple's lineup seems to have gone missing, namely Apple TV. On Apple's financial conference call, the device that Steve Jobs once described as "a hobby" was not mentioned once. I hope Apple hasn't given up on this category as there's a lot of value and function in Apple TV that has yet to make it into other products in this space.

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Five tech things I want

Five tech things I want

We've come so far these days in the world of personal technology but in some ways, we're still missing the mark. Sure it's the middle of summer but here are five things I'd like to see on the market this (or any) holiday season:

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SlashGear welcomes Michael Gartenberg

SlashGear welcomes Michael Gartenberg

We've a new voice here at SlashGear, and one we think will bring a fresh and different perspective to our discussion on technology and consumer electronics.  Michael Gartenberg is a well known journalist and analyst, currently VP of strategy and analysis at Interpret LLC, and now adding a weekly column for SlashGear to his credits.

Michael has previously worked with Jupiter Research, Gartner Inc. and Microsoft, but here he'll be offering a topical and outspoken opinion on the biggest news in tech.  In the first of his weekly columns, he discusses Google's new Chrome OS and how after just a day in the public eye it's already being labeled a "Windows killer".

Chrome OS is sound and fury signifying nothing

Chrome OS is sound and fury signifying nothing

With much sound and fury, the blogosphere and Twitter all respond to Google's "bombshell" announcement that they're launching Chrome OS sometime in the 2nd half of 2010 (which I might add is a long time from now). Already, folks who have never seen it, used it or spent five minutes with it are claiming it's huge threat to Windows. (Oddly, if that's the case, wouldn't it also be a threat to Apple and Mac OS, an argument I've not seen but perhaps that's another story).

While it's early to be dismissive, this is far from a slam-dunk success. It feels more like another way Google is attempting to provoke Microsoft. Something, which Google seems to like to do with increased regularity. (Actually, it feels like Google likes to give Microsoft a smack on the side of the head with a sharp stick form time to time).

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