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Best of the Tech Blogs: Here's How Windows 8 Could Hurt Microsoft


Plus, did a senior vice president at Apple make the company's worst decision in a decade?

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary from around the Web each day.

Forbes: Technology
Link: Why Windows 8 Is Microsoft's Biggest Risk Ever

"If Microsoft didn't have the Windows OS, I highly doubt as many businesses would be buying Office. So in reality, I estimate that Microsoft derives approximately 75% of their profits from being successful in Windows. Starting to see the risky bet and why for so long Microsoft (MSFT) has been so conservative with Windows?

"[...] Since Windows was invented over 20 years ago, the 'desktop' has been the UI metaphor. Prior to that, it was a command line for DOS. With Windows 8, Microsoft is deprioritizing the desktop and moving the Metro. Metro is the tile-based interface that has no 'chrome', or edges and leaves lots and lots of white space."

CNNMoney: Tech: Apple 2.0
Link: Apple Store Chief Admits He 'Messed Up.' Bloggers Smell Blood.

"Daring Fireball's John Gruber likened it to the most vicious dressing down of a sales staff in American film history -- Alec Baldwin's tirade in Glengarry Glen Ross. The Loop's Jim Dalrymple called it 'one of the worst decisions' Apple (AAPL) had made in a decade. "This has the stench," Dalrymple wrote, "of a man looking to make a name for himself."

"When two bloggers who between them have cultivated better sources within Apple than anyone covering the company -- in print or online -- turn on a senior vice president who reports directly to CEO Tim Cook, you know the guy's in trouble.

"The SVP in question is John Browett, the Wharton MBA who was brought in from Dixons -- a giant British electronics chain -- to fill the gaping hole created in Apple's executive team when Ron Johnson departed to run JC Penney (JCP)."

(See also: China: Apple Needs More People to Pay for Apps; Awkward Sex Photos Rock the Mainland)
Link: Kodak: Maybe We Won't Sell Our Digital Imaging Patents

"Kodak (EKDKQ) is having second thoughts about selling off its digital imaging patent portfolio.

"The struggling photography pioneer, which for the past year has been gearing up to sell off some 1,100 patents as part of its effort to emerge from bankruptcy, said Thursday that it may not sell some - or all - of them, after all.

"'[Kodak] has not reached a determination or agreement to sell the digital imaging patent portfolio, and may retain all or parts of it as a source of creditor recoveries in lieu of a sale if it concludes that doing so is in the best interests of the estate,' the company said in a statement."

Link: Confession of a Nexus 7 Owner: iPad Mini Will Blow It Away

"My current preferred tablets are the latest iPad and the Nexus 7. While I have owned and used various Android (GOOG) tablets, the Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean is the best of the lot by a wide margin. The small size makes it perfect for extended sessions, and better than the iPad in that regard.

"As good as the Nexus 7 is for most things, every time I pick the iPad up I am struck by how much better the user experience is compared to that of the Nexus 7.

"The operation of the iPad is more consistent, fluid, and more pleasing than that of the Nexus 7. Even with the much improved Project Butter enhancements in Jelly Bean, the iPad is more pleasant to use."

(See also: Why Google Employees Are Happier Than Ever)

Link: App Infusion: How Microsoft Is Taking Its Hackathon Model Online

"In the 2010 movie The Social Network, hackathons were romanticized as exciting programmer games involving alcohol and cheering crowds. They looked like fun but were not the appropriate venue for getting work done.

"The reality of modern-day hackathons is that they are extremely effective, well-organized events that can have dramatic results when it comes to developing software, apps, and the ideas that drive them. Microsoft has been exceptionally efficient at them over the years with many of the apps we use today having formed their roots during a hackathon."

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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