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Surface Go: Tempting, but no iPad challenger

At NZ$700, Surface Go rounds out the bottom end of Microsoft’s tablet-to-laptop range. It’s a small, thin tablet with a 10-inch screen. No doubt people will compare it with another small, thin 10-inch tablet: Apple’s NZ$540 iPad. Before going further, we should be clear, the tablets come from different ranges. They have different design perspectives. […]

PC shipments up: Recovery or dead cat bounce?

PC shipments perked up in the second quarter of the year. While this is the first increase in six years, no-one is talking about a revival yet. It could be what people in the finance industry call a dead cat bounce. Both Gartner and IDC published sales estimates showing a small increase in sales. Gartner put […]

Apple, Android, phones and productivity

People get exciting about phone features. Productivity is more important yet often overlooked. My work involves looking at a lot of new phones. Most are premium Android phones. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen one that I couldn’t recommend. Within limits they are all good. The last was the Huawei P20 Pro. It could […]

How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown

As Microsoft refocuses to chase enterprise cloud opportunities, Google has an opportunity to lead the productivity software market. It has taken a decade, but now G-Suite can challenge Office. Almost every office worker of my generation spent years working with Microsoft software. For a while Windows was, in effect, a monopoly. Any other operating system […]

Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus

Since taking over as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella has remade the company. What was a PC giant is now a cloud and enterprise computing giant. And that has implications for Windows. Microsoft’s latest financials underline the change. In the three months to December 2017 the company’s revenue was almost US$29 billion. Of that, what Microsoft […]