Every week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the hurdles that Windows 8 must clear to succeed, the mobile OS landscape, the biggest tech flops of the year, and more. I hope you find them useful:
World finally realizing that no one owns the web
Here’s an interesting interview with Tim Berners-Lee (the father of the web), in which he shares his thoughts on the creation of the web, and the importance of an open web. Interestingly enough, he’s not a fan of the recent rise of native mobile apps, which take away from the web’s openness.
15 biggest tech flops of 2012 (so far)
Hindsight is 20/20. It’s easy to look back and point out how other people or companies have failed. The hard part: As you go through the list above, try to figure out how each one failed and what you can learn from their mistake(s). For instance, the author mentions Best Buy as one of the biggest tech flops. How did a one-time tech giant fall so fast? What can you learn from their mistakes? There was a great article in Forbes a few months back (right here) that covers this topic in detail, explaining why they failed and how they could have succeeded.
Blackberry vs. iPhone: Is this still a question?
Just 2 short years ago, an author was criticized for an article claiming that iPhones would become more popular than Blackberrys. While he was clearly right (and states it in this article), I see a larger point that applies to business: The mobile landscape is extremely volatile. What will it look like in another 2 years? Maybe Apple will be on the way out. Who knows? This is yet another reason to choose the cross-platform mobile web apps over the platform specific native apps. How do you know if the platform you’re building for will still be around in a few years? The only way to know for sure: Build for the web.
10 hurdles Windows 8 must clear to succeed
Microsoft recently launched the Windows 8 release preview, which gives the public a taste of their new OS. It offers a unique interface, aimed to work on PCs and tablets alike. In doing so, Microsoft sends a clear message: Tablets are here to stay. With that in mind, what is your business doing to embrace tablets?
Decade of the cloud?
When we look back on this decade in another 8 years, what will be the overriding theme? Many experts believe the cloud is about to take off in a big way, and will transform the way we do business.
On a related note, we are looking to partner with application software companies that want to go to the cloud. If you are already there, partway there, or just thinking about it, contact me and we can discuss how we can improve each other’s cloud offerings.