Author: Tony Bradley

I have a passion for technology and gadgets--with a focus on Microsoft and security--and a desire to help others understand how technology can affect or improve their lives. I also love spending time with my wife, 7 kids, 2 dogs, 5 cats, 1 rabbit, 2 ferrets, a pot-bellied pig, and sulcata tortoise, and I like to think I enjoy reading and golf even though I never find time for either. You can contact me directly at tony@xpective.net. For more from me, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

30 Days with Surface Pro: Day 3 As I turned the Surface Pro on for the first time, I had to run through the initial configuration. After selecting English as the language, and adding the necessary key to connect the tablet with my home wireless network, comes an important choice that determines a lot about how Windows 8 will work. Embrace the ecosystem Windows 8 offers up a choice between logging in using an established Microsoft ID, or logging in locally on the tablet itself. Choose wisely–many of the features and capabilities of Windows 8 rely on the Microsoft ID.…

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Alright. So, let’s get this party started. Today is the unboxing. First–in the interest of full disclosure–let me say that this Surface Pro is on loan from Microsoft. I already have a Samsung Series 7 Slate tablet running Windows 8, and a Surface RT, and an iPad…so let’s just say I don’t really need any more gadgets right now. I’m not saying I won’t buy one (we’ll see at the end of the 30 Days I guess), but I just want to be clear up front that this isn’t my Surface Pro. The origin of my Surface Pro tablet also…

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30 Days with Surface Pro: Day 1 I’ve done a few Morgan Spurlock-esque experiments over the last few years where I immerse myself in a new platform or technology for 30 days and blog daily about the experience. I’ve switched from Windows to Linux, from Microsoft Office to Google Docs, and from my iPhone to a Windows Phone smartphone. This month, I am starting a new adventure with Surface Pro. I have long been a proponent of the tablet as a PC replacement. Actually–to be more precise–I maintain that a tablet is, in fact, a “personal computer” as well, and…

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According to market share data, both Microsoft and BlackBerry fall into the “also-ran” category, so far behind Android and iOS that their combined share of the market is almost negligible. Gartner data from Q4 2012 pegs Android on top with almost 70 percent of the market, followed by Apple’s iOS at 21 percent. BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) has a mere 3.5 percent, and Microsoft drags in behind BlackBerry at 3 percent. Yes, BlackBerry is ahead of Microsoft…for now. The trends are not in its favor, though. Comparing Q4 2012 to Q4 2011, BlackBerry plummeted 60 percent, while Microsoft grew…

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Clicking around to see what’s new in tech news I came across an article from PCWorld–a resource that I am a prolific contributor to as author of the Net Work column. I saw a post entitled “Office showdown: Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps”. I clicked on it for two reasons: 1) I wrote a very similar article for PCWorld a couple years ago, and 2) I am interested in the new Office 365 Small Business Premium service and wanted to learn more. This was not PCWorld’s best work. The article is confusing and misleading. It makes a passing mention…

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Post-PC era. In case you haven’t heard, that’s allegedly the renaissance the tech world is currently experiencing. It is a vague-ish term that simply illustrates the declining relevance of traditional PCs–those black or putty colored boxes sitting under hundreds of millions of desks. There is an evolution taking place. It’s not “post-PC’ really, any more than a Prius is a “post-combustion” vehicle. As feature phones have evolved into smartphones, and tablets of all sizes have sprung up seemingly out of nowhere, there’s a lot of hype about their impact on the PC market, and how the tablet market is cannibalizing…

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There have been rumors floating around for at least a year that Microsoft is developing a version of the popular Microsoft Office productivity suite for the iPad. Actually, I first wrote an article suggesting that Microsoft jump on that concept for PCWorld nearly three years ago. Many pundits counter that Microsoft won’t do that because it needs to drive sales of Windows, and its own Surface tablets, and Office is apparently the carrot Microsoft needs to lure customers. There are a few problems with that logic. First, it won’t work. I am a huge fan of Microsoft Office, and I…

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“Every great journey begins with a single step.” ~ Chinese proverb There’s speculation floating around that businesses may be taking the position of just sitting out Windows 8, and looking ahead to Windows 9. To the extent that may be true, it’s not an indictment of Windows 8 as much as an indication of the success of Windows 7, and a function of standard refresh cycles at larger corporations. Businesses may be “waiting for Windows 9”, but it’s not really because they don’t like Windows 8. It’s because they do like Windows 7 and they’re not even ready to look at…

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet is a solid, well-engineered device. Many of the initial reviews were less-than-glowing–the most common complaint being the “short” battery life. But, if launch-day demand means anything, the Surface Pro seems like a hit. There’s one major obstacle, though, to the success of the Surface Pro. It lacks a docking station. I have not yet played with a Surface Pro, but I do have one of it’s siblings–the Surface RT tablet. There are many similarities, like the clickable kickstand in the back that lets you prop the tablet up, and the Touch or Type keyboard cover that…

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Guess what? Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet sold out on launch day. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. No, I’m not suggesting the Surface Pro is such an awesome tablet that you should have expected it to sell out. That may or may not be true, but the reality is that selling out on launch day is required. It’s simply table stakes for playing the game. I also don’t have any proof that Microsoft intentionally restricted the supply of the Surface Pro tablets to create the situation. Microsoft claims it is doing its best to catch up with demand and ship…

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