All Articles by Jason Ward

Alexa, Assistant, Bixby, and Cortana will battle for the connected future

Unbound AIs, digital assistants that can be integrated into a host of connected devices, will be vying for space in our lives. Google Assistant, Cortana, Alexa and Samsung's Viv-based Bixby are some players to watch.

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Dear Microsoft, your loyalists have a bone to pick with you ...

Dear Satya Nadella, Microsoft loyalists need to talk to you about what's happening at your company.

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Ambient computing puts us at greater risk from hackers

Ambient computing has its benefits, but as the world becomes more connected we also become more vulnerable to attacks from hackers.

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Microsoft's Project Emma helps people with Parkinson's Disease

There are millions of people living with Parkinson's Disease. With Emma Watch and Project Emma, Microsoft is seeking to innovate symptom-relieving treatments.

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Smartphones didn't kill mini tablets, they became them

In 2007, Apple put a tablet in people's pockets: the iPhone. And, yes, the iPhone is a tablet, albeit a mini one.

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How Microsoft helps deaf people 'hear'

There are hundreds of millions of deaf or hard of hearing individuals in the world. Microsoft's inclusion mission embraces them in its workforce and technology.

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Why Microsoft's mobile story is so profoundly confusing

The narrative around Microsoft's mobile strategy is an ever-shifting tale of despair and promise. Though Microsoft is culpable, it's not the only guilty party.

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How Microsoft's inclusion mission is helping the blind to 'see'

Microsoft's mission of inclusion encompasses the visually impaired. This has led to innovation that helps the them to "see" the world.

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Let's be honest, no one really needs a $1,000 smartphone

Smartphone prices are skyrocketing to accommodate technology costs. But the we way we use smartphones hasn't really changed. You have to wonder, is a phone like the iPhone X worth the asking price?

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Sci-fi suggests a one-device future — and Microsoft (and Apple) should pay attention

We're now in an age of ubiquitous tablet computers we call smartphones. Science fiction predicted this. What's next?

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Here's why Microsoft is paying me (and will pay you) to use Bing!

Microsoft is willing to pay you to use Bing. I've been cashing in for years. What are you waiting for?

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How Microsoft used tech to help people with ALS regain mobility

ALS is a demoralizing and immobilizing condition. Microsoft proves, however, that with empathy, teamwork, and technology, barriers can be overcome.

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Will Microsoft's smartglasses strategy be overshadowed by rivals?

Microsoft recently communicated a vision to enable wearables that transition between AR and VR. Samsung and ODG may grab consumer mindshare with similar visions, however.

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Microsoft has everything it needs to succeed with consumers, except follow-through

Microsoft could succeed in both the enterprise and consumer spaces if it had the will to follow-through on consumer investments.

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Microsoft Autism Hiring Program aims to attract diverse talent

People with autism often face a host of challenges in finding employment. Microsoft's Autism Hiring Program seeks to change that.

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Microsoft CEO hints Windows Core OS mobile device may be headed to the enterprise

CEO Satya Nadella hinted that an enterprise-focused Surface mobile device may be in the works in a recent interview.

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Would an Android phone for consumers and Windows mobile for enterprise help Microsoft?

Would a consumer-focused Android phone help Microsoft build developer relationships to support its ecosystem and a potential enterprise-focused Core OS device?

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Microsoft CEO admits repeatedly abandoning consumers was a mistake

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admitted abandoning consumers is a mistake he's repeatedly made, a mistake that may very well cost Microsoft in the future.

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Microsoft and Qualcomm: The architects of an always-connected computing future

Microsoft and Qualcomm visions are to provide the industry with the tools to create new technologies. How do the visions of these two companies work together in anticipation of the next shift in computing?

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Does Microsoft's CEO hate the things you love, or just inefficiency in his business?

Microsoft's Satya Nadella has axed thousands of jobs and several products and services since becoming CEO in 2014. His particular personality type may be at the core of his decisive pursuit of efficiency.

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