Windows Central columnist Jason L. Ward presents unique big picture analysis of complex topics in tech. Check this page often for his latest editorials, or "Warditorials," in which Ward offers clarity and insight on timely topics and regularly takes on Microsoft critics with a healthy dose of perspective.
Microsoft plans to focus even more on accessibility in 2019
Microsoft has been aggressively driving accessibility in products and services through its inclusive-design mission. And 2019 may be the year inclusive design goes mainstream.
How and why Microsoft should bring a Windows 10X-powered 'phone' to market
Microsoft has sought to converge the power of Windows and the broader Microsoft cloud, apps, hardware, and services ecosystem on a pocketable telephony-enabled mobile device for years. With Windows 10X it is now technologically possible and with Android on Surface Duo necessary developer relationships may be attained.
Why Surface Go is better for students than iPad (and why it may not be)
Microsoft's pitting Surface Go against Apple's newest iPad in the education sector. Here are some pros and cons.
Microsoft's smartphone failures may negatively impact its folding PCs
Folding PCs are here and potentially offer a range of versatility as desktop, journaling, gaming, creative and tablet devices. Sadly, Microsoft's smartphone failures may have done irrefutable damage to the increasingly important touch-and-app centric foundations that are important to its success in the age of modern mobile computing. Will the impact of a failing in smartphones forever...
Microsoft and Deque make accessibility easy for millions of developers
Most people without disabilities ignore articles about accessibility because like a wheelchair ramp they're there but seem irrelevant to them. With one billion people living with disabilities and many disabilities being acquired through accidents, disease or aging, we'll all be touched by disabilities directly or by association. With the digital world becoming more integral to our lives...
Microsoft's #InsiderUp isn't just about being nice — here's the big picture
Microsoft's ambitious #InsiderUp program's goal to make everyone, everywhere a programmer isn't just about being nice; it's part of Microsoft's master plan to make every company a "tech company" that uses its Azure cloud platform.
Microsoft’s Azure goals ominously echo its past Windows-everywhere strategy
In a multi-cloud world Microsoft's determination to make Azure the de facto cloud service powering the world's computing is ominously similar to its fateful Windows-centric strategy of the past. As Microsoft had to adapt Windows as a cross-platform OS to co-operate with, not dominate, other OSes, it must do the same with Azure to work with other cloud services. After all - to users the...
It's Global Accessibility Awareness Day — here's what Microsoft is doing
Today is the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day where the focus is on the creators of our tech employing making sure its accessible to all. This is something Microsoft does 365 days a year.
What Microsoft's ambitious plans for Azure mean to YOU
Many Microsoft and Windows phone enthusiasts see Microsoft's cloud focus as a profit-driven obsession with little direct relevance to them. But the cloud is cooler, and more personally relevant than you think.
Microsoft's moral stance on facial recognition isn't as noble as you think
Microsoft is making a bold ethical stand for the responsible use of facial recognition tech - but it's not all about being the "good guy."
Samsung's Galaxy Fold woes validate Microsoft's Surface Andromeda caution
Microsoft's placing its Surface Andromeda folding pocket PC on the back burner angered fans, but may have avoided folding displays inherent weaknesses and the accompanying PR nightmare Samsung and its Galaxy Fold are experiencing.
How Google is beating Microsoft in the cross-platform cloud
Microsoft and Amazon are the world's leading cloud providers. Google's cross-platform, open source, hybrid cloud solution may have something to say about that.
How Microsoft is helping other companies hire people with autism
Microsoft's cross-platform cloud strategy and open source development strategy democratizes tech, while its Autism Hiring Program is democratizing empathy.
Microsoft Your Phone 'replaces' Windows phone and may replace your phone
Microsoft's Your Phone app strives to keep your phone in your pocket.
How the U.S. military plans to use HoloLens 2 to gain an edge in warfare
Microsoft's Augmented Reality headset, HoloLens, is headed to the battlefield to make U.S. troops more efficient. And not everyone is happy.