Showing posts from July 15, 2014

Comparing Apple and Microsoft As Communicators

Last week both Apple and Microsoft had big announcements to make about the future of their companies, for Microsoft it was a round of layoffs on an unprecedented scale. For Apple it was a new partnership with IBM which should see it make further strides into the enterprise.

Apple's announcement has huge implications for the way the business is run, a new opportunity to present iOS as a truly capable business device, being pushed to large enterprise customers by IBM, a company those customers know and trust.

In contrast Microsoft announced changes that will affect the livelihood of thousands of its employees, will change some of it's product lines and kill off others.

How were those messages communicated to staff? Well here's Satya Nadella's widely circulated message to Microsoft and here (courtesy of 9to5 Mac) Tim Cook's private one to Apple's staff.

Once you've read the two memos it's easy to understand the differences between the two companies. Nadel…

Nokia Bears Brunt of Microsoft Job Cuts

When Microsoft announced it was going to buy Nokia it talked about bringing efficiencies to the new business.

This week the announcement that 14% of Microsoft employees were being made redundant hit those former Nokia employees hardest with 12,500 expected to lose their jobs one the final toll has been taken.

That's going to be hard on a company that has already been through radical restructuring prior to the merger being announced.

For Microsoft as a whole it doesn't paint a great picture - worst case expectations were for 6,000 job cuts across the whole business. With three times as many Microsofties now facing redundancy it beggars two questions: Was Microsoft really this badly overstaffed pre-merger? And what products will die as a result of this change?

One thing we do know, Nokia's X range of Android AOSP phones won't be around much longer, as Microsoft focuses on Windows Phone. Which should also end those rumours of Microsoft adopting Android apps on its mobile…

F1: German GP Promises To Get All FRICed UP

The 2014 F1 season potentially descends further into farce this at this weekend's German Grand Prix, after the FIA declared that the trick suspensions currently being used by at least seven of F1's teams were illegal. These FRIC suspensions (Front Rear Inter Connected) must either be removed from the cars using them or face the threat of appeals for technical non-compliance and ultimately disqualification.
The FIA have offered to allow the continued use of FRIC suspensions if all of the teams unanimously agree to them remaining. With some teams at a distinct disadvantage from not having the technology that doesn't seem to be a very likely scenario.
Will this shake up the grid? At least some of the teams believe that Mercedes FRIC is responsible for an element of its advantage. Perhaps the loss of the system will reduce the advantage that Rosberg and Hamilton have at every race, however I doubt that it will be enough for other teams to prevent the domination of the Silver …