In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 22, 2012 / 2 Tamuz, 5772

Diversionary strategy may fail Microsoft

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I was planning to write about something important - some new software - this week, but like a pushy diner at a groaning buffet, Microsoft Corp. elbowed its way in.

Monday's announcement of the "Surface" tablet computers, manufactured by others but bearing a Microsoft brand name, was meant to fire a shot across the bow of Apple Inc., which has dominated the tablet market since the first iPad offering two years ago.

As others in and around the industry have noted, Microsoft knows how to sell peripherals such as mice and keyboards, but they don't have a great track record on larger hardware, the Xbox game console being a notable, pained exception. It's a success now, but getting there took a while.

Indeed, the Microsoft "model" over the past three-plus decades has been to develop the operating system and applications software that other manufacturers have built systems around. Walk into the Microsoft Stores in either Tyson's Corner or the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, and you'll desktop and portable models from Sony, Samsung, Acer, Hewlett Packard, Dell and so on. There's nary a Microsoft-branded computer to be found.

So come now the "Surface" tablets, iPad-challenging devices with a keyboard built into the cover, due later this year weighing 1.5 pounds and boasting a 10.6-inch high-definition touchscreen as well as front and rear facing cameras, for taking pictures and video chat. One model will aim at consumers with an "RT" version of Windows that hasn't been released, the other, using Intel Corp. chips, will run a full version of Windows 8, already in public Beta, and aimed at business users.

The levels of equivocation underneath all this are many. The "Windows RT" planned may or may not be closer to Apple's iOS operating software for the iPhone and iPad, being a smaller, tighter piece of code designed to support only these items (and future ones). If so, that's a plus, but which applications will run on it? What about Microsoft Office, which remains the dominant enterprise productivity software? (Or, for that matter, what about OpenOffice, which is a clone of the Microsoft product but also is very popular?)

Such larger applications would run on the larger Surface tablet using an Intel processor, but again, price comes into play. And if the Windows 8 version on the "business" tablet is just warmed over from the desktop, there will be a lot of overhead, in terms of code, that users won't likely need, want or appreciate. Windows, with its legacy of supporting all sorts of hardware, is of necessity bloated with the drivers and other bits necessary to do so.

There's another series of questions left hanging here: what apps will run on the "consumer" tablet, as well as the enterprise model? The key, the absolute key (in my opinion) to the roaring success of the iPad (as with the earlier iPhone) is the vast array of applications generally specific to the platform. There's a stripped-down (but very useful) writing app called Writer, there's apps to scan documents and handle the result (filing, email, whatever) and there's a bunch of programs for PDF file reading, annotating and sharing.

None of the apps I described above are very expensive or very complicated. They all handle the things many business people need. QuickOffice Pro HD is under $20 for the iPad and under $15 for Android tablets via Amazon's Marketplace. How much would even a "lite" version of Microsoft Office costs? No one's saying yet.

And some nifty things for the iPad won't move over. At deadline, I asked FileMaker Inc. spokesman Kevin Mallon about whether the firm will move the just-announced Bento 4 - a useful mini database program you'll read about here, soon - to the new Microsoft devices. "We have no immediate or future plans to support any platform other than the Mac OS and Mac iOS," Mr. Mallon responded.

If other developers balk - and if consumers balk as well - Microsoft, like Hewlett Packard's "Touch" device nine months ago, might have a fire sale on its hands.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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