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Microsoft to Limit Unlimited Storage

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Microsoft to Limit Unlimited Storage

It's official: Microsoft OneDrive will cut unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal or University subscribers...starting NOW.

Those unlimited subscribers will be limited to 1TB of OneDrive storage.

And many users are furious.

The comments on the blog describe the problem for many professionals in video and in photography who actually need more space than 1TB. But the bigger problem for Microsft will be other consumers who react more to the sudden change itself, to this "huge back-down."

OneDrive executives explain the change is necessary to curb abuse. A "small number of subscribers" backed up "numerous PCs and stored entire movie colllections and DVR recordings." In some cases, Microsoft notes this was 14,000X the average (or 75 TB for a user).

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Is Intel Wrong About the PC?

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Is Intel Wrong About the PC?

Intel told Wall Street that its PC sales will grow in "mid-single digits" in 2015. Some analysts think Intel is fibbing.

These industry analysts claim Intel's CPU revenue will fall by 6% in 2015, based on inventory build-ups from 2014.

Analyst Srini Pajjuri of CLSA is one of the bears. Pajjuri writes that “Management deserves credit for solid execution and consistent strategy, but we believe the company’s 2015 guidance for mid-single-digit growth is optimistic.”

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What's a PC Dealer to Do?

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What's a PC Dealer to Do?

I may be one of the few voices that still argues the PC is not dead. At least I am a familar voice: I have stood on stage at many IT events during the last 20 years, defending the PC against death-sayers.

One speech last year is still worth listening to, if you like the tone and fact of this article: Thinking Outside the PC Box.

Listening carefully to the market, it seems while the PC is still alive, it is not cool to acknowledge it. How can I persist in believing in the PC when statistics show great decline in the PC market? Mainly because I believe the PC sales we are losing are the most unprofitable ones anyways.

Don't get me wrong-- I am not suggesting PC dealers, resellers and distributors should not change. We've always faced change in the PC business.

In fact, my discussion today centers on what changes PC dealers and distributors could possibly make to survive: an audit of the possible directions...

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Intel Launches Core M Processor

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Intel Launches Core M Processor

Intel launches the first commercially available “no-conflict” processor, Core M, and sends it directly into the battle for mobility. More front-line Intel innovations will fully arm laptops as they fight tablets & smartphones to win over the world’s 600 million owners of 4-year old laptops who are on the brink of change.

Six hundred million ageing laptops make an awfully big sales target. Each of those consumers faces a decision very different than the one when they bought their laptop four years ago. And Intel dedicated its IFA press conference to its battle plan to win over those hundreds of millions whose collective decisions may decide the fate of the PC.

And it’s no accident that Intel chose IFA as the place to announce Core M, its first processor brand since five years, and the man gun of their battle plan. The 14nm Intel Core M processor package is 50% smaller and, at 4.5 watts, has 60% lower thermal power than the previous generation.

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Found! The Worst Vulnerability in the History of the Internet

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Found! The Worst Vulnerability in the History of the Internet

500,000+ Affected... Maybe Yours... Maybe Your Customers… What SPs Need to Know, Need to Do

Heartbleed, the newly discovered Internet flaw breaking the heart of the web industry and giving heart attacks to consumers, affects a half a million or more web sites. That's right, at least 500,000+ affected in this colossal open-source failure.

Why do we say "affected" and not "infected?"

Engineers working for the Finland-based security firm Codenomicon were exploring new features for their new security test software when they discovered the bug-heard-'round-the-world that affects websites that use OpenSSL, a security software that supposedly protected users' data and passwords.

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As Windows XP Ends, So Goes PC Era

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As Windows XP Ends, So Goes PC Era

The end of Windows XP is also the end of everything we grew up with in the Personal Computing business.

We're also saying goodbye to the PC as the preferred hardware for the average user, Windows as the standard operating system and the power of Wintel in our business lives.

Obviously, the death of XP is an arranged suicide, with Microsoft attendant in all the funeral details.

The commercial advantage, for Microsoft and its partners, is that this should spur sales for Windows 8 (and upcoming Windows 9).

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Thinking Outside the PC Box

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How do you feel about the PC industry today?

Our Editor-in-Chief Bob Snyder discusses the PC industry with the UK dealer group of Synaxon.

Agree or disagree but at least Bob will help you focus on what it means today to be a distributor or retailer in consumer IT.

Enjoy!

What If Google Made a Free Chromebox?

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What If Google Made a Free Chromebox?

Here's a festive thought for the end of 2013: What if Google made a free Chromebox?

Google has made it BIG by expertly giving away its technology to earn an audience.

Google Search, of course.  But think about all the Google products you might know, love and use.

Do you use Gmail? That's free...

Google Maps? Yep, free, too.

Google Docs? Free..

Google Talk? Sure, free.

Google+? OK,maybe you don't use this yet but soon Helpouts will pull you in.  Yes, it's free.

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What Will Microsoft Look Like 2 Years from Now?

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What Will Microsoft Look Like 2 Years from Now?

Remember the famous high tech book, Crossing the Chasm?

Perhaps there should be a new book for high tech companies to follow: Sitting on a Precipice.

That might be appropriate because our "old" industry leaders in the PC business now sit on a precipice. For some, things look pretty grim. For others, it will soon look even grimmer-- if they don't act now.

A prime example of inaction can be drawn from the mobile industry where RIM has taken Blackberry into a free fall that will only end in a splat.

For Microsoft, it's a different story. There are actions that will be taken.

Here's one example of how Microsoft might look in a year or two.

First, meet the new CEO.  Yes, Stephen Elop...the loyal Microsoftie who insisted on Windows at Nokia until they had no other choice but look for an acquirer. Consider the CEO job as Elop's reward for bringing Nokia into the fold (because that's the way the Microsoft Board is looking at it).

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