Xtreme Podcast: Is Microsoft boarding up Windows?


Welcome to this week’s installment of the Xtreme Minute. This is our weekly rundown of the TechGenix Xtreme Podcast with Louise Chalupiak and Peter King with links to the week's hot tech topics and additional TechGenix content.

Mitch Tulloch kicks us off with his article, We need to reignite innovative tech (are you listening, Microsoft?) The days of innovation seem to have been replaced by a focus on profit maximization. This is an extremely compelling article that looks the elephant in the room straight in the eyes and states that it is time for Microsoft to spin off Windows. Let’s all hope that Microsoft is tuning in.

Our second article is from John Casaretto: In an era of mega-clouds, blue skies beckon for cloud service providers. John states that IaaS is currently one of the most significant cloud opportunities. As companies are searching for hybrid solutions, this leaves an opening for the niche players that can provide a menu of cloud solution options that we will not see from the mega-players.

We wrap up with an article from Twain Taylor titled, Alipay and WeChat Pay: The quest for a cashless China. While we slowly move in the direction of cashless transactions, it’s still difficult to imagine an entirely cashless world. China is leading the way in this technology shift, but it would appear we have some change management issues to deal with in North America before we can master this transformation.

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Louise Chalupiak

Louise is a cynical and often irritating project manager currently residing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada who is not personally responsible for anything oil sands related. She often eats popcorn for dinner and fears that her dog judges her. Special skills include milking a cow as well as the ability to uncork a wine bottle without the use of a corkscrew.

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