This week, we follow up last week’s coverage of Google’s event with discussion of Microsoft’s big Windows 10 event, which had a very different feel to it. We evaluate the big announcements, but we also talk about the presentations and demos and the overall tone of the event, which felt much more energetic and compelling than previous Microsoft events. Our Question of the Week this week is “What’s going on in the US wireless market, and who’s winning?” Jan provides some context by discussing each of the major US wireless providers and their background, and then talks through some different definitions for measuring which of them is “winning”. We also talk about what’s next for the US wireless market. Our final topic is Steve Jobs – both the man and the movie that’s coming out soon, along with the controversy over the movie, and the reaction from both Steve Jobs’ widow and from Apple executives. And Aaron has our Weekly Pick for this episode, which is a book recommendation.
As ever, the SoundCloud player is embedded below, and there are quite a few links to blog posts and other things we discussed in the episode underneath that. One thing of particular note is Jan’s slide deck on the US wireless market in Q2 2015, which provides a lot of depth beyond what we discussed on the podcast.
We invite listeners to submit questions for subsequent weeks in the comments below, on Twitter (@jandawson, @aaronmiller), or via email (jan at jackdawresearch dot com). We also now have a dedicated Podcast Twitter handle at @BDPcast.
Here are some useful links relating to this week’s episode:
- Microsoft event video
- Jan’s Microsoft post from this week
- An earlier post from Jan on why universal apps likely won’t help Microsoft as much as it claims
- Another post from this week, on the sizes of various operating system user bases
- An overview deck from Jackdaw Research on the US wireless market at the end of Q2 2015
- Jan’s Techpinions post on the difficulty of disrupting wireless
- A Wall Street Journal article on Laurene Powell Jobs’ objections to the new Steve Jobs movie
- A Macworld article on Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s comments on their Steve Jobs movie
- A 9to5Mac article with some of the clips of Steve Jobs Apple released to ABC
- A book mentioned by Aaron in this episode, Give and Take by Adam Grant (Amazon affiliate link), which talks about the fact that successful leaders don’t have to be jerks.
- Aaron’s Weekly Pick, another book: New Ideas from Dead Economists, by Todd Buchholz (Amazon affiliate link).
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