Before I start this month's column, I just can't resist crowing a bit. Last year, when Microsoft released its online Office product and called it "Office 365," I snarkily asked at a keynote, "So does that mean it won't run on February 29 next year?" -- referring to this year's leap day. And what happened on February 29? That's right . . . a leap year bug crashed Azure. Microsoft folks, you've just got to pay closer attention to my keynotes!
I felt that I had to mention this particular bit of prescience because last month's column demonstrated what might be most the astounding bit of anti-prescience in history. If you didn't read it, I discussed how Windows Phone on a tablet would be great -- and just as we published the piece, Microsoft announced that the company was doing the complete opposite and would instead shoehorn the Windows kernel into tiny, low-RAM, slower-CPU phone devices. But wait, there's more . . . in the flurry of "Consumer Preview" Windows 8 releases, you could be excused for having missed the "Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business," which included this phrase:
"Although the ARM-based version of Windows does not include the same manageability features that are in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, businesses can use these power-saving devices in unmanaged environments."