Faced with sharply declining advertising revenue for both print and online newspapers, papers are trying to entice free readers to pay up for the news. It works partially: old people will pay anything to keep their news habit but young readers have already left the barn.
Charlottetown Guardian erects paywall for digital readers – will it be enough (Guardian photo)
From Rupert Murdoch to the 25 local newspapers in the Quebec based Transcontinental chain, newspapers are struggling to survive the double whammy of the digital world and young readers who don’t give a flying fig about reading a paper.
Paywalls, charging for online access, is a temporary fix for the huge decline in newspaper subscription and advertising revenue.
The media, analysts and tech writers have hammered Microsoft about Windows 8 but most of them got it wrong
Windows 8 Start screen – the future is now
Most of the people telling Microsoft what to do with Windows 8 don’t have a clue. Microsoft should ignore 99% of what is being printed and stick to their guns. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Windows 8 but it needs work. Continue reading →
Windows 8 Mail Calendar and People embedded apps get refresh with many rough edges yet and a hidden security gotcha from Office 365
Mail Calendar and People get mid-term update on the road to real app-dom
The much ballyhooed update of core Windows 8 apps came over night on Monday. You may miss the subtle changes if you don’t look closely.
SkyDrive also got an upgrade that seems positive. I’ll research that a little more and report back.
My personal hopes of seeing People fixed so that social media Sharing would work were dashed. People is still an unorganized and buggy app to avoid.
This is a slow march for Microsoft towards creating a Windows-8-only world in which we don’t or can’t fall back on our favorite Desktop applications like Outlook and Facebook. If that is good or bad is up to you to decide. Continue reading →