Microsoft’s Mundie cedes strategy role on way to retirement

Craig Mundie, who was Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer up till recently, will retire in 2014. With Ray Ozzie and now Steve Sinofsky gone, some wonder who will drive Microsoft’s key technology vision going forward.

Microsoft’s Mundie: Big data could cure U.S. healthcare

If the U.S. wants to solve it’s healthcare problem, it should bring the Internet model to bear on it, Microsoft’s chief strategy and research officer said Monday. That means sharing, not segregating data, and using the government’s buying power to mandate change, Craig Mundie said.

Apple Tech Support Tips: 4 Steps to Bend Apple to Your Will

We usually love our Apple (s aapl) products. They work well, are easy to understand and when we have a problem, Apple works quickly to resolve it. Most of the time. What happens when Apple simply won’t play ball? Read on and find out how to work Apple’s system.

Step 1: AASP and Geniuses

For many people, their first interaction is with the Apple store, however some will go to an Apple Authorized Service provider (AASP). AASP determinations can be overridden by an Apple store, so going to the Apple store would be your first escalation if you are not satisfied by the AASP. Typically a Genius determines you have a problem, but alas, you may be out of warranty. Maybe they are claiming the item was abused or tampered with and you disagree. Often you are just barely out of warranty or fall right outside a Repair Extension. Be sure to keep careful notes of the dates and times of your conversations and with whom you’ve spoken. All is not lost. Read More about Apple Tech Support Tips: 4 Steps to Bend Apple to Your Will

How Windows 7 Will Cut Computer Energy Consumption

Windows7logoThere’s quite a few reasons to cheer Microsoft’s (s MSFT) next-generation operating system, Windows 7, which launched today — it could drive down the price of computers, help you ditch Vista once and for all, and couldchange the dynamics of the memory business. But here’s another: Windows 7 has some nifty new power management functions that will help cut down on the energy consumption of your PC or laptop. It’s about time.

Back in June, Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie told attendees of the utility-focused Edison Electric Conference in San Francisco, Calif. that Microsoft had made a “big investment” into more sophisticated power management features for Windows 7. Mundie said Microsoft was working on features like adding smarter power management functions that can put a computer into a low-power state and wake it up again much more quickly than other operating systems.
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Microsoft’s Hohm Is the First to Enter the Azure Cloud

Microsoft’s energy management tool, Hohm, which launched this week, is a clear play to help consumers save energy. Log into the Hohm web site, enter your ZIP code and other details about your residence, and the service predicts your home energy use (or links to your historical energy use via your utility) and suggests ways to curb it.

But Hohm is also Microsoft’s first consumer-facing web service that is hosted entirely on Azure, the company’s cloud computing software control system — and Azure boasts some cutting-edge energy savings features of its own. Even if Hohm isn’t eventually able to convince consumers to cut their energy consumption, the way it’s hosted could represent the future of more energy-efficient computing.

We’ll forgive you if you thought Azure was just an outdated color in a Crayola box. Microsoft announced the cloud computing platform more than six months ago, and while few details are known about it, what is known is that it will be used by companies that want to deploy large web services and host them in a cloud computing model. But Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, explained to us in an interview this week that Azure is expected to be more efficient than standard web hosting and offer better power utilization, partly because the cloud takes advantage of on-demand scalable computing, growing and shrinking the amount of computing that’s applied to a particular task (and thus power used). In addition, the servers will feature efficient hardware designs and make better use of power management software, Mundie said.
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Microsoft’s Craig Mundie: Next Windows Will Have Better Power Management

Putting your computer to sleep and subsequently knocking it out of its slumber can take a bit of time, even for the most advanced laptops and PCs — it’s annoying enough that a lot of people just avoid doing it. But Microsoft (s MSFT) is working on solving that problem, which could mean reducing a significant amount of computing energy consumption. This morning, at the Edison Electric Conference in San Francisco, Calif., Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie told an audience of utility executives that the software giant has developed more sophisticated power management functions for its upcoming Windows 7 product, calling power management one of Windows 7’s “big investments.” In addition, Mundie said Microsoft “is getting very aggressive” when it comes to designing hardware and building software to increase the functionality of power management across its product lines.

Mundie said Microsoft is working on power management software that can keep a computer in a very low power state at all times but enables the machine to be awake enough so that when you approach it, it’s smart enough to quickly power up. It could power down just as quickly, too — Mundie said the computer could change states in “fractions of a second.” The power management tools sound like a much more subtle, user-friendly and energy efficient version of what your computer probably does now. Mundie expects these power management functions to start to dramatically decrease the energy consumption of computers starting in 2010, when the next cycle of products will make its way into the market.