Berbice man jumps to safety from burning house

first_imgA Corriverton, Berbice carpenter jumped from a window of his burning house to save his life.Rishiram RajpaulFifty-year-old Rishiram Rajpaul made the daring escape to flee the dense smoke which had engulfed the upper flat of the building situated at Lot D Line Path, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Sunday.Rajpaul had used the window to flee after he awoke to find smoke emanating from the ceiling of his house. Reports are at approximately 21:30h during a power outage, the carpenter went into the lower flat to get a bucket of water after he realised the building was on fire. However, when he returned, the smoke was very thick forcing him to use the window to escape. He called out to neighbours for assistance.The burnt-out buildingHowever, in the darkness of the night, no one initially saw the flames, but the scent of smoke caused neighbours to go to his rescue.One neighbour found him hanging from the window and was able to assist him to get down. Both men made it to safety. However, Rajpaul was not able to save anything from his home. Rajpaul suffered minor burns to his hair, eyes, and other parts of his body and had to seek medical attention.Residents told Guyana Times that there were repeated power outages earlier in the evening, and at the time of the fire, which completely destroyed the two-storey building, there was one.Residents have also expressed concern over the time the Fire Department took to respond to the call for help. This publication was told that the Corriverton Fire Service, which is located a short distance away from the man’s home, took 30 minutes to arrive on the scene.When the fire engine arrived, its pump was not functional, making it impossible for the firefighters to operate initially. However, they were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby house.last_img read more

‘Onion Field’ cop killer dies in jail

first_imgHis crimes were documented in 1973’s “The Onion Field” and the 1979 film of the same name, both written by Wambaugh, a former Los Angeles police officer himself. Smith, who was on parole when he killed Campbell, spent the last 25 years of his life in and out of prison, usually for drug crimes. “He was a hype and murderer and we let him out of prison,” former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates said in a published report on Saturday. “He should have gone to his death in the gas chamber.” He and Gregory Powell were convicted of abducting Campbell and his partner, Officer Karl Hettinger, from a Hollywood street on March 6, 1963, after the officers stopped their car for an illegal U-turn. After Powell disarmed the pair by pulling a gun on Campbell and threatening to kill him, he and Smith drove them to an onion field near Bakersfield. There, Powell shot Campbell in the face. Hettinger bolted, running four miles to the safety of a farmhouse. Powell was arrested that night and Smith the next day. The two were originally sentenced to death but the sentences were reduced to life in prison after the California Supreme Court briefly overturned the state’s death penalty in the 1970s. Powell, who remains in prison, has been denied parole several times. Months after he was paroled in 1982, Smith was returned to prison for failing a drug test. Paroled again, he was arrested soon after for selling heroin. In subsequent years he would be arrested again and again on various charges.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jimmy Lee Smith, the notorious, lifelong criminal whose role in the 1963 kidnapping and killing of a police officer inspired Joseph Wambaugh’s true-life crime novel “The Onion Field,” has died in jail at age 76, a state prisons official said Saturday. Smith died Friday at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, where he was being held for failing to report to a parole officer, said Bill Sessa, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman. The cause of death was under investigation, according to the county coroner’s office, although foul play was not suspected. Smith was once sentenced to death for the killing of Officer Ian Campbell, and his parole after 19 years in prison prompted a wave of public outrage when he was released in 1982. last_img read more

Ronaldo breaks new ground as Madrid edge out Dormund

first_imgRonaldo took his tally to nine goals in six Europan appearances this season with a spectacular long-range effort into the top corner after Borja Mayoral’s opener gave Real a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his excellent record against Madrid with a quickfire double either side of half-time to bring Dortmund level.But despite Vazquez’s late strike, the Germans drop into the Europa League with a record low two points thanks to their better goal difference over APOEL Nicosia, who were defeated 3-0 at Spurs.Real were, though, hit by a fresh injury blow as Raphael Varane limped off just before half-time.Zinedine Zidane now faces a defensive crisis ahead of the visit of Sevilla on Saturday with captain Sergio Ramos, right-back Dani Carvajal and holding midfielder Casemiro all suspended.Perre Emerick Aubameyang scores for Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League tie against Real Madrid. PHOTO/Daily MailZidane made six changes from the side that started Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao, but the hosts still made a flying start.Ronaldo’s fine through ball just evaded Isco, but fell perfectly into the path of Mayoral and the 20-year-old kept his cool to chip the onrushing Roman Burki for his first Champions League goal.By contrast, Ronaldo had his 114th in the competition moments later as he lined up a sumptuous strike from 25 yards.However, the warning signs of a Dortmund recovery were in evidence as the first-half wore on as Varane had to make last-ditch challenges to deny Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa.Aubameyang has spoken openly of his desire to play for Madrid one day and did his case of a dream move no harm with two classy finishes either side of half-time.Once Varane limped off, Aubameyang was left free inside the box to plant a diving header inside the far corner two minutes before half-time.And just four minutes after the break Dortmund were level as Aubameyang dinked a lovely finish over Keylor Navas after his initial effort had been saved by the Madrid goalkeeper.Ronaldo was wrongly denied his second of the night by the offside flag as he prodded home from close range.But moments later Madrid did grab the winner when Vazquez’s effort trundled past Burki, who was slow to react as the ball nestled in the bottom corner.Dortmund should still have earned a share of the points, but Kagawa blasted a glorious chance over the bar as the German giants’ run without a win in the Champions League or Bundesliga stretched to 11 games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Borussia Dortmund in teh UEFA Champions League. PHOTO/Daily MailMADRID, Spain, Dec 7- Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to ever score in all six Champions League group games in one season as Real Madrid edged out a dispirited Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on Wednesday.Lucas Vazquez grabbed the winner nine minutes from time for the European champions, who were already guaranteed to go through to the last 16 as runners-up in Group H to Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ANOTHER BRILLIANT 5K AT GLENSWILLY GAA CLUB

first_img5k a huge success againIt may not have exactly ben basking in sunshine but the rain stayed away and once again the club enjoyed a super 5k.More than 500 runners and walkers turned out for the event from which all the proceeds go to the club’s underage teams. Once again it was a real team effort with all members of the club pulling together to ensure it was a great occasion for all those who took part.It is impossible to thank everyone but a special word of thanks goes to Herbie McDaid and his tea, the people in the tearoom and all who donated refreshments, Michael Murphy for the sponsorship, the Gardai, the Red Cross, and anyone else who helped out in any way.It was a terrific occasion and the huge crowd once again was a reflection of the hard work which is put into organising this event.The 5K has now established itself as one of our main fund-raising events of the year and plans are already in place for next year’s event. A quick congrats to all those who won the various categories but everyone who turned out and enjoyed the evening were the real winners.TicketsTickets which have been booked through club secretary Aisling McDaid for this Saturday’s Ulster championship semi-final clash can be collected in the clubhouse on Thursday evening between 8.30pm and 9pm.Training returns to pitchFrom next Monday night onwards all training for the U6, 8, 10, 11 and 12s teams only will return to the main pitch at the club. Thirds in actionThe thirds will play Ardara away on Friday evening at 8.15pm. All support is welcome.LottoThe match three winner of last week’s lotto was Paul Maguire of Doon Glebe, Newmills. The winning numbers were 5,17,22 and 24. Well done ManusThe notes wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a certain Manus Kelly and his heroics at the Donegal International Rally. He may have slowed up on the pitch but Mandy knows how to move through the gears behind the steering wheel. Well done lad from all at the club.U14sThe U14s boys team travel to Dungiven in Derry this Saturday to take part in the local Feile. There will be NO training for the boys on Friday evening.U8s BlitzThe U8s will host a blitz in Glenswilly this Saturday. Players are asked to be there for 10.30am and the blitz will start at 11am. Parents are asked to bring sandwiches or other refreshments if possible. Thank you.FixturesRes/Seniors are of this weekend due to Donegal game. They play St Michaels next on the 3rd July at Home Res 1.30pm and Sen 3pm.22nd June Wed tonight the U11/U12 Glen A team play St Eunans at home in the training field and the B team travel to Lifford.1st July U16 start there new season against Downings away at 7.30pm.Monthly meetingsThe club’s monthly meetings will take place on Monday next. The minor board committee will meet at 8pm in the club and the general meeting will take place from 9pm. All members are asked to attend.GAA NEWS: ANOTHER BRILLIANT 5K AT GLENSWILLY GAA CLUB was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGlenswilly 5last_img read more

Liverpool’s fire sale, Rangers target Anfield ace, Pogba to leave next summer?

first_imgHere’s a round-up of the latest football news and transfer gossip from Thursday’s newspapers and online… Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com Arsenal’s 18-year-old starlet Reiss Nelson is set to join German club Hoffenheim on loan. (ESPN)Fenerbahce have ruled out signing Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko. (The Independent)Nacer Chadli is looking to leave West Brom before Friday’s loan deadline. The 29-year-old winger, who starred for Belgium at the World Cup in Russia, wants to play higher than the Championship this season, with Besiktas reportedly interested. (Daily Telegraph)Stoke City star Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is set to join Paris Saint-Germain. The Cameroon forward joined the Potters from Schalke last August, scoring five goals as the club were relegated from the Premier League. (The Sun) 4 Latest talkSPORT.com exclusives and transfer headlines:Jamie Redknapp believes Manchester United should SACK Jose Mourinho, saying he’s never been the right fit in charge at Old TraffordDavid Seaman reveals Patrick Vieira didn’t speak to him for two weeks after training ground fightJose Mourinho appears ‘obsessed with staining his legacy’ as one of the world’s greatest football coaches, says former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon“They are like the Queen Mother, Liverpool fans. They think everyone loves them. They are a little bit deluded” – Noel Gallagher tells talkSPORT 4 Manchester United star Paul Pogba is among three midfielders on Barcelona’s wanted list for next summer. The World Cup winner tops the Spanish giants’ targets, with Barca also tracking Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot and Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong. (Sport)Real Madrid have reportedly agreed a fee to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala. (Ole)Manchester City are plotting a £60million move for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves in January, but fear rivals Man United will attempt to hijack the deal – FULL STORYFormer Man City midfielder Yaya Toure is closing in on a return to Olympiakos, where he played for one season – winning the league and cup double – early in his career. (Daily Mirror) Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Neves signed a five-year contract with Wolves in the summer REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Dembele has been ‘seduced’ by the idea of returning back to France center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 4 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 4 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM targets Noel Gallagher was in fine form on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets LATEST Liverpool are getting ready to offload FOUR players before the European transfer window shuts. Divock Origi could join Loris Karius at Besiktas and Lazar Markovic could head to Belgium, while Sheyi Ojo is close to joining Reims on loan and Pedro Chirivella is wanted by Norwegian side Rosenborg. (Daily Mirror)Rangers boss and Anfield legend Steven Gerrard is hoping to land 20-year-old English striker Dominic Solanke on loan, but those hopes depend on whether Belgian forward Origi stays at the club. (Daily Express)Loris Karius has revealed he had to convince manager Jurgen Klopp to let him leave Liverpool and join Besiktas in a two-year loan deal. (Daily Telegraph)Former Liverpool goalkeeper target Jan Oblak looks set to leave Atletico Madrid after rejecting the offer of a new contract, according to reports in Spain. (AS)Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is being watched by Ligue 1 clubs Marseille and Lyon. The 22-year-old Frenchman has skipped training with the Hoops amid interest from the clubs wishing to bring him back to his homeland. (Daily Mirror) Danny Rose reveals he expects to stay at Spurs after ‘shock’ start against Manchester UnitedOut-of-favour Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is on the verge of completing a move to Turkish giants GalatasarayAlexandre Lacazette considering leaving Gunners before European transfer window shutsFC Ufa boss would like to sign Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson if they can knock Rangers out of the Europa LeagueBrendan Rodgers has confirmed Moussa Dembele missed training on Wednesday to hold talks over his Celtic futureBolton will not let Josh Vela leave before Friday’s loan deadline despite Leeds interestLeeds United are keeping tabs on free agent Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who is currently training with Brentford as he seeks a new clublast_img read more

€1million fund announced for western digital hubs

first_imgA one million euro fund has been announced to create a network of Enterprise Hubs and Digital Spaces from Co Donegal to Co Kerry.The fund is part of a new strategy to invest in tech, connect digital working hubs, and promote the quality of life in the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) on the West Coast of Ireland.Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Canney TD, has announced the €1 million funding today, which is intended to link economic hubs and catchments of the region. Speaking at the launch of the Western Development Commission’s (WDC) new five year Strategic Plan ‘Work Smarter, Live Better’ in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Minister Canney said: “Through Project Ireland 2040, the Government has set out targets for regional population and jobs growth to ensure that our national development is more evenly balanced throughout the country. “The €1 million in funding which I am announcing today for a network of enterprise hubs and digital working spaces along the Atlantic Economic Corridor will help to drive economic development and contribute to our regional development goals.  The initiative will help to attract more people and more investment to the western part of Ireland, which is a vibrant area of innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as being a great place to live.”The €1 million in funding for the Hub Network is in addition to additional funding of €500,000 received by the Western Development Commission to enhance their capacity to support innovative and strategic regional development initiatives in the West.    €1million fund announced for western digital hubs was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

When you play your part SA benefits from your talents – Wendy Tlou

first_imgPlay Your Part can be a cause that young people, and indeed all citizens, can own, says Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s chief marketing officer.Staff writerThe Play Your Part campaign is a call for every South African to do what they do with excellence and diligence in order to help the country become a brand that attracts investment, according to Wendy Tlou, chief marketing officer at Brand South Africa. Tlou has the job of marketing South Africa to the global community – and selling the country to its own people.”Every person needs to realise that the little they do can add value,” she says. “The guy who fills potholes is just as important as the CEO of a conglomerate.”Play your Part was created to stimulate society from the ground up, encouraging South Africans to fulfil their individual potential in all they do.”We need measurable and actionable plans that have a visible impact, and make South Africa globally competitive.”Playing your part to achieve the goals of the NDPBecause of this, Tlou says, Brand South Africa wants to reconcile the National Development Plan (NDP) as an ideological document with a clear and simple roadmap for implementation that can be driven at grassroots level.”The NDP is not some far-fetched, theoretical concept. It is happening right now. We want to demystify it as a theoretical concept. The road works you see every day are the NDP at work.” The NDP is a crystallisation of the vision of South Africa as a globally competitive nation.She says the notion of competitiveness is key to attracting the investment, such as tourism, that is essential for creating jobs.Encouraging foreign direct investment – with a view to achieving the national developmental agenda – is the main objective of forging a strong nation brand. This will have a direct impact on our country’s levels of inequality, which are a source of many social ills.The youth and their aspirations are key to Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme. Before democracy in 1994, Tlou says, the South African youth owned a cause – freedom. But after 1994 the notion of freedom and playing your part can still be a powerful mobilising force for active citizenship and nation building. Play Your Part can be a cause that young people, and indeed all citizens, can own.Fighting gender violenceAs we look towards the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Play Your Part becomes a practical response to the scourge of gender-based violence in our country.Tlou feels passionate about eradicating gender-based violence: “A country such as South Africa that has been such a moral beacon and model of progressive thinking cannot, 20 years after democracy, be facing a situation where at least one in five women are victims of gender-based violence.”In addition, the cost of such a phenomenon to our country is not merely a philosophical one. According to a KPMG report – Too Costly to Ignore – the Economic Impact of Gender-Based Violence in South Africa – released in September this year, gender-based violence costs the South African economy between R28.4-billion to R42.2-billion a year.”With such a reputational and financial risk attached to the consequences of gender-based violence, we need to ask how each of us can play our part to eradicate gender based violence in our country. We need to ask ourselves, how we can play our part to contribute to a safer more equitable country for the women and children of our country?”last_img read more

Brandon Monebrake, Nov. 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Do you have any pontoons? At my grandpa’s house we got 4 inches. I live two miles south and got 3.4 inches and my mom is six miles north in New Paris and she got 4.5. We’re done harvesting around home and we just have corn left at New Paris where they got 4.5 inches.The winds were bad north of us up around Celina. It got windy here but it wasn’t enough to damage anything and the corn so far looks like it is all standing pretty well.The only damage I have seen is where bean stubble or corn stubble went across the road flowing in the water and took out some corn. We’ll probably get back in running corn this week. We need to get done and that is all on gravel. After the last 1.5 inches we got, we went back in two days later and it was solid. We have about 130 acres of the corn left that is on gravel so we have some corn we can hopefully run yet this week.Right now we are in one of our best varieties and the field is averaging 230. It is a late corn and it came up a month after we planted it and it is at 21% or 22% moisture. You can afford to dry it for that. Everything around home went between 175 and 185 and that set in the ground for a month and some of it was replanted. We didn’t do any replanting around New Paris. We’re hoping all of that corn makes above 200.We have 63 acres of beans left over near Richmond. It can’t be muddy when we run them or we’ll slide down into the trees. The beans have pretty much all been between 55 and 65. The later beans were not as good as the early beans.Last year we finished on Nov. 3. We still have around 400 acres of corn and the 63 acres of beans left to do. Grandpa is getting nervous.last_img read more

How To Crowdsource from the Cloud

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing Crowdsourcing is the outsourcing of work to a large community of people. The size and quality of Wikipedia and open source projects like Linux and WordPress are a testament to what crowdsourcing can accomplish.But what if you do not have a community ready to show up for work? Luckily there are Web services like Mechanical Turk and LiveWorks that can help broker tasks with people who will do them for money.Amazon’s Mechanical Turk allows you to integrate a human being into your application or business process to do work that computer programs traditionally find difficult. Amazon describes work units as:A Human Intelligence Task, or HIT. A question that needs an answer. A HIT represents a single, self-contained task that a worker can work on, submit an answer, and collect a reward for completing.For example, if you need to check that user uploaded photographs are not offensive, you can integrate your application with the Mechanical Turk API to submit a HIT for each piece of content that is uploaded. The HIT would require a worker to decide whether the photograph was offensive or not. Each worker who performs a HIT by submitting their judgment call would earn a fee. You decide the fee a worker will earn each time a HIT is done. If you set the fee too low, then you will find it difficult to attract workers to do your task.Once a Mechanical Turk Worker (a Turker) submits a HIT, the requester can approve or reject the result. These results contribute to the worker’s reputation. Mechanical Turk supports restricting the pool of workers who are eligible to work on HITS using worker attributes such as their language skills or their geographic region.In contrast, LiveWork takes a different approach to getting work done. LiveWork is more suitable to organizations that are looking for a longer lasting relationship with workers, or where the work is more complex than answering a question. LiveWork provides a list of workforces you can hire. Workforces may be an individual or a team who offer different services and rates – often negotiable. Work is not submitted via an API, but rather described via a Project mechanism similar to freelancing sites like eLance and Rent-a-Coder. Once projects are underway, bulk tasks can be created via an upload mechanism. For example you may upload a CSV file containing many sales calls for a workforce make.The LiveWork site also maintains workforce reputations via ratings, but also via written reviews – a clear indication that tasks require more engagement between client and worker.The two services provide very different approaches to outsourcing work. LiveWork focuses on building a flexible extension to your business whereas Mechanical Turk facilitates very brief encounters with no enduring client and worker relationship.Photo credit: Sanja Gjenero Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img tim hastings Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Does Microsoft Still Matter? 2013 Will Decide

first_imgmarkhachman Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 2013 will be a make-or-break year for Microsoft. Not so much from a financial standpoint, but for how the company is perceived.Traditionally, Microsoft has built itself around the PC, anchoring itself by its core operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and now Windows 8. But in the last few years, Microsoft’s Server and Tools division has generated the highest revenue and profits in the company, followed by the traditional pillars of the company, Windows and Business Tools, or Office.How will Microsoft fare in 2013? Financially and overall, just fine. But be on the lookout for softness in the company’s traditional businesses as Microsoft evolves into a services company.Windows 8: A Mild FlopAny Microsoft predictions need to start with Windows 8. So let’s get this out of the way: Windows 8 will flop in 2013.Not hard – the new operating system probably shouldn’t be compared to the catastrophe that was Windows Vista. But Windows 8 will likely be seen as overly ambitious, a risk that many potential customers won’t be willing to take. In all, though, Windows 8 will sell slightly fewer copies than Windows 7 during 2013.That’s not because Windows 8 is bad. It isn’t. To its credit, the new OS hasn’t been plagued with the sort of slowdowns and crashes and user interface mistakes that afflicted Vista. But the break from previous version is sharp. Windows 8 doesn’t launch to the desktop, the most familiar interface (and – perhaps to speed the transition to the new user interface – Microsoft is refusing to let users configure it to go direct to the old-style desktop). Years of interacting with smartphones and tablets have taught users how to navigate the Metro interface, and swiping left and right along the main Start screen is easily understood. But most consumers don’t quite seem to get what they need to do when they want to “work,” i.e. use the desktop. The back-and-forth between the desktop and the Start menu, the navigation between apps, the lack of a traditional Start button and other interface changes will frustrate users. Unlike Michael Dell, I see a significant chunk of enterprises still choosing to standardize on Windows 7. Typically, Microsoft halts sales of the previous operating system two years after the new version goes on sale, which would mean that Windows 7 would fade away in Oct. 2014. (Windows 7 mainstream support will expire in January 2015.) I think we might see a “toned-down,” more transitional edition/service pack of either Windows 8 (or 9?) that will help consumers shift over to the new OS. Basically, what consumers will accept is a Windows 8 tablet interface on top of a Windows 7 desktop environment. They don’t have it. Yet.Surface: A Nice Idea, But…If Microsoft could deliver a full-fledged Windows 8 experience at the $500 price point of the Surface RT, the company would sell a ton of its new tablets. So far, it’s not even trying – the Surface Pro starts at $900.Windows tablets – from Microsoft or others – will be lumped together with Windows Phone: lovely experience, but without the variety of apps that users are used to on the leading platforms. Sorry, but developers are going to support Android and iOS first, and then maybe Windows and BlackBerry. That leaves Web apps as the saving grace.In that environment, Surface will survive, but not thrive. Windows tablets from other manufacturers will barely survive. Expect some hardware makers to try a consumption-oriented “Surface Mini” form factor, though, with modest success.Traditional clamshell laptop form factors will still be the most popular for business, with convertible/detachable hybrid tablet/laptops making headway among consumers. That means it’s hard to see a sweet spot for the Surface Pro to catch on.Finally, Touchscreens will become a standard necessity very quickly. Logitech and other peripheral manufacturers are in trouble. Server Tools and Office: Under Pressure, But Still DominantAt this point, most people use Office because they use Office. It’s a habit. Most consumers don’t really need Office for basic Word processing, but there’s always just a bit of formatting that the free alternatives can’t manage. Businesses, meanwhile, have made Word, Excel and PowerPoint into staples of everyday business life.There’s no reason any of that will change in 2013. Office for Windows RT and Surface remains one of the compelling selling points for the platform. And, revenue concerns or not, it makes perfect sense for Microsoft to ship Office for the iPad and the Mac. So it no doubt will do just that. It’s in Microsoft’s best interest to keep its .DOC, .PPT, and .XLS formats (and their XML equivalents) front of mind for most of the Web’s population.It’s also difficult to see Microsoft’s Server and Tools business disintegrating. This has been one of the company’s most stable businesses, and should continue to be so for years to come.Xbox: The Top Dog’s Getting Long In The ToothWill there be an “Xbox 720” by Christmas 2013? Hard to say. But with each passing year (the Xbox turns seven in 2013) the possibility becomes more and more likely. Either way, the Xbox is becoming even more important to Microsoft. The Xbox’s function (as a games console) has evolved into an entertainment console. I think we’ll probably see that recognized as a rebranded “Arcade” version, reimagined as a sort of beefed-up Roku. Cloud services remove much of the need for local storage, but the Kinect provides a compelling user interface as well a gaming controller. Microsoft could strip out cost from Kinect, possibly making it audio-only. I think a stripped-down Kinect Arcade bundle is likely.Kinect for Windows, though a fascinating idea, probably doesn’t as make as much sense, given Windows 8’s a touchscreen interface. In general, however, Microsoft will have to stumble badly to allow Sony, Nintendo or others back into the console game. Windows Phone: We’re Number Three!Great product, nice interface, solid hardware. Count me in the camp of people who admire what Microsoft’s done in the smartphone arena. But there’s no way Microsoft unseats either Android or iOS. Instead, Microsoft should hope to become the third option – outpacing RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10.Will it? Probably, over time. In the United States, BlackBerry and Symbian are dead ducks.Microsoft Online: Bing, IE Gain RespectabilityIt’s probably fairer to say that Microsoft’s online services have already gained respectability, and will continue driving forward in 2013. Bing’s home page is still one of the most attractive sites on the Web, and if people were forced to visit it for every search it would do even better. They’re not forced to do that, of course, and Bing continues to trail Google by a large margin.If that’s going to change in 2013, the boost will come from Windows 8. In the new operating system, Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome are unwelcome guests, rather than a fundamental part of the OS. And integrating Bing – which has diverged into its own ecosystem, rather than follow Google – will help Microsoft gain share in search. Whether or not Internet Explorer is truly the most popular browser varies by which analyst firm you ask, but IE10 will definitely help grow Microsoft’s presence online.The tougher question is whether Microsoft’s online division turn a profit in 2013? The answer is No. It will come closer, but that milestone will have to wait.All the changes should work together to benefit Microsoft’s online ecosystem. The company has brought together a suite of products, from Skype to Microsoft’s Office Web Apps, that can all be tied together. How well Microsoft can monetize them, however, is anyone’s guess.Put it all together, and 2013 is the year Microsoft doubles down on its pivot away from being a software supplier to being a services provider.Expect some softness in Windows sales, but continued strength in back-end tools and services. How this all plays out will determine whether 2013 ends with a very different Microsoft perceived as a newly revitalized dominant player or a reeling giant struggling to regain relevance.  Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#predictions#Windows 8#windows 8 rt#Windows Phone 8#Xbox center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more