Quoting from The Motley Fool:
"Remember the nightmare scenario of rampant hacking into unsupported Windows XP systems? It's coming. Digital misfits are probably saving some dry powder as we speak, getting ready for an unhindered assault once the security fence goes down. Third-party security firms may be able to help for a while, but they don't have access to Microsoft's source code and cannot be expected to plug every gap.
"Things will get ugly in April. Microsoft is failing an important litmus test of Windows users' loyalty. In spite of XP's strengths, Microsoft has underperformed the Dow since the greybeard system was released -- and the market performance gap only grew wider in recent years as a suitable heir to the Windows throne never materialized."
A suitable heir? Enter Chromebook.
Yeah, right. There are lots of people who don't see a doctor about a precancerous lump because they can't afford health insurance. That's how they "curb consumption in order to curb costs".
Quoting from The Motley Fool:
"Sony's (NYSE: SNE ) PS4 is now officially the best selling eighth generation console, with cumulative sales surpassing 6 million units worldwide.
"That puts it ahead of Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT ) Xbox One, which has sold less than 4 million units (last reported at 3.5 million units) and Nintendo's (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY ) Wii U, which has sold 5.8 million units. The PS4 surged into the lead thanks to a successful launch in its home country of Japan at the end of February."
Quoting from Wikipedia: Linux malware:
"Linux malware includes viruses, trojans, worms and other types of malware that affect the Linux operating system. Linux, Unix and other Unix-like computer operating systems are generally regarded as very well-protected against, but not immune to, computer viruses.
"There has not yet been a widespread Linux malware infection of the type that Microsoft Windows software has; this is attributable generally to the malware's lack of root access and fast updates to most Linux vulnerabilities.
I knew the name sounded familiar. There was another war in the Crimea just about a century and a half ago.
Oh, and the Crimea River -- no doubt the inspiration for the popular song, "Cry Me a River".
Sheesh, one of the shillbots responded with yet another invitation to leave, right after I said the more they do that, the less likely I am to leave. How stupid is that?
There's also the GOOG board, since Google is so heavily involved with Linux and other open source software. There's also AAPL, since its operating system is heavily based on an open version of Unix.
But I take invitations to leave as strong confirmation that my presence here is needed. The more the softie shills hate me, the less likely I am to leave. I've told them that several times, but the message doesn't get through.
But no doubt there are softie shills specializing in other venues, of which there must be a large and growing number. For example, I'm pretty sure there are shills specializing in responding to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on ZDNet. If I wanted, I could easily spend a lot more time on broader coverage. But life is too short...
Since the advent of Chrome, the usage share gap between IE and Firefox has narrowed from 23 percentage points to 4 percentage points.
It's kinda sad to see Microsoft's advocates deluding themselves about the state Microsoft is in.
It reminds me of a certain character in a certain Stephen King novel, "The Stand", whose most characteristic utterance is "You're shut down!" He ends up stranded in a disabled automobile on a lonely stretch of abandoned highway, shouting, "You're shut down!" at a wolf that sits outside the car, calmly watching him and occasionally licking his chops...
I never finished the book, can't remember the name of that character.
"Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) has long been dependent on selling software -- its business centered around charging licensing fees for the Windows operating system and the Office software suite. But thanks to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) , those days are coming to an end.
"By offering its operating systems and software for free, Google has slowly eroded Microsoft's ability to charge for its products. To stay relevant, Microsoft may be forced to completely change its business model."
"How soon will we see branding change for the phones?"
Might want to think twice about making a change. The Nokia brand is at least recognizable and used to be reputable.
There is none so blind as he who WILL not see.
That's the other way Microsoft keeps shooting itself in the foot. Apparently its management and its advocates think they can win with lying press releases. It doesn't work.
LOL IE didn't succeed against Netscape, stupid. Netscape came roaring back as Firefox and stopped IE in its tracks. Chrome is now in process of finishing IE off. Care to guess who was primary financial support of Firefox and now supports Chrome? Well, I'll tell you -- Google.
They are still citizens. The question was why they are allowed to "plead the 5th", so the implied context is criminal prosecution. They have the same Constitutional protections as any other citizen.
Google it -- Investors' Business Daily.
"Once a bright spot in personal computer sales, emerging markets have turned negative on PCs, with shipments expected to decline at a faster pace than mature markets like the U.S. for a second straight year in 2014.
"The outlook for PC sales in emerging markets, including the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, have deteriorated as consumers there shift to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and as businesses put off buying new PCs because of economic pressures, IDC said Tuesday.
' "Emerging markets used to be a core driver of the PC market, as rising penetration among large populations boosted overall growth," IDC analyst Loren Loverde said in a statement . "At the moment, however, we're seeing emerging regions more affected by a weak economic environment as well as significant shifts in technology buying priorities."
"The growth days for PCs in emerging markets appear over, IDC says.