Quoting again, and a bit more:
"The response to this earnest effort was a torrent of abuse from Windows 8 users who aren't exactly thrilled with the operating system. Microsoft has come under serious fire for some significant missteps in this process, including a total lack of actual upgrade options. What Microsoft calls an upgrade involves completely wiping the PC and reinstalling a fresh OS copy on it -- or ideally, buying a new device.
"According to Gene Grabowski, an executive vice president with PR management firm Levick, this disaster was predictable. Microsoft has misjudged how strong its relationship is with consumers and failed to acknowledge its own shortcomings. Not providing an upgrade utility is one example -- but so is the general lack of attractive upgrade prices or even the most basic understanding of why users haven't upgraded."
Arguably, the personage referred to constantly in the Bible as "the Lord" was not a particular entity, but whoever occupied a given office or played a particualr role in a given situation, much as today we would say, "the President" or "counsel for the plaintiff". The custom likely evolved out of Egyptian practice of referring not to the royal personage but to the royal house. Anyway, in particular in English "Lord" means literally "keeper of the loaves", so one can only guess who played the corresponding role in ancient Judea.
Quoting a different part:
"For anyone with a preference for working in desktop mode, this disjointed weirdness merely exacerbates a problem that has been present for some time -- the idea that Windows 8.x just doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. The strange hybrid beast that has been created is worse than the Frankenstein's monster it has has been likened to. It's just a bloody mess. Accusations of being bolted together are nothing new, but it is astonishing that Microsoft can consider this a completed product and be happy to put its name to the update. This was meant to be the one update to rule them all -- in reality it has just #$%$ things up. There is really no politer way to put it.
"There have been complaints, whinges and grumbles about the fact that the Start screen has not featured a shutdown option. Well, fear not! This is addressed in the Update! Oh wait… no it's not. My mistake. Yes, there is now a shutdown option, but it is very awkward and the 'workflow' of getting to it is just absurd."
A case of too many cooks? Who knows?
Quoting from The Motley Fool:
"If you were looking forward to purchasing one of Samsung or ASUS' radical new hybrid devices, you can forget about it: According to DigiTimes, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) is putting pressure on its hardware partners, urging them to rethink their hybrid ambitions.
"By hybrid, I don't mean Windows 8-powered convertibles (or PC/tablet hybrids like the Surface Pro), but full-on laptop/tablet hybrids that would've ran [sic] both Google's Android and Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT ) Windows."
"In some ways, then, the death of these hybrid devices is a good thing for Microsoft, but as DigiTimes points out, it's not exactly clear-cut. Google's Android is changing, becoming more than just a mobile operating system. Earlier this year, some of the biggest PC OEMs in the world, including Lenovo, introduced desktop PCs powered by Google's operating system.
"In offering these mobile devices, ASUS and Samsung would've kept Microsoft's operating system relevant in the mobile world, allowing owners of these devices easy access to Microsoft's service, and, most importantly, its Office software suite. Devoid of Windows, owners of devices powered by Google's Android may be more likely to consider alternatives to Office, including Google's own competing Apps."
"By squashing these hybrid devices, Google may have successfully destroyed Microsoft's only chance at keeping Windows relevant in an increasingly mobile world. Windows-powered tablets have largely been a failure, and given the lack of apps in the Windows app store, that's unlikely to change in the near-future.
"Intel and Microsoft still have the traditional PC market to fall back on, but it's a market in decline. According to IDC, the demand for PCs should fall further in the coming years, as consumers increasingly embrace mobile alternatives."
Sheesh, another idiot who doesn't know what a quotation is...
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.