Seems to me you're jumping to a conclusion. Microsoft really needs to eliminate those jobs and not replace them. But we shall see...
In one respect, this is very surprising. Amost nobody uses Internet Explorer any more, so why do they bother? Because it's so easy, I suppose. By now undoubtedly most development of new exploits is automated, so it takes no investment of manpower. The "hackers" are on auto-pilot.
Quoting further from the article:
"According to Microsoft's earnings report released earlier in the week, the search engine boasts a 19.2% U.S. market share. It seems hard to believe that Google only commands a 67.6% share of the total market."
One reason it's hard to believe is that it isn't so. According to StatCounter, Google holds 80% to Bing's 10% in the US -- just about what it was back when Bing was launched. Worldwide, it's Google at 90% to Bing's 4% -- again, just about what it was at Bing's launch.
"NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When Sony (SNE_) released The Amazing Spider-Man back in 2012, fans accepted radioactive spider super-venom and even that good-looking Andrew Garfield could be cast as an ugly duckling loner.
"But there was one thing audiences couldn't accept -- A Peter Parker who uses Bing as his preferred search engine. The throwaway product placement of the poor man's Google (GOOGL_) jarred audiences so much it quickly became a meme.
"Since its rebranding in the late 2000s, Microsoft-owned (MSFT_) Bing has struggled to extricate itself from Google's shadow. Perhaps no one said it better than comedian Stephen Colbert who once joked on The Colbert Report, "Bing is a great website for doing Internet searches. I know that, because I Googled it." "
Perfect. A taste of the Hatlo Inferno to enliven the Obamas' golden years.
Be careful not to make your posts look too much like spam, they will be deleted.
"Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT ) fourth quarter results revealed that its server and cloud businesses were doing well, posting 11% year-over-year sales growth to $13.48 billion, but its three big hardware bets -- the Surface, Nokia Windows Phones, and Xbox One -- were falling behind.
"In times like these, tech investors should look back at Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) sale of Motorola Mobility. Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion in 2012, took consecutive quarterly losses with the business, then eventually sold its set-top box unit for $2 billion to Arris and the rest of the company for $2.9 billion to Lenovo. That was a huge loss, but Google learned its lesson -- that it's smarter to have other companies, like LG and Samsung, shoulder the risk of manufacturing hardware for its software ecosystem.
"That's a concept that Microsoft failed to grasp. Whereas Google has avoided margin-crushing hardware businesses since Motorola, Microsoft embraced hardware under former CEO Steve Ballmer. But now, with Satya Nadella at the helm, is it time for Microsoft to finally kill or spin off these three underperforming hardware businesses?"
I saw precisely the same barb, word for word, from a new bot, calling itself osbourn...
The shillbots have hit a new low, not even trying to invent new insults.
LOL you must be a new hire, or else a retread of the wallybot. --The usual refusal to face even the simplest fact.
Quoting from the official announcement:
"The open standards selected for sharing and viewing government documents have been announced by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.
"The standards set out the document file formats that are expected to be used across all government bodies. Government will begin using open formats that will ensure that citizens and people working in government can use the applications that best meet their needs when they are viewing or working on documents together.
"When departments have adopted these open standards:
"citizens, businesses and voluntary organisations will no longer need specialist software to open or work with government documents
"people working in government will be able to share and work with documents in the same format, reducing problems when they move between formats
"government organisations will be able to choose the most suitable and cost effective applications, knowing their documents will work for people inside and outside of government
"The selected standards, which are compatible with commonly used document applications, are:
"PDF/A or HTML for viewing government documents
"Open Document Format (ODF) for sharing or collaborating on government documents
"The move supports the government’s policy to create a level playing field for suppliers of all sizes, with its digital by default agenda on track to make cumulative savings of £1.2 billion in this Parliament for citizens, businesses and taxpayers."
Quoting from the article:
"The United Kingdom government has formally adopted the open document format (ODF) as the standard format for government documents.
"The announcement says PDF/A or HTML are now the standard “for viewing government” while ODF is now expected “for sharing or collaborating on government documents.”
"There's some pointed language in the announcement, which includes a canned quote from Mike Bracken, executive director of the Government Digital Service to the effect that “Using an open standard will mean people won’t have costs imposed on them just to view or work with information from government.”
"That language can easily be interpreted as a not-so-veiled swipe at Microsoft, which tried to mobilise its UK partners to oppose the ODF push on the grounds that open source tools can already handle Redmond's preferred OpenXML format. Bracken seems to be making the point that a decision to go with ODF means citizens can get their hands on free software designed to work with ODF, rather than having to purchase commercial products."
Faced with a plain fact, the wallybot feels compelled to deny it. Nothing new in that.
Another quote from Tony Hoare:
"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. It demands the same skill, devotion, insight, and even inspiration as the discovery of the simple physical laws which underlie the complex phenomena of nature."
The first way is approximated by the design of Linux. The second is the Microsoft way.
Quoting from Slashdot:
'TrueSatan writes "Miguel de Icaza, via his blog, has explained his gradual move to the Apple Mac platform. 'While I missed the comprehensive Linux toolchain and userland, I did not miss having to chase the proper package for my current version of Linux, or beg someone to package something. Binaries just worked.' Here is one of his main reasons: 'To me, the fragmentation of Linux as a platform, the multiple incompatible distros, and the incompatibilities across versions of the same distro were my Three Mile Island/Chernobyl.' Reaction to his announcement includes a blog post from Jonathan Riddell of Blue Systems/Kubuntu. Given de Icaza's past association with Microsoft (CodePlex Foundation) and the Free Software Foundation's founder Richard Stallman's description of de Icaza as a 'traitor to the free software community,' this might be seen as more of a blow to Microsoft than to GNU/Linux." '
Miguel de Icaza has always been something of a Microsoft lover. Makes me wonder what he's doing working on Linux if he loves Microsoft so much.
I'm using Ubuntu at the moment. It's only one Linux "distribution" among many, and not really the best, in my opinion. The guiding philosopy seems to be to make it more and more like Windows with each release -- a major mistake. I'm going to have to switch to another distribution soon. Fortunately, that is possible with Linux, unlike Windows.
"Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) CEO Satya Nadella recently sent out a letter explaining some major news at the Windows giant, encompassing both massive layoffs and new philosophies about how the company should compete in the mobile-computing future, including being a platform on top iOS and Android.
"Unfortunately, these actions are long overdue. While Microsoft has over 125,000 employees in the wake of its Nokia acquisition, the company also has a massive "shadow" job force of contractors as well. Any pivoting of company strategy means coordinating up to a quarter of a million combined employees and contractors, a bloated workforce by any measure. Nadella's need to cut jobs is really "cleaning up" what his predecessors left behind.
"Also part of Nadella's strategy shift is Microsoft embracing its status as an underdog. Rather than boasting of having over 90% share of PCs, the company has begun highlighting that it has only 14% share of all computing -- which includes smartphones and tablets as well."
I haven't had the misfortune of dealing with Microsoft technical support in quite a long time, but in my experience the company had those problems long before it became so large. Cleaning house may solve some of the worst of the mess, but I doubt that cleaning house alone will make Microsoft a competent company.