"For toy devices, other primitive OS may do the job, but you need Windows for everything else."
LOL Microsoft has aknowledged that tablets are not toys by developing versions of MS Office for them. So much for that bit of froth.
Quoting a bit more:
"Computerworld - Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers are capable of doing real work, a reversal of its "Scroogled" campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless.
"Almost as an afterthought, Microsoft yesterday announced it was bringing its free Office Online apps -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote -- to rival Google's Chrome Web store, the primary distribution channel for Chrome OS software.
"Microsoft released Word and PowerPoint to the store Monday, and said it will launch Excel Online shortly. It published OneNote on the store last Friday, April 11.
"The move was largely symbolic: The Office Online apps have long been able to run within virtually any browser, including Chrome, the foundation of Chrome OS.
"But by packaging the apps in .crx format and submitting them to the automated review run by Google, and thus publishing them to the Chrome Web Store, Microsoft put its Office Online in front of Chrome and Chrome OS users and in a place they've been trained to look for Web apps.
"It was also a repudiation of Scroogled, the name Microsoft slapped on its attack ad-based campaigns that took shots at Google and its practices. Last November, Microsoft targeted Chromebooks in an advertisement starring reality show "Pawn Stars" personalities who argued that the devices were not legitimate laptops."
"The superiority (or lack thereof) of Linux is decided by the real world, "
Exactly. You don't think the New York Stock Exchange is part of the real world? You don't think smartphones are part of the real world?
"In any case, the alleged merits of Linux have nothing to do with whether or not the New York exchange will endorse the communist philosophy behind Linux."
Horsepucky. The merits of Linux are not alleged but very abundantly demonstrated. There is no connection whatsoever with communist philosophy. Most of the support for development and maintenance of Linux comes from profit-making corporations, and they support it purely for business reasons. I should mention that significant support has come from Microsoft.
"Just because the New York Exchange people decided to use Linux (in what appears to be a technically misguided decision - let's face it, it's always a mistake to use Linux), it doesn't mean that they subscribe to the communist ideology behind Linux. It's insane to say that propreitary software is evil."
The NYSE used to be based on Microsoft software, but they were experiencing repeated, VERY high-profile, and VERY expensive failures. So they concluded that it was a mistake to use such inferior software. They needed something they could rely on. So they went with Linux.
BTW it wouldn't be necessary for people like me to come here at all, if it were not for the fact that people like you make a policy of using this message board and other forums as platforms from which to launch unprovoked attacks on Linux and other free software.
"...compatible is more important than better."
LOL an admission that Microsoft software is inferior.
Softie shills just don't get it. Or rather they pretend not to. A hint: "I'm a PC" doesn't mean "I use a PC." Or: "Free software" doesn't mean "free as in free beer." Etc.
BTW the New York Stock Exchange is not a bunch of Communists, but they are among the best known users of Linux.
"*Microsoft's recent Windows 8.1 update improved the desktop mode experience, but left unresolved its split personality of Modern UI vs. Desktop.
"*Now that support for XP has ended, it's questionable whether the 8.1 update will be enough to keep XP users in the Microsoft fold.
"*The situation with XP exacerbates Windows' "law of large numbers" problem.
"*Windows license sales and tablet market share are probably the best available metrics to assess the health of the Windows ecosystem.
The "law of large numbers" referred to by the author is of course not at all what is usually meant by that phrase. He seems to mean Windows has too many users for its own good, or something like that.
For more than two years, Microsoft has been pushing cloud-syncing versions of its Office software suite. Office 365 connects Office apps to the cloud (namely OneDrive), and Office Online offers browser-based document editing. Now, about two weeks after Office arrived on Apple’s iPad, Office is now available through Google’s Chrome Web Store.
You see, that's one thing that makes you not credible -- you try way too hard.
And a valid point it was, too.
Odd, indeed, I've never seen such a poll done quite that way. NFL Playoffs, sure, but comparing companies?
Problem I have with it is that it really gives us no idea what the rank order is. Microsoft could be eliminated early just because of who it went up against.
Aha, I just now came across the image showing how the tournament went. Microsoft was eliminated by AT&T in the early going, then AT&T was eliminated by Verizon, which in turn was eliminated by Comcast. The competition seems to involve mainly well-known companies, and the voting seems heavily influenced by current adverse publicity. E.g. Comcast was voted very negatively because of current effort to merge with Time-Warner.
Aha, another old-as-the-hills ploy, the old "Microsoft must have fired you" trick.
Microsoft must have just hired you, because here you are, going down the list of old tricks and trying them out, one by one. All the new hires do that, but not all the new hires are quite so obvious about it.
Aha, the old "are you saying?" trick. Softie shills have been saying "Are you saying?" for years.
Windows still observes Patch Tuesday? Incredible.
You'll recall how that got started. "Enterprise" IT departments were complaining that Windows was needing such a constant torrent of security patches and bug fixes that they NEVER had time to do ANYTHING except install those bleeping patches. So Microsoft's "solution" was to institute this system whereby patches would be accumulated for a month and downloaded all at once, to be installed that day.
The downside, of course, is that known security vulnerabilities remain open and unfixed for about two weeks ON AVERAGE and may remain unfixed for a whole month AFTER the fix has been devised.