The message to Microsoft is clear, or should be: If users are beginning to invent detours around Microsoft, it means they have come to perceive Microsoft as an obstacle, an impediment to good computing.
I personally, like many others I know of, have long seen Microsoft that way. If that perception is becoming widespread, Microsoft ignores it at its peril.
"When Dell backed away from developing their own public cloud a few months back, some were thinking Dell would essentially exit the cloud services business.
"Today at Dell World in Austin, TX, Dell made some announcements that clearly showed it’s very much doing what it takes to become a cloud player. What I consider to be a flanking move on Hewlett-Packard and IBM, Dell is partnering with Red Hat to build out Dell’s cloud delivery portfolio. While I have published a deeper dive paper here, I wanted to share some of the basics and my quick opinions.
Microsoft's "ecosystem" continues to disintegrate...
I'm guessing the thinking behind that rumor is that if Microsoft were to imitate the free software movement, it might begin to enjoy the same success. But it wouldn't work, because the other thing Microsoft would have to accomplish is to bring out an operating system worth having. Microsoft is at least a decade away from that. As the shills are so fond of saying, poo is free, but people still don't go around scraping it off the sidewalk.
Bing is a white elephant -- that is, something received which turns out to be ruinously expensive to maintain. It costs Microsoft several billion of dollars yearly. Rumor has it Microsoft is trying to find a buyer for it, but clearly nobody is going to be interested. Your experience is typical: it never occurs to anyone to use Bing.
LOL, no you haven't, stupid.
Anyway, not many people use IE any more -- 27% user share worldwide, compared to 42% and climbing for Chrome. So with every day that passes there is less reason for anyoe to bother fixing the problems with IE.
Short answer: Yes, of course.
Read the article for the longer answer: Nobody cares, and anyway, to quote:
"Microsoft may do itself more harm than good with Scroogled, because it's whining about issues with Google that the silent majority just doesn't care or think about. Unless governments actually step in and proactively disrupt Google's business, this is all just a bunch of nagging.
"There's also an issue of sour grapes. Google eats up so much of the Internet and mobile pies, and with Chromebooks, it's making a preliminary run at tackling Windows. Hardcore PC users laugh at the idea of Chromebooks gaining meaningful traction, but if you think about how people actually use computers these days (media consumption, social sharing, etc.), it's not out of the realm of possibility.
"One thing to note, though: This campaign may show that Microsoft views Google -- not Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) -- as its true enemy.
"Do the Math
"Ex-traffic acquisition costs, Google made less than $2 billion in revenue in 2004.
"In 2012, it did over $40 billion.
"Still think anyone cares about any of this privacy stuff?"
Yeah, that too is standard operating procedure for Microsoft. When Firefox came out with tabbed browsing, the shills said tabs were useless, redundant, a waste, no big deal, etc, etc. Then in due time Internet Explorer copied that feature, and suddenly tabbed browsing was greatest thing since the invention of the Internet.
Why would anyone want to do that?
Look for Google to provide a tool to help people move from Outlook to Gmail.
Sorry, you just dropped out of the conversation, lapsed into gibberish. I have better things to do today.
Speak for yourself. I haven't stopped thinking. I take your word for it that you have.
In an age any country might have and be willing to use "weapons of mass destruction", comparisons of magnitude are perilous. And nowadays, any nation might have the ability to reach out through the Internet and damage another country, all out of proportion to normal concepts of military strength. By way of analogy, how do you compare the potential for harm from a vicious dog to that from a brown recluse spider?
I haven't really studied it, but I have the impression the jet stream (or one of them?) is looping farther south than usual, bringing with it masses of "polar" air. Precipitation typically occurs along the SW-NE sloping portion of the jet stream. In a word, wind, as you say.
"Nokia has been building its own Android phone according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the Finnish smartphone maker. We understand that Nokia has been testing “Normandy” with a special “forked” variant of Android that’s not aligned with Google’s own version, akin to what Amazon does with its Kindle Fire line.
"Will it ever see the light of day?"
"An image of the handset was published in November by @evleaks, showing a Lumia-style device with no apparent capacitive buttons for navigation. We’re told that Normandy supports Android applications like Skype, and other popular top apps. Nokia has been developing the Android-powered phone despite Microsoft’s plans to acquire the company’s handset business. It’s now unclear whether Nokia will release the handset before the Microsoft deal is finalized, or whether Microsoft will continue will the plans for the device."
--demonstrating why I already had you on Ignore, and why you will remain so.
Not to defend Hawcreek (since I don't know what he had in mind) but Saddam Hussein (sp?) was a tin-horn dictator with truly Hitlerian ambitions of world domination. His invasion of Kuwait was a preliminary move clearly preparatory to an invasion of Saudi Arabia, which would have left him in control of a very large share, perhaps even a majority, of world reserves of recoverable oil.
If there is anything we should have learned from World War II, it is that if we value our independence as a sovereign nation, we must not wait until a Hitler is at our doorstep to deal with him. Having learned that lesson, we knew what we had to do in the face of the Soviet Union, which since 1918 or so had been conceived with the ultimate objective in mind of world domination -- which incidentally is which its official name makes no reference to geography, only to its form of governence. Hitler lost WWII because he made a critcal strategic error in deciding to move against Moscow rather than oil fields farther south. The result of that error was that D-day came, his forces were largely immobilized for lack of fuel. If he had not erred, we would likely now be speaking either German or Japanese.
Those who don't remember history ...