"Microsoft can't seem to take a hint."
"Forget about charging for Windows RT licenses. Microsoft may actually have to pay hardware companies to support Windows RT the way that it has in mobile through its Lumia deal.
"The other comical aspect of Microsoft's half-hearted response is that the price break on Windows RT licenses only applies to small tablets. In other words, Mr. Softy is somehow protecting the pricing integrity of the larger Surface RT, even as it begins to quietly discount those tablets by offering free keyboard covers for buyers in recent days.
"What's the point, Microsoft?"
A day late and a dollar short. Too bad Microsoft can't hope to dominate either mobile or cloud.
"Windows 8 was the revolution that wasn’t. But don’t count Microsoft MSFT +1.98% out just yet. In a lot of ways, the boring, button-down software giant was just a little ahead of its time.
"After a storm of criticism from frustrated long-time Windows users, Microsoft announced that it would be making significant changes to its Windows 8 operating system. The details have not been released yet, but it’s assumed that they will include bringing back the “Start” button that has been a fixture in the lower-left corner since 1995 and giving desktop users the ability to bypass the tiled start screen on system startup.
"Is this a failure for Microsoft? In some critical ways, yes. In a classic case of arrogance, Microsoft assumed that, after some initial grumbling, consumers would embrace the Windows 8 style because, frankly, they weren’t given a choice.
"Few companies can get away with something like that. Arch-rival Apple AAPL +0.2% can, or at least could under the Steve Jobs regime. But Apple was a quirky exception in that its fans had an almost cult-like devotion to Jobs and would have likely drunk cyanide-laced Kool-Aid if he asked them to. Jobs could have gotten away with something as jolting as Windows 8. His replacement at Apple, Tim Cook, couldn’t get away it, and neither could Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer."
Windows Phone is finished anyway, but this is intriguing.
Even the name is great. Why can't Microsoft come up with a name like that?
osso buffo doesn't own this board. It's a bot that pops up now and again.
The real analysts (you don't count) think Amazon will be dominant. One more missed opportunity for Microsoft.
The answer is "probably".
"How far can Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) go in the cloud computing game? Though Amazon Web Services is already believed to be clocking around $2 billion a year, a report indicates that number could grow to an imposing $24 billion in the next decade, which would make Amazon a terror to all competitors and possibly give the tech giant a monopoly in the industry.
"A report by Morgan Stanley analysts sees Amazon in the top five and gaining fast in cloud computing, which they believe will have a TAM of $152 billion ten years from now. As for the inevitability of a world turning entirely to cloud services by 2022, that’s considered a given, and bad news for companies like NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) and EMC (NYSE:EMC). Of course, someone will need to be the host, so the market for servers won’t entirely disappear, Morgan Stanley’s analysts noted.
"The other aspect of Amazon’s all-out assault is in the enterprise software realm. VMware (NYSE:VMW) is on notice in this department, as is Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) itself, since AWS is building database and storage potential. While such analyses of Amazon Web Services’ power may sound overblown, Macquarie took a similar view earlier in the year, giving AWS the overwhelming share of a projected $71 billion business by 2015."
One million sounds like a lot of subscribers, but it's not, when you compare it to the potential market of two BILLION computer users. Only a million makes Office 365 a flop.
I guess Microsoft management think they've learned the lesson of Internet Explorer: Don't stop development entirely, even if you think you have a monopoly. But if they learned, they learned much too late. People are much too comfortable with ten-year-old software to switch to something else that offers no clear benefit.
"I'd say it's game over..."
You'd say that, would you? Under what circumstances would you say that? If someone were to ask your opinion? Nobody has asked your opinion.
Well, okay. I pay little attention to aliases, they change all the time anyway.
"Victim" is more appropriate than "customer". But these days one is not forced to be a Microsoft customer, one need not be a victim more than once.
I don't see where he uses the word "victim", bozo.
Fortunately, users have several other choices nowadays, so nobody need be a victim, they can just go elsewhere.
"Windows 8.1 will be released later this year and will be equally unimpressive and I'll tell you why.
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression."
"He started BlazeTV which at the moment is for subsribers only."
They are welcome to him. I couldn't care less, so long as I'm not subsidizing it.
The purpose of all the political talk is precisely to drown out any discussion of Microsoft, because the news is all bad.