Perfect. A taste of the Hatlo Inferno to enliven the Obamas' golden years.
"When Stephen Elop left Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) , he had been running Redmond's business software division for two years. In other words, he was the steward of the Microsoft Office product suite.
"Then he jumped to cell phone giant Nokia (NYSE: NOK ) , where he tried and failed to turn the Finnish firm into a global smartphone contender.
"Now, Bloomberg says that if Elop becomes Microsoft's next CEO, he's focus on putting Office apps on every platform under the sun.
"To a man armed only with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. So why wouldn't Stephen Elop tap into what he knows best, and push Office product onto the Android and iOS platforms? Makes perfect sense -- from where Elop sits."
"Converting Microsoft into a maker of brand-name mobile office apps looks like a financial disaster. If that's Elop's big plan -- hammer, meet nails -- I'm afraid that Microsoft investors will be in for a terrible, value-destroying ride. I might not know what the right choices are for a Microsoft struggling with innovation in an era of rapidly changing markets (though I do have some ideas), but this idea is definitely not it."
All we've seen Elop do is destroy a company. Will he do it again if he gets the chance?
Considering trends in the PC market, Windows 9 may turn out to be the last Microsoft even attempts.
"About six months ago, a group of physicists in the U.S. working on the Large Hadron Collider addressed a problem they've been having for a while: Whenever they had meetings, everyone stuck to the prepared slides and couldn't really answer questions that weren't immediately relevant to what was on the screen.
"The point of the forum is to start discussions, so the physicists — from then on, they could only use a board and a marker.
" "The use of the PowerPoint slides was acting as a straitjacket to discussion," says Andrew Askew, an assistant professor of physics at Florida State University and one of the organizers of the forum at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.
"He says it was as if "we removed the PowerPoint slide, and like a big glass barrier was removed between the speaker and the audience.
" "The communication became a lot more two-way instead of just the speaker speaking at length for 15, 20 minutes. The audience really started to come alive, to look up from their laptop computers and actually start participating in the discussion, which is what we were really trying to foster."
"Askew admits the presentations are now considerably longer; whereas they used to do four to five each time, now they can do at most three. It's also been harder to find speakers, because now the presentations are a lot less scripted — more improv than reading from slides. But on the plus side, more physicists have started attending."
Our old friend the TradeStation Pumper chimes in with yet another new alias.
Why bother changing your alias at all? Your style is as recognizable as a signature....
Of course the softie shills are bending themselves into pretzels to try and avoid admitting that is what is happening, but they aren't fooling anyone but themselves.
Allow me to be (one of) the first to welcome Microsoft to the real world of computing.
"Critics of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) line of Chromebooks argue that there’s no way the low-cost laptops can challenge the dominance of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows laptops, but a recent milestone in Google’s education sales show that school administrators think otherwise.
"During its earnings call and in a post on its Enterprise blog, Google announced that schools bought more than a million Chromebooks in the second-quarter of 2014. The small, low-cost laptops, which run Google’s Chrome operating system, number among the widening variety of options for educators and administrators seeking to get computers into classrooms.
"In the Google post, Bridgeport Public Schools’ chief information officer – and Educational Technology Guy blogger — David Andrade wrote about why his district chose Chromebooks, touching on two key benefits of the laptops: affordability and simplicity.
" “I was a fan of the Chromebook right from the start because of their affordable price and ease of use … We could buy three Chromebooks for the price of a single desktop computer and the district’s small IT team wouldn’t have to struggle to keep up with the repairs and updates on aging PCs. We would also save on support time and costs since Chromebooks update automatically.”
"Most of the school district’s students don’t have access to computers outside of school, and 95 percent of students receive free or reduced price lunches. Using the school district’s own modest budget, and later some grants as well, the district has purchased thousands of Chromebooks with the eventual goal of deploying them to every classroom in grades 4 through 12. “The Chromebooks have already changed how teachers teach and students learn: there’s less ‘listen-to-me’ lecturing, and more active student involvement in creating their own projects.” "
"...So, why does the Surface Pro 3 still seem to be struggling?
"There are three reasons: 1) Microsoft, 2) Windows 8, and 3) Price.
"Let’s start with Microsoft. I am a fan, but there are many people who only tolerate Microsoft platforms and applications begrudgingly. Many of those who rely on Microsoft software do so under duress to some extent, and have an indifferent—if not negative—perception of Microsoft.
"Microsoft has had its share of fumbles—Windows Me, Windows Vista, Microsoft BOB, the Zune music platform, the Kin smartphone, etc.. Microsoft is also marketing-challenged, and frequently does a poor job of brand exposure and reputation management. When you put all of that together, you get a situation where Microsoft can create the greatest thing ever, but its success depends on Microsoft’s ability to overcome established perceptions, and market the device effectively."
I've worked with Microsoft software. I was not impressed. Even Microsoft's own engineers hold it in contempt.
Microsoft does invest in open source software, but not enough to learn the lessons Walmart has learned and is learning.
"Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 operating system has hit a wall in terms of adoption. The maligned PC software flat-lined at 12.5% market share for the second straight month in July. And that's after dropping from 12.6% in May, according to Net Applications.
"Windows 8 hasn't benefited from the recent surge in PC sales because those have been mostly commercial PCs using the respected Windows 7 operating system. Windows 8 scrapped the familiar Windows 7 desktop in favor of big boxy icons and controls optimized for touch-screens, even though most PCs don't have them.
"Meanwhile, Windows 7 continues to climb in usage, Net Applications reported. Windows 7 machines made up 51.2% of PCs on the Internet last month, up from 50.6% in June."
Microsoft is in trouble, and knows it. We begin to see the metaphorical baring of teeth. The bear is cornered, and a cornered bear is dangerous.
"Google just won contracts with the Army and the Department of Defense for its cloud-based apps. Google wrote this week: "The Army's rollout of Google Apps is part of a transformational program to improve collaboration, information sharing and mobile access for an initial group of 50,000 Army and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel ."
"A few contracts won't come close to killing Microsoft Office, or Office 365, but it does mean the company's software is no longer the obvious choice. Signing up for Google Apps was a way for the Army and DoD to cut expenses and move across platforms and devices seamlessly.
"That's bad news for Microsoft considering Office was the biggest generator of operating income in fiscal 2013, far surpassing Windows. The division that includes Office brought in about $16 billion in operating income, compared to about $9.5 billion for Windows.
"Productivity apps are in the process of shifting to cloud-based apps, with Gartner believing the real shift will begin in latter part of 2015 . Microsoft knows this and that's why it's fighting hard to hold on to what it has with Office and Office 365.
"A recent report by Forrester Research said that Office is expensive to license and has more features than many business employees need, but that many IT decision-makers have been using Office for so long that it makes it difficult to switch .
"At the beginning of this year, about 8% of business people used cloud-based office systems, but Forrester expects that number to hit 60 % by 2022. For now, it seems Microsoft still holds a significant lead in this space and isn't likely to be unseated any time soon. In fiscal 2013, Microsoft said it won back 440 customers who tried Google Apps and then moved back to Office. But as the shift to cloud-based apps increases over the next few years, Microsoft investors should be on the lookout for any major gains Google Apps make on Office...."
You didn't answer the question, bozo. The question was about Microsoft PRODUCTS.
"Dual OS could dilute Windows dominance, if Microsoft doesn't kill it first"
"The PC industry isn't doing so well. Sales have dramatically slumped, despite the industry’s efforts to tempt consumers with Windows 8 tablets and transforming touchscreen laptops. But next week, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may be the launching pad for a new push — a new brand of computer that runs both Windows and Android.
"Sources close to the matter tell The Verge that Intel is behind the idea, and that the chipmaker is working with PC manufacturers on a number of new devices that could be announced at the show. Internally known as "Dual OS," Intel's idea is that Android would run inside of Windows using virtualization techniques, so you could have Android and Windows apps side by side without rebooting your machine."
So much for Wintel. Evidently Intel likes the idea. Can't imagine Microsoft being amused.
"Revenue Drops 29% in Handset Business That U.S. Company Is Acquiring
"STOCKHOLM—Microsoft Corp.'s foray into making smartphones was dealt a setback as Nokia Corp. said sales of its Lumia Windows line posted a rare sales decline in the fourth quarter.
"The drop was a troubling sign for Microsoft, which is in the process of closing a $7 billion purchase of Nokia's handset business. When the pact was announced in September, both companies pointed to quarterly smartphone sales increases as a reason behind..."
"Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s new leadership could almost double the company’s valuation by parting with a good chunk of the businesses it uses to court consumers.
"Jettisoning units such as Xbox video-game consoles and the Bing search engine may be the change Microsoft needs to rejuvenate growth as it prepares to make Satya Nadella chief executive officer, said Schwartz Investment Counsel Inc., which owns Microsoft shares. The world’s biggest software maker should go further by also splitting off Windows and smartphones to focus on providing services to business customers, said Stifel Financial Corp.
" “They need to decide whether it still makes sense to have those assets,” said Todd Lowenstein, a Los Angeles-based fund manager at HighMark Capital Management Inc., which oversees about $17 billion including Microsoft shares. “Eighty percent of the value of Microsoft is on the enterprise side and it’s not being valued that way today. The consumer side of the business gets a disproportionate amount of attention.” "
Microsoft's relationships with OEM's and retailers has always been critical, as it provides the primary mechanism for freezing out potential competitors. When that goes, the game looks lost.
re QNX quoting from Wikipedia:
"QNX ... is a commercial Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. The product was originally developed in the early 1980s by Canadian company Quantum Software Systems, later renamed QNX Software Systems and ultimately acquired by BlackBerry in 2010. QNX was one of the first commercially successful microkernel operating systems and is used in a variety of devices including  the world's highest capacity internet routers, flight simulators, air traffic control, shipping navigation systems, high speed train controllers, in-car infotainment and control systems, warehouse distribution systems, cable TV delivery, Hollywood special effects systems, smartphones, mobile devices, hospital/medical technology (e.g. ECG machines, angiography, cardic monitors, cancer treatment, LISIK systems), casino gaming systems, and more."