' "...Gosh, what should I do?" Slater asked sarcastically.'
Obviously, dump Windows and install Linux.
The article starts of this way:
"It's not easy to imagine a world without the Windows operating system. Even in spite of Microsoft's Windows 8 debacle, the company's computing platform is still the most widely used desktop operating system by a wide margin. Of course, a decade ago it was equally difficult to envision a world without the Symbian platform, and now there are millions upon millions of smartphone users who don't even know that an OS called Symbian ever existed.
"What goes up must come down. Windows played an integral role in shaping personal and corporate computing, and it continues to play an integral role to this day. But the Windows platform won't be around forever, and it's possible that we're about to witness the first step in a massive sea change.
For me, it's not at all difficult to imagine a world without Windows. Windows has only contributed to my idea of how computting should not be done. Windows can't go away fast enough to suit me, and it appears that Microsoft is getting rid of it as fast as it dares. The company must avoid alarming all the stick-in-the-mud ignoramuses out there, but apart from that, Windows is just a drag on the industry.
Microsoft has already abandoned the attempt to protect Windows by making all its applcations available only on Windows. That was the strategy Microsoft was following under Ballmer, and it was killing Microsoft. Nadella is trying to undo the damage by making those applications much more widely available. The only question now is whether it is too little, too late.
"One of the two leaders" must mean Microsoft still lags behind Amazon.
"Is your computer running slow? Don’t buy a new PC or call a computer repair company. This “3-click fix” is saving people thousands of dollars in computer costs.
"Your computer is designed to fail. Some people are upset when they learn this. But the reality is that PC makers and software companies need a reason to keep people buying upgrades every year. They’re in the business of making money.
"But now that the cat is out of the bag, a crack team of Gold Certified developers has created their own solution, it's a new software that digitally repairs your computer from the inside out. It’s easy to use and only takes 5 minutes to work.
"Many users are saying that their computer is running faster than the day it was new immediately after using the tool. As one person said “it’s like rocket-fuel for your computer”.
"The people behind this want to get it into as many people’s hands as possible, and as part of their launch they’re giving away a free scan until April 26, 2016, you can grab a free copy by clicking here if it’s still available.
"Senior developer Josh Reynolds says “Our launch strategy is pretty simple. Give the basic product away to as many users as possible. Once they use it, and see the results – the product will sell itself. They’ll tell their friends, they’ll continue to use it and we’ll see a viral growth effect”."
:) Perhaps a better way to put it is this -- Their managers are not engineers, and don't listen to engineers. With Natella, that may have changed.
Ubuntu is already too much like Windows IMHO. All the" user-friendliness" seriously gets in the way.
The irony is that Microsoft actually had an early lead in smartphones. How did they lose it? By trying to force a Windows-like user interface onto a small-screen device -- then trying to force a small-screen-like user interface on Windows users.
Microsoft management has always had two big weaknesses -- they don't understand people, and they don't understand computers. Their engineers do, but the managers do not.
"Microsoft has been trying to get the world to use Windows as a mobile operating system since the days of Windows CE, way back in 1996. For 20 years, it has failed, over and over again.
"The latest cratering could spell the end at last. Windows Phone shipments nose-dived in the third quarter last year, plummeting 35% year over year. By Gartner’s count, that gave Microsoft a whopping 1.7% of the smartphone market. Of course, before that, Microsoft had bought a major smartphone company, Nokia, that had been run into the ground, losing almost $10 billion on the deal.
"IDC’s figures aren’t quite so bad, but still disheartening for Microsoft. It estimates that by the end of 2015, Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile had just 2.2% market share, while Android held 81% and Apple’s iOS 16%.
"Either way, it’s clear that consumers have said no thanks to Windows on their phones. Developers? Please. Who wants to waste their time writing for a platform with no audience?
"Let’s add all this up. Windows Phone is still dying. Android is the most popular mobile operating system by a wide margin. Microsoft has bought a company that can help its developers easily write apps for Android. And, last but not least, it has partnered with an Android vendor that wants to replace Android’s Google services and that also happens to be working on integrating Microsoft services with Android.
"Maybe we won’t see Microsoft Android by 2017. But I’m certain we’ll see Cyanogenmod with Windows services locked in. For all practical purposes, it will be Microsoft’s Android.
"Windows Phone? It won’t see the decade’s end, and if you blink you’ll miss the news that Microsoft is no longer supporting it. (Yes, I know the Windows Phone name has given way to Windows 10 Mobile — as if that was going to be the trick that finally got people buying Microsoft phones — but nobody cares.)
By what route will Microsoft become a Linux company?
"Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella may be hyped about AI chatbots, but the announcement at Wednesday's Microsoft Build keynote that got developers the most excited was even nerdier.
"The crowd went nuts when Microsoft announced that a full version of the Bash command line interface is coming from Linux — an operating system that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once likened to "a cancer" — to Windows 10 this summer.
"For Microsoft, it's a big part of its crucial appeal to the developers building apps on Windows 10.
"If you've ever used the command prompt on Mac OS X, you've seen Bash in action. Even though it's entirely text-based, it offers a lot of power and flexibility for a developer or IT pro to interact with a system, and so it's been a mainstay of most programmers' workflows since its introduction way back in 1989.
"To make it work, Microsoft partnered up with Canonical, developers of the mega-popular Ubuntu Linux operating system. Thanks to some technical wizardry work by the two companies, Windows 10 now has a way to run Ubuntu software.
"That starts with Bash, but it means that developers can download popular server software like Redis databases or text editors like emacs, and run that in Windows, too, as developer Scott Hanselman explains on his blog.
"Microsoft also says that running Ubuntu software on Windows has little-to-no drop in performance.
"Over the last few decades, developers have hacked together their own rough equivalents to Bash over the years, but none of them were exactly the same. This gives developers a powerful tool that they already love, with no equivocation.
"It's also a big extension of Microsoft's newfound love of Linux, especially on its Microsoft Azure cloud. This takes that same philosophy and brings it straight to developers and their daily lives."
What Microsoft must do to attract developers to Windows...
It's a big part of Microsoft's Windows 10 story: Microsoft needs developer
"At this point, Microsoft's long-time hatred of the free Linux operating system is well-documented — the company spent years trying to stamp out any free software that would threaten its Windows cash cow.
"And yet, Linux went on to become one of the most important pieces of software in the world, loved both by programmers for its sheer power and big companies by simple virtue of being free.
"Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has come around and started embracing Linux and its ilk. Most recently, Microsoft made waves by announcing that Windows 10 will soon get a limited superpower to run Linux software. That's a big deal when it comes to winning over developers.
"To make that unprecedented integration between Windows 10 and Linux happen, Microsoft turned to Canonical, the 12-year-old company behind the mega-popular Ubuntu version of Linux.
"Microsoft's new love of open source and Linux is a "complete inversion" for Canonical, says founder Mark Shuttleworth — a visionary multimillionaire and a fascinating guy who became the second-ever space tourist in 2002.
"Before this shift, Canonical saw itself as "scrappy," the "rebels" fighting to put a dent in Microsoft's domination of the market, he says. Now, they're working together. And it turns out with what he calls the "trauma" of competition behind them, Microsoft and Canonical make a great team.
" "We're past that now," Shuttleworth says.
"With that rivalry behind, Canonical can start looking ahead. Indeed, Ubuntu 16.04, a new version out today, brings lots of improvements that make life easier for its many millions of users — and paves the way forward for the developers who rely on it to build the next generation of software."
Oh, brave new world, that hath such creatures in it...
Exactly the sort of drivel for which you are infamous.
Such an emergency -- the federal government going berserk -- is exactly the kind of circumstance for which the Founders considered the Second Amendment a critical necessity.
Better an incompetent, lying felon than an avowed Socialist, any day.
"The EU is poised to open a new front in its showdown with Google as early as Wednesday by announcing formal charges in relation to the company’s mobile operating system, Android. The case would represent a fresh chapter in Brussels’ efforts to combat the alleged abuses of US technology companies, and has already drawn comparisons with its clash with Microsoft a decade ago.
"Has the EU not already charged Google with anti-competitive behaviour?
"Yes, this would be a second charge sheet, known as a statement of objections. The first accused Google of abusing its dominance of online search to promote its own shopping services unfairly. Google denies the charge and the case is ongoing.
"How dominant is Android as the operating system on smartphones?
"Very. More than 80 per cent of smartphones globally use Android’s open-source system, which can be used free of charge by anyone. By contrast Apple’s own iOS operating system, used in the iPhone and iPad, represents only about 13 per cent of the market, according to data from Gartner.
"Is being so dominant illegal?
"No, but EU rules mean that Google faces special requirements not to crush market entrants because of its overwhelming market share...."
As the article points out, all this is quite reminiscent of the position Microsoft and its Windows were in a decade and more ago. Microsoft's shills are living in the past, still trying to pretend Linux is not crowding Microsoft out. Microsoft's own Azure service would be nowhere if Linux were not supported, according to Microsoft's own spokesman.