"On October 26, 2012, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) launched Windows 8, as the first major software update out of Redmond in three years. As such, the Microsoft marketing apparatchik mobilized quickly to proclaim Windows 8 a “revolutionary” event. Windows 8 introduced the Metro concept to consumer electronics, where traditional desktop, smartphone, and tablet interfaces were fused together beneath one operating system.
"One year later, on October 17, 2013, Microsoft released its Windows 8.1 update as somewhat of a compromise between PC loyalists and haughty executives pushing the Metro concept. In any event, MarckHachman and PC World recently went on to rip the Windows 8 movement as “fail plus fail equals more fail.” Microsoft has literally been shut out of the mobile market.
The mobile market
"On June 4, 2014, research firm comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR) published its April 2014 U.S. Smartphone Subscriber Market Share report. Be advised that the title of the report is somewhat misleading, as comScore statisticians have actually presented averages of data compiled from the three-month period that spanned between February 2014 and April 2014. Throughout this time frame, comScore estimated that Microsoft tacked on 10 basis points in market share, to close out this latest quarter with a meager 3.3 percent of the U.S. smartphone subscriber market. On average, Microsoft has generated $26.1 billion in annual operational cash flow over the past five years. Despite this impressive cash haul, Microsoft has been relegated to battling against fallen star BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) for relevance at the bottom of the smartphone market."
Who said I was jealous of anyone? Like I said, plain English goes right over your head.
"Years ago I invested the time to learn VBA which allows me at the MS Office level to interact with the internal structures of Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Outlook, etc. and easily do multiple thing at a level you could never hope to achieve. "
Bravo. Problem is that it appears the whole thrust of Microsoft WRT its ordinary users is that programming is a skill too deep for ordinary people to understand, so they must be provided with tools that make it unnecessary for them to learn it. It isn't that difficult, but they have been made to think it is, and their professional development has thereby been stunted. By now, minimal programming skills should be widespread among the general populace, but Microsoft has been very effective at preventing that stage being reached.
Always have to wonder what people think "catalyst" means...
"HP demonstrated on Wednesday a breakthrough computer project from HP Labs known internally as "The Machine."
"The new computer was the highlight of a keynote speech by CEO Meg Whitman and CTO Martin Fink, the head of HP Labs, at the company's HP Discover customer conference being held this week in Las Vegas.
"The Machine is a project that, if successful, could replace a giant data center worth of gear with a computer the size of a refrigerator, reports Businessweek's Ashlee Vance.
"More importantly, it will instantly process mind-boggling amounts of data while sipping only a tiny bit of energy. Whitman says the machine will mean "energy consumption problems will virtually disappear" for data centers.
"That compares to today, where if cloud computing were a country, in terms of energy consumption, it would rank fifth in the world, Whitman says.
"Basically, the machine uses a new homegrown operating system, a new superfast way to transfer data that uses light (i.e. photonics) instead of the copper wiring traditionally used by Ethernet cables and a whole new kind of memory called "memristors."
"A memristor is a type of memory that HP says is faster and more efficient than flash memory. Its claim to fame is that it doesn't lose data even when a device loses power or runs out of battery. HP isn't the only company working on these technologies, although it is a particular pioneer on the science of memristors.
"Assembling all of these brand new technologies into a new type of computer is almost a "Back To The Future" type of strategy.
"Decades ago, big computer manufacturers like HP and IBM made all their own pieces and parts for the computers they sold. But companies don't want to be locked into one vendor's proprietary wares. Standards for hardware and software emerged that allowed enterprises to mix and match computers, networking and software from different vendors."
Who are you? Nobody knows. Why, then, would anybody believe a word you say? No reason.
I've said that before. Nothing has changed.
"HP CEO Meg Whitman showed more than a little chutzpah on Thursday during her company's annual customer conference.
"Moments after HP announced its grand new plans to compete with the Microsoft Windows operating system, Whitman was thanking Microsoft for being a major sponsor of the conference and inviting the company's new CEO, Satya Nadella, on stage.
Nadella joined Whitman and Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich for a fireside chat-style interview conducted by New York Times columnist and author, Tom Friedman.
"But just before Nadella joined via video conferencing, during Whitman's keynote speech, CTO Martin Fink, head of HP Labs, showed off what HP hopes will be a game-changing new data center computer. It's internally calling that computer "The Machine."
"HP is creating a lot of new technology to build The Machine, especially a new form of memory known as "memristors" which won't lose data if the power turns off (also known as "non-volatile memory").
"The Machine's claim to fame is that it can process loads of information instantly while using hardly any power. HP wants this computer to replace the servers being used in today's data centers. But it also hopes the tech will become the basis for the next generation of PCs.
"And The Machine will not use Windows.
"In fact Fink announced on Thursday that the company is working on a brand new free and open-source operating system and is inviting universities to help research and build it.
"He threw an little dig at Microsoft when announcing the news, saying:
" "We want to reignite in all of our universities around the world operating system research which we think has been dormant or stagnant for decades."
"On top of that, HP is working on a brand new operating system for The Machine based on Linux. And another one based on Android, Fink continued..."
"Been looking forward to a native Outlook Web App for your Android device? You just might have to wait a little longer: the freshly launched OWA Android app is only available on 'select devices.' Microsoft says this pre-release version can do everything its iOS counterpart can and automatically update its address book whenever the user makes a chance to their device contacts, but it's not ready for a full roll-out. Still, if you're sporting a device with Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's OS standards categorize your phone as "small" or "normal," the app's inaugural releases is yours for the taking. Have something else? Check out OWA's support page: Microsoft is taking suggestions on what devices to support next."
Meanwhile (as the Sterling dispute goes to trial), Microsoft's ongoing capitulation to Linux continues apace.
This is only of tangential interest here. This trial is part of the ongoing controversy over Steve Ballmer's attempted purchase of the LA Clippers. Steve Ballmer, you may recall, used to be CEO of Microsoft.
"If you think your company's computer system is insulated from open source because contracts you use or government compliance standards exclude it, think again. Open source is pervasive in both proprietary and open software. Good and bad code is found in both software models."
Probably this foreshadows the demise of the "application" as an SKU, just as operating systems are becoming commodities. You heard it here first...
All you do is post your own, very negative, opinions. Who are you? Nobody knows. Why should anyone believe anything you say? No reason. End of story.
"Microsoft is being forced to change its business model in the wake of disruptive competition from both Apple and Google. Microsoft is apparently attempting to replicate Google's model, trying to increase the use of its ecosystem to drive traffic and sell services.
"But, that will prove very difficult, ..."
The article isn't very clear about what will work for Microsoft, only about what won't any longer, or ever.
"Summary: With the release of Docker 1.0, container technology took a big step forward in catching up with enterprise datacenter and cloud virtualization.
"On June 9th, Docker, Inc., the commercial father to the open source Docker container project, announced the release of Docker 1.0 and the Docker Enterprise Support program. Docker uses containers, in lieu of virtual machines, to enable multiple applications to be run at once on the same server.
"In its 15 months of evolution, Docker has emerged as a leading container program with support and partnerships from major Linux open source powers such as Canonical and Red Hat. Docker is designed to be an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications on the same operating system.
"The program is made up of the Docker Engine, its container standard, and Docker Hub, a cloud-based service for users, content and workflows. The idea behind Docker is that it enables developers to quickly create applications to from components can be deployed and run on laptops, data center servers, or the cloud.
"The Docker Engine 1.0 features include:
"Quality: Docker is hardened and tested for enterprise production deployments
"Compatibility: Docker Engine now runs on all major Linux distributions, including Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, SuSE. and Arch
"Interfaces: Docker now comes with plug-in application programming interfaces (API)s for execution and file system drivers
"Extensibility: With boot2docker, support for non-Linux operating systems Mac OS X and Windows
"Complete documentation: Quality documentation, updated to reflect the latest capabilities and interfaces
"Complete training materials
"Availability of commercial support, including Long Term Support and Proof of Concept Support packages
"Integration with Docker Hub, the other half of the Docker Platform.
"Docker's rise has been so swift, many might be surprised its official launch happened Monday
"June 09, 2014, 4:24 PM — Docker 1.0 has officially arrived, giving organizations a proper chance to use the emerging cloud technology to create and run applications with even more agility.
"Docker declared its namesake virtualization software ready for full production use Monday.
"First released over a year ago, in March 2013, Docker has been making an impact in the market for virtualization and cloud computing. Both Google and Red Hat have incorporated Docker into their own services and software.
"The general release has already been downloaded 2.75 million times and has found tens of thousands of users, according to the company.
"Docker, and container-based virtualization in general, is a vital step in the continuing evolution of PaaS (platform-as-a-service), noted Al Hilwa, IDC program director for software development research.
" "It is an important way to get standardization at the sub-virtual machine level, allowing portable apps to be packaged in a lightweight fashion and be easily and reliably consumed by PaaS clouds everywhere," Hilwa wrote in an email sent to technology journalists.
"Docker provides a way to package an application in a virtual container so that it can be run across different Linux servers."
"Managing open source code in the enterprise takes a willingness and a process. Typically, one or both are easily swept under the corporate rug. "I think most enterprises have all sorts of open source code running through their programs. I think some are even embedded. I think either they don't know about it, or they know about it but do not understand the ramifications," said MongoDB's Matt Assay.
"Software developers routinely use open source components to boost productivity and improve the quality of their code. The problem for enterprises is that companies using open source must properly manage it and comply with its licensing, as with any third-party code.
"That becomes difficult to do when corporate leaders do not know their computer systems are running open source code. Even licensing compliance becomes an unwieldy threat when the coders themselves have a lackadaisical attitude toward copyrights and licensing requirements.
"If you think your company's computer system is insulated from open source because contracts you use or government compliance standards exclude it, think again. Open source is pervasive in both proprietary and open software. Good and bad code is found in both software models.
"The question is not "does my company use it?" Instead, ask what you're going to do to manage it and to comply with license requirements.
" "Many enterprises view open source as code that is free to copy. I think that open source has become so pervasive and so accepted that some of the safeguards -- and some of them are pretty important -- have just been discarded," Matt Assay, vice president of corporate strategy and marketing at MongoDB, told LinuxInsider."