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27 Feb 2014   #1
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10 stupid things 'experts' will try to tell you about Microsoft

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In Silicon Valley (and in media satellites that take the NoCal mindset to New York and beyond), everyone has an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, and a Gmail account. Microsoft products and services might as well be from Mars. So be skeptical when you read analyses or predictions of what's coming next from Redmond.
Read more at: 10 amazingly stupid things the 'experts' will try to tell you about Microsoft | ZDNet


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27 Feb 2014   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Sorry, I can buy only about half of that.

The Nokia acquisition was a colossal mistake. There was a reason Nokia was going under (poor products and poor customer service, for starters). Even though much of the money used to buy this turkey was "trapped money", it was still good money being thrown after bad. If Nokia's resources and talent were so good, why was it failing? I have a hard time seeing how M$ can turn a failing company around just a few months considering its past hardware track record.

Bing is a money-losing flop. I don't know anyone who uses Bing, let alone likes it. I've tried it off and on ever since it came out and I still don't like it. It's also probably just nosey as Google so I really don't give the north end of a southbound furry little rodent if Bing is Google's "counterweight", especially since I rarely use Google. There are too many safer alternatives almost as effective as Google and far more effective than Bing, such as Ixquick.

Xbox should be spun off into a separate business. Actually, unless it starts showing an actual profit soon, such as this year (I'm not holding my breath), M$ should just get rid of it, not spin it off, for the reasons given in the article.

The ‘One Microsoft’ reorg is just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Just how is this not true? Ballsmore was Gates fair-haired boy. Nadella is no different. Ballsmore was pushing cloud computing; Nadella was the one who was in charge of making it happen. This vision, along with it's first cousin, subscription computing, is one reason why people are sticking with Win 7 to its bitter end and could very well leave M$ after that if M$ doesn't open its eyes and see how faulty that vision is. M$ really needed to bring someone in from the outside to break up the Good Ole Boys club in upper management. M$ has been conveniently ignoring the fact that affordable, reliable broadband is not available to everyone since all M$ can see are the $$$ it believes is associated with that vision. It has forgotten that one of the main reasons for its success was the lack of the closed environment that had been holding Apple back.

Windows Phone is a failed experiment. Yes it is. So M$ is going to use the user base of another failed phone company to bolster its own failure? Good luck with that. A more likely scenario is Nokia users will bail and go to Samsung, etc.

Windows RT is dead. True, it's far from dead but it should be. By not designing it to use Windows Office programs and having access only to the apps, many of them less than stellar, in the very limited Windows Store, it has limited it to trying to compete with an Android base that has pretty much unlimited access to a much, much larger app selection and even Apple's closed system, which has a far, far better selection than Windows' pathetic store. "But the basic concept of a touch-first platform that runs modern apps from a curated store in a highly secure environment? That's not a dead end; it's the future." Right. If that is the future, I hope I die first (at my age, I might get lucky).
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27 Feb 2014   #3

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Very good post Lady Fitzgerald.
I do believe the reason Microsoft buys such things is to remove competition before someone else buys them and then fixes them.
Now the biggie; save billions on taxes.
Buy something, show a loss, use a tax deduction.
A added plus they get to move money around all over the world.
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27 Feb 2014   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Very good post Lady Fitzgerald.
I do believe the reason Microsoft buys such things is to remove competition before someone else buys them and then fixes them.
Now the biggie; save billions on taxes.
Buy something, show a loss, use a tax deduction.
A added plus they get to move money around all over the world.
Thank you. Excellent points about buying out the competition (AOL, aka AOHell, is infamous for doing that) and taxes.
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01 Mar 2014   #5

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Hi there
I suppose it's just too much to hope that ANYONE will mention at least TWO good things Ms has been responsible for.

I'll bet there are literally MILLIONS of people around the world whether working in / with I.T or not who have jobs simply because of Microsoft's software -- almost any office uses PC's with some sort of spread sheets on them etc etc.

Microsoft basically made a Mouse and a GUI available to almost every level of computing -- the old Unix had a very expensive X-Server for a GUI and nothing as convenient as a mouse.

It's time people stopped looking at Ms as "The Evil Empire" -- and if they REALLY don't like it then invent something else as good, as cheap and as convenient.

Businesses like Google basically started out on the back of IE -- until Windows release 3 and above all windows for workgroups release 3.1 accessing the Internet was a very hit and miss affair - although some headway was made with Usenet groups and Bulletin boards - anybody remember those --perhaps there's a few ex sysops on these boards too-

Windows made basc things like Internet browsing, email, word processing and spread sheet capabilities available to almost anyone -- before Windows there was a HIDEOUS text based system from IBM called PROFFS -- but that - hideous as it was could only be used by corporates with some sort of IBM mainframes. Windows made all this stuff accessible to everybody who wanted to use it.

Cheers
jimbo
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02 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

I can't believe they said the Windows phone was a failure

I purposely changed my phone's interface to mimic windows lmao i guess i am one of the lames that like the ease of use and effective quick starts on the Desktop style interface ,I could simply buy a windows phone but really I like it
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02 Mar 2014   #7

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I wonder how many of you have run businesses, qualifying you to make recommendations on how Microsoft should manage itself? Lady Fitz, your post is just a rant.
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02 Mar 2014   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by margrave View Post
I wonder how many of you have run businesses, qualifying you to make recommendations on how Microsoft should manage itself? Lady Fitz, your post is just a rant.
And your post isn't? This is a forum; people discuss things here. Build a bridge and get over it.

Edit: I just looked at some of your posts. I didn't see a single helpful one in the bunch, just more negativity with a scattering of bad advice. The questionable accuracy of some of your responses leads me to doubt your claim about being in IT 30+ years unless it was a low level position, such as data entry, or changing out the tapes.
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02 Mar 2014   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by margrave View Post
I wonder how many of you have run businesses, qualifying you to make recommendations on how Microsoft should manage itself? Lady Fitz, your post is just a rant.
The People who wrote the Article doesn't either ,No one here said to be a expert but we have used it enough to give opinions

For the record some of these people you are giving a hard time like Lady are qualified Technicians so to throw a broad statement out like that is kind of Jackass-ish if you know what i mean

Spend some time and learn how things work around here i should be the last person you should be getting told this by anyway have a nice day
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02 Mar 2014   #10
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Let's keep this discussion friendly shall we.

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