Lol, no i did not forget Microsoft Kin. Actually an excellent example of how Microsoft manages to mismanage anything it touches into oblivion. Microsoft kin was not that bad, just sacrificed on the Microsoft inbreed management alter.
Same experiences here, the error rate is far to high to be used in an office setting where incorrect numbers can mean millions in losses. Even an incorrect wording can be lethal.
I am just as amazed as you are. That many of us at Slashdot could predict exactly how it would play out was a nice discovery. I also fail to grasp how it is possible to so blatantly dismantle and kill a competitor by a mole without so much as a single lawsuit. And considering this is not the first company Microsoft killed and maimed killing one as large and successful as Nokia without repercussions makes you think dirty money must have changed hands. Either the board was full of drunken Finns oblivious of what was happening or they got paid to shut up and kick the share holders in the groin.
Windows mobile phone forays are dead, done, finito, kaputt and out of steam.
Windows Phone 7 has been out for almost 4 years and still barely holds 3% market share. Thats pretty awful by any measure, especially since the platform before it had much larger market share. They lost customers with current platform without gaining any new ones.
Windows Mobile was out 7 years and failed, and before that Microsoft failed with Pocket PC.
I am amazed they still happily beat the dead horse instead of putting effort into supporting the winning platforms. Android will be succeeded by something in the long run and until then i fail to see the business perspective of dragging a dead horse round the racetrack with a lawn mower trying to catch up with a Jumbojet. Why not just book a seat in the Jumbojet instead?
Personally im sure Nadella would like nothing better than to put a fork in Windows Phone, but entrenched forces inside Microsoft makes this very hard. It has to fail on its own dying a long agonizing death instead.
This is the worst decision ever in a long time. Cloud services is taking off for real and are the next big boom in computing, and with this decision it becomes impossible to lawfully use American companies services in Europe and most of the rest of the world.
This is not just about American citizens but also any citizen abroad with an account at a US service provider. Anyone litigating in the US can get a warrant like this issued, from any country.
Talk about stabbing your own industry in the back. This is giving the protectionists a free reason to only keep services inside their borders all over the world, in local companies
If it where a medical condition i could understand it, but it is mostly a problem of having the wrong style of life. Making bad decisions and being a lazy bastard makes you fat. The next logical step is to label being a complete idiot a disability (not low iq, just making bad horribly wrong decisions like turning up at work naked or sexually assault the photo copier etc.)
The same thing that users complains about in Windows 8 is something that is complained about loudly in the Gnome camp. Personally i love LXDE with its simple start menu (Win2000 style) and have never ever felt that other ways of starting apps could make anything i did simpler or faster. Most of the time things just get in my way because the various menu systems utterly fail to predict what i want to do.
I am a hardware guy that loves to tinker. Sadly i cannot excuse getting new stuff for my Linux box because it runs so smooth.
People did upgrade, just not into the same form factor for their computer. They bought mobile phones and tablets instead of a Windows PC.
And if you look at what they use for their daily computing the mobile is center and the PC is for some tasks that sucks on a mobile phone. Mostly things that has not been successfully translated to the smaller screens or demands a real keyboard.
So any google translating script kiddie can make malware that puts the blame on Russia by just throwing random ruskie strings in and searching for alleged russian virii?
Who came up with this scheme, the same person that talked about WMD in Iraq?
Net neutrality is important, both to keep the big players from keeping small players out of the game but also to keep people informed that this is something they should really worry about.
If the internet providers are unhappy with providing roads to the internet perhaps they should divest into content. But i have no inclination to pay twice.
I used to buy HP servers all the time but this move will not land them any deal whatsoever in the future. I rarely use their downloads except for an occasional d/l of a bios/firmware update, and 100% of the time because of some bug that made something not work.
I am annoyed as hell with their premium charging for disks, especially SSD disks that they markup really big. 600$ for an 100GB SSD SATA MLC disk?
Wringing money out of your customers at the same time as cloud computing is taking off is not a smart move. A desperate attempt at getting the last money out of your market before it collapses perhaps, but not smart.
The technology is not undermining the established laws but the US use of the tech sure does. Using depleted uranium, murdering civilians based on shoddy intelligence, torturing people with new methods, social media puppetry, wholesale wiretapping etc is just things that have been avoided before but has been reintroduced when they could do it in new ways.
The technology is not the problem at all, its the people using it.
Great, now apple will sue every brewery for their innovative design of the beer can. Guess beer will have to come in milk cartoons soon.