Rob like someone mention earlier, C# along with the whole (or many of the) Microsoft products portfolio is heavily used on the Enterprise. There are a couple of exceptions like many ISP which use Open Source alternatives to reduce operational costs, like thousands of Outlook licenses for example.
And when a company operates on Microsoft systems, then is very common that they look to non Microsoft products with a little doubt. Because those smaller companies have sometimes gone bankrupt, or products get discontinued and unsupported. Also there is a more common belief that under Windows MS products will be more stable and will endure the test of time better than non MS software. And maybe is true, considering examples like Visual Basic 6 that still works these days. Outdated, but gets the job done.
Only companies that work with mixed environments will actually have a need to look for other multi platform solutions like PHP, Python, Lua, Ruby, etc.
Consumer products have moved to Android and for a couple of reasons. Beginning with the bad history of old Windows Phones crashing around, and the reject of the tile system. But that's on personal devices. Still companies use computers, and computers are either Windows (about just everyone), Macs (artists), and Linux (Developers, and IT). Since Android (1) is not self hosting, and (2) do not run efficiently and good enough on computers, there is nowhere there to be found. Like I said in another thread, while Android requires another OS to develop, those legacy OS are going nowhere. They will lose market in consumer products, yes, but became extinct no. If they do, then also the Android market will stale, because there will be nothing to develop Android OS or apps with. Also haven't seen any Android Server edition, so in the enterprise Android will have only 2 roles... a digital notepad & remote email.
For C# to be a serious multi platform alternative Microsoft needs to make serious changes like:
- * Open sourcing the whole
- * Releasing same version for all desired platforms. No more
Doubt any of them will happen, and that's why C# along with
But standard or no standard, at the end it depends on what OS platform the company you get contracted uses. But there is a very big change that if they use Microsoft products, you will end using either Visual Basic, C#, or both (or even Windows shell or VB scripts) to develop.
Also any OS has to develop thinking on upgrades to their old user base, so the ext support will not just disappear. Very likely even if they switch the primary OS to something else like Btrfs, they will have to code, and include a ext3/4 to whatever becomes the default in their setup for old systems.
Whenever Chromebooks and ChromeOS comes up, somebody always points out those Amazon stats.
But are they actually legitimate sales?
And what gets Amazon by lying in sales numbers. nothing, nada, nichts
Linux kernel 3.15 was released in June 8, kernel 3.16 was released in August 3, and already kernel 3.17 is in rc-7. Probably will be released in a week or two at most. That means every kernel is released around 2 months difference. Again, sadly doubt it that company will be able to keep up with the kernel development.
If they want to modernize something that doesn't evolve that fast, they should try BSD instead.
If at the end, they succeeded on that, is shameful MS with all it's resources can't find a sensible automatic detection approach.
That is all.
Is never too late, and with the vast amount of crappy Android phones in mid/low markets, the have a couple of segments where they can be a hit.
And even in the high end, I'm sure many of the Samsung Galaxy, and HTC users are already bored of the lines and want something fresh.
Nokia have done very good phones in the past, and even some Lumias (taking the WinPhone 8 away) are nicely designed. I know they can do a good, if not great Android phone. Probably not in the first try, but neither LG, Samsung, HTC made awesome phones in their 1st try.
My doubt is about the company itself.... Do they sold to Microsoft? Microsoft has the exclusive rights to the Lumia design? Do we have 2 Nokias, one MS controlled, one independent making Android phones?
I only hope Nokia don't become the Atari of the 2010+ era. Where only their respective employees knew which company do what, since both have the same logo and name.
At which point the Justice department steps in and kicks MS's balls into mid-jowl. Microsoft just got burned for this in Europe, and was almost broken up by Justice in the 90s. Maybe they want to test the line -- see what they can get away with today -- but the answer is probably "not much."
For this???? for the app market??? are you sure????
Unlike the MS Explorer issue which is the one they got kicked as you said, they are not the first company to implement an App Market, so any accusation will go nowhere since Mac OS has one, Android has one, iOS have one, Blackberry have one, hey even Ubuntu has one market.
Even more, the last Mac OS do not allow any software installation outside the app market, something that Windows 8 still allows, but probably Win9 will follow Mac example if app market is accepted by people. In other words, there are more restrictive markets for personal computers than the one Windows 8 came with.
Also these days the disadvantage inclusion of IE can be discussed. Again Apple includes it's own Browser Safari, most Linux desktop distributions include a default web browser (usually Firefox). Smart phones include a web browser (depends on the phone OS)