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"strong anticipation for the Surface Pro in the UK".
Rob Epstein, UK Surface lead at Microsoft, said there is "strong anticipation for the Surface Pro in the UK".
Strong anticipation that it will FAIL maybe, but I don't think anyone really believes the UK will buck the trend and buy up big.
From what I can read all that happened is that Dixons picked up some of the market share from companies that went broke. Big deal. When people want a new telly and you're the only guy selling them, all of a sudden you've got 100% market share without doing anything.
Re: For example
It's well known Samsung have a close involvement with Tizen, but it remains to be seen if they'll use it to either (a) replace, or (b) supplement its Android handset range.
The problem Samsung would face in moving away from Android is Google Play. Samsung Apps is just too small.
"then the numbers will start telling us what people actually like"
The numbers have already spoken. People like Android.
As the article postures - "at some point in the future, a smartmobe is docked at a thin-client terminal" - This is the natural progression for smartphones. Within the next 10 years I would not be surprised to see consumers owning only one computer - their smartphone. It will wirelessly broadcast to a paired 1080p display, wirelessly connect to a keyboard and mouse, wirelessly access the internet and wirelessly charge itself. All this while chrooting/jailing the user's personal 'space' from their work 'space'.
With the FAIL that is WinPHo, it's no wonder MSFT is shitting itself.
@AC: "Put a load of Linux PCs in PC World and watch sales DROP."
WTF? Android IS a linux distro.
Not only have you shown that you are an anonymous coward, you've also shown that you're a shit-for-brains!
"Nokia that is handicapped with an OS that i have used and am qualified to talk about"
Fixed that for you. I've stated elsewhere on El Reg that I had a WinPho for a number of months before dumping it. Do your homework. Idiot.
"Windows Phone the fastest growing OS sequentially"
It's easy to grow the fastest when you come from a very low base.
WinPho with a 27% growth rate = increase of 1.4m quarter-on-quarter.
Android with a 9% growth rate = increase of 13.7m quarter-on-quarter.
Look at the Q12013 numbers Android was shipped on 163.5m phones, while WinPho was shipped on 6.5m phone. So for every person that bought a WinPho, 25 others bought an Android. Like I said, no-one is really that interested in WinPho and it's been that case for some time now.
Elop will be out by the end of the year and his MSFT exclusivity agreement will be thrown out with him.
Dump Elop (MS goes with him)
Nokia would be the Lenovo of smarphones if they'd bring out Android versions of their phones.
But MSFT doesn't want that because it would provided conclusive proof of what is widely acknowledged: WinPho is a failure.
MSFT FAIL. WINPHO FAIL.
beyond a joke
This is getting ridiculous. Nokia either just don't get it or their design team need some sort of cathartic release. Yet again we see another sexy piece of hardware from Nokia that is handicapped with an OS that no one really wants.
Elop will be out on his ass by the end of the year. Taking his MSGR exclusivity agreement with him.
I'm waiting for 6G
Or do I already have it - and that I'm just not using and/or paying for it at the mo?
two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from its upper left side
I emitted two mass ejections from by lower back side shortly after breakfast this morning.
The sheer hypocrisy of these institutions of Government in agreeing to 'share' information which came from the same source just the other day the same Governments were saying was evil.
Hypocrites. The lot of them.
"Shock! Horror! UK companies who do international business aim to minimise their costs"
Big bloody deal. Tax avoidance is a feature of any tax system. It has been going on for centuries and it will continue to go on. The capitalist system is not perfect. It never has been. It never will be. But it's a damn site better than the alternatives. If you don't like it, go and live in France or Sweden or any other Western European country that 'enjoys' taxing the crap out of their citizens.
This is a good one that'll out the MSFT astroturfer/apologists on El Reg.
Isn't there a bootloader already called that?
Wait. No. It's Das U-Boot.
It's a SONY!
I know times are tough in the PC market but if the Raspberry Pi can be sold at cost for £31, I fail to see how "high end" smartphones can justify the £££ price tags. That and the record profits from Samsung and Apple all indicate the consumer is getting the shaft. With no mercy.
Re: Five and a half hours!?
It's a good thing neither of them needed to take a shit.
TBH, I can't see McDonalds or Burger King being interested in this while the cost of farm-raised eyelid, gonad, sphincter and colon are considerably cheaper. There's also the question of whether the new product qualifies as "100% Beef". For although the former 4 do, it's questionable whether in-vitro produced product could be said to have come from the beast.
Here we go again...
...roll up, roll up, come and see Google in the stocks and the PAC hurl verbal abuse at them.
What a complete waste of taxpayers' money. The more this goes on, the more the politicians look impotent.
The US justice system is FUBAR.
As for Nokia (MSFT's bitch)....in they eyes of the informed consumer they really do appear to be rudderless on the way to the waterfall.
Amazon to make a smartphone?
...err. No thanks. I've seen what they've done to the tablet.
Nokia competing against Android
To be fair, with Android stellar - vs WinPho's morobund - growth rate, the race is already run. WinPho lost. FAIL.
robbing the rich and giving to the poor
Does she vote Labour?
"masterminded the multi-billion-dollar Skype and Yammer deals"
"Microsoft paid $8.5bn for Skype in 2011, $1.5bn over the price sought by the venture capitalist and investor consortium that owned the loss-making web telco. Microsoft had been the only bidder in a non-existent fray to snatch Skype"
They paid $1.5bn above the asking price with no-one else bidding? That's one hell of a 'mastermind'.
Is 'AC' a psuedonym for Microsoft Employee of the Month?
That report is old. I also noticed the results from CanSecWest 2 months ago - another MSFT FAIL!
I'm tired of this typical MSFT marketing crap.
From the voice of the monopolist: "Customers should apply the Fix It or follow the workarounds listed in the advisory to help protect against the known attacks while we continue working on a security update"
...or use a different browser.
MSFT the Value Destroyer
Hotmail, Skype and now this. Is there no ending with MSFT's voracious appetite to buy high, sell low?
This is doomed to be yet another EPIC FAIL.
Common sense Down Under
"New Zealand's largest software exporter, Orion Health, has backed the move, telling the New Zealand Herald that software patents are counter-productive and 'get in the way of innovation'."
One for common sense.
What The Fuck?
That billionaires thing that you can't remember what its called?
LOL. What the fuck are you on, man?
Re: Is he bored or something?
I guess when you come from such humble beginnings you appreciate how hard it is to make money and how easy it is to lose it.
"Microsoft’s 'licences sold' numbers include copies of Windows sold to PC makers, so they tell us what the channel has been willing to buy or what volume customers have swallowed rather than what’s actually being deployed on new machines."
I'd argue 90%+ of 'licenses sold' are sales from MSFT to PC makers with 10% accounting for direct sales to consumers.
The 90%+ doesn't give any indication as to
(a) how many of those PCs are actually sold to an end user,
(b) how many that are 'sold' to an end user are returned,
(c) how MSFT prices its Win7 licenses to PC makers vs. Win8 licenses.
(a) not many - given the slowdown in PC growth and the poor profit results of the big PC makers,
(b) a lot of Win8 machines being returned,
(c) Win7 license cost >>>>> Win 8 license cost so that PC makers are compelled to buy Win8 or face no profit margin on a Win7 machine.
It's all academic, really, because this whole Win8 episode has been a failure for MSFT of epic proportions. All that shareholders' money wasted on software (ie. Metro) that no-one really wants.
Win8 = EPIC FAIL.
Benedict plays the bad guy
As soon as I saw he was in it, I said "I bet you he's the bad guy...because he's British".
It is becoming boring that Hollywood is always casting the bad guy with a British accent.
To think that an American can't play the baddie is ridiculous. You just have to look at the last 10 years to see how many Americans have blown up fellow Americans and then compare that with the number of Brits who have done it (zero).
Re: Nokia cannot hide from their failure
There is no shadow of a doubt that Nokia continues to produce attractive handsets that many consumers would love to get their hands on IF they didn't come with WinPho. I have posted many times before about this.
Nokia could regain lost market share if it broadened its OS base to include Android. It seems the world loves Android and while Nokia are hooked on the heroin being given to them by their Pimp, Samsung, et. al. will continue to eat their lunch.
Shareholders are getting agitated and beginning to ask questions. Elop will be out before the end of the year.
“respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT"... but people were complaining WAY before the launch.
“building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs.” Fuck me, do they actually believe the crap they write?
The only 'listening' MSFT does is to the sound of the cash register. If they can't here it, they decide to do something. Really, this is a sad, old, tired monopolist whose grown too fat and can no longer respond in any way that could be considered timely.
MSFT doesn't listen to end consumers, MSFT doesn't listen to its hardware partners. MSFT is dying. Windows 8 is a FAIL. Windows 'BLUE' is a desperate attempt to breathe life into the corpse of the PC market.
It is bizarre that MSFT still continues to develop desktop OSes at a regular pace when the world has said "we want mobile". MSFT still doesn't get it and it's heading for an EPIC FAIL!
Battle of the ACs
Nokia nerds are all aquiver...
This is another case of sexy hardware being let down by the OS.
As long as Nokia is pimped my MSFT there can only be one outcome: FAIL.
MSFT still have the 'monopolist' mentality
“We feel good that we've listened and looked at all of the customer feedback. We are being principled, not stubborn."
"Microsoft hadn’t done enough to close the knowledge gap by training staff in outlets selling Windows 8 machines or by educating customers in the run-up to last October's launch."
"Microsoft recognizes it slipped up by not doing enough to persuade PC makers to build hardware actually capable of using Metro’s UI"
1. they back-track;
2. they insult the intelligence of their users;
3. they insult the intelligence of their hardware partners.
As long as they keep with the 'hey we're a monopolist, we can do what we like' mindset, Google and Apple will continue to eat their lunch.
MSFT == EPIC FAIL.
Re: They need to reduce their product portfolio.
Yes, they should drop the One X. If only because it's a WinPho and the market has shown that it doesn't want WinPho. As for MSFT endorsing it, well, that's the kiss of death, right there.
HTC + WinPho = FAIL.
They need to reduce their product portfolio.
They need to cut costs and drop non-profitable lines.
Looking at their web site they have 12 different models.
They should drop the 2 WinPho models ASAP. There's no point flogging a dead horse.
With regards to the other 10 they should cut these down to around 2 or 3, because I know what I'm talking about and 2 or 3 phones is all you really need because you bring out a new one every 6 months.
Then they should bring out a high-spec version of the Wildfire/Buzz. That phone has been recognised as their best ever so they should stick to what they know works and bring out a high spec version of it. Within a week it'll be shitting money.
Re: Linux at Work
Yes, but I bet your employer will make a point of only offering you WinPho!!!
My employer has recently started BYOD but I already have an Nth-hand Blackberry from them.
Every year my employer tries to screw me over on a pay rise, so when it comes to things like BYOD I make it a point of choosing the option that provides the most cost to them.
Re: but what about....
"lease it to yourself at 100x the cost (using your offshore holding company) and claim the lease costs"
That's not going to work. You forgot that you'll have to declare the lease income. Which offests the lease costs 100%. So you're only left with the 'cheap' purchase cost to claim for tax.
Really, so many people just don't "get it" when it comes to tax planning.
Congrats, Eadon. Yor predictions proved to be correct but, to be fair, even a Drover's Dog could have made them - in the fast moving world of technology, it seems MSFT have the faecal touch.
...that the arresting officer should be replaced with a robot and the State Attorney sent back to Nuremberg for re-trial.
Re: Race to bottom: Tax Lawyers beating bankers
What constitutes 'Fair' is a value-loaded question.
Is it 'fair' that a hard-working, rags-to-riches person should pay more tax than the average employee when he/she:
1. Pays for 100% private health insurance and does not get a tax rebate for not using the NHS?
2. Pays for 100% private education of his children but does not get a tax rebate for not using state education?
3. Never went to University but still has to pay/paid for those that did?
Is it fair that a family of 6 can live in a £1m+ property paid for by the taxpayer and that family pay no tax?
Is it fair that families with children get a tax credit? Is it fair to the young, single male that he has to pay for this through his 'fair share' of tax?
There IS no such thing as a 'fair share' of tax. It's just a dogma from the State.
Re: So what happens when the bonds mature?
Close to the maturity date, Apple will re-examine the tax situation. If it's still the same, they'll probably just 'roll', ie. issue new bonds to pay out the existing ones.
Does this mark the death of x86?
I don't know much about the difference between x86 and ARM but will this stuff level the playing field between x86 and ARM around computational efficiency?
Good for me!
I've had to hire 3 IT people in the last 12 months and I've seen a lot of CVs and interviewed around 30 people for the roles. Male, female, black, white, yellow, young and old. My (admittedly limited) experience is that sex and race don't matter but it is rare to find a developer under 30 who can see past syntax and look to the problem and choose the simplest solution from the many possible solutions.
If other employers want to dismiss them because of age, that means there's more available for me!
Didn't he die about 20 years ago?