46 posts • joined 20 Apr 2011
On the Surface not making money...
It is something that embodies the Microsoft vision for Windows, one platform three screens I believe. Microsoft needs to invest in the most exemplary of devices that fully embody this vision, if they don't, no one will. As was evidenced with the initial release of Surface RT based devices, there is a huge risk bringing these untested form factors to market, and the Asus, Acers and Lenovo's of this world just arent that interested in shouldering that risk
"Simply putting a crude, Tablet-like interface onto Windows"
This is obviously your bias writ large, given that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, why has Apple moved to the same design concepts initially implemented in Windows Phone? Surely they wouldn't be copying it if it was "crude"
"Without consumer services Microsoft would be smaller and more profitable, argue dissident shareholders – and, vitally, more focused."
In the gargantuan IT company game you don't get to play in one one sandpit, you have to play in all of them. Particularly with the consumerisation trend in IT, the employee is choosing the tools, platforms and devices that they want, not the Enterprise IT department. Look at how many iPad's are used in business with Apple having some sort allergy to enterprise...guess who is making the purchase decision. You can't isolate yourself as an Enterprise only vendor. IBM, Oracle, SAP, etc make money sure, but their profits are nowhere near that of companies that dominate the consumer space.
"Lumia today is simply more expensive than most Indian consumers can afford"
WinPho runs on lower specs than Android - Symbian is EOL, S40 is as good as selling a toaster, you cant attach services to it.
"Xbox doesn’t have an innovative TV studio" It doesnt need one, one can still watch House of cards on X-Box video, sure Netflix is giving the studio thing a go, its by no means a proven model.
"They’re already choosing $30 Androids over $90 Lumias, and will become much harder to woo back."
Again WinPho has lower requirements than Android. No reason it cant run on those same $30 phones.
"Are Microsoft devices a profit centre, or just a showcase? " It is something that embodies the Microsoft vision for Windows, one platform three screens, call it a showcase if you want.
"And the cuts have fallen hardest on the incoming Nokia devices unit." And so it should, they are getting rid of entire product lines, factories and management levels. Of course you are going to get massive culls after such a large acquisition, particularly when there are overlapping products & services
"In his first 60 days Nadella had picked up lots of kudos for decisions made by his predecessor."
Who's to say that Steve B was going to release Office for iPad? You do know that companies often port their products to different platforms in skunkworks but never release them? Solaris for Itanium & Windows for SPARC come to mind. Nadella has a proven track record of supporting non MS platforms from his time in Server and Tools, there is a reason why SCOM supports just about any platform you want (Solaris, AiX, Linux) and I remember how my draw dropped back when it was released.
Azure is not a consumer product, so yeah, 42,000 is a lot
Re: Cambridgeshire Police Constabulary
rm -rf / on your sense of perspective?
Re: Gmail is out
Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo?
Re: Interesting stats to play with
"Windows has crashed from 92% to 91% over the last 2 years."
At this rate it will be less popular than Linux in 180 years!
Re: Its not suprising..
"Have you ever worked in IT support???"
"Half of them couldn't even find their backside. With both hands."
Half of the users that call maybe, most users just get on with it and only call when something is actually broken. No matter what minor change you make the retards will call, if we accommodated the tards willingness to accept change we'd still be using Windows for workgroups.
"Oh, and driving a manual vehicle is NOT a sign of increased intelligence. It's a basic skill most of the rest of world just performs."
I never said it was a sign of intelligence, it is however more of an intellectual challenge than clicking on big square icons instead of little square icons. And as you point out this is something large portions of the worlds population somehow manage to do on a daily basis.
No - these stats are based upon browser agent strings visiting a broad range of sites.
Re: Its not suprising..
People like you like to conflate the so-called problem to validate your own opinion - employees will manage just fine when they aren't coddled and will take no more than thirty minutes to work it out - these are the same people who somehow managed to work a smart phone, drive a manual vehicle and do their tax return without your finger up their backside. I'm sure they will work out the big square icons all by themselves without your "help"
Re: @Eric Hood - Dare I say differentiation
"And if you just happen to miss that once a month phone home opportunity ?"
What if a unicorn shits on your tablet?
Because heaps of suits are doing network diagrams in Visio?
I think you are confused.
Re: Head to head
Yes they are - and name a sizable corporation that only uses browsers.
Re: Which is more secure? REALLY?
"I predict Microsoft is going to back down and offer a paid continuation option for people who would rather pay for XP than switch."
Already do mate - it called 'custom support' and will run you into the millions if you are talking a substantial fleet of devices.
Might be a good idea to go cash-only for a few months after the first unpatched vuln is released :)
8.1 and 8 should be grouped together
8.1 is a service pack of Windows 8 - why report it separately? Windows 8 market share is 10.58%
If you are going to break out service packs for Windows 8 then you should do it for all other versions.
Re: Comparing the camera cost to headphones isn't very helpful
This is not replacing anything, it is a part that will move the optical component of the camera (not the sensor) contrary to the movement of the camera on a number of axis' - there is not a part that does anything of this sort in any non-Lumia smartphone today.
Re: Do people have no memories at all?
The article you point at actually states "Researchers are divided about whether the NSA key could be intended to let US government users of Windows run classified crypto systems on their machines or whether it is intended to open up anyone's and everyone's Windows computer to intelligence gathering techniques deployed by NSA's burgeoning corps of "information warriors"."
So yes there was an NSAKEY label used within ADVAPI.DLL, however its actual use case and function has not been identified. As per TFA it could be "intended to let US government users of Windows run classified crypto systems on their machines" ∴ not a back-door
No need for a back door
Why would there need to be a specific back door anyway - unpublished vulns are as effective as a backdoor and when found in use are easily deniable as a security bug. A specifically coded back door has no plausible deniability and would seriously damage your reputation when found.
A question to be asked that would leave less wriggle room, "do you share information on unpatched vulnerabilities with intelligence agencies?" I suggest an answer to this question would appear much more evasive :)
Re: Nothing about OSX/iOS link?
It was only a matter of time til the old Unix beards would get Alzheimer's. It has begun.
Re: Who can vouch for that?
Considering that Nokia US market share was > 5% for 2013 and its trajectory is up year on year, I'd say Microsoft won't vouch for that!
" Another user reports it is also impossible to install the app from a Windows Phone "
Well that user is wrong, I installed the app from a Windows Phone with no problems ∴ it is possible
Re: Could be false flag
Excuse me. Are you the Judean People's Front?
Re: Should Thee Trust SNOOPING Software?
So...you think X=Y∴∞=Y
So if Microsoft is issued a demand for data in the USA, the fact that their infrastructure is hosted in Australia is going to make what difference?
And not picking on MS for this either, same question should be asked of Google, Amazon, Rackspace, etc
secularly challenged markets
Call me stupid, but is he trying to say that Vaio's don't sell well in Iran?
Ninja? Is this some subtle way of saying that non-Japanese need not apply?
Or are we expecting a Beverly Hills Ninja sort of person; tubby white guys with a malformed ego?
I don't see how either of the above lends itself to creating an office suite.
Re: valid assumption?
Unfortunately it is that much better than the competition - well Photoshop is at least.
There is Paint Shop Pro, Pixelmator or even Gimp or Paint.net but none of these have the immense amount of functionality and automation that you get with photoshop.
I wish it weren't so and that we had a decent competitor to take over the lead.
Re: I'll stick with my QWERTY thanks.
How in the fsck does using "REAL QWERTY" mean that you're using your brain? You clearly didn't post this from a "REAL QWERTY" keyboard if we apply this rule to your post.
And what natural resource would it be wasting Tony Reeves 1?
Once they include 4g connectivity and slim down with the new haswell chipsets - the Surface will be a fantastic device.
The main selling point for the Surface Pro is that it is a desktop PC when you plug it in at home and a tablet when you take it with you. For people who don't want two or three devices but still want to use photoshop, lightroom, download torrents, etc the Surface is a great device. The RT version however, it just doesnt have enough useful applications yet, hopefully this will change with time
Re: Wrong title...
It couldn't possibly be because your opinion is wrong, could it?
And for the record Eadon, any time I see your posts I vote them up because your incessant trolling has reached a new plane of trolling that only David Thorne has surpassed.
Rest in peace Eadon
It has been more than four hours since this was posted and still Eadon has not graced us with his written word, ergo, he has shuffled off this mortal coil. Rest in peace dear Eadon, rest in peace.
Re: …And we still have no idea what these patents are
The asserted patents are known and are referenced here: http://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=2011111122291296 refer exhibit D
IMHO the patents would not withstand a legal challenge, perhaps a good reason why MS have tried to keep specific details away from the public where it would face broader analysis and discussion.
You lost me when you called downloading a TV show "stealing"
From there I knew I would be reading tripe
mod point kamakaze
Richard did act like a right twit during the session, The general consensus is that if you ask someone a question, you give them more than, say 5 seconds, to actually answer the question.
dupe files are where the moneyz are
Having used dropbox, sugarsync and skydrive - I noticed that they will upload multi-gigabyte ISO's in a single second over my shitty ADSL connection - clearly they are hashing files for reference and storing common files once. When you consider how many people are storing mp3's, iso's and avi's that have dupes you can deduce that their total required capacity on the wholesale side of the equation is substantially less than the cumulative amount of customer data they take in.
Re: MS is continually trying ot make "Trusted Computing" a reality
"Regarding UEFI, MS could easily have cooperated with 3rrd parties to make "secure boot" a mutually agreeable system, but they did not. You need a key from Microsoft now to install an OS on a commodity PC."
Absolute bullshit Eadon, UEFI is a partnership with AMD, Intel, Apple, Dell, HP, IBM Lenovo, Microsoft and many others involved - so yeah, Microsoft "have cooperated with 3rrd parties to make "secure boot" a mutually agreeable system"
And no one has to go to Microsoft to create a key, you can create your own and upload it into UEFI. It's only if you want to leverage Microsoft signing, then yeah, you'll have to deal with Microsoft - makes sense to the logical mind.
"There is LibreOffice and Gimp to name two alternatives"
Think a little bit more - if you submit your CV for a role - and they explicitly state they want doc format - will you risk using LO or OOo to create that document and have it appear a jumbled mess when it gets read. Same goes for multi million dollar tenders. MS Office is an essential in doing business, Libre Office might satisfy some use cases in education and where staff need basic word processing and spreadsheet functionality, however it explicitly is not a replacement for Office when it comes to B2B.
And Gimp a replacement for Photoshop - oh how dearly I wish this were true. Its Windows version is a side hack not even created by the project, it's Mac version slightly better. On Linux it is fine, but then how many businesses use Linux, and especially for "creative staff"? Once again if you start trying to exchange XCF with print houses and agencies - they will either laugh at you or ask, wtf?
Until the accepted "industry standard" formats are true open standards we will not see this change unless something groundbreaking happens, i.e. the US govt forces them to reveal full specs under an open license.
Re: consumers vs enterprise
" I am guessing office for business is a lot more profitable than office for home and student."
Yes it is of course.
But think of it this way, if students were not using Office in school and employees were not using Office at home...instead using Google Docs or LibreOffice. What would business' then start using?
"Most of your stored data shouldn't be on your devices, it should be in the cloud already."
When raw image formats are supported then maybe, right now I would have to bring every raw file down to the device to render it as it cant be viewed on any cloud platform i know of
Re: There are these things called...
"USB adapters for the ipad. You can us an sd card with ipad too."
My last laptop didn't have a built in webcam, according to your logic I could just carry around a webcam taped to the lid.
Oh and for sake of calrity, I have an iPad and use the SD card adapter - it s PITA at best
Re: Incorrect apple bash
Correct or not, they deserve it.
Re: The problem for Windows releases
POP3, wtf? use IMAP and be normal man!
Thinkpad is a revered brand
The fact that the Thinkpad brand isnt stalking the Interbrand top 100 isnt that important really. Not in the segment that they are trying to play in with that brand anyway. The fact that Lenovo is not listed on Interbrand 2012, that is an issue. I wont pretend to be an expert on Interbrands methodology however my understanding is that the list is based largely on recognition. This leaves out important qualities that are also important to a brands value such as perceived quality, trust and differentiation. An example of this with photographic brands for example: Canon is ranked #30 in best global brands by Interbrand, Leica is nowhere to be found...for those who arent across it Leica has such a strong brand in photography that they can charge ~4x as much as Canon for similar goods. The Leica brand is not mass market but it has a 100 year history that is associated with innvovation, quality and 'solid german engineering'. Sure Canon is more popular for the masses but Leica is a much more revered brand and it shows in their margins.
IMHO ThinkPad is a Leica-like brand. As far as mobile computing goes, ThinkPad has a long history with a strongly perceived sense of quality and sturdy engineering. Lenovo have recognised those qualities and tried not to toy with the brand too much.
Lenovo as a brand is not all that recognised, and for those that do recognise it, it is perceived as a mass market "cheap" brand. Mixing the ThinkPad and Lenovo brands was never a good idea IMHO.
From what I read above they are looking at seperating the two identities, kind of similar to the way Toyota/Lexus run seperate identities but leverage each other.
Q - "can someone please explain to me why Apple shares are worth as much as they are given that they don't pay any dividends?"
A - It is still an investment, it is just an investment that wont payout until you sell. For example if I bought a few pounds of gold in 1994 and buried it in my back yard until last month when I went to a broker and sold it at todays rate I would have received no money up until the point I sold the gold back onto the market. Companies have a choice as to whether or not they pay dividends, most do but it is not the only way of doing things...
Also, by keeping the cash Apple is boosting the value of their share price, all that money it has in the bank (or invested) is factored into the share price
GPL on a patent
A patent licensed under GPL2? Forgive me if im remarkably ignorant but GPL2 is a copyright license, this is a patent...
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