376 posts • joined Thursday 5th July 2007 10:13 GMT
Re: Balmer is safe because...
I don't think the board would try to get Gates to step back in, but he would certainly be in the hot seat when it comes to Steve's (his great buddy) replacement. Awkward for all. MS (like Apple's share price is finding) need to get a tech visionary in the top spot quickly otherwise companies like Google are going to take them out of the consumer market completely.
I wonder if MS have the problem of no one in the position to step into the role? Is SB still there because he is the ONLY option at the minute? At least Apple have Mr Ive to call upon...
what a load of
I was promised a £40 content bundle from Sammy for my S4 due to the inconvenience caused by delays. It seems this "exclusive" is part of the apology. It depressed me when I realised I wasn't getting anything worthwhile out of that £40.
ITV is muck. I bet its worse on a 5" screen.
Re: Metro always looked useless to me as a desktop UI.
"Metro apps and muck"
Should read "Metro apps are muck".
Don't know how I did that, but the point is the same. Metro is muck.
Re: Metro always looked useless to me as a desktop UI.
Holly Willoughby still couldn't get me to a Windows Phone. I think James Corden ruined all the good work she did.
I don't miss the start button but I hate the fact that Metro apps and muck and how the start screen interacts with the desktop environment is bloody painful. If they pull Win 8 back to a Win 7 position with metro taking a supporting and not a starring role, then it might be worth the money.
where is the fun in that? When you can post a comment and make a cheap joke.
"1020p full HD"? Is that Apple doing their own thing again?
I've been stung by the poor software on HTC handsets, so this time I'm going where the action is. I have never used a S3, so all the reviews that directly compare the two are a bit pointless to me. This handset will be bang up to date for ages (Sensation XE was superseded within a month of ownership) and has enough of a balance of gimmicks and power to keep my interest. So what if S-translate is muck? Sat nav on the 5" screen will make up for that for me personally.
Swings and roundabouts, this one being more swings...
Time to go Steve
MS are in a perfect storm of their own making. They got lazy and allowed the mobile and cloud markets to run off without them. With controversial approaches to Office and Windows not going down well with either enterprise or consumers, their highly detrimental and desperate focus of competing in the tablet market has ruined the PC market and lost them some already struggling friends. They look like a firm without a clue how to get back into the game and a radical change of thinking is needed at the top.
I doubt many would shed a tear for MS at this difficult time. Particularly with a dinosaur at the helm in a market where you need either a visionary, or an in touch-with-the-modern-world CEO, neither of which Ballmer seems to be.
Its not always bad news. I get my house alarm serviced in return for a bit of IT support/web work. But really, its all people looking a freebie... As said in many comments, they wouldn't expect a plumber mate to come round and do it for free....
Re: @Christopher Rogers
Well considering the money the govt. has thrown at BT to improve the network, the model in place should have been sufficient, but obviously BT's commercial concerns (read bottom line) absorb the taxpayers money.
Hopefully Liberty Global can help the UK push on.
BT - Behind the Times. Broadband is not in good hands in the UK.
Re: Yes, very impressive BT.
Correct. For all their bleating on, Broadband in the UK is still the poor relation. The sooner we sell the network to the Japanese the better.
This is a compelling phone, but I'm gonna need some hands on time with it, an S4 and a Windows Phone before I commit to upgrading my Sensation XE.
The XE had potential by the bucket load but is badly let down by the software, so HTC already have that against them. Also, this missing button interface. A step too far away from normal Android (for instance, if I decide to root the device and slap on a ROM?)
Lack of wireless charging? Some cool new tech not in a flagship device.....
Lack of SD slot used to annoy me, but frankly I've got over myself. I either use online services, or FTP to my home NAS. My 3 wifi gives me plenty of headroom for that.
All in al though, it looks like phones have hit that point of being powerful enough to do everything. I look forward to key lime pie.
Windows 8 is doing the business for me.
I didn't use the Win 7 start menu for anything other than searching (hit start, start typing)
I don't use the Win 8 start menu for anything other than searching (hit start, start typing)
So basically it operates like Windows 7.
I'll save my MS bashing for their Office 2013 Licencing policy.
He essentially stole the goods for personal gain. He should have approached the council and discussed taking the gear off their hands. It was still theirs to scrap.
Re: Desktop Wars!!!!!
Did Bill Gates personally come to your house and butcher your dog in front of your kids?
Define winning. Here's one - if MS "won" all these "wars", the antitrust cases against them would have led the American govt and the European Union to break the company up. So would they have won or lost?
You are confusing competition with monopoly. Once upon a time, you could have said Microsoft had a Monopoly. They got their wrists well slapped for that. So in order to not be dismembered, they now compete in a slightly more open market (currently being turned into a oligopoly by patent wars (yey I found one for ya!). How they compete in that market is entirely up to them. Their strategy may or may not be to everyone's taste, but thats okay, because nor is Apples, Googles, Oracles, Ubuntus...
Good Luck To Them
I like the fact that Ubuntu are doing this. The concept is good - that one OS covers every device. However, what would sell it for me is if they can create the ability for people to put the OS on older kit (eg. my Acer Icona a500 which is currently a picture frame and never really excelled at anything) and keep it relevant. To have an all Ubuntu experience instead of android , IOS BB and windows in some combination, would be quite a concept and if it were to succeed, we could actually see the mythical "year of the Linux".
Re: MS did not even cover pre-orders in some cases, so they could say "SOLD OUT"
Did MS sack you for some reason?
Class, an AC bot that thinks its adding to the conversation.
Re: The times they are a changin'
s200e that should be.
I'm gonna buy a Nokia WinPho8 device on Three's 4G network later this year. I'm bored of Android. I don't personalise it enough to give a damn. I only use a handful of apps. My experience of it on multiple devices is meh.
Re: The times they are a changin'
No they ain't. I too went for a laptop replacement that i couldn't XXXX up like everything else. Bought an Asus s2003. Very pleased.
Its same as it ever was - horses for courses.
Well, at least it won't result in any Dell Chromebooks...
Oh and I have Windows 8 on the desktop machine. I have appended a Logitech trackpad to it.
Re: re: Bought an 11" Asus Vivobook
I have a tablet. Its now a digital picture frame. I had a 17" desktop replacement laptop. Its now a media centre. I have a 6 core desktop machine. Used only for the occasional VM for work purposes.
I never once heard of anyone replacing the rest of their devices with a netbook.
However your point of "If everyone was in the market for that sort of machine" makes a good point. Thats why Win8 is on everything from tablets to laptops to all in one systems, because not everyone is in the market for that type of device.
Bought an 11" Asus Vivobook. Cracking wee laptop with an OS that fits perfectly, is intuitive to use and does not hinder my ability to carry out any tasks (that the hardware specs are capable of dealing with).
So, frankly I'm going to back Microsoft on Windows 8.
Yea hurry up and get Fibre to every home so i can have the choice to use it or not.,
Re: personal experience
Very very tempted.
I currently have an Acer A500 and I think its time to upgrade. I have been sorely tempted by Windows ultrabooks and tablets with keyboard docks, however, the Nexus is turning my head as it could just slot into my Kensington case with bluetooth keyboard.....
First world problems eh?!
The world of retail is changing
We all know what has happened in the world with credit crunch, financial crisis and online stores battering the tripe out of bricks and mortar operations. Before the first 2 happened (retailers should have seen Amazon coming at least), companies like Comet thought they were on a pigs back and expanded almost out of control. Now reality has taken its bite.
You can't blame the VC's for doing what they do best - making a profit out of such massive collapses. The short sighted management teams of these firms allowed such a position to exist.
Eventually the supermarkets are going to wipe out the big box shifters and online shopping is here to stay. The future for electrical retailers is a hybrid of in town small retail stores, combined with a brilliant online presence and a great delivery service. Though the factor that will dictate the most is the experience in store - very highly trained professional staff and less effort to punt the bloody insurance deal at you.
Re: That thing looks very thin
F*** me, a deal breaker right there!
Actually, the Apple logo is what put me off...
The satellite picture makes it look really boring.
Re: Only if you can find there was a first hoax and prove this is another
Sammy to buy Sharp.
Re: I would avoid merging your accounts for now.
Its not working for me.
Re: So can anyone suggest a realistic alternative....
I take it this is your guide on how to look like a tit on The Register's comments page then.
I've been tempting myself with a new screen or 2 for a while, but really it would be a waste of money. I have a 4:3 ratio Sony which has a fantastically sharp screen and an HP generic 19" widescreen which is more than ample. The only really compelling reason to replace either will be when one or t'other pops it. Then its min 23" IPS all round.