Re: Oh dear
"Who ever thought there would be a Microsoft conference where Microsoft software was the elephant in the room everybody was studiously trying to ignore?"
Anyone who picked up on the theme of the event being hardware...? I for one would've been somewhat surprised if an event billed 'device day' had started with a 3-hour showcase of a desktop O/S. Complaining about the shortage on software is like going to a Google event on self-driving cars and complaining that there was no Android showcase included.
The Surface book is the big ticket item, there's no denying that - and tbh it's a very good big ticket item. The Surface unit has been increasing in revenue enormously since 2010, and while Andrew may not have met anyone that's bought one I know a lot of people who have - and I don't know anyone who's used a Surface 3 Pro who actually dislikes it. They're good machines, and the Book honestly looks like a very solid option at a very attractive price from this distance.
The Lumias will undoubtedly continue to be a ludicrously niche device, even though I don't share Orlowski's pessimism about Continuum (I for one have enough monitors lying around my house that the ability to convert a phone or tablet into a PC on the fly is genuinely interesting). But MS might as well accept that they're never, ever going to win a big slice of the consumer pie in smartphone land, and would do better to concentrate on taking up an enterprise-centric, AD-integrated strategy, adopting the niche that currently just contains the corpse of Blackberry.
And Band is about as exciting as other wearables, meaning 'not remotely'. Seriously, is anyone who's actually really tech-aware (i.e., genuine techies as opposed to journos and analysts) excited about ANY wearable yet? Has anyone found any real reason for their existence? Watch/Wear are most useful for saving you 3 seconds to remove your phone from your pocket; most of the rest are little more than pedometers and 1980s calculator watches. Hololens has more promise in this area, but suffers from making the wearer look like a prick, needing to be plugged into a PC, and being prohibitively expensive.