Capita's sales process must go something like this:
"How much money have you got?"
"Ok, we'll take it"
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"Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" was filmed at Elstree Studios and Shepperton Studios, not Pinewood, both of which are just on the edges of London.
In fact, all the other episodes were also filmed at Elstree among other London studies until "The Force Awakens" - the 1st Star Wars movie to be filmed at Pinewood.
And how long will it be before MS just big fat buys Evernote anyway? You know - to improve the user experience of Office 365 or some other such bullshit. I'm sure the Evernote founders have a price they wouldn't refuse.
It would just add +1 to the list of software and services once great but ultimately destroyed by acquisition in to the great "innovation engine" that is MS - Hotmail, Visio, aQuantive, Skype, Yammer, Nokia, LinkedIn - to name just a few of the more well known and/or more recent victims.
Vodafone is a perfect example of a truly broken company. When I was an employee, it took them 3 months to get me added to the payroll because of some broken internal process.
Last contract I was on I had no signal at home ever. Had to forward calls to home number before getting home and remember to unforward later, major PITA.
The on-line billing portal worked for a while but then stopped. Despite several calls and attempts to resolve they couldn't fix it and I couldn't ever log in again. Which was no big deal because the site was a horrible, horrible mess and a good example of awful design and UX. So they switched me to paper bills and magnanimously agreed to withhold the monthly fee for paper bills. Then I stopped receiving them too and guess what - they couldn't figure that one out and/or fix it either. So I had no idea what I was being charged for every for.
I could go on, but suffice to say I was glad to be rid of them and will be for the rest of my life.
When asked for my opinion, all my friends have bought Macbook Air devices and/or iPads to replace their PoS laptops that they bought in PC World.
Their perception of Windows? Utter shite that they hate using. Most of them aren't aware that there even is a Windows Phone option available.
I'd add that calling their OS Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Windows Handset Edition, Windows Cellphone 10 or Windows anything is not helping sales. Even calling the OS Windows "Come And Get A Free Phone" Phone wouldn't help increase market share significantly.
If I were running the show I'd ditch the toxic Windows and Microsoft brand names and start afresh in the hope of gaining some traction in the consumer market.
Couldn't agree more in the hope that they go titsup.
I stopped using them about 7 years ago when I left negative feedback for a seller who misrepresented what they were sold me. E-bay gave the seller my home phone number, mobile number and address. The seller then left me several messages threatening legal action for loss of business and other physical threats. According to Ebay he lived several hundred miles north otherwise I'd have fully expected him to turn up at my door in a kilt with a claymore.
E-bay are on a par with Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Ryanair in my book and my choice is not to do business with any of them.
Penn's background is as a political adviser - an environment where badmouthing the opposition is the only form of self promotion.
To me, MS are saying that their strategy will continue to be that of ridiculing competing products rather than actually engineering innovative products that people want to buy and compelling services that people want to use.
How many home users need AutoCad? If I suggested 0.00001% I might be off by a few places right of the decimal point but not many. Even for business use I've not met anyone who needs CAD on their desktop for over 15 years.
For games there's PS3/4/Vita, Steam, mobile devices, even Mac games and any number of other companies looking to step in to that space with new hardware (Amazon and Samsung to name just 2). No need to pay MS anything for these platforms.
EA have monetized the games industry in the same way as Microsoft have monetized the desktop.
Now both are struggling for growth and buying out the competition or market innovators and price gauging customers is their last resort.
Welcome to the end of games (on all platforms) as a means of entertainment as Take 2 and Activision follow the lead of EA.
It is sad to see such a vibrant medium of entertainment die as quickly as innovation in the PC marketplace as gaming. But Angry Pigeons on my iPhone does not come close to the experience of Falcon 4 on my Atari ST or the original Medal of Honour from 2001.
Gaming is dead and EA killed it.
Dell are already finished. Michael Dell took control of an aircraft crashing to the ground. It's still crashing just not in such a steep dive as it was as a publicly traded company.
Watch as their market share drops like Nokia.
Watch as their customer service levels reach the low levels of the likes of Vodafone.
Watch as their reputation evaporates like Blackberry.
Watch as other companies like Lenovo, Samsung and (even) HP embrace alternative technologies to Windows 8 like Android and Chrome OS.
I predict Dell will emerge as a shadow of its former self and Microsoft will buy it to round out their devices and services vision. Dell the last of the great Microsoft OEM partners.
Watch 2 companies die for the price of 1. All of this within 2 years (Dell) and 5 years (Microsoft).
You heard it here first.
Couple of years ago I was getting regular messages on LinkedIn to join Dell's enterprise service presales team in the UK.
Re-iterate my "we're fucked" statement.
Maybe they should (or will) merge with Microsoft to complete the (shite) devices and (shite) services vision of Steve Balmer. Both deserve it for the shite they have inflicted on the IT industry for the last 20 or so years.
A friend of mine bought a Windows 8 laptop even though I told him not to. I set it up for him (which took a week by the time I had finished fucking around with it). He tried to use it once and hasn't opened the lid for about 6 months now.
He can't even be bothered to put it on e-bay as it's effectively worth not much more than fuck all.
Totally agree with your comment about what's seen in the real world.
I can count the number of windows 7 and 8 mobile phones I've seen in the wild on the fingers of 1 hand without exaggerating. Amongst my non-technical friends its an even split between iphones, androids and old nokias for those who can barely send a text let alone get their heads around an 'app'.
I see way more WM6 phones than 7/8 models as these are still used by taxi drivers, delivery drivers, POS devices, etc.
This latest tactic in the already pathetic (if not down right dishonest) Scroogled campaign is despicable. Not to mention unprecedented in the software industry. I work for one of the biggest software companies in the world (who happens to compete directly, as well as partner with Google depending on which part of the business you are in) and would be astounded and ashamed if we stooped to this level of bad taste marketing. The fact that MS are actually selling these items shows even more how desperate and out of ideas they actually are.
Is it any wonder their products are awful when they choose to invest their cash and the skills of their employees on these campaigns? Instead of actually improving their existing products or developing new ones (that other companies have not shown them there is a market for in the first place).
The CMO should be escorted from the building for approving the Scroogled campaign in the first place. Although on reflection it may have been forced on her by Ballmer.
About the same as my experience of HP outsourced IT services at a previous employer.
I once had to raise a ticket to port out my phone number when I was leaving, but couldn't log in to the ticketing system because I didn't exist in it. Their response - raise a ticket to get added to the ticketing system! My response - threatened HR with legal action if they didn't let me take my phone number with me (which I had ported in when I joined) whilst reminding them that it wasn't my job to motivate external suppliers to get things done. I did get my number back in the end.
Just had a look at the Xbox 1 unboxed on Business Insider. Looks like a piece of crap and WTF is the deal with the power supply (compared to the power cable that ships with the PS4)??? Maybe that's what SB meant - no other games console needs a 6lb power adapter to make it work.
By the time the iPhone came out, Nokia made 2 types of phones - really expensive shit phones and really cheap shit phones.
I don't see this changing now MS is calling the shots.
Expect to see Nokia go the way of Danger, the Kin phone, Zune, aQuantive, etc, as MS do their usual with an acquisition.
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