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  • Google Is Trying To Sabotage Windows Phone's Rise - What Can Microsoft And Nokia Do? [View article]
    Funny I live daily without any of those :-)
    Aug 19, 2013. 05:09 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Enterprise Strikes Back [View article]
    Your comment "Company review culture encourages infighting, and promotion over technology" is the single biggest factor in MSFT lacking overwhelming innovation. If Ballmer, Turner and Brummell would just listen, realize the failure of the review system AND change it, then the real innovators in the company would rise to the top. Untill then the company will run at decreased potential.
    Jan 30, 2013. 02:34 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Corporation's Results Aren't That Bad [View article]
    Yes I have used Windows 8 and the Surface RT. Typing on the RT right now. I love it. Given I don't see it having much advantage over Windows 7 except for speed unless you have a touch screen. The issue is that Windows 8 takes a small learning curve that people have refused to initiate. Windows 8.1 will fix some of that but won't bring back the full start button. All in all it is a forward thinking product to be purchased with a new system that has a touch screen. It is not a great upgrade option from Windows 7. Regardless most enterprise desktops are going to be running a Microsoft OS. How is that a failure?
    Jul 19, 2013. 12:26 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Windows 8’s usability is proving an obstacle to adoption for consumers, with a learning curve that appears to be retarding growth across the industry," writes CLSA's Ed Maguire in his "downgrade" of Microsoft (MSFT) to Outperform. But he also notes 35%-40% of businesses are still on Windows XP, which Microsoft will stop supporting in a year, and that their upgrade activity could boost Windows sales (probably 7 more than 8). Meanwhile, Merrill (Neutral) estimates consumer PC weakness presents $5B in revenue risk and $0.30 in EPS risk for Mister Softee. [View news story]
    I bought a Surface RT. The learning curve was less than an hour. I feel the downfall for Windows 8 is that it is not a necessity in the Enterprise. Windows 7 does great and touch screens are not an added expense. Corporations will need to move off of XP to stay secure. I'm pro MSFT due to this as businesses will need to upgrade.
    Windows 8 is awesome for the consumer. If people would give it a try they would see the iPad is now a relic.
    Apr 12, 2013. 05:52 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Surface RT is "on track to join Zune and the Kin in the great consumer electronics discount rack in the sky," writes MKM's Israel Hernandez, as he cuts his FQ3 estimates for Microsoft (MSFT). He adds there's "mounting evidence that Windows 8 is failing to resuscitate flagging PC demand," and believes PC shipments will likely see 10%+ declines at least through 1H13. Also: the head of Samsung's memory chip ops recently declared Windows 8 to be no better than Vista. [View news story]
    Come on now Windows 8 may not be Windows 7 in popularity but it is actually a better, faster and more secure OS. It's interface is nit popular simply because it involves a learning curve, most change does. Win8 is in no shape or form another Vista.

    As for the RT I'd much rather have it over a Nook or iPad BUT it is not the Surface Pro which is AWESOME.
    Mar 11, 2013. 07:25 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "I would like to have done better," says Nokia (NOK +0.2%) CEO Stephen Elop regarding the company's early Windows Phone (MSFT) sales: he thinks WP 7.5 didn't give Nokia enough room to stand out, and believes its marketing needed to be more effective. But Elop won't second-guess his decision to back WP instead of Android, a move that's increasingly questioned as Nokia's total smartphone sales plunge. He also claims to have "no indications" Microsoft is working on a smartphone, in spite of rumors. (HQ sale) (also[View news story]
    NOK was sunk before Elop was hired. He was seen as their last chance to survive. Marketing certainly could have been better for the Lumia 900 but it is a way better phone than any of the iPhone series. What we need is for Windows 8 and the Lumia 920 to come out SOON along with a HUGE advertising campaign. Even then MSFT and NOK are both going to continue to suffer unless they can convince developer to hugely increase applications for the platform. The Nokia apps on the 900 are really superb.
    Oct 3, 2012. 01:08 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "With each new generation of Windows Phone, Microsoft not only closes the gap with iOS and Android in important ways, but it also differentiates in important ways," says The Verge in a fairly positive review of Windows Phone 8 (MSFT). It also declares the OS to have the best home screen of any platform, and likes its built-in Office and cloud apps. But it's not crazy about the Nokia-powered (NOK) Maps app, and says there are still "countless annoyances" that hurt the user experience. (yesterday: I, II[View news story]
    What? I LOVE the Nokia map app. Its as close to a full blown GPS as I've seen on any phone.
    Oct 30, 2012. 12:11 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Blew It With Windows Mobile And Windows Phone [View article]
    Microsoft could learn many marketing lessons from Apple. Apple however makes a terrible phone and could take lessons from Microsoft on how to evolve a product. All those people standing in line for an inferior product. Apple has brain washed many, including the sorry excuse for media outlets these days. My wife's Nokia Lumia 900 running WP7.5 is much superior phone than the ijunk5.
    Sep 24, 2012. 11:41 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft expects to finish CEO search in early 2014 [View news story]
    Your comment is of no relevance.
    Dec 17, 2013. 03:06 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Microsoft: 1) The WSJ notes Microsoft is making unprecedented retail efforts to promote Windows 8, even dictating retailer demo PCs show e-mails and photos belonging to a fictional "Allison Brown" (she's Franziska Fiegler in Germany). 2) CNET provides an in-depth profile of secretive Windows chief Steven Sinofsky: he receives high marks for his intelligence and passion, but his hierarchial management tactics are said to have alienated workers and hurt innovation. (marketing plans[View news story]
    You don't have to use the tiled interface. You can freely continue to use the traditional interface. However like most change, if given a couple days to settle in most end up liking it.
    Oct 22, 2012. 02:56 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Next Ashton-Tate [View article]
    Surprised you didn't mention IBM as a failure of a company because of their investment in OS/2 and mainframes. But wait IBM is doing very well. The companies you mention died because they weren't diverse enough. Hardly the model MSFT is following. I'm not aware of any fortune 500 companies that have bet the farm on any of the completing products you have listed nor on Apple for that matter. Every successful company has their skeletons in the closet. The fact that Microsoft tried Bob and Clippy shows their willingness to be innovative and try something new. Admittedly MSFT has come late to the party but they didn't miss the party. This party is just getting started.
    Sep 11, 2012. 04:16 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia tablet specs reportedly leak; Google blocks YouTube WP app [View news story]
    Who wants that? Just because it can be done doesn't make it the right thing to do for consumers. I despise Google for acting like everyone's friend but in the background sucking as much info on what you do and who you are. It's unethical and dishonest.
    Aug 16, 2013. 11:16 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Microsoft Will Outperform Apple [View article]
    Really, I don't recall ever getting blue screen. I've never has one on Windows 7 or Win 8 beta. Catch up with the times.
    Oct 4, 2012. 09:00 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft Rise Again? [View article]
    The arrogance is driven by Steve Ballmer and Kevin Turner CEO and COO). Get rid of them and replace them with more open minded individuals, arrogance problem solved. Looking past these 2 non-leaders Microsoft is an amazingly strong company with awesomely intelligent employees and a very broad product portfolio.
    Jan 28, 2013. 12:12 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windows (MSFT) notebook unit sales fell 10% Y/Y on Black Friday, claims NPD, which recently estimated a 24% Y/Y drop for the first month of Windows 8 sales. Windows 8 gear made up 89% of notebook sales and sported an ASP of just $368; touchscreen devices made up only 3% of sales. Mac (AAPL) sales were flat Y/Y while Android (GOOG) tablets saw a 177% increase, though their ASP plunged to $151 from $219 (no doubt thanks to the Kindle Fire/Nexus 7). TV units rose 4%, but revenue fell 6% thanks to falling ASPs. Total consumer electronics sales fell 5.6%. [View news story]
    Kinect has certainly been innovative. Surface pro is the only true enterprise ready tablet. Windows Server, Lync and System Center are innovative, even a touch enabled enterprise os with metro style interface is innovative. The economy is in a terrible state, unemployment is growing and people are worried about the fiscal cliff and our government over taxing its citizens. In other words times,are tough and money is tight, thus people don't spend on items they can put off for better times.
    Dec 4, 2012. 01:15 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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