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  • Top 10 Reasons Microsoft Surface Is DOA [View article]
    That's a... highly distorted collection of delusional rants you have going there.

    Government contracts? Apple sells to individuals. And unlike Dell, that's in all the 2 year colleges, Apple doesn't offer bulk discounts, so they don't get cushy educational contracts very often.

    Apple did, in fact, buy NeXT for their OS.

    Your screed reads like a teenager who's relating half-remembered rants your Windows Admin father told you.
    Nov 7 07:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Steve Would Be Proud: How Apple Won The War Against Flash [View article]
    Browsing taking a dip?

    Despite the fact that people are USING the Browser to get to YouTube ?

    No.
    Jul 15 09:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Steve Would Be Proud: How Apple Won The War Against Flash [View article]
    Not. Paying. Attention.

    Flash is a memory hog. Flash is a battery hog.

    It's only a wrapper to deliver the real content, and it's crappy at that.

    Web apps are often sub standard, compared to native apps.

    "especially how was well spend his money to try to destroy Flash."

    Steve didn't need to spend money, merely to decide against employing Flash.
    Jul 15 09:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Steve Would Be Proud: How Apple Won The War Against Flash [View article]
    You can't see the difference between Retina Displays and the average screen ?
    Jul 15 09:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Steve Would Be Proud: How Apple Won The War Against Flash [View article]
    Check the expected battery life on the deluxe Windows 8 tablet.

    Seven hours.
    Jul 15 09:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week [View article]
    If you do a little research on Microsoft's other hardware ventures, you'll see that with the exception of the XBox they are usually overpriced.

    The Spot Watch, for example, and their WiFi monitor.

    I'm at a loss to explain this, unless their strategy all along has been to invent a prototype, hype up some interest, and get a partner to make it for them while collecting royalties.

    No takers, and they pull the product.
    Jul 7 10:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Below Microsoft's Surface; Winners And Losers In The Tablet Wars [View article]
    I doubt Microsoft will be cannibalizing anything.

    They don't want to compete in this market, they want to CREATE a new market.

    Their history with hardware tilts toward coming out with overpriced gadgets.

    Some actually made sense, like the Spot Watch. But with the single exception of the XBox, every hardware innovation by Microsoft has been overpriced.

    It's enough to make you recall Steve Job's obsession with pricing stuff at $9,995.

    Some have theorized that Microsoft is pursuing a "cloners" strategy.

    Make a tablet, and give away the design so competitors can jump in.

    Sell at a premium for a while, until the new platform is established, and then taper off and spin off the division entirely.

    If anyone here has an interest in history, IBM did much the same thing and for much the same reason.

    Apple had the Personal Computer market locked up with the Apple II. The only competitors were, well, junk.

    IBM hired somebody to make them a beige box, and then published the BIOS.

    That let all the other companies jump in, and the term "IBM Compatible" was coined.

    The theory at the time was IBM wanted to create a new market niche, and then make money by selling software and operating systems, not hardware.

    And it would have worked.

    But they trusted Microsoft. And Microsoft stole their market niche right out from under them.

    IBM tried to take the PC market away from Apple, and Microsoft took it away from THEM.

    Now Microsoft is building a paint-by-numbers PC Tablet, hoping to create a market niche for Windows Tablets that just wasn't happening on it's own.

    And if it succeeds in wiping out the iPad, which is will not, Microsoft will then relax the reins a bit and keep making money selling software.

    They're terrified. They haven't been this much at risk since the Internet took attention away from Windows.

    There was a time when it became obvious that the Browser could substitute for most of the functions Windows does, moving files, launching files, and handle networking at the same time.

    That was a definite threat, and had to be dealt with. So Microsoft poisoned the well, releasing IE for free, and destroying the profit motive in developing Browsers before they could replace the Windows GUI.

    And it worked. Browsers are crippled one-trick ponies now. They can't launch and run other apps, they can't even integrate email functions without clumsy webmail.

    (Apple's OpenDoc technology could have integrated all those functions, but it was sidelined).

    Today, the iPad is eroding the low end of laptops, which themselves have already eroded the low end of desktops.

    If this continues, the iPad will become the de-facto standard for all portable computing; and if it takes over the Enterprise Market, Microsoft will become a second banana.

    No more Domination. No more giant fees coming their way. No more businesses kneeling at their feet.

    Microsoft knows they can't invent anything of their own; they've tried, too many times, and nothing works even when the technology is actually interesting.

    Their only hope is to do what they do best: watch for promising trends and try to sabotage them.
    Jul 7 12:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Microsoft Surface Or Sink With Windows 8? [View article]
    "This is explosive growth in Android, and I think Microsoft can tap into that trend."

    Non Sequiter. Android's growth has nothing to do with Microsoft, nor will Microsoft be shipping an Android device.

    To say that Android products do well, so Microsoft products will do well, is to ignore common sense, and the MANY hardware failures Microsoft has had.

    Android succeeds because it occupies a sweet spot.

    It provides at least similar functionality to iOS; is sold on cheaper devices... oh, well, that's it, really.

    There are too many Android vendors to draw much of a generalization. Some have good hardware, some don't.

    We can cheerfully predict that Microsoft's hardware will be, pick any two; second-best, late to the party, or overpriced.

    Maybe all three !

    The Spot Watch was okay. Ish. And it wasn't late, but boy was it overpriced !

    The first Microsoft Tablet didn't fly.

    The Microsoft WiFi Monitor wasn't late, but it was definitely overpriced.

    The Microsoft Digital Picture Viewer (floppies!) was late, and second best.

    The XBox might not be here today if Microsoft hadn't subsidized it for years. And had insurance to pay for the resulting house fires.
    Jun 26 10:10 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Microsoft Surface Or Sink With Windows 8? [View article]
    Ha ha. heh...

    It left out the Newton, that predated the non-existent Microsoft Tablet by years.

    And it also fails to mention the Surface was originally coffee-table sized. They didn't even change the name.

    Of course, 'softies aren't known for their historical accuracy.
    Jun 26 09:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Microsoft Surface Or Sink With Windows 8? [View article]
    Remember the Microsoft Spot Watch?

    Nah, me neither.
    Jun 26 08:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 Reasons Microsoft Surface Is DOA [View article]
    Well. If it wasn't that they'd spent three years failing to make the Full Size Surface, maybe they'd be more credible.
    Jun 22 09:59 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 Reasons Microsoft Surface Is DOA [View article]
    Actually, I think there's only about 1,123 Fart Apps for iOS.

    Which is enough.
    Jun 22 09:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 Reasons Microsoft Surface Is DOA [View article]
    Wait. You think the iPad will be extinct because of smart phones. Then you think the Surface will kill the iPad.

    But the Surface will succeed, DESPITE smart phones.

    Why?

    "CRM programs that only work on PCs".

    Could you name the programs that you think the Surface WILL be able to run, that aren't already in the iApps Library?
    Jun 22 09:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 Reasons Microsoft Surface Is DOA [View article]
    You're saying Microsoft's President of Windows couldn't keep the Surface from freezing up? With no third-party stuff AT ALL ?
    Jun 22 09:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 Reasons Microsoft Surface Is DOA [View article]
    " if Msft hadn't thrown Apple a bone with a version of Office, people would have very thin Apple bricks with 1% market share "

    You mean when M$ lost the second lawsuit, and had to settle with Apple, buying non-voting stock and paying damages, as well as promising to continue Mac Office?

    I sincerely doubt that had much to do with it. MSFT got more out of the deal than Apple did.
    Jun 22 09:47 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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