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  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    I agree that Microsoft has experience with many environments. However there is usually a team of professionals to keep things working. In the consumer space you don't have that. In a BYOD world you don't have that.

    In the enterprise you lock things down. You blast vanilla hardware every night. How does that work when the device goes off grid?
    Aug 14 02:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    I believe this is true. In the US the top phone on each vendor is Apple. This has been muted lately as LTE comes to the fore.

    The next phone will address this.Of course all LTE is not equal, and the vendors can always refuse to subsidize the phone.

    Europe is a bit different where Germany and Spain have other phones as the top device.
    Aug 14 02:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    The problem with your thesis is Microsoft has 3 customers.
    1) enterprise
    2) programmers
    3) consumer

    The first two have many of the same desires. They want to know what is behind the curtain. The OEM's do not want their partner to knife them. When they see Microsoft becoming the competition they need to evaluate their strategy. This threatens your cash flow.

    The consumer wants something to work. Microsoft really only deals with the consumer through the xbox.
    Aug 14 02:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    Let me add here. My number one problem with my pc is the sound. Periodically it would just stop working. The easiest solution is to reboot. But that means stopping what you are doing.

    The problem is that everyone can just fiddle with system settings. This should not happen and has been status quo for PC's since the beginning.

    Basically Micorosft needs to build a robust sound interface and all the applications need to code for it. Not adjust things so they work and kill the working environment. This is just a stupid waste of time. There is no benefit to it. It is just stupid.

    Just my two cents.
    Aug 14 02:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    1) Ok. I wonder how big a market this consumer/enterprise person is.

    2) Back in the day interfaces were not pretty. They were pretty pathetic. Now things are better and the standards are higher. My comment is specifically about seamlessly merging different interfaces into a coherent whole that makes sense. There are many elements that are just different. I wonder how you can program for both at the same time and make the interface satisfying. Not that you cannot make a function work, but that it works well. Apple has stated that it cannot see how to merge the traditional desktop with a mobile API and do it right. Perhaps Microsoft and its partners are smarter than Apple. We shall see.

    I agree about the RT. It is essentially the same as the iPad but with tighter integration with the PC.
    Aug 14 02:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    I will disagree here.

    Microsoft controlled the platform that all other software runs on. Therefore making it a monopoly on the desktop. Microsoft is a software vendor and so its business is SELLING software.

    This puts the market in a quandry. You cannot compete on a level field when one party is competing directly against you ( applications ) and is your partner (OS).

    Look at the browser. Netscape was the big dog and growing fast. Their model was to build a platform to deliver software. Guess what? Microsoft sought to limit Netscape via its business relationships/contract... and the slow network did the rest ( cant download a big app when a similar one already exists on your pc ).

    So Netscape went under and Microsoft controlled the browser.

    Look at databases. Are you telling me only Microsoft can build a database that is always fastest on Windows? That when a vendor came out with a good benchmark Microsoft would beat it in a week? And they would do this because they were just better? Oh and developers always had access to Microsoft SQLServer because it came on the developer cd. This is a huge advantage.

    But monopolies always have advantages.
    Aug 14 02:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Gartner Updates On Global Mobile Sales, Smartphones And Apple's Latest iPhone [View article]
    hmm.

    this looks like the data i was thinking of

    it is limited to usa market only. i thought the data was world. my mistake

    http://bit.ly/Nsha2w
    Aug 14 09:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gartner Updates On Global Mobile Sales, Smartphones And Apple's Latest iPhone [View article]
    a month or so ago i saw some reported numbers of windows phone vendors

    both htc and samsung had double the sales of windows phones than did nokia.

    unfortunately i cannot find the article at this time.
    Aug 14 09:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Sprint's New Moves Are Not Enough [View article]
    AT&T and Verizon are huge. This gives them a competitive advantage. Sprint is late to the party for lte. When sprint can offer lte and unlimited data at a lower price than it's rivals then you will see more customers flock to it and it's financials will improve
    Aug 14 08:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPhone 5 Will Be A Game Changer For Sprint [View article]
    I see sprint is up 100% ytd.

    I agree that sprint can drive the data plan to its advantage. It does need to find the cash to build out infrastructure though. It is finally getting rid of the Nextel network which should be a positive going forward
    Aug 14 08:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gartner Updates On Global Mobile Sales, Smartphones And Apple's Latest iPhone [View article]
    These are all very nice numbers but since many of the companies listed do not actually report figures it would be nice if the authors point out that most of these 'reported' numbers are estimates.

    So you are left with trends. Trends such as there are a lot of android devices. Trends like Samsung is growing its business. Do we really know that Samsung sells more units than Nokia? We know the trend as the estimate shows a clear move from a lower base to a higher one
    Aug 14 08:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • HP: $8 Billion Charge Great For Investors? [View article]
    "The recent acquisition blunders highlighted the company's lack of direction from management shuffles. Over the last three years, there were also three top management changes."

    This is the key point of the article. HP has had many well publicized problems. Many are self inflicted.

    A large company needs to have a coherent vision shared by all its people. Without that they are just treading water.

    The Palm purchase is a case in point. What HP wanted to do is what Microsoft is trying to do with Windows 8. Everyone talks glowingly about what Microsoft is trying to do. Management changes and a lack of faith by the incoming boss scuttled the Palm deal. It is notable that the new CEO has not written off Palm entirely.

    It is good to see that HP is quietly trying to create order in its portfolio. They may not be successful but it is a necessary step to prioritize the company even if it is to get smaller to focus on a few things you do well.
    Aug 13 07:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    Microsoft is the center of the enterprise universe with and without windows 8. How does windows 8 change the calculus?
    Aug 10 09:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    @AnyO

    "Anybody comparing the Surface to other tablets doesn't get it. It will be the first major tablet not running on a phone OS. It will essentially be a PC with the portability of a tablet. Personally, I've wanted exactly that long before iPads ever came into being."

    Ah. The holy grail. The devil is in the details. Need I remind you that Windows typically requires a nice big converter to run your pc? My pc runs hot quite frequently. With all the changes Microsoft is making for this release I wonder if they have solved the power problem while maintaining the promise of the ability to run legacy apps on their mobile devices. Not to mention the ability to seemlessly use the traditional mouse/keyboard interface. Has anyone used this built in keyboard tablet cover in real life? How good is it? Inquiring minds want to know.
    Aug 10 09:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Surface Is No Apple iPad Killer [View article]
    I wonder how a full desktop experience will do on a mobile device. If you only get say 3-4 hours on your battery running all the ancillary programs ( flash anyone?) what good is it?
    Aug 10 09:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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