Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 13:54 UTC
Windows If you ever needed any proof it's anything but roses ans sunshine over at Microsoft's Windows Phone division, it's this. The next version of Windows Phone, WP8, will run on the NT kernel, which marks a pretty substantial departure from the current release. This raises the question: will current handsets be upgradeable to WP8? First, Microsoft indicated no. Then they said yes (interview retracted). And now, they're saying no again.
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RE[4]: 'Plays for sure'
by bassbeast on Fri 20th Apr 2012 14:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 'Plays for sure'"
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I thought at the time just more proof that Ballmer only got the job by virtue of being gates' little buddy and frankly wasn't cut out for the task. When he drove a stake in PFS there were several sites bringing in millions (that MSFT was getting a cut of every quarter) and for those that wanted new music constantly it was the cheapest thing going. Literally you had 10s of 1000s of songs at your fingertips, most had these cool genre playlists that would load you up with an entire device full of new music in the style/s you liked AND you got to keep 10 songs, all for $10?

While I didn't use them personally (I had been buying used CDs since the 80s and ripping them to MP3 so I already have more music than i could ever listen to) I knew several that did and all they did was gush on about how great it was, that PFS took all the work out and made it as simple as "plug in device once a month, hit load, enjoy new tunes" like having a personal commercial free radio station that played only genres you liked hassle free.

But again we shouldn't be surprised, if its one thing Ballmer has taught us its that while a good CEO can take a bad situation and turn it into a positive its also true a terrible CEO can take a golden goose and slaughter it. PFS was a winner, now what do they have? Nothing, Zune flopped just like everyone knew it would and now Amazon and Apple own the market. Just another dumb move from a CEO who has done nothing BUT dumb moves.

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