Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2012 08:50 UTC
Microsoft The New York Times further fans the flames of the emerging uneasiness between Microsoft and its hardware partners. As the paper reports, Microsoft decided it needed to get into the hardware game (with Surface) after the utter failure of HP's Slate 500 Windows 7 tablet. "Microsoft worked with other hardware partners to devise products that would be competitive with the iPad, but it ran into disagreements over designs and prices. 'Faith had been lost' at Microsoft in its hardware partners, including by Steven Sinofsky, the powerful president of Microsoft's Windows division, according to [a] former Microsoft executive." The biggest news is not Surface itself. It's the changing industry it represents. Microsoft failed to deliver capable smartphone/tablet software, which pissed off OEMs, who, in turn, turned to Android (and webOS for HP) - which in turn pissed off Microsoft, leading to Surface. Had Microsoft gotten its act together sooner, we'd have had far better OEM products.
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Microsoft missed the boat
by PieterGen on Mon 25th Jun 2012 09:36 UTC
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I'd say that it was mainly Microsoft who failed. From a consumer view, what innovation have we seen from Microsoft the past 15 years? The OS is basically the same (NT=XP=Vista=Win7). Yes, some eyecandy was added (Aero, gradients, drop shadows).

And what about the 'killer apps' Outlook and MS Office? The same lack of innovation. After 15 years living together in the suite, Word still does not recognize Excell files. The Ribbon was an innovation, but one leading to less screen real estate and more clicks. And Outlook? A slew of uninuitive menus, cripple search engine, pathetic web service (Outlook Web Exchange).

I'm not even talking about the bizar license schemes, with titles as the Consumer Ultimate Extra Student Business Server Edition 2011. And I'm not talking about language support either. OSX and Linux get this right: there is one application and then you have several language packs. But MS does this more complex: MS Office English is a different program from MS Office French. Imagine the "joys" this brings in a multi-language company.....

Then came the iPad, the iPhone. And Android phones and Android tablets. Wow! A breath of fresh air, inituitive menus, a joy to work with. Now the bulk of Windows consumers saw what OSX and Linux users had seen all along: who old and stale Windows was. Now finally MS is starting to move. Win8 is controversial, and not my cup of tea, but at last we are seeing some movement. It wasn't the hardware companies who were slow, it was MS. Remember Steve Ballmer laughing over the iPhone? "A 500 dollar phone?" ;)

Edited 2012-06-25 09:38 UTC

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