Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 22:01 UTC
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's annual letter to shareholders makes it very clear Microsoft is at a point of no return - and in the middle of a transition into a hardware company. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses." Line. Sand.
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RE[5]: Not line. sand.
by kwan_e on Wed 10th Oct 2012 15:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not line. sand. "
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Microsoft are still the anticompetitive douchecanoes that wrote the Halloween Papers. They still practice embrace, extend, extinguish, ESPECIALLY with respect to hardware standards like ASPM, making it a royal pain in the rear to get Linux working properly on devices that use it. Secure Boot is downright Orwellian on full-size computers and tablets.

The restriction of Metro/Modern/Whatever they're calling it this week apps to the Windows Store puts a serious damper on the third-party developers that have given Windows its primary advantage for over a decade, and is a kick in the teeth to Free Software on Windows.

While the first half of your point is correct, the second half isn't a reason to hate Microsoft. Metro/Modern/Whatever is their choice, it's definitely not a standard, and Windows Store is their store, and definitely not a standard either.

Unlike the very good first half, Metro/Modern/Whatever won't adversely affect the rest of the market. If it is as horrible a mistake as people make it out to be, only Microsoft will lose. If people really hate Metro/Modern/Whatever when it's released, there's probably no way out for Microsoft except to ditch the idea completely and Free Software will just one of many beneficiaries.

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