Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Feb 2013 21:18 UTC
Microsoft "Although Bill Gates stepped away from his day-to-day role at Microsoft nearly five years ago, he still keeps a close eye on the company he co-founded - and he isn't always happy with what he sees. During a recent interview broadcast this morning on CBS This Morning, the Microsoft chairman was asked by Charlie Rose whether he was happy with Steve Ballmer's performance as chief executive. Noting that there have been 'many amazing things' accomplished under Ballmer's leadership in the past couple of years, Gates said he was not satisfied with the company's innovations." It's impossible to deny by this point that Microsoft hasn't done well in mobile. It would be more surprising if Gates had denied it.
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by twitterfire on Tue 19th Feb 2013 14:01 UTC
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Windows was their best selling product and they did poor in the mobile space so they decided to sell Windows on mobile devices, too. Bad idea.

Unifying desktop and mobile operating systems might be a nice idea but not if you do it at any cost.

Cramming Windows on mobile devices sucks and forcing desktop users into using a mobile UI like Metro is a terrible idea, too.

They should have gone the Apple way: one OS for the desktop with a desktop UI and one very slim OS for phone and tablet. Try to unify mobile and desktop OS little by little.

They still don't have a native framework for GUI RAD like Qt. MFC is a joke in 2013. WPF is cool but you can't develop native apps, which is a shame. Why not enable WPF for native apps? And if you kill XNA, why don't let C# programmers use DirectX?

Imo they should do the following: let both C# and C++ developers target WPF and Metro using both managed and unmanaged code and let C# developers link with DirectX using both managed and native code.

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