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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RE[6]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 19th Feb 2013 18:53 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson
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But under today's constraints? Consumers expect fast+fluid OSes with great battery life in thin, light, and cool (as in temperature) form factors.

The tablet idea as Microsoft saw it in the early 2000s was a failed idea. Apple really brought and defined this new market segment, and it is the game Microsoft is playing now.

I think that running full Windows on a device designed to compete with the iPad wasn't really seen as logical by many prior to Windows 8. Including myself. I was one of the people who argued for scaling Windows Phone up to tablet sizes.

However after using Windows 8, after seeing its battery life, and its new APIs, I see that the point is to unify the codebases.

Windows devices run Windows at heart. Real Windows, not WinCE with a limited kernel.

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