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[7]: Comment by Nelson
by Laurence on Wed 20th Feb 2013 00:34 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by 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.

No it's not. Microsoft are doing the same thing they were doing a decade ago: they're still trying to release a desktop OS for the tablet. Except this time they've bolted on a jarring shell that is so inconsistent and counter-intuitive that even IT professionals are struggling to use it.

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.

That would have made sense.

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

You don't need to unify code bases. I repeat, no other OS vendor does this. Google aren't releasing Android on laptops; they have ChromeOS for that. OS X and iOS are hugely different as well.

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

You mean that "limited" kernel that's been powering far more varied hardware and range of embedded systems than NT ever had?

Though let's be honest, the kernel is pretty much besides the point. Android and Ubuntu Desktop run the same kernel (more or less), but very different user lands. I very much doubt that NT itself needs 16GB of user land.

Or let's put it another way, what's NT's footprint on the Xbox360? It's only a few hundred megs on the original but I've never owned a 360. If MS can pull it off for a games console then they have no excuses for the fail on the tablets.

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