Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jul 2013 12:01 UTC
Windows The general gist? A minor update somewhere this year, but the real update won't come until 2014. In the meantime, we'll have to... "Resuming..." ...settle for CardDAV/CalDAV support, some additional HTML5 support, and fixes for Xbox Music metadata. We were promised regular updates and an early access program for enthusiasts - but Microsoft failed to deliver, once more. For all intents and purposes, thanks... "Resuming..." the switch to the Windows NT kernel, the Windows Phone we're using today has very little additional functionality to offer over what we were using on WP7 release day. I've been a Windows Phone user since WP7 release day, but Microsoft has lost me.
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My feelings about this is that it's a waste that they don't want to adapt. Microsoft is a great company, responsible for some of the best things that happened to computer history.

I honestly believe they have nothing to gain with their current behavior, especially in light of how much being more open obviously benefitted Google and Apple.

They obviously have a lot of creative talent and great ideas and you can see that in IE, Windows Phone, XBox and Windows 8.

But it's like, the last decade and half they just spent it following the trends and not making any difference, instead of coming up with new products, and now they announce they want to focus on devices, a market in which they are tiny and very late to the party.

Of course they can do all this because they have their core revenue model unchanged, but at this point you would believe that they shouldn't just aimlessly spend their time following trends and not making a difference. It's like the say "Oh, this is profitable, let's try to win this market" and fail, again and again. I mean, even Google shamelessly kills their attempts of stuff that didn't work and move on.

So, it makes me sad that that they can't be more open and more innovative, they have all the pieces, the talent, resources and the money to invest in new and groundbreaking technology, but management (Ballmer) has zero vision.

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