Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2007 22:15 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless To counter the success of the iPhone, Microsoft is revamping its mobile operating system, according to Ars Technica. "Never one to back down from a challenge, Microsoft is busily preparing both a minor UI refresh (Windows Mobile 6.1) and a major new release of the operating system (Windows Mobile 7.0). A gallery of screen shots from the 6.1 refresh compiled by Boy Genius shows an emphasis on simplification: the screens are more task-oriented and have less clutter than their immediate predecessor. A new and clearer font adorns the UI, and new features such as zooming, copy and paste in Internet Explorer, and auto-configuring ActiveSync for e-mails are sure to be welcome additions to the platform. In addition, Microsoft is making it easier (and more Windows-like) to switch tasks by adding a standardized task manager to the platform."
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RE: Microsoft Me Too
by Gorgak on Tue 18th Dec 2007 10:45 UTC in reply to "Microsoft Me Too"
Gorgak
Member since:
2007-05-30

I think that very few of Microsoft's modern products can be called "mediocre". The Xbox 360 is a nice console, as was the old one. And I'd rather use Windows on the desktop than Solaris / CDE, for instance.

I think it makes sense for MS to diversify, since their current desktop monopoly might not last forever. Who knows what will be tomorrow's cash cow? They surely have the money to try different markets.

I don't use any MS products at the moment, and I don't plan to, but I think "decent", rather than "mediocre", is a word that better describes their products.

Yes, it's crazy that merely "decent" products rule the market... let's hope that changes.

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RE[2]: Microsoft Me Too
by lemur2 on Tue 18th Dec 2007 11:52 in reply to "RE: Microsoft Me Too"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

And I'd rather use Windows on the desktop than Solaris / CDE, for instance.


Why on earth would you restrict yourself to use CDE with Solaris?

GNU/Solaris can make a perfectly reasonable desktop.

http://www.nexenta.org/os
http://www.nexenta.org/os/ScreenShots

Over 12,000 Debian/Ubuntu packages, managed by apt/synaptic, with a GNOME desktop, running under a Solaris kernel.

CDE was at end-of-life six years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Desktop_Environment
In 2001, Hewlett-Packard (HP-UX) and Sun (Solaris) announced that they would phase out CDE as the standard desktop on their workstations in favor of GNOME.


PS: Microsoft products do not make the "decent" grade.

Edited 2007-12-18 12:07

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RE[2]: Microsoft Me Too
by alban on Tue 18th Dec 2007 13:33 in reply to "RE: Microsoft Me Too"
alban Member since:
2005-11-15

The XBOX 360 is a nice console?
In the winter it does double up as a great fan heater. As a 'media extender' its ideal if you want to listen to music or watch a video accompanied by the sound of howling wind...
It also has to make environmentally unfriendly trips from the UK to Texas for repairs from time to time.
If it was (a) silent (or even quiet) and (b)reliable then it would be a nice console.

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