Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Feb 2011 20:54 UTC
Windows So, Mobile World Congress is going on over in the beautiful city of Barcelona, and there, Steve Ballmer held a little speech about Windows Phone 7's past, present, and future. Especially the future interests us, as a lot's been planned for this year: copy/paste, hardware-accelerated mobile Internet Explorer 9, and, yes, multitasking!
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RE[4]: Translation
by drahca on Tue 15th Feb 2011 10:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Translation"
drahca
Member since:
2006-02-23

Um, why do you care? Just don't buy the Microsoft products. I don't get this "rooting for company X to die" nonsense.


Yeah, just don't buy Microsoft products, all those whiners! (disclaimer, this was all some time ago)

Mmm, the University I work at has changed their mail server to Exchange, now I cannot even read the emails I send to myself. Strange, let's call tech support.
Tech support: "So, why are you not using Outlook?"
Me: "Em, I have an SGI and a Linux box."

Ok, so I'll just use the web interface for Outlook in Firefox. Mmm, that doesn't look right, where did all the functionality go?
Tech Support: "Yeah, the 'advanced' web interface only works with Internet Explorer. Just use IE!"

I'll just use my own client.
Me: "I can't authenticate."
Tech support: "You have to use Kerberos."
Me: "I am using Kerberos"
Tech Support: "Are you using Microsoft Kerberos?"
Me: "Huh? Ehm, no ..."
Tech support: "Well, there is your problem."
Me: "Sigh"

Ah, I have mail. Let's see. Oh a Word document. Let's try to open this with OpenOffice. Mmm, that doesn't look right.
Tech support: "Sigh, just use Office10 ..."

Why doesn't our company page load in Firefox? Optimized for IE6? Uh oh ...

Tech support: "Ok, we have had it with you. We'll fix all your problems. Here! A brand new Windows box to accompany your antiquated tech on your desk."

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RE[5]: Translation
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 15th Feb 2011 10:53 in reply to "RE[4]: Translation"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Then your university is incompetent. All those tools you mention work just fine under Linux and Mac OS X - my university uses the same tools, and they properly support Linux, Mac OS X, and all browsers.

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RE[6]: Translation
by drahca on Tue 15th Feb 2011 12:54 in reply to "RE[5]: Translation"
drahca Member since:
2006-02-23

Then your university is incompetent. All those tools you mention work just fine under Linux and Mac OS X - my university uses the same tools, and they properly support Linux, Mac OS X, and all browsers.


That might well be, I already said this was some time ago and many corporate IT departments are just as incompetent. They mostly have MS certified people working there. The point is that Microsoft has a very large footprint in the IT world, until a couple of years ago there was just no escaping this, it is becoming somewhat easier now.

It is nice that some tools such as Thunderbird have caught up with Exchange support, but this was not always the case and it is certainly not due to Microsoft. Also the damage they did to web standards caused many frustrations amongst web developers. Microsoft deliberately sabotaged Kerberos. It refuses to open up its own protocols and file formats preventing good OpenOffice support. They prevented Beos to be installed at OEMs. I can go on...

The parent asked why he cared. I think the history of Microsoft's behavior can well be seen as a justification to care about such things. It is nice to see that Microsoft is learning some humility and is trying to compete with better products instead of market domination for a change.

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