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[6]: Translation
by drahca on Tue 15th Feb 2011 12:54 UTC 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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RE[7]: Translation
by _txf_ on Tue 15th Feb 2011 14:23 in reply to "RE[6]: Translation"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

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.


I for one believe that if a company has a crappy strategy they should be penalised for it. The rate that Microsoft has been sucking so bad should have had a greater effect on it. Once they consistently stop sucking (as opposed to having isolated successes) then they deserve to live.

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RE[8]: Translation
by WereCatf on Tue 15th Feb 2011 14:53 in reply to "RE[7]: Translation"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I for one believe that if a company has a crappy strategy they should be penalised for it. The rate that Microsoft has been sucking so bad should have had a greater effect on it. Once they consistently stop sucking (as opposed to having isolated successes) then they deserve to live.


That is a rather harsh view on the world. "If you fail you should be punished for it in addition to the negatives effects of having failed already."

To be honest, I think Microsoft has been doing a lot better recently than ever before. Sure, they STILL do some mean things and play dirty tactics, but atleast they are opening up in some cases and are indeed trying to think of the customer instead of just themselves. A good example of that is the H.264 playback support for Chrome, a competing browser.

They still have some lengths to go to earn my trust -- hell, I doubt they can ever earn it back -- but I still appreciate the good things they do.

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RE[7]: Translation
by lucas_maximus on Tue 15th Feb 2011 18:45 in reply to "RE[6]: Translation"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Someone doesn't remember how bad the other browsers were before IE4.

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