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[7]: Translation
by _txf_ on Tue 15th Feb 2011 14:23 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Translation"
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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"
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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[9]: Translation
by _txf_ on Tue 15th Feb 2011 18:52 in reply to "RE[8]: Translation"
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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.


Certainly, I never said that microsoft hasn't done good things. But I feel that many a company has made fewer mistakes and of less gravity than microsoft and suffered harshly.

Generally these days microsoft seldom "Excels" at anything straight away (sometimes never), it does good things (often at revision X) and can maintain quality, but when it Fails it fails big...but due to sheer size and power that failure is emulsified.

Nor do I think it has to successful in all sectors of the industry, I believe that if it tries something it should attempt to get it right the first time instead of relying on its girth to support it until the revision X whereupon it cracks the formula.

It has taken so many attempts to bring about WP7, anybody else (and indeed as has happened with nokia) stumbles and they fall not so with MS. I would also add that some of my prejudice also stems from the fact that their massive safety net has not been entirely gained ethically making me wonder if they have truly earned the right be where they are today.

Edited 2011-02-15 18:52 UTC

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