Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2012 17:15 UTC
Microsoft "A few weeks ago, we shared our plans for the Express editions of Visual Studio 2012. As we've worked to deliver the best experience with Visual Studio for our platforms with Windows 8, Windows Phone, and for Web and Windows Azure, we heard from our community that developers want to have for Windows desktop development the same great experience and access to the latest Visual Studio 2012 features at the Express level. Today, I'm happy to announce that we will add Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop to the Visual Studio 2012 family. This will bring to the Visual Studio Express family significant new capabilities that we've made available in Visual Studio 2012 for building great desktop applications."
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RE[7]: Just the beginning...
by tomcat on Tue 12th Jun 2012 16:30 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Just the beginning..."
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

"[q][q]The desktop is a shrinking market.


The desktop market seems to be shrinking because the market itself has expanded and diversified.
"

I'm not sure how that distinction matters. The desktop is therefore shrinking... hence... [/q]

It's not shrinking in the way that a company like Microsoft has to "get out of it". [/q]

I'm glad you aren't running their business -- because you'd run it into the ground.

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RE[8]: Just the beginning...
by kwan_e on Tue 12th Jun 2012 23:59 in reply to "RE[7]: Just the beginning..."
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

"[q][q][q]The desktop is a shrinking market.


The desktop market seems to be shrinking because the market itself has expanded and diversified.
"

I'm not sure how that distinction matters. The desktop is therefore shrinking... hence... [/q]

It's not shrinking in the way that a company like Microsoft has to "get out of it". [/q]

I'm glad you aren't running their business -- because you'd run it into the ground. [/q]

So let me get this straight.

First you claim that Microsoft is doing this because the desktop market is shrinking.

Then you admit that the desktop market is shrinking by percentage and not by total volume.

Now you are claiming that you can run a business into the ground by continuing to sell products that has a shrinking market share despite non-shrinking actual volume.

Basically, you are advocating that, no matter how much money can still be made, a multi-billion dollar company should abandon a market that is still a cash cow and put all the eggs in the newest basket.

So excuse me, tomcat, which multi-billion company are you running into the sky? Why aren't you knocking on Microsoft's door because you obviously understand something that they don't? Maybe you're secretly hoping that some Microsoft executive is lurking OSNews and that he'll sweep you up and land you in Microsoft due to your, so far, hidden talents?

Here's a hint. If a certain product sells 500 out of a total market of 700, then the market grows to 2000 while that product grows to 1000, while their market for that product has shrunk by percentage, it is STILL a good idea to sell that product because it has doubled in volume from the previous market.

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