Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 09:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "For a seventh consecutive month, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom. The data compiled by uSwitch is based on live searches, pre-orders, as well as postpaid sales. Curiously, Apple's current smartphone flagship is not even second. The iPhone 5 is outperformed by its predecessor, whose lower price and improved contract offers helped it remain appealing. The Samsung Galaxy S II completes the quartet at the top. The rest of the top ten smartphones is entirely an Android party. It includes the Google Nexus 4, who entered the rankings a solid fifth. The second half of the top ten includes the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia U, HTC One X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2." This is getting ridiculous, and it's not good for the market. For the love of Fiona, people, buy something that's not Android. I don't want to live in an Android-dominated smartphone world.
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sgtrock
Member since:
2011-05-13

Microsoft was NEVER the place to work for if you wanted to do cool stuff. Doing cool stuff just has never been in their DNA. At best, it could be said that you wanted to work for a company whose goal was to be acquired by Microsoft because that's how Microsoft has always acquired cool stuff to sell.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

You must be too young.

I remember the days when almost everyone I knew was doing applications to work there.

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sgtrock Member since:
2011-05-13

No, I'm too old. I played with CP/M when it first came out. At one point I nearly talked myself into buying a Kaypro but couldn't swing the cash.

I watched Microsoft slide in past Digital Research to get IBM's attention, then scramble to buy 86-DOS to complete their obligations under the new contract.

I watched IBM and Microsoft dance around with OS/2 while Microsoft was feverishly trying to figure out a way to put GUI lipstick on the CLI that was MS-DOS.

I watched Microsoft copy Lotus 1-2-3's features in Excel, then quietly ensure that 1-2-3 wouldn't run.

Suffice it to say that I've been around the block with the Evil Empire a time or two.

Nope, Microsoft has NEVER been about working on cool stuff. It's been about copying or buying other people's cool stuff, then ruthlessly forcing their competitors out of one market after another.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Not really, Microsoft has plenty of talent and they have never (ever) really have had any problem attracting and hiring talent.

Microsoft Labs does plenty of cool stuff as well, and they have no problem attracting top of the crop researchers in their areas of involvement.

It may not be as exciting of a place as a startup, but Microsoft's actual picture/reality has almost nothing to do with the one you just painted.

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