Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Feb 2013 21:18 UTC
Microsoft "Although Bill Gates stepped away from his day-to-day role at Microsoft nearly five years ago, he still keeps a close eye on the company he co-founded - and he isn't always happy with what he sees. During a recent interview broadcast this morning on CBS This Morning, the Microsoft chairman was asked by Charlie Rose whether he was happy with Steve Ballmer's performance as chief executive. Noting that there have been 'many amazing things' accomplished under Ballmer's leadership in the past couple of years, Gates said he was not satisfied with the company's innovations." It's impossible to deny by this point that Microsoft hasn't done well in mobile. It would be more surprising if Gates had denied it.
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Laurence on Tue 19th Feb 2013 09:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Laurence
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Look at how dramatically the Windows OS has been rearchitected to work on devices thinner and lighter than an iPad. Windows. On a tablet. That doesn't suck. That's progress.

A 16GB OS footprint for a tablet does suck. It's simply unacceptable.

The issue has never been that Microsoft are unable to progress, it's that their progress has been significantly slower than their competition. And why this is I don't know because Microsoft Research come out with some awesome technology.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 19th Feb 2013 16:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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2005-11-29

A 16GB OS footprint for a tablet does suck. It's simply unacceptable.

The issue has never been that Microsoft are unable to progress, it's that their progress has been significantly slower than their competition. And why this is I don't know because Microsoft Research come out with some awesome technology.


Is it really? I know this is heresy on OSNews, but people do actually embrace cloud computing in real life.

I personally store all my photos on SkyDrive. Take a photo on my phone, have it automatically replicate on my Tablet, Desktop PC, and Xbox 360. I was grandfathered in so I have 25GB of additional space for my pictures, videos, and documents.

As for music, I've never really been a music junky to have gigabytes and gigabytes of music, and to be honest, I don't think most people are either.

My mom usually puts Pandora on and lets that play through. I tend to do the same, I simply don't see the need in purchasing that much music or ripping my entire CD collection to my tablet for the hell of it.

But your point is taken, Windows is still too big and has a ways to go, and that will only happen when we can reduce further the dependency hell that sometimes manifests itself, and reduce the need for side by side deployment of libraries.

However I don't think there's denying that a few years ago the thought of Windows on a tablet was a pipedream.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Laurence on Tue 19th Feb 2013 17:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Is it really? I know this is heresy on OSNews, but people do actually embrace cloud computing in real life.

Some do. Some like to have local copies of their content. Like videos to watch on the train to dull the pain of their daily commute.

As for music, I've never really been a music junky to have gigabytes and gigabytes of music, and to be honest, I don't think most people are either.

If that was the case then the early iPods, with their microdisks, would never have taken off.

Plus what about movies? (see my point above).

But your point is taken, Windows is still too big and has a ways to go, and that will only happen when we can reduce further the dependency hell that sometimes manifests itself, and reduce the need for side by side deployment of libraries.

Indeed. Backwards compatibility is a double edged sward.

However I don't think there's denying that a few years ago the thought of Windows on a tablet was a pipedream.

Microsoft have had Windows tablets since the early days of XP. Probably before then - that was just when I first took an interest in tablets.

It's just back then the UI was lousy (or, to be more accurate, it was lousy for the tablet paradigm). To be completely honest, I think Metro is also a lousy UI (I hated it when I was running Win Phone) but I'll happily concede that's just my personal preference.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by twitterfire on Tue 19th Feb 2013 17:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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2008-09-11


However I don't think there's denying that a few years ago the thought of Windows on a tablet was a pipedream.

Lol, you maybe live on Mars. ;) Windows is on tablets since 2002. If you don't believe me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Tablet_PC

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Fergy on Tue 19th Feb 2013 20:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Is it really? I know this is heresy on OSNews, but people do actually embrace cloud computing in real life.

I have a 1GB data limit(on my phone)per month in the Netherlands. Bye bye cloud computing. At home I can go easily 100+GB.

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