Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd May 2013 18:27 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's phone chief hates to call the new Nokia Lumia 521 cheap, but the lower-priced smartphone launching in the United States is the company's boldest move yet to win mass market share from leaders Apple and Samsung. The world's largest software company has so far focused on putting its Windows Phone software into expensive, high-end devices - chiefly from Nokia and HTC. But the new model will go on sale at Walmart later this month at an unsubsidized price under $150, relatively cheap for a new phone running up-to-date software without a long-term contract." Windows Phone is racing to the bottom just as fast as Android - with the difference being that expensive Android devices do not fail to sell.
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Things aren't going so well for Microsoft
by tuaris on Fri 3rd May 2013 21:33 UTC
tuaris
Member since:
2007-08-05

A little over 11 years ago Microsoft bet the farm on something called The .NET Framework. It was a Windows only clone of the Java runtime environment. This turned out to be a poor decision. I (and many others) knew from the beginning it was a failure.

Then came things like:
Microsoft Zune, the iPod Clone
Windows Vista, the OSX/KDE clone
Silverlight, an Adobe Flash clone

Each one an extraordinary failure.

Today it's:
Windows Phone, an Android and iPhone clone
Microsoft Surface, an iPad clone
Windows 8, the iOS clone.

If history is any indicator (and it always is), each of these products will ultimately fail.

.NET was the moment when things started going bad, and Microsoft is looking at finally dropping it. Maybe there is hope.

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silviucc Member since:
2009-12-05

I don't know if they're going to kill the .NET framework. Many people bought into it and made software with it. If they simply can it, nobody will ever trust them again (not such a bad thing imo). More likely they will say something like "it's *cough* feature complete *cough*" and put it in maintenance mode.

Things may not going look well for them in the future where mobile devices are concerned but in the present they are still making billions (not that much/any of it turns up as dividends for its shareholders)

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Microsoft has doubled down on .NET with the Windows Runtime. It has made interop to and from .NET easier and made it a first class consumer of the Windows Runtime, the forward facing API for Windows. How the hell is this a sign of Microsoft dropping .NET?

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

.NET is constantly improving. C# and .NET have come along way since it was originally introduced, it isn't going away and has a pretty large developer community.

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PieterGen Member since:
2012-01-13

The main problem of WP8 is - what does it offer that Android or iOS do not have?

I can see why Microsoft wants WP8 to succeed. Good for them. But why would a consumer want to buy a Windows Phone?

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Windows 8 has tiles, b*tches love tiles...

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

A little over 11 years ago Microsoft bet the farm on something called The .NET Framework. It was a Windows only clone of the Java runtime environment. This turned out to be a poor decision. I (and many others) knew from the beginning it was a failure.


The .NET is not a clone of the JVM, and in fact deviates from it in ways that the JVM is only now starting to catch up.

The .NET Framework has seen numerous releases, with the most recent release this past Fall. Visual Studio 2012 is written in a combination of C#, C++, and WPF using mixed mode technologies pioneered in .NET .

The Windows Phone app store with 150,000 applications are apps written in .NET, the Windows Store with 60,000 applications is almost completely filled with apps written in .NET .


Silverlight, an Adobe Flash clone


Silverlight started off as WPF/E, or WPF Everywhere. It is a browser based implementation of their WPF framework which works across Windows, Linux, OSX, and Windows Phone.

The technologies pioneered in WPF and Silverlight form the core of Windows today. Windows 8 and its app model are based entirely on technologies pioneered in .NET .

The metadata format for WinRT is .NET metadata, the entire API surface is inspired by things in .NET and C# like async/await, Generics, and attribute based programming. C++/CX? Inspired by C# .

Windows Azure, Microsoft's newest $1 Billion dollar business uses primarily .NET for its PaaS offerings.

The .NET Framework has spawned a vibrant community (Codeplex, Nuget, various hubs around the internet) which is basically Microsoft's personal developer army.

According to Microsofties, there were around 8 MILLION .NET developers a year ago.

How in hell is this even remotely considered a failure, especially when you take into account the fact that Silverlight is a portable version of .NET called CoreCLR. CoreCLR now forms the basis for the .NET framework in WinRT and on Windows Phone.

.NET has been one of Microsoft's unmistakable successes. It just defies logic that you'd claim otherwise. It was the best strategic move for the Developer Division in decades.


.NET was the moment when things started going bad, and Microsoft is looking at finally dropping it. Maybe there is hope.


This is why people who have no idea what .NET is shouldn't talk about .NET .

The Surface has made Microsoft a couple hundred MILLION dollars in less than a quarter with limited availability (The Surface Pro is available in the US, Canada, and very recently China). Even then, some reports had Windows 8 up to 7.5% of the market.

Surface Pro retails for $800 dollars. Microsoft's ASP on their tablet offerings are incredibly high, to the point where they can extract quite a bit of revenue from a modest amount of volume.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

The Surface has made Microsoft a couple hundred MILLION dollars in less than a quarter with limited availability


That's awesome, apparently Microsoft found a way for tablets to design, manufacture, and sell themselves at no cost...

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Nelson,

"The .NET is not a clone of the JVM, and in fact deviates from it in ways that the JVM is only now starting to catch up."

I found the framework and design of .net was almost a blatant ripoff of java. I'd be surprised to find many .net features that didn't already exist in java first. MS built .net because they failed in capturing the java market with their proprietary java variant J++.

That said, I've always liked .net language syntaxes much better than java. Java's designers refused to address certain widespread criticisms, among them checked exceptions and unnecessarily tedious typecasting frequently put me off when prototyping. Java had a duality of official GUI frameworks, but the Java2D classes didn't work in applets. Also, there was a big regression for write once & run everywhere in mobile applications (not through any fault of sun, still a real set back though).


I'd say c# is a serious contender for being my favorite programming language, but neither windows nor IIS are particularly compelling for the web work I do. Microsoft obviously has conflicted interests, but if they would support .net on linux I would be all over it.

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th3rmite Member since:
2006-01-08

I'm definitely not the biggest fan of MS, but wasn't just last year people were complaining that MS was trying to make everything .Net? On a personal note I find C# to be such a joy to use that I use it to program linux software more than Windows software.

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_cynic_ Member since:
2012-04-18


...

The .NET Framework has seen numerous releases, with the most recent release this past Fall. Visual Studio 2012 is written in a combination of C#, C++, and WPF using mixed mode technologies pioneered in .NET .

The Windows Phone app store with 150,000 applications are apps written in .NET, the Windows Store with 60,000 applications is almost completely filled with apps written in .NET .

Silverlight started off as WPF/E, or WPF Everywhere. It is a browser based implementation of their WPF framework which works across Windows, Linux, OSX, and Windows Phone.

The technologies pioneered in WPF and Silverlight form the core of Windows today. Windows 8 and its app model are based entirely on technologies pioneered in .NET .

...

Windows Azure
, Microsoft's newest $1 Billion dollar business uses primarily .NET for its PaaS offerings.

The .NET Framework has spawned a vibrant community (Codeplex, Nuget, various hubs around the internet) which is basically Microsoft's personal developer army.

According to Microsofties, there were around 8 MILLION .NET developers a year ago.

...

.NET has been one of Microsoft's unmistakable successes. It just defies logic that you'd claim otherwise. It was the best strategic move for the Developer Division in decades.

...

The Surface has made Microsoft a couple hundred MILLION dollars in less than a quarter with limited availability (The Surface Pro is available in the US, Canada, and very recently China). Even then, some reports had Windows 8 up to 7.5% of the market.

Surface Pro retails for $800 dollars. Microsoft's ASP on their tablet offerings are incredibly high, to the point where they can extract quite a bit of revenue from a modest amount of volume.


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