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Windows First looks at Windows 'Blue' have revealed an upgrade composed of cosmetic fixes, suggesting that Microsoft may be blowing its chance to turn the tide on Windows 8 blow back, and make good on its promise to truly 'rethink' Windows 8 with the release of Windows Blue. As a result, InfoWorld has issued an open letter to Microsoft to consider Windows 'Red' -- what InfoWorld is calling a 'serious plan' to fix the flaws of Windows 8, one that could rescue Microsoft's currently flagging promise to deliver a modern computing experience on both PCs and tablets.
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RE: Flawed process
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 14:16 UTC in reply to "Flawed process"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

If an open letter has to be written to Microsoft about its failure in delivering a suitable "experience" about what was promised in the first place, I see the end of Microsoft.


The end of Microsoft? Microsoft has more billion dollar businesses than you can shake a stick at. A few of them are $2 billion dollars businesses. I don't understand where this death will come from, are they going to drown in money?


It's even the end of the dominance of Windows vs. Mac OS X (vs. Linux) because alternative OSes are popping up like flowers in the spring (at least in mobile).



And Microsoft trying to turn office into another subscription based cash cow, I wonders who's brainstorming these silly plans.


Trying? Its working. Office 365 is a billion dollar business as of April of this year. They have completely dominated this market.


And the announced Xbox One fiasco with its impossible to bear DRM system that assume everyone have a dedicated high speed internet connection just for that.


And the Xbox 360 has been the #1 selling console for over two years, giving Microsoft the biggest head start in the living room space (the next big war after mobile) compared to everyone else.

This is silly.

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RE[2]: Flawed process
by tylerdurden on Tue 4th Jun 2013 17:37 in reply to "RE: Flawed process"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17


And the Xbox 360 has been the #1 selling console for over two years, giving Microsoft the biggest head start in the living room space (the next big war after mobile) compared to everyone else.

This is silly.


The Xbox 360 and the PS3 have shipped basically the same number of units (around 77 million each). The Wii has outsold either (90 million) and yet the Wii U has flopped thus far. So microsoft having "the biggest head start in the living room space" is quite the debatable statement, especially since MS had the biggest head start in the mobile space, and we all saw what happened.

The business units of MS are doing fantastic though, and they are ensuing the company will matter for a while. Their latest earnings report was pretty good, and their stock has managed to catch some wind lately.

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RE[3]: Flawed process
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 18:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Flawed process"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


The Xbox 360 and the PS3 have shipped basically the same number of units (around 77 million each).


Right. But that has nothing to do with the fact that the 360 has been leading in sales for two years.

It is meant to do two things: Counter the notion that the XBox One is doomed and show that people have an appetite for Entertainment.


The Wii has outsold either (90 million) and yet the Wii U has flopped thus far.


I wouldn't place the Wii in the same market segment as an XBox or a PS3, when it comes to the specific scenarios that they cater to the Wii (and the Wii U)
are not even in the conversation.


So microsoft having "the biggest head start in the living room space" is quite the debatable statement, especially since MS had the biggest head start in the mobile space, and we all saw what happened.


Well, the difference is what Sony doing with the PS3 and what is Microsoft doing with the 360? Sony isn't making a serious Living Room play in the way that Microsoft is with its 360 and even more dramatically with the XBox One.

The Xbox was not only #1, but also ahead of its time in pushing into the living room in ways that are already appreciated by people today.

77 million XBox 360s where Microsoft says half of its XBox Live usage is for entertainment is a pretty ringing endorsement of their strategy.

The 360 is probably Microsoft's smartest investment in a long time.

Re: Your comments on Mobile, that's true. They very well can still blow this thing if they get complacent. The Xbox One has shown that they are anything but.

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RE[2]: Flawed process
by Kochise on Tue 4th Jun 2013 20:31 in reply to "RE: Flawed process"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

It's not about the cash, good for them if they (still) have some, but read the comment by "Christian Paratschek" below, that's the spirit of my post.

Kochise

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