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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[3]: Flawed process
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Flawed process"
Nelson
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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[4]: Flawed process
by tylerdurden on Tue 4th Jun 2013 19:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Flawed process"
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2009-03-17


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.


I was simply providing context for your figure, so it has a hell of a lot to do with it. You also forgot to mention, that although the Xbox has lead sales for 2 years, that in the last few quarters their sales have plummeted by about 50%. People do have an appetite for content, but xbox is not the leading consumption platform (nor is the PS3 or the Wii for that matter).


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.


The Wii U can be used to consume content, just as well as either the PS3 or the Xbox. Alas, I can understand why you would ignore anything that counters your particular narrative.


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.


We don't know what sony is doing, we don't even know what the PS4 looks like. Also "serious" is a totally subjective qualitative assessment. You can consume content with either the PS3 or the Xbox 360, and you will too with either the PS4, the One, the Wii U, and the boatload of "smart" TVs with android, and other cheap platforms which are also coming to market. So microsoft's dominance is anything but guaranteed.


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.


LOL.

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RE[5]: Flawed process
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 19:25 in reply to "RE[4]: Flawed process"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


I was simply providing context for your figure, so it has a hell of a lot to do with it.


What context did you provide, that they sold around the same? Congrats, now how is it relevant in any way to what I am saying? It is an aside, given that Sony did absolutely nothing with TV with the PS3.


You also forgot to mention, that although the Xbox has lead sales for 2 years, that in the last few quarters their sales have plummeted by about 50%. People do have an appetite for content, but xbox is not the leading consumption platform (nor is the PS3 or the Wii for that matter).


No way, on the eve of the unveil of the next generation console, 7 years later, sales are tapering off? I can't fucking believe it. Stop the presses.


The Wii U can be used to consume content, just as well as either the PS3 or the Xbox. Alas, I can understand why you would ignore anything that counters your particular narrative.


I really do not think that we want to compare the Entertainment experience between the XBox 360, the PS3, and the Wii. There's no comparison.

The PS3 has Netflix. Microsoft, already, has deals in place with various content providers as part of their Xbox 360 living room initiative.

To argue that the consoles are comparable is disingenuous on your part.


We don't know what sony is doing, we don't even know what the PS4 looks like. Also "serious" is a totally subjective qualitative assessment.


We do know what was shown so far, and what's been shown now. A Sony living room play would be a shot across the bow to Microsoft. If they miraculously have some amazing TV integration under wraps, then you'll be right come the Fall. Somehow, I doubt it though.


You can consume content with either the PS3 or the Xbox 360, and you will too with either the PS4, the One, the Wii U, and the boatload of "smart" TVs with android, and other cheap platforms which are also coming to market. So microsoft's dominance is anything but guaranteed.


Smart TVs, what the PS3 does, even what the 360 does, and certainly what the Wii U does is not enough.

This is an uncracked market. Certainly the 360 afford Microsoft a headstart in mind share and experience (similarly, AppleTV also gives Apple some insight, as Tim Cook alluded to), but its by no means a done deal.

A Samsung Smart TV isn't going to take the world by storm, if it was, it would've.

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