Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jul 2013 12:01 UTC
Windows The general gist? A minor update somewhere this year, but the real update won't come until 2014. In the meantime, we'll have to... "Resuming..." ...settle for CardDAV/CalDAV support, some additional HTML5 support, and fixes for Xbox Music metadata. We were promised regular updates and an early access program for enthusiasts - but Microsoft failed to deliver, once more. For all intents and purposes, thanks... "Resuming..." ...to the switch to the Windows NT kernel, the Windows Phone we're using today has very little additional functionality to offer over what we were using on WP7 release day. I've been a Windows Phone user since WP7 release day, but Microsoft has lost me.
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RE[6]: thom....
by skpg on Sat 13th Jul 2013 00:39 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: thom...."
skpg
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2012-09-21

I use Microsoft technologies for a living, I witness the innovations coming out of DevDiv first hand.

You just post bullshit on OSNews. Blah blah monopoly, patents, copyright (now that's bad too? Give me a f--king break)


Keep in mind when I talk about monopolies. All monopolies are created by the government, that's a fact, that cannot be disputed. When monopolies are formed, the government always has something to do with it. In this case of ms they are a monopoly because of ip law. All of Microsoft's licensing agreements are backed up by ip law. You can't fork windows, no one can redistribute a windows like operating system, you can't use their source code, their api, you certainly can't "pirate" windows. Given Microsoft's market power, all the support they can get, and how they can make their software incompatible with the competition, now you how they obtain billions of dollars every year.


What does OS X, Linux, BSD, have in common? They are based off unix, they are unix like operating systems. But the unix-like operating systems only have 8% of the market-share, windows has 90-92% marketshare with no close substitutes.

The only area in which competition in the same product is explicitly permitted is the free software movement. That is why there is a fork of open office (LibreOffice) but there are no fork of ms office, the most widely used office suite in the world. Given Microsoft's market power they can dedicate how the technology in the desktop market will be. Only a monopoly can do that, and that is also called vendor lock-in when the consumer is dependent on a corporation for their needs, but with no viable alternatives to the monopolists product.

Of course you have to use windows, because there are no windows-like operating systems, and Microsoft refuses to make their software compatible with the competition. If software wasn't protected by ip this wouldn't be an issue. Consumers would easily move from one OS to another without the hassle learning a whole different os.

Edited 2013-07-13 00:58 UTC

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RE[7]: thom....
by moondevil on Sat 13th Jul 2013 13:58 in reply to "RE[6]: thom...."
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2005-07-08

OS X is only UNIX by luck.

If Apple had bough BeOS instead, Mac OS X surely wouldn't be UNIX.

As for refusing to work with competition, I am sure any older timer here has lots of stories since the dawn of computing about how commercial vendors work, regardless of what they sell.

Just look at Google transition, now that the shareholders have more to say in the whole process.

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RE[8]: thom....
by darknexus on Sat 13th Jul 2013 15:38 in reply to "RE[7]: thom...."
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2008-07-15

OS X is only UNIX by luck.

Not sure I'd go that far. OS X is UNIX because Nextstep was. OS X is basically a continuation of that os, you can see it in every Core* library. Apple gotNext when Jobs came back, and used what was brought.

If Apple had bough BeOS instead, Mac OS X surely wouldn't be UNIX.

Maybe, maybe not. Apple, even if they had bought BeOS, might not have been able to turn themselves around. We might not even have OS X in that case, in any form. That's the interesting thing about what-ifs, you never really can tell how close you are to what might have occurred. They might have gone under. Jobs still might have brought Next with him if they wanted him, in which case we might still have had a UNIX-based OS X with the addition of some BeOS features. Maybe BeOS would have helped them turn around without Jobs, in which case both the PC and mobile markets would look much different today. We'll never know.

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