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]: Don't forget
by tylerdurden on Sun 14th Jul 2013 07:56 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Don't forget"
tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

To be fair, I think the performance of Nokia's management team has been disastrous. And I'm quite certain that I wouldn't enjoy any social interaction with that Ballmer fellow. But at the end of the day, the main metric to judge the performance of a publicly traded for profit corporation is their finances.

For the majority of the past decade and a half Microsoft has experienced consistent returns and growth. Yes, they have taken some hits on their profit in the past couple of years. But if anyone is trying to spin a set of actions that still lead to a margin of over 75% as reason for gloom and doom. Then they either are off their meds or don't have the slightest understanding of the financial context involved.

This to say, that even though I don't like Microsoft's consumer products at a personal level, I am not deluded as to assume my biases dictate reality.

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RE[7]: Don't forget
by Nelson on Sun 14th Jul 2013 13:11 in reply to "RE[6]: Don't forget"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I think we can agree to disagree (to an extent). Nokia mismanagement prior to Elop was unbelievable and even some moves after I found questionable. I thought their 256MB strategy with the 610 was weird given that it didn't really save them much money, was overshadowed by the WP8 launch, and made a bad experience with some apps that weren't optimized. I thought their 800 strategy of just dumping the phone on every carrier was stupid too, it was a blind drop and didn't get them support from sales reps -- as much as some people hate timed exclusives, they do help in the sales channel push.

I think though we'll have much more interesting things to talk about on July 18th.

In general though, I think Microsoft has made some strategic blunders that they are successful in spite of, and not because of. Particularly dropping the ball in mobile, being way too late to the PMP market and investing in it after it was almost dead, and then they've made various strategic blunders with Windows Phone that made me scratch my head.

They have a severe messaging problem and a slow reaction to a lot of what's in the market for consumers, but oddly enough they're incredibly nimble and responsive in the enterprise. Its always baffled me how they are able to reconcile their two personalities.

I have great hopes for the reorg, but its far from a done deal. These things take time to implement and there may be a good amount of people leaving or even more internal strife if the new bosses don't live up to the hype.

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RE[8]: Don't forget
by tylerdurden on Mon 15th Jul 2013 00:21 in reply to "RE[7]: Don't forget"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

I did not mean to imply that Nokia's leadership issues are recent, they have been a badly managed company for the better part of the last decade. Their current directorship are yet another continuation of a trend of bad management. But it is not my company to manage, so whatever.

As I said, I personally don't care for many (most) of Microsoft's products or technologies. So I'm not that emotionally vested in their well being, much less their success. But the point remains; Ballmer still runs one of the most profitable corporations out there, even if I find what the guy stands for abhorrent.

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