Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 19th Aug 2013 03:46 UTC
Windows Microsoft recently wrote off a $900 million loss on its ARM-based Surface tablets. But according to Computerworld, the company intends to double down on its bet in hardware devices. CEO Steve Ballmer says that "Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services... We will design, create and deliver through us and through third parties a complete family of Windows-powered devices." Look to Microsoft to produce more new hardware as it fights for market share in the handheld space. Ultimately Microsoft intends to develop a common code base across all devices -- from servers to desktops to handhelds -- that supports "write once, run anywhere."

Analyst Frank Gillett of Forrester Research says that Microsoft is fully committed to shifting away from its traditional emphasis on packaged software and into handheld devices and services (such as subscription software). He sees this as a fundamental reorientation, and says that "No matter what, it's a messy process."
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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by acobar on Mon 19th Aug 2013 12:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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.. obviously get rid of Pro altogether, like they know Pro now uses Linux as main OS, since Windows has became irrelevant in its futile attempts to refocus itself while probing several technologies without following industry standards.

May you believe or not, around me, what means technical area (mainly civil, electrical and mechanical engineering) and also on development of commercial applications it is still MS inside workstations (the mythical pro) by a far large margin, so mine anecdotal, particular, and insignificant experience dares to disagree. Mind you, I would like to totally jump off, but Autocad on technical side and MS workgroup foundations keep me from doing that.

My I ask, around here, who more has the same kind of experience?

.. Now we have 100's of different programming languages that, while being mostly useless duplicates, do not reach a percent of LISP's flexibility and powerfulness.

Oh, LISP, not my favorite language but fine nonetheless, have developed some routines for Autocad on its own dialect, AutoLISP. Anyway, the language is seldom the problem, be acquainted and proficient using/developing high quality libraries is what takes "ages", languages can be learned on "days".

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Kochise on Mon 19th Aug 2013 14:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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The question is : wouldn't be any technical legitimation, power gain, stability benefit from switching to "another" operating system instead to stay on Windows with just contract renewal ?

Oh, yeah, it would requires porting applications. But since on Windows you already rewrite stuff from MFC to ATL, WTL, .Net, C++ to C#, etc, perhaps IT management should do a complete sum of the pro vs. con ;)


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