Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Oct 2013 22:46 UTC
Windows

Early this year, I decided to take a risk.

As a geek, I like to reward those in the industry that try to be bold. That try to be different. That try to leave the beaten path. That look at the norm in the market, and decide to ignore it. Despite all its flaws, Microsoft did just that with its Metro user interface, incarnations of which are used on both Windows Phone and Windows 8.

I was a Windows Phone user since day one. I bought an HTC HD7 somewhere around release day, and imported it into The Netherlands, a year before the platform became available in The Netherlands. I wanted to reward Microsoft's mobile team for trying to be different, for being original, for not copying iOS and Android and instead coming up with something fresh and unique. Despite all the limitations and early adopter issues, I loved it.

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What did you expect?
by Ford Prefect on Thu 24th Oct 2013 00:29 UTC
Ford Prefect
Member since:
2006-01-16

Microsoft is well known for coming late to the market, then "rushing" bad quality products, and subsequently use a full toolbox of shady practices to enforce their position in the market eventually.

The only real innovation I have seen from Microsoft since their incarnation is the mouse wheel.

So what did you expect? Balmer's reign made things worse, not better. Why should it be different with Phone 7? Microsoft is now in this comfortable position of always delivering too little, too late.

Their original strategy is not fit for present market dynmaics anymore and on top of that, they have huge management and corporate structure issues.

I still don't really pity them.

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RE: What did you expect?
by Kochise on Thu 24th Oct 2013 05:28 in reply to "What did you expect?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

The problem with Microsoft is either they don't use their products, dedicated to their cash-cow consumers, and use Apple's in-house instead. Or they don't use competition products to compare their against. In both scenario they are doomed to fell some way or another, if they haven't that Windows legacy that deep rooted into firms with a maintenance/upgrade plan running.

BTW, when you see a Microsoft ad, you see people enjoying the trip like on acid or some other "cool" substances, you see the product dancing, whirling, flying, but not the product into action. Now you know why... Next Microsoft ad, keep that hint in mind :p

Kochise

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RE[2]: What did you expect?
by Morgan on Thu 24th Oct 2013 07:10 in reply to "RE: What did you expect?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

BTW, when you see a Microsoft ad, you see people enjoying the trip like on acid or some other "cool" substances, you see the product dancing, whirling, flying, but not the product into action. Now you know why... Next Microsoft ad, keep that hint in mind :p


Indeed, I've seen it used more in product placement advertising (used by characters in TV shows like Arrow and Agents of SHIELD) than in the dancing advertisements.

If all of those millions of Surface RT devices that are collecting dust in a warehouse start going on sale for $100 or less, like the HP Touchpad after it bombed, I'll pick one up just to round out the devices in my collection. I can't see it as more than a toy though, considering that's how I also see Windows 8 proper on a full PC.

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