Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jul 2014 08:26 UTC

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that his company will amalgamate all major versions of Windows into one operating system. Speaking on the company's quarterly earnings call today, Nadella told analysts Microsoft will "streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system." Describing the implications of the change, Nadella said "this means one operating system that covers all screen sizes."

Not exactly news, but it's good to have it explicitly out in the open like this. And if they're going to want to keep focusing on consumers, they're going to need some pretty big changes. They sold fewer than half a million Surface devices in the last quarter, and only 5.8 million Lumia devices. That last figure is misleading, though, as it only covers two months due to the Nokia deal. Even adding another month, it's safe to say it's well below 10 million.

This actually raises an interesting question: has Microsoft actually ever made any profit off Windows Phone? Especially taking into account the huge amount of money they had to pour into Nokia's devices division every quarter just to keep it alive? And now they also need to earn the costs of the acquisition back.

At some point, someone is going to have to make the tough calls here. What is the future of Windows Phone - and how long will that future be? How long will Microsoft be able to pour resources into the bottomless money pit that is Windows Phone?

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RE[4]: Comment by B.Jay
by Damnshock on Thu 24th Jul 2014 09:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by B.Jay"
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"KDE" (most stupid "Start" menu I ever used)

Yes, because Right Click -> Switch to Classical Menu is soooooooo aweful and unintuitive.

Reading you whole post it seems like you should be blaming your *distro* instead of *linux*.

And if you don't like the gstreamer "crap", go to VLC (and phonon supports VLC backend as well)

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RE[5]: Comment by B.Jay
by B.Jay on Thu 24th Jul 2014 11:32 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by B.Jay"
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Didn't even notice that option (and am also not sure if that's even there in KDE4) ... maybe that relates to the "customization war with that totally options overloaded Control Center". Not that I have anything against being able to customize stuff to my likings, but KDE really went a whole lot over-board with it. Gnome 2, before they started to take away options, was the right mix of "stuff to configure through checkmarks" Vs. "using gconf-editor" to customize the lower-level stuff.

As for VLC: Please be so good and hop into any fansubber channel you fancy on Rizon and tell them you're a VLC fan ... prepare for some backslash and very good reasons against VLC - in case you get to read them because you're not channel-banned right away. While I'm no fansubber VLC is about the last piece of software I would use. The only other player I can think of that's worse than VLC would be Kaffeeine.

Edited 2014-07-24 11:39 UTC

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