Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Nov 2014 12:47 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft is sending a clear message that it wants to reach consumers on popular mobile platforms. That's an understandable move, but with a lack of a true Windows Phone flagship this holiday and hints that unique features like Cortana will make their way to Android and iOS, it leaves Windows Phone in an odd spot. If all of Microsoft's core apps and services work better on Android and iOS, it makes Windows Phone a lot less appealing. If Microsoft can’t even make good apps for Windows, there's not a lot of hope left for third-party app developers to build for Microsoft's mobile platform. Couple that with the Windows tablet and phone app gap, and the future looks increasingly bleak. Appealing to Android and iOS users might be Microsoft's goal, but there's only so long Windows users will remain loyal.

While Microsoft has shifted focus back on traditional desktop Windows, Windows' Metro environment and Windows Phone seem to be on a path towards irrelevance. Microsoft's own applications for these platforms suck, third party applications generally suck or do not exist at all, while Microsoft's applications on iOS and Android are thriving and well-received.

It's easy to read too much into this - but it's also very hard not to.

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RE: Future goal
by jnemesh on Fri 14th Nov 2014 17:40 UTC in reply to "Future goal"
jnemesh
Member since:
2008-04-08

I imagine a future where desktops are gone...replaced by those same smartphones. Running neither Windows nor running on x86 legacy hardware. Why do you "need" Windows? Brand loyalty? App compatibility? Most anything you can do on a desktop, INCLUDING RUNNING MS OFFICE, can be done on a smartphone or tablet.

On my Note 4, I can even apps in multiple windows. So tell me again why I need MS?

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RE[2]: Future goal
by Dano on Fri 14th Nov 2014 20:26 in reply to "RE: Future goal"
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

I imagine a future where desktops are gone...replaced by those same smartphones. So tell me again why I need MS?


There are many types of applications that can not be done on a small screen efficiently. CAD, Accounting, CAM, simulation and hundreds of other areas where a PC will always be required. Also, PC has much more horsepower typically than mobile devices. You can imagine, but it's probably not going to happen.

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RE[3]: Future goal
by olejon on Mon 17th Nov 2014 23:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Future goal"
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2012-08-12

Not to mention developing those damn apps. A modern developer today is nowhere close being able to develop without a true desktop. We're talking full fledged IDEs, lots of terminal windows, various file network connections, tons of browser tabs with documentaion, various virtual machines, all running at once.

People in general have no fucking idea how much work is behind stable and reliable software. They're shocked shen they're shown that development is not just drag and drop but actually thousands of lines of code written by hand.

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RE[2]: Future goal
by allanregistos on Mon 17th Nov 2014 05:08 in reply to "RE: Future goal"
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2011-02-10

I imagine a future where desktops are gone...replaced by those same smartphones. Running neither Windows nor running on x86 legacy hardware. Why do you "need" Windows? Brand loyalty? App compatibility? Most anything you can do on a desktop, INCLUDING RUNNING MS OFFICE, can be done on a smartphone or tablet.

On my Note 4, I can even apps in multiple windows. So tell me again why I need MS?

Ubuntu already had that vision. Ubuntu's Unity 8 will provide the convergence.

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