After a lot of news recently about Microsoft’s rumoured Andromeda device, Mary Jo Foley poured cold water on my hope by publishing a story based on her usually well-informed Microsoft sources that Andromeda’s future is hanging by a thread, that the software is far, far from ready, and that Andromeda could very well be cancelled. In response, Neowin’s Rich Woods published a passionate plea for Microsoft to make Andromeda a reality.
Microsoft talks about innovating and exploring new device types and form factors a lot. It clearly doesn’t want to miss out on the next big thing, in the same way that it missed out on phones and it’s now missing out on smart speakers.
But the only way to do that is to actually experiment with new things. It’s also important to iterate on these things until they actually work, taking feedback from customers and implementing it into a better product. Few new products are an immediate success, but they can be with some work.
Andromeda is one of these things. It’s an exciting product, whether it’s successful or not.
Microsoft is a great follower. Sometimes they even pass out whomever they are following, like with CP/M, the XBox and the Surface. However the internal antibodies seem to fight this incessantly and so a better idea only bares fruit every couple of decades or so. Expect the Andromeda in 2035. It’s a shame for sure!
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Edited 2018-07-06 19:45 UTC