Tag Archives: Microsoft

Alarmingly out of touch

Via Appleinsider.com

“Today you can see tablets and pads and other things that are starting to live in the space in between (a PC and a smartphone),” Mundie said. “Personally, I don’t know whether that space will be a persistent one or not.”

Sorry Mr. Mundie, but I think you have your head in the sand on this one and I suppose I can understand why.  The tablet isn’t situated between the PC and the smartphone, it is replacing the PC.  This surely scares the hell of you.

“Last year, Jobs compared the PC market to the U.S. automobile industry, noting that most vehicles in America at first were trucks, because they were driven by farmers. But as cars became more popular with the growth of cities, and features like power steering and automatic transmission were added, the truck came to represent a smaller number of vehicles on the road. “PCs are going to be like trucks,” he said.

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer later fired back with a different spin on Jobs’ analogy: “There may be a reason they call them Mack Trucks,” Ballmer said, referring to Apple’s Mac line of computers. “But Windows machines are not going to be trucks.””

Apparently Ballmer took offense to Jobs stating that “PCs are going to be like trucks” and completely miss that what Jobs meant was that PCs would become much more of a utility device.  A lot of people buy trucks because they have a heavy job to do.

Of course, Ballmer’s response is to attempt to put Windows everywhere even if it means allowing the market to pass them by.

Microsoft, in a boat, without paddles

Reading headlines like this really emphasizes just how lost Microsoft is right now

Microsoft Tablet OS Not Due Until 2012

This tells me two things.  One, Windows Phone 7 was nothing more than a reaction to iOS.  Two, they had no further strategy than that.

Apparently it simply didn’t occur to them that Apple might take their new mobile operating system and bring it to a tablet device, the same type of device Microsoft has been trying to create *for years* and have failed.  Unfortunately for Microsoft, and everyone else for that matter, Apple doesn’t just have a great mobile OS, they also already have an entire supporting ecosystem adding tremendous value to their mobile OS.

Clearly Microsoft, who has been trying build a tablet people actually want to use for years, simply doesn’t know what they’re doing.  “Redmond, start your copiers” is really real.  You have to feel a little bad for Microsoft.  They’ve been trying for years and Apples launches one out of the park on their first try.  But the difference here is that Apple has their own vision.

Microsoft is set to show off some more vaporware at the next CES

Microsoft is at it again. They’re making wild claims about having a number of iPad killers at 2011′s CES based on their Windows 7 OS. I really hope that they came up with a way to make Windows 7 more appropriate for a tablet.

But after reading this I dare say they haven’t

The Times, citing unnamed sources, said the Samsung devices would be “similar in size and shape” to the iPad, but not as thin and equipped with a slide-out keyboard.

A slide-out keyboard?! Are f&($ing kidding me? Congratulations, you just made a more cumbersome laptop

How to replace the hard drive in your Windows 7 system

I recently went through this exact same procedure to replace a drive in my own Windows 7 system. The difference here is that Paul Thurrott took the time to write a post about the procedure. While it isn’t any where near as simple cloning a Mac system, it is certainly far easier than it has ever been in the past.

Replace Your Hard Drive Using Free Windows 7 Tools

iPhone drops to 23.8% smartphone market share, Android jumps to 17%

iPhone drops to 23.8% smartphone market share, Android jumps to 17%: “New data shows Apple, RIM, and Microsoft continue to lose ground to Google in the U.S. smartphone market.

(Via AppleInsider.)

Office 2011 for Mac has been released to market as well

Office 2011 is on track for its late October release as the MacBU is reporting they have signed off on final testing.

UPDATE: If Amazon is to be believed then Office 2011 is set to be released on October 26th – Amazon leaks Oct. 26 launch of Mac Office 2011

Microsoft celebrates Windows Phone 7 release to market

Microsoft celebrated the RTM of Windows Phone with an incredibly awkward mock funeral for iPhone and BlackBerry. Apparently Microsoft is either not worried about Android or they don’t think Windows Phone 7 can compete with it. Either way, claiming to have buried the competition before the general public actually has Windows Phone 7 devices is a bit premature and I really hope it doesn’t mean Microsoft thinks it can now just sit back and relax.

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-workers-celebrated-windows-phone-7-rtm-with-iphone-hearses

Marketplace will be the only way to get apps on Windows Phone 7 Series

Unlike John Gruber I am a bit surprised by this announcement. It seems like there are a large number of PC guys who complain about how closed Apple’s system is. I’m curious how people will react…oh wait they don’t like.