Microsoft's Windows business lead on Windows 8 sales: "It's a solid start" [Update] ( NeoWin 2013-02-04 )
Oh please, "It's a solid start". What she is really saying is that the long monopolized OEM distribution channel is working exactly as expected. What's the news here really? Wake me up when the OEM manufacturers grow a spine and refuse to be used like a $20 hooker. It really is a shame that this was allowed to continue unabated. Sure they distribute 60 million licenses into the captive OEM and corporate channels. It has been this way since forever. Tami Reller isn't really saying anything here at all. I'm starting to think it should be illegal for any operating system to be pre-installed. As radical as that sounds, and believe me I never thought this way for decades, we are now completely used to this institutionalized corruption of Windows lock-in via the status quo and any thoughts to the contrary are actually considered strange. Microsoft: People are quickly learning to use Windows 8 ( NeoWin 2013-02-04 )
Another lesson in 'how to mis-interpret telemetry. The real story is the blatant collection of all manner of user data and what they allegedly deduce from it. Ironically Microsoft and their Zealots are on a Jihad attacking Google for exactly the same thing. If it wasn't for all the other problematic Windows 8
issues ( GUI, Start Menu, Aero, etc ), user privacy and spyware telemetry would be right in the forefront. Pretty clever really. Mangle the user interface to keep everyone busy elsewhere while they make further inroads into monitoring the users' every single action.Microsoft: No new Windows RT devices on sale this spring ( NeoWin 2013-02-04 )
Bad news for Paul 'Windows RT
is the Future' Thurrott. But seriously, who would intentionally manufacture and sell these dogs since they clearly represent one thing - Microsoft lock-in.Microsoft’s PC Partners Continue to Seek Windows Alternatives ( Thurrott 2013-02-04 )
Oh Paul. Really. This one is especially embarrassing ...
With friends like these, it’s no wonder Microsoft started making its own PCs. This week, HP, the world’s largest maker of computers, launched a portable computer running Google’s lackluster Chrome OS. And it’s not alone: Lenovo, the second-largest maker of the PCs in the world, also announced a Chromebook recently, joining Acer and Samsung. Why are Microsoft’s biggest partners actively working against the company?
Although it’s understandable that PC makers don’t want all their eggs in one basket, the Microsoft partnership has resulted in the dominant PC platform, one that still garners over 90 percent market share after a full 20 years at the top. But PC makers have routinely tried to undercut Microsoft and Windows, from the days of IBM’s OS/2 and Lotus SmartSuite to the Linux-based netbooks of several years ago.
Say what? He is practically accusing the hardware OEMs of being disloyal. Loyal to whom? He clearly expects loyalty to Microsoft and not the customers. Anyway, the way I remember things is that the hardware OEMs were usually taking $50 to $100 profit on all the computers they sold over the past three decades, whether they were a $2,000 sale or $1,000 or $500. In other words, after assembling the entire computer and assuming all the risks and dealing with warranties and returns and all the bad karma, they squeezed out a tiny profit roughly equal to Microsoft's cut from the operating system. What an incredible scam Gates enjoyed there. The worst part is that Windows problems almost always got directed right back at the computer manufacturer and not Redmond itself. It is almost laughable the predicament that these companies find themselves in. I am no fan of Chrome or Android, but even Stevie Wonder should be able to see where this is going. Microsoft is going to get crushed in the long run because the OEMs will ultimately tire of being the whipping boy for Microsoft and their clever offloading of all responsibility for their mistakes and bugs to others.
And talk about Karma. Recall when Microsoft undercut Netscape with a completely free and included MSIE browser in Windows to torpedo their perceived enemy. This in itself was certainly not a criminal act ( I likened it to an auto company including a radio in a new car ) but it did lead to severe government scrutiny. What goes around, comes around I guess. Now here we are, approaching a point with a free desktop/laptop operating system called Chrome, a free mobile operating system called Android, and a free browser ( also ) called Chrome, all from a completely new player using Microsoft's longstanding tactics right back against them. That's what I call Karma.
Please don't get me wrong. I am not on Team Google. Never was. The same as everyone else, over the years I have been re-sorting and re-ordering my personal preference of the three main players: Apple, Google and Microsoft, and it is truly unsettling to me personally that there is no clear moral or ethical winner. If I was forced at gunpoint to decide, the only thing I could say with certainty is that Microsoft would not be my first choice any longer. And this is completely due to their utterly cynical and selfish motives behind Windows 8