Re: [newtech-1] iPhone funeral - W T F ?

From: Baba
Sent on: Monday, September 13, 2010 1:23 PM
As long as there is a enterprise IT division that is content to holding on to their jobs MSFT has a audience that is going anywhere ( they can sit and have their Snickers bars). Both MSFT( full of middle managers and IT folks in corporations have a common interest keeping their jobs intact)?
Yes they have a lot of cash and may make MSFT venture arm bigger and invest more in emerging technologies that are not connected to the Windows/Office combine. I know that they have made significant investments in solar film technology, in smart grid energy meters and in bio medical systems.?
They will loose money in the mobile space as long as they have the same managers they have. It would be better for them to spin off the Mobile business off completely and let them build from the ground up outside the windows shadows. But that won't happen and thus monies spent will be a waste in the long run as the mindset is still stuck in the cash cows and difficult to get away from.?
Developing Office for the mobile platform requires a significant change in how people will use Office on a tablet or a small smart phone.?
In the past they have not made serious effort to change that experience.

Apple will come out with a new line of desktops/laptops that will have both OSX and the IOS that will make the transition from laptop to tablet smooth and the functions/features you can do will appropriately change.
That sort of thinking MSFT does not wish to promote as there is an inherent fear that it will cannibalize their cash cows.
If you want a steady job MSFT or it's counter part in the IT department of a fortune 500 companies and the many local, state and federal agencies are ?the place wear your khakis and teeshirt and feel good. You can get certified in a never ending number of programs, sit in endless meetings on migration plans and manage (in)-efficiently exchange servers and other functions that instead of becoming easier and less likely to go kaput end up doing just the opposite sustaining the?life-cycle.?
When was the last time someone got fired at any of those companies for choosing a MSFT product/service or for that matter an IBM/HP/Oracle product either. Thats the way things are.?

Baba

On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 5:55 PM, Damion Hankejh <[address removed]> wrote:
The decade timeline is altogether irrelevant -- smartphone mobile hasn't mattered for more than 3.5 years (iPhone circa 2007).? The market is around ~200MM devices today, and is projected to grow to ~[masked]MM devices over 3-5 years.

Microsoft has no chance at a nice slice of that market?? Perhaps if their new interface doesn't allure consumers, which is possible, but it looks pretty damn slick -- and it's the first intriguing UI that hasn't simply cloned iPhone (don't worry Android, I still love you a little).? Further, all manufacturer's are rapidly closing the build-quality gap -- Apple's design quality matters less by the quarter.? If it still mattered, Android's market share would not have grown from 1.8% to 17.2% in one year (while Apple's barely grew from 13% to 14.2%).

Speaking of delusion -- Netscape, Novell, IBM, et al. thought they had a defensible position in their markets.? Then boom -- game over.? The common counter argument is that times have changed and Redmond's control via Windows and Office have eroded, but that's a load of crapple.? Office on a phone is seriously compelling -- it will devour what remains of RIM in corporate environs.? Microsoft has at least two years to catch up and they might have found their footing -- this has happened before, and it's historically a fool's bet predicting it can't happen again.
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On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM, Michael Mellinger <[address removed]> wrote:
Microsoft has been doing mobile for a decade.?


Maybe this time they'll get it right. ?At any rate, it won't matter because they are now irrelevant in mobile.

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