You must be meaning to say "out of all the Windows OS".
I use both Mountain Lion and Win7 at the moment, and I can’t really come to the same conclusion as you... But maybe you are sensitive to things that I am not (and vice-versa).
And reading the comments in context, that is what was implied. I saw the context and understood the meaning.
Translation: Windows 8 and the tablets have been a failure.
I think a better explanation can be had here: http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-10-30/
No, seriously... there's been a lot of failures, even outside of Windows 8 and the whole tablet thing. The entire mobile thing, the XBox One egg->face incident, you-name-it. I think the only parts of MSFT that didn't shoot their feet this year are the folks who do Exchange and SQL Server.
Thanks for the info. The mention of being able to read and write Office docs with correct formatting is surprising to hear. As you correctly point out, most can't do that. I'll have to adjust my opinion on Microsoft's anti-competitive nature (but maybe just a little ).
mj web wrote: »
Can AAPL be far behind? It feel off a cliff the day Tim Cook took over. Balmer and Cook have a lot in common. They were handed the reigns by the geniuses behind Microsoft and Apple and the new ceos crippled both companies.
I was escorted out of M$ HQ for that very remark... heh
I do development in VBA on a Mac for users on both Mac and Windows versions of Office - and while support for VBA is quite good, especially compared to sorry can't do that at all, there are still places where there are differences between the two versions. Active X is a big one - works on Windows and not available on Mac (which is likely a good thing, but it does mean that some folks write code that will only work on Windows). Some differences are the way the OS works in terms of the filesystem so to write cross platform you have to write separate code to handle each platform differently. The biggest gripe I have is the way colors and fonts are rendered - I can layout a beautiful custom dialog box linked of a carefully placed button on a spreadsheet and then open in on the Windows side and my graphics elements do not line up properly and the foreground and background colors no longer match.
poksi wrote: »
Microsoft should above all re-think its vision and focus before any strategical decision. Fact is, anything mobile they have touched up to now turned into shit. Another fact is that they cannot loose in the field where they are the best: business computing at almost all sizes, except perhaps large server farms. There are also too many hardware companies totally depending on them. No one can license them better OS than Windows. And there is absolutely no commercial replacement to Windows in SME, not only because of software, but because of unbelievable net of partners worldwide.
MS should above all ask themselves following questions:
- do we really want to race the mobile race?
- should we spin-off divisions that do not belong to our core business?
sockrolid wrote: »
Oh. Now they're thinking about interoperability and the whole ecosystem thing.
Finally getting serious, are we Ballmer?
Maybe the "capabilities and interoperability" would have been easier if Windows desktop and
Windows Phone shared the same kernel and low-level OS code. But then again, maybe the Windows
kernel and low-level code (and, horror of single-point-of-failure horrors, The Registry), were too
bloated, fragile, and too dependent on Intel's power-hog CPUs to port to mobile.
Good luck with that legacy deal, Ballmer.
And may the computing gods be more favorable to your successor.
lilgto64 wrote: »
Riiiiight, because clearly that is how Apple has been successful with the iOS platform - by cramming every desktop feature into there creating a full desktop experience smooshed into a 4" screen - NOT!
The single most genius thing that Apple did with the original iPhone was NOT dragging every bit of legacy baggage along for the ride. While I think it is great that the underlying kernel has a similar base - and that many parts of the user interface and user experience are converging - if Apple had tried to deliver a Mac OS X Phone back in 2007 it may not have done nearly as well.
On the other hand - from the limited screen shots I have seen of iOS7 - not sure if my sweet tooth is strong enough for the cotton candy UI - and I have one heck of a sweet tooth. Seriously though, a number of pics I have seen of the developer release show very thin light elements with little contrast between the elements and the background - could be a serious issue if there isn't a way to change it. I do understand to a degree Steve Jobs' obsession with keeping the user experience from getting fragmented - I do not understand the pathological aversion to allowing the end user to customize the appears of their own device. Simple things like audio feedback from UI elements can make a huge difference - or not having monotone gray icons in iTunes can actually be helpful to the user.
...and that explains why MSFT is bleeding developer mindshare like a sieve since Windows 8 came out ...how?