exdl wrote: »
I heard that all of the recent Delta/Microsoft decisions were the direct order of Delta's CEO, Richard Anderson. He and Ballmer have been friends for a long time. Both of them have strong ties to Detroit and frequently overlap at events like The National Summit. Look for an article in the April 2012 Sky magazine for some of their candid conversations.
Not true. The majority are Apple fanatics. The Delta team has *excellent* ties to Cupertino and the two companies collaborated heavily to get the FlyDelta app launched (note how frequently it shows up in marketing images when Apple needs to use an icon).
When Delta's technology committee was charged with a new point-of-sale method, they recommended Apple. With the tablet tests winding down, IT recommended keeping the iPads. There's speculation that neither report was read by Richard, as the Delta executive team had already been swayed by the insider deal Microsoft offered.
PS: The flight attendants hate the Lumias too, so it's not just the pilots who are disappointed.
No he's Japanese and trying write in English which he probably does much better than you write in Japanese. Either way we understood the message but unfortunately it seems to fail anyway because outsourcing customer support to India has almost nothing to do with US companies' IT departments trying to keep themselves employed. I doubt the pilots would be calling customer support anyway.
This reminds me of a recent TV show that I was watching, "Under the Dome". I saw numerous Windows phones and Surface tablets in that TV series. The way that they were featured was so in your face and so obvious, that it could only have been a paid product placement by Microsoft. It was totally unrealistic to see a product that is a certified flop pop up all over a TV show, but that hardly anybody uses in real life.
unfortunately this is a story repeated daily all over the place. Clueless Microsoft drones forcing garbage Microsoft software on IT departments. The problem is the vast majority of IT people in the corporate world are totally useless idiots who have zero clue.
they are starting to do this. Where i work they have the horrible WebSense nonsense which blocks all sorts of things. At least twice a month GOogle will be blocked along with Gmail for a few hours. Then i check BING and MSN/Hotmail//Live Mail/Outlook or whatever it is called this week and they magically work fine.
You know when you go to some remote part of a third world country and you see the whole town wearing t-shirts from 1980's tv shows or bands? Somebody obviously unloaded a warehouse of clothes they couldn't get rid of.
Sorry Delta pilots, that is you.
Why are there two paragraphs about Dell in the middle of this article? Kinda confusing when "Dell" and "Delta" are pretty close, and there's no transitional sentence to explain the digression.
themacman wrote: »
...<snip>...That's why the surface should stay out of mission critical applications, major enterprises know this which is they have not deployed it fully.
creep wrote: »
A couple of things: First, how is choosing Surface over the iPad putting "public safety at risk"? The FCC/NTSB will make the determination on Surface's viability as an EFB...and I'm fairly certain they understand the requirements better than you. I would think that a company that pinches pennies in every area that doesn't affect the customer experience would be a good one to fly. After all, it's our fares that are paying for this stuff. I'm not suggesting that the cost savings between Surface and iPad are going to show up in the price of a ticket, but if it points to a larger practice of being a thrifty corporate entity, then I'm all for it. Did you miss the part of the article that said Delta rolled iPads in their airport restaurants? They understand the desire to use an ipad, no doubt. They simply decided to put those ipads in the most visible place...where their customers could use them.
And as for your "Under the Dome" reference...we're talking about a show about a town stuck under an impenetrable glass dome, whose secrets are somehow connected to butterflies, but you felt the use of MS Mobile products by so many people was unrealistic?
Hmm. Looks like somebody has to fill the pockets and pilots are aware of this.
we are looking at more of Ballmer's last hurrah. whatever bribe he offered Delta, the Surface (RT) 2 is DOA. there won't be any 2 or 3 for Delta IT whores to use next year at all. the next MS CEO is going to bury this sad misadventure. MS will double down on the Pro because that is Gates' folly, and he ain't gone - yet. but the RT is a total dead end.
The corporate world is so satisfying.
apple ][ wrote: »
I'm not sure what tobacco has to do with Surface tablets, but are you thinking about series like "Mad Men"?
BSODs were by and large caused by poorly written third-party hardware drivers running in XP and earlier. The 2008 opening ceremony used XP, and given the rampant windows piracy in China, who knows if it was supported by microsoft? At any rate, by designing the Surface in-house MS avoids the very problem of obscure third-party drivers.