1 day ago, bondsbw wrote
Yes, essentially. But now that I look back, the term "iPad OS" was just a nickname and the real name was iPhone OS 3.2 (and 3.2.2). Those versions were made specifically for the iPad and couldn't run on iPhone/iPod Touch. Version 4.0 was the first to be named iOS and was available for all devices.
Wow that's a stretch. So in the end you're comparing the merger of two extremely similar mobile OS's (for which you "enhanced" your point by making up names for the OS's) to the merger of two completely different UI/UX's in the form of the Windows desktop and the new Windows Store app environment.
IMO, it would be more fair to compare the merger of the iOS version with that of WinRT and WinPRT.
I agree completely. Except that you seem to suggest that Microsoft just give up and die. Actually the best thing is to go back in time and yank Ballmer out of the captain's chair a decade ago or more, but since that hasn't happened I assume time machines will never exist.
Ah I see where you got confused. You think I want Microsoft to "give up and die" when in reality I just want guys like you to quit making stuff up in order to make Microsoft look better. Microsoft need to face the realities they have created, Ballmer or no (the same realities we "trolls", "haters", etc. said they would when W8/WinRT was first announced). We can all sit around the firing singing cum-by-ya and pretend it was "Windows 8 - We meant to do that!" or just admit Microsoft screwed up and keep the pressure on them to course correct. They seem to be doing a better job post Ballmer, Sinofsky, and all but that's no reason to rewrite their history.
Here's an article I just found from someone who seems to agree with me (and notice the article was dated before Windows 8 was released): http://bgr.com/2012/08/22/microsoft-windows-8-praise-forward-thinking-innovation/
None of which is to say that Windows 8 will be a smash hit that will put Microsoft back on the map for top-notch innovative technology. But all the same, risk-taking is an important part of what makes markets work and consumers on the whole will benefit the more companies are willing to go out on a limb. And personally speaking, I'd rather have companies fail from trying too hard than fail from not trying at all.
Yes they had to take some risks but in the case of W8 and WPH they failed on execution. For W8 contributing factors were:
- Insisting that their way was the right way (copying Apple's attitude -- which is one thing Samsung wisely didn't copy)
- Believing that the desktop had to be compromised in order to push a new mobile UI/UX.
- Assuming that developers would be happy to be caught between desktop technologies with no future and the new WinRT that was locked to an unproven W8. They only carrot they offered was "skills transfer".
Even with all of these gaffs they could have saved W8 by listening to their customers and making small changes to the UI/UX but unfortunately they were unwilling. It took the rejection of W8 in the marketplace and the departure of a lot of senior execs before Microsoft finally capitulated.
For Windows Phone contributing factors were:
- Assuming that consumers would accept a phone that didn't have the apps they loved and on the spec sheet didn't appear to measure up to the hardware on competing handsets. You can tell people "That's because WP is a better OS and requires less horsepower" all you want but that won't (and didn't) change many people's minds.
- The continual rebooting of the platform. Why would you want to risk writing for a fledgling platform whose owner didn't seem to mind inconveniencing devs? (And I loved the AT&T commercials selling WP as "The beta test is over!")
- Showing no love to corporate use of WP to replace WinMo. If you give them a locked handset
In the end it's a similar story to W8; politics and not listening to your customers.
Fortunately for XBox One they quickly dropped the Apple attitude and listened to their customers in time to make the necessary course corrections and prevented it from being a total flop right out of the gate. Don Mattrick's exit certainly helped out here.