Bill Gates has wiped out Polio, now he has to come back to Microsoft and wipe out the iPlague.
Microsoft will be around a long long time.
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They learn that lesson alot. Usually someone else (a competitor) has to kick them a little. It also takes them a bit longer now then when they were a bit smaller company. I have to agree with others that WPF/SL was and still is a good technology especially for LOB apps.
DeathByVisualStudio you need to get a life. Microsoft is a big corporation and trust is something you should not apply to them or any other corporation. The PC is not dead and I would argue that a phone, a tablet etc is a personal computer (PC) . You might use it a bit differently or use it in different scenarios. Its a good thing that PC's are in different form factors and yes we can own more than one. As Charles said the key word is AND. I am not going to do Solidworks on my phone, or develop apps on it but yes I use it for browsing, web etc. So what. Microsoft is trying to do is make tools for it that are an improvement. Its not like they are made up of 3 people in a room and all of a sudden they say we now have to work on this and not that anymore.
Do you even look beyond your narrow view of all the stuff they do at Microsoft? They have all kinds of platforms that are useful in a wide variety of end products. I dont think any of it will go away if Microsoft sees there is a need and gets to generate monies from it. Just because it is not getting attention right now does not mean it is dead. One thing I have also learned is that if what you are replacing is not better than what you have it wont make it in the market no matter how much you hype it up.
Charles I think the problem is that alot of people cannot understand that there are choices. They are used to a world where someone says use this and you will like it because it is the best. So then arguments start up and there is always some under handed strategy of evil to end one technology over another. Its like going to the dealer to buy a car. Do you want stick or automatic? And the customer then asks the sales guy which one is better? The sales guy says if you know how to drive stick you might have more fun with the stick shift. If you dont just stick to driving the automatic. You pretty much end up getting to the same place. I think this frame of mind will keep going.
Java versus .Net ... C# versus VB ... C++ versus C# ... Power PC big endian versus Intel little endian ... AMD versus Intel ARM versus both of them ... any more tech wars you can think of .
Apple versus MS .. Google versus MS .. Linux versus MS ...
And all these debates talk about 1 winning and 1 losing when the truth is there is room for all of them.
I get the feeling it was a last minute thing. Too late to book a real venue for the conference. It looks like nobody is going to cancel out. I would think by next week they let people on the waiting list know they are officially out. I dont see alot of people paying 1500 to 2000 dollars and then cancelling since they could substitute someone else. Hopefully they can at least make a rough agenda by next week. I would like to catch up with some friends at Microsoft but need to know what night to pick etc. The other difference from last year is it looks like there is no Vendor VIP show and it will be strictly Microsoft running the show.
Well XAML and HTML is just organized text. It is taking this text and turning it into useful User interaces where the cutting edge of technology is. I just want a tool to create this text the way it shows up (WYSIWYG). I rather handle the events through code. Just my preference.
Anyone know if they are cancelling out of going to the Dev Conferenc Build by Friday (final day to cancel) ? I would imagine next week a few more spots open. I have not seen any agenda yet so I would bet a number of people cancel out this week since they needed that agenda for approval. No guts no glory.
Congrats. Say goodbye to good nights sleep. When you goto Build (if you are allowed to go still) you will probably be looking forward to sleeping more than the tech sessions. My 3 kids are grown up and you realize how much you can miss the times when they were tiny and helpless.
@cbae: Good point. They should have struck a deal where both could keep on making money. Now Samsung is going to sue Apple for 4G LTE. It keeps going like any war.
The problem is greed and overblown egos. Then you have enablers like the attorneys who want to make their money. In the end a compromise is the only solution. Samsung is just too big to take what the court decides in one particular case. Apple will be cutting a deal soon. Also, the Apple story is going to get old and another Iphone does not improve that much on the old one. It is becoming a commodity. Samsung knows how to engineer the device and that is worth alot too. Apple gets credit for some of the ideas but not all of them. In the end I see a cross license deal. Samsung pays some money but not over 1 billion.