47 minutes ago, bondsbw wrote
Those who think that everything is about today's dollar do not understand the business economics of large corporations very well. If you need to, sacrifice today in order to survive tomorrow. I believe that was their strategy. The opposite strategy, making the best damn Windows 7 possible while ignoring mobile, would permanently result in Microsoft's obsolescence as soon as Apple and Google figured out how to market to business customers who want mobile devices.
Who said something about ignoring?
It's one thing to target a (semi-)new market, it's another thing going batshit crazy. McDonalds serving salads and donuts is one thing, but McDonalds replacing the BigMac with a burger/donut hybrid that almost everyone hates, raising prices twofold for the Cheeseburger, putting salt into Coke, setting their iconic m-log on fire, recoloring all their outlets to pink, blue and brown, removing the cheese from all dishes and replacing the beef of all burgers with soja all the while proclaiming that NOTHING REALLY CHANGED, STOP COMPLAINING is a completey other thing.
Microsoft's amok run of the last two years is not much crazier than the McDonald's scenario. Apart from the whole Windows 8 fiasco, the Xbone produced one of biggest shitstorms of the internet (entirely predictable), there are heavy price hikes in the business segment, Office pricing is upped as well, almost everyone hates the new bleached out/CAPS LOCK themes of Office and Visual Studio, Metro on the server, SBS is killed for lousy reasons, the arrogant handling and shove-it mentality regarding Silverlight, XNA and WPF and the list goes on.
It's as if their mission statement from 2012 on was to anger just about every single user base of theirs. And all this created of course massive negativity that spreads to their newer endeavors as well: Windows 8 tablets are still doing quite lousy compared to Android and iOS - no wonder.
If IE4 would have been bundled in W98 with the same mindset as today, W98 would boot directly into internet explorer with no way to obvious to quit and to launch any programs you would need to open up Microsoft.com/programname in IE every time while watching MS ads that always end with with the tagline don't be afraid of change!