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Thoughts on Microsoft last quarter results and should Microsoft reconsider making its own hardware?

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    giovanni

    A few days ago, Microsoft posted its profits. With a 30% increase the company looks far from "toasted" to me as some have pointed out.

    However, this is the second quarter in a row that Windows sales are declining slightly and I see this as a sign that times are changing. Although it is true that the launch of Windows 7 is now far back in time and that some might be holding off the purchase of a new machine until the next Windows version is out, probably Apple is starting to have some effect on the PC market.

    But is this solely Microsoft problem? Windows 7 might not be as polished as OS X Lion, but it is a solid and overall appreciated OS (and in my opinion superior in many areas). What is really lacking in the PC world is an alternative to the super polished and stylish Macs. With most of the OEMs focusing on low price, there are very few compelling and aesthetically pleasing products to choose from (not the mention the adware problem: the small HP my girlfriend bought for traveling a few month ago came with so much crapware that I divided the boot time by two after uninstalling everything I could). Moreover, with the advent of more and more embedded devices, should Microsoft have more control of the hardware and reconsider making its own or at least have closer control over OEMs (and eventually network carriers - ATT anybody?)?

    Microsoft has shown some good taste lately with respect to design aesthetics that I think it would be worth exploring.

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    magicalclick

    As much as I wanted a MS phone or tablet, just not how MS wants to play it, even Zune hardware is gone. The only thing they are doing it Xbox and keyboard/mouse.

    Anyway, if you don't like crapware, get the PCs from Microsoft Store. They have MS certified PCs that has no crapware, only MS software like Win Live, MSE, and Office Starter. My next notebook is going to be bought from their store for sure.

     

     

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    blowdart

    ,magicalclick wrote

    that has no crapware, only MS software like Win Live, MSE, and Office Starter.

    Cue w3bbo in 3, 2, 1 to say Live is crapware Big Smile

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    magicalclick

    ,blowdart wrote

    *snip*

    Cue w3bbo in 3, 2, 1 to say Live is crapware Big Smile

    because it is not HTML?

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    giovanni

    ,magicalclick wrote

     

    Anyway, if you don't like crapware, get the PCs from Microsoft Store. They have MS certified PCs that has no crapware, only MS software like Win Live, MSE, and Office Starter. My next notebook is going to be bought from their store for sure.

     

     

    I wish they were available worldwide. But I have this habit of reinstalling everything when I get a new machine, so that it is "giovanni" certified Smiley

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    giovanni

    ,blowdart wrote

    *snip*

    Cue w3bbo in 3, 2, 1 to say Live is crapware Big Smile

    I think it would be fair that if someone wants a clean machine Windows Live should not be installed either.

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    spivonious

    If anything is hurting Microsoft PC sales, it's declining consumer demand. PCs from 5 years ago are fast enough to run today's software (excluding games, of course) and most people are getting a tablet instead of upgrading their PC. MS needs to get Windows 8 out on tablets as fast as they can before more OEMs jump ship and start selling tablets with other OSes (a la HP's WebOS tablet).

    The future is smart phone for mobile, tablet for casual home users, and laptop/desktop for business, all of them storing user documents and settings in the cloud so the experience travels with the user instead of the device. MS realizes this, and I hope they can pull it off in time.

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    CaRDiaK

    @spivonious: +1

    Although I feel tablets will have an important role to play in business also. 

    We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
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    ScottWelker

    @spivonious:++ ... and @CaRDiaK:++

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