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  • Thurrott.com is becoming the new coffeehouse

    , Bass wrote


    Speaking of that, what ever happened to Project Astoria? Sven, I don't forget things. :)


    I think with the Xamarin purchase Project Astoria is no longer needed or maybe parts of it will now be useful to port into Xamarin's products. 

  • MS buying Xamarin

    If they paid $1.5 billion for minecraft I think Xamarin is at least 2 billion.   Again, technology is coming from outside the company.

  • Thurrott.com is becoming the new coffeehouse

    , cbae wrote


    As for Microsoft-specifically, their failure to "catch up" has less to with any technical aspect of their software as it does with the distribution model that they ingrained into their business.

    That is one of the funniest comments I have heard in a long time.  Microsoft's problem is distribution.  

  • Thurrott.com is becoming the new coffeehouse

    @Sven Groot: That is a comparison.  Take an employee from early 1990's and measure that with the output of the company.   If you compare that to an employee working now to the output coming out of Microsoft you would find out that the production is about 10%.   Sven you have not been there long enough to have seen the better days.  I am not saying that you don't work hard, I am just saying a lot of what you do won't show up in a product.  You probably spend a lot of time in meetings where a lot of people consider that working. You could prove me wrong and show me what is coming out of Microsoft with so many more employees.   Maybe it is a lot of what you work on gets scrapped and thrown into the "not in our future strategy".   I am painting this with a broad brush so don't take it personally.  I would like to see Microsoft broken up because it is making a lot of bad decisions.  I feel sorry for a lot of the Nokia guys who got slaughtered in this stupid experiment. 

  • Thurrott.com is becoming the new coffeehouse

    , Ray7 wrote


    Pretty much the standard life-cycle for a software company: make a splash; dominate for years; miss the industry changes; fail to catch up; settle back into a quiet/comfortable retirement of services/consultancy.

    That is the standard for all companies.  Large companies develop standards, processes, hire boat loads of project managers and basically become job producers but not product producers.  They survive because they have market share they can milk for years.   They make employees expendable and thus do not really have a fit for the bright energy filled employees.  They need average players doing average work.  Low work employees just surf internet and goof off and do the minimum.  Takes a lot of work to fire them so they just keep going.  High performers just mellow out and realize that they could do more but it wont pay off anyway.   Large companies really survive by buying small companies that are still innovating.   Look at how large Microsoft is and how little it produces.  Most of the employees are just operating at 10% and a lot of the employees have nothing to do with innovating new products.   Right now,  it really does not matter who the CEO of Microsoft or even Apple is.  They will just be boring places to earn a paycheck and not a place for someone looking to make a real difference. 

  • Microsoft Kill Off Windows Phone

    , bondsbw wrote


    I'm sorry but I wholeheartedly disagree, and from what I can find, the Internet in general sides with me.

    Ah yes, the herd mentality is alive in bondsbw.  I would recommend to not follow the herd because it will eventually lead you to the slaughter house.   JSON came to being to save space but not to be more readable.   I personally think you can use whatever makes you happy and it is not worth debating.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    But you are correct, I have little to add to a conversation involving someone as closed-minded as yourself.

    I would put you in the closed-minded category.   Try flying a modern jet or navigating a ship with a command prompt.  That command prompt wont let me do a mechanical design where I can visualize the part.   It would be nice to live life with a google page and a command prompt and think this is the new future.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    @bondsbw: I totally disagree with your clean and simple statement.   First off you can have clean without simple.  Also taking something rich with features and making it simple by removing these features is not what I or many others want.  Why are we not playing pong on our computer consoles and instead we are making richer environments for gaming?  Don't people want simple .   Are you saying we need to dumb down everything to make it acceptable to the general audience.   I say you can have a simpleton view and a complex rich view and it should be a choice.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    Companies like WindRiver (vxworks) , Green Hills Software and many others make fortunes from selling subscriptions and upgrades.  Microsoft for the most part could easily charge for windows 10 so I don't buy that argument.   They are not charging for it because they want it everywhere so that they can push their phones.   They also are taking a cut on store apps which is another business model where they don't have to do much and just take a cut.   Another reason to not like UWP and store app model is the way it is deployed through Microsoft and the author loses control.

  • I'm not happy with Windows 10 (details inside) - am I missing something?

    @bondsbw: I like Windows 10 for many reasons but you know Microsoft has a strategy to advertise a billion users on Windows 10.  If Windows 10 was really that great they would charge for it like any normal business would do.  If you have a strategy to beef up your phone sales you give away Windows 10 to say write code for windows phone and you have a billion customers.  That is also why they want UWP applications and are ignoring standard windows desktop applications.  My opinion is it wont work and the windows phone will be gone.  They will need to regroup and find ways to make money on windows 10, its applications, Azure, and maybe even applications for Android and iPhone.  Maybe they (I hope) bring back the power of the laptop and desktop with depth, color, etc.