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March 3, 2014
Microsoft will also begin nagging XP users to upgrade through an on-screen message that will appear starting Saturday.
This is what it comes to. Microsoft is so desperate to get you to upgrade your old operating system that it’s going to start yelling at you to upgrade the damn thing. They could have done this with Internet Explorer 6.
18:35 // 1 month ago
February 1, 2014
Looks like Microsoft is ready to ditch the super-loud interface. In a move that reads like a major concession, The Verge reports that an update to Windows 8.1 is expected to launch in desktop mode by default—a big change from Windows 8.

Looks like Microsoft is ready to ditch the super-loud interface. In a move that reads like a major concession, The Verge reports that an update to Windows 8.1 is expected to launch in desktop mode by default—a big change from Windows 8.

18:19 // 2 months ago
April 22, 2013
thisistheverge:

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button
Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. 

Feels like a concession.

thisistheverge:

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button

Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar. 

Feels like a concession.

9:06 // 11 months ago
December 23, 2012

Microsoft’s bad news? Windows 8 computers are selling slowly

  • 13% the drop in sales of Windows computers between the last week of October and the first week in December, compared to sales from one year ago. This is a bad sign for Microsoft, which launched Windows 8 during that time frame, and one blamed on various factors, including the bold design changes in the OS and the rise of the mobile market, which could be slowing down demand for desktops. The Surface, which was only for sale in Microsoft stores during that period, was likely a non-factor. source
19:16 // 1 year ago
October 1, 2012

Numbers point to a disappointing launch for Windows 8

  • 1.64% of Windows PCs were running the RTM build — completed software not yet for sale — of Windows 7 only 26 days before launch date.
  • 0.33% of Windows PCs are running the Windows 8 RTM at this time, with the same 26 days to go before the operating system’s planned launch on October 26. source
16:00 // 1 year ago
September 13, 2011
11:15 // 2 years ago
June 2, 2011

A refresh of “Start Menu” dynamics: Microsoft’s upcoming refresh of Windows is a bold reboot of an OS way-better known for its incremental updates. WIth an interface that’s closer to Windows Phone 7 than anything that the desktop OS has done, the GUI appears to be touch-first, mouse-second, but done in such a way that doesn’t necessarily turn off the mouse crowd. Honestly, this is the most-impressive GUI we’ve ever seen from Microsoft, if for no other reason than that most of their operating systems have been terrible, in our humble opinion. The ball’s in your court, Steve Jobs — whaddya got for us at WWDC? source

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11:03 // 2 years ago
May 12, 2011

Did the Justice Department hinder Microsoft? No. Outside forces did.

  • 93.9% Windows’ share of the desktop operating system market in 2002, after an antitrust settlement with the Justice Department
  • 91.1% Windows’ share of the desktop market today … as the Justice Department’s oversight ends; it’s like nothing actually changed source

» Then again, a lot has: The computer industry has evolved away from Microsoft’s model while still remaining tightly attached to it. With the growth of tablets and mobile phones (two markets where Microsoft simply struggles to stay afloat), and the evolution of open-source and Web apps into methods that get around Microsoft’s dominance, in many ways the company is weaker, even if we mostly still use Windows, even though OSX is probably better. Also, we think Google’s Chromebooks could chip into Microsoft’s market share in short order. None of these things are the Justice Department’s doing, though. The tech industry, instead, worked around Microsoft.

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10:32 // 2 years ago
October 26, 2010
Complexity kills. Complexity sucks the life out of users, developers and IT. Complexity makes products difficult to plan, build, test and use. Complexity introduces security challenges. Complexity causes administrator frustration.
Departing Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie • In a “post-apocalyptic” memo he released recently to Microsoft employees. What’s interesting about the memo is that it barely even mentions Windows, but instead emphasizes that Microsoft needs to change its overall approach to cheap, easy-to-use devices if it wants to stay in the game. In fact, in a tag cloud someone did of the memo, the top two words were “devices” and “services,” two things that other companies do much better than Microsoft right now. source (via)
10:53 // 3 years ago