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Microsoft is now irrelevant to computing, and they want you to know it
semiaccurate.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian

Posted on 05/16/2014 11:39:43 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Opinion: Two recent cave-ins leave no doubt they are done for

With two major cave-ins in the past few weeks, Microsoft is screaming at the top of its lungs about how irrelevant it is. If you didn’t understand the fall of Microsoft from powerful monopolist to computing afterthought, let SemiAccurate explain it to you.

For the past few decades, Microsoft has been a monopoly with one game plan, leverage what they have to exclude competition. If someone had a good idea, Microsoft would come out with a barely functional copy, give it away, and shut out the income stream of the innovator. Novell, Netscape, Pen, and countless others were crushed by this one dirty trick, and the hardware world bowed to Redmond’s whims.

The company sucked the life and innovation out of the industry for so long that eventually no one innovated because it was pointless, if the idea was good, Microsoft would end it. Ask Gateway about doing something as basic as making the initial desktop and installation process more user-friendly. Microsoft killed them for the sin of trying to make the user experience better. Everything stagnated as a result of this misuse of monopoly power.

As their marketshare grew to almost 100% of the PC market, Microsoft had to move into new areas for growth. There really wasn’t a new area large enough after Windows and Office to generate the revenues necessary to keep Wall Street’s desire for more sated so Microsoft did what they always do, leveraged their monopoly to extract more and more revenue from each customer.

(Excerpt) Read more at semiaccurate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computers; hitech; microsoft
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A Must read RANT by Charlie,.
1 posted on 05/16/2014 11:39:43 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce; SunkenCiv

Gotta read this to the very END!


2 posted on 05/16/2014 11:41:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If the end was good it would have been posted as part of the excerpt.


3 posted on 05/16/2014 11:43:47 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That was some rant.

I have a love/hate relationship with Microsoft. They are not irrelevant and wont be for some time.

Honest disclosure, I am writing this from my Windows phone with the developer pre release 8.1 for phone. It is wonderful!

The version naming is going to confuse people.


4 posted on 05/16/2014 11:49:16 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I doubt Microsoft will run out of steam, that would be dangerous to computing because it would cause many people to,stop buying computers. I would never buy an Apple computer and I have very little interest in tinkering with Linux or Chrome.


5 posted on 05/16/2014 11:52:20 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Well, doing that from a phone seems pretty good to me.


6 posted on 05/16/2014 11:52:54 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Jonty30

Ubuntu Linux didn’t need tinkering, I just wish there was more software and games for it.


7 posted on 05/16/2014 11:53:25 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

‘The company sucked the life and innovation out of the industry for so long that eventually no one innovated because it was pointless,...’

Not exactly correct. All those ‘barely functional’ features (including Windows itself) lead to a vibrant industry whose sole purpose was security, detecting and neutralizing viruses and malware and detecting/documenting effects of Windows backdoors (intentional or not). As an engineering effort Windows is more or less a failure (mostly more). Its certainly a textbook on what lack of engineering discipline and acumen breed.


8 posted on 05/16/2014 11:53:29 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Jonty30
Well, that is your opinion,....I have a Windows Laptop I haven't fired up in months.

Running Fedora distro and Firefox here.

9 posted on 05/16/2014 11:56:48 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

My laptop fan died and I can’t afford to repair/replace so I am on a borrowed Windows laptop right now.


10 posted on 05/16/2014 11:58:11 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I remember when it first came out. It was free. That was a million upgrades ago.


11 posted on 05/16/2014 11:59:00 AM PDT by IC Ken
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Gotta read this to the very END!

How do I get my click back?

12 posted on 05/16/2014 11:59:05 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I wonder if he wrote that on a windows machine - and how many are reading it on windows machines. “ semiaccurate.com” seems to be an appropriate url for that article.


13 posted on 05/16/2014 11:59:13 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: GeronL
Steam OS is Linux and has its own custom distribution.

SteamOS

14 posted on 05/16/2014 12:01:17 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Not too many games on Steam for Linux yet though


15 posted on 05/16/2014 12:03:13 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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16 posted on 05/16/2014 12:12:10 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: GeronL

Look at it this way.

If you had to buy a stock based solely on mobile’s future where would you rank Apple, Google and Microsoft.

One battle they’re really missing out on and it’s a big one is streaming boxes. Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV are going to be potent gateways in the future. You can’t compete against a $40 box with a $400 box. I might be able to convince a senior citizen father to spend $40 to get programs he wants when he wants them, never $400.

There hasn’t been one thing Microsoft has invented, I mean truly invented, that was a hot tech, must have thing.

DOS they bought, Windows they stole, Xbox they developed through fear, ZUNE!!!!! LOL....

Seriously I am hard pressed to really think of anything they’ve originated... ever. They are exceptional at making money though and being an also ran in a variety of categories.


17 posted on 05/16/2014 12:16:33 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: GeronL

Eventually they will come out with Linux games for windows. They have done it with Apple Mac OS X, so that the Valve Games, as well as a number of other games that previously were Windows Only on Steam (Deus Ex, Bioshock Infinite) are now for multiple platforms. When Steam realizes it can sell by broadening its game market to other Operating Systems. If there’s people who buy Linux games as they are on Steam, they wouldn’t have much of an issue making more Linux ports.


18 posted on 05/16/2014 12:17:15 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

If they ever decide to cut off support for Xbox 360, Sony should send them cake because apparently PS4 beats the crap out of XBox One.


19 posted on 05/16/2014 12:18:47 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

odd... Is Google down?


20 posted on 05/16/2014 12:23:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Microsoft is now irrelevant to computing, and they want you to know it”

Just like the Tea Party. /s

Another day, another Linux or Apple nutbag blowing a gasket about MS.

Microsoft: Going out of business since 1990


21 posted on 05/16/2014 12:28:19 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Microsoft released a patch, they erased that line in the sand and drew another one immediately after the patch was released.”

Cool, let’s call it obozoSoft.

I predicted this many moons ago. Not because I have a hard on for Microsoft, hell I bless what I have been able to accomplish via their software, but because of their my way or the highwAY position and the historical nature of same.


22 posted on 05/16/2014 12:34:08 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: GeronL
How many do you need for a laptop,...assuming it can play any.

AMD is dropping the cost of computing with this Kabini:

AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini 2.05GHz Socket AM1 25W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD 8400 AD5350JAHMBOX

$59.99

AND

GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2H AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

More options than I can post ....new one from Pioneer:

$34.9

New AMD Kabini ITX Kit

$166.99

If you have access to parts you can beat that.,...

There is an ITX motherboard that has a plugin to use a laptop power supply brick.

23 posted on 05/16/2014 12:41:45 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: VanDeKoik
You got that right.

Any time I see one of these threads, about the only thing I can say is: why would I take tech advice from someone so stupid he pays twice as much for hardware just because it has a picture of a fruit on it?

Oh, and Unix: the next consumer operating system since 1984 (and Linux hasn't made that any more likely.)

24 posted on 05/16/2014 12:57:07 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Jonty30

I run windows 2000 in a virtual box on my iMac. Works great! Very zippy. Can’t remember the last time I fired it up though.


25 posted on 05/16/2014 1:09:29 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: GeronL

get a steam account. valve is doing wonders for linux games.


26 posted on 05/16/2014 1:10:17 PM PDT by sopwith (LIVE FREE OR DIE)
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To: sopwith

bump


27 posted on 05/16/2014 1:12:09 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL
Google is working .....found this for me:

ASRock’s AM1 Kabini Motherboards Announced, including 19V DC-In Model

************excerpt**********

First up is the AM1H-ITX, a mini-ITX motherboard that is equipped with two ways of implementing power. Users can either use a traditional power supply, or use a DC-In jack that draws power from a standard 19V laptop power adaptor:

28 posted on 05/16/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The new ceo has no intention of changing windows 8
Expect 9 to be even more sucky and costly.


29 posted on 05/16/2014 1:20:09 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What would you except from a bunch of liberals? Hypocrites.


30 posted on 05/16/2014 1:21:53 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: GeronL
And at Newegg:

ASRock AM1H-ITX AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 DC-In/ATX Power Input Mini ITX AMD Motherboard{?

$58.99

31 posted on 05/16/2014 1:29:51 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This article is hilarious, it will go on the trash heap of hundreds of other similar articles that proclaimed Microsoft dead or irrelevant.

In the first breath it claims that Microsoft single handedly strangled the market, kept innovation dead and held the marketplace in the dark ages so it could rule over it like a tyrant. Then in the next breath it explains how PlayStation and Google are kicking major ass and blowing everything MS does away. Which is it???

Microsoft isn’t going anywhere... I think they have made missteps but in some cases they are far ahead of google.


32 posted on 05/16/2014 1:41:15 PM PDT by bigtoona
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To: All
Well,...maybe the new CEO is changing some thins,,,,:

Cordova Takes Visual Studio Cross-Platform

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33 posted on 05/16/2014 1:44:16 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He didn’t mention Zune! ;-)


34 posted on 05/16/2014 1:58:55 PM PDT by Drago
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good riddance.


35 posted on 05/16/2014 2:10:33 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: bigtoona

Microsoft may have lost ground in some areas, but it is still number one in its core interests and it is far more diverse in technological areas than most of its competitors.


36 posted on 05/16/2014 2:12:49 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Balding_Eagle
Thank you. It pisses me off when people fail to post properly. This should be required reading for all who would want to post a thread.

 

You do know that you can post more than 10 words in a thread, don't you?
05/11/2011 | Responsibility2nd
 

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:44:13 AM by Responsibility2nd

As more and more FReepers (old and new alike) post articles, they really need to pay attention to what they are doing. I know there is a need to excerpt many articles, but remember - you have up to 300 words or no more than 1/2 of the article if it is less than 300 words.

May I make some basic suggestions when excerpting? In addition to the above mentioned FR guidelines, please copy and paste the "who-what-when..." of the article. Earlier today, someone posted an article about a student getting arrested at school for an item found in his equipment bag. The FReeper failed at excerpting and did not even mention what that item was. Was that due to rudeness or laziness? I don't know.

Use snips if you need to. Oftentimes relevant and important info is found deep inside the article. Or maybe at the end. Post that, if you please.


 

37 posted on 05/16/2014 2:37:36 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Will be setting up an Ubuntu box soon.


38 posted on 05/16/2014 2:41:17 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I make a living off integrating Microsoft solutions (servers, cloud, etc). So not sure they’re irrelevant. But they did have a monopoly on things for too long and it hurt innovation.


39 posted on 05/16/2014 2:50:07 PM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I’ve been looking at Windows phones. The one I want is the 1020 with the 41 mp camera, but only ATT has it, and I’m not going to ATT. Now they have a new lineup, but the flagship 5” will only be available in Europe. I just don’t understand their strategy. Now I’m looking away from the phones and toward a tablet.


40 posted on 05/16/2014 3:25:18 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: FreeAtlanta

By the way, Windows has made the decision to give the platform software away for all devices with a 10” or less screen.


41 posted on 05/16/2014 3:29:35 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The "enterprise," going away with the rest of the retarded language of government-linked business.






42 posted on 05/16/2014 3:30:17 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Excellence

but would it work on a bigger screen?


43 posted on 05/16/2014 3:31:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

It’s probably configured to support a 10” or smaller screen only, so transferring to your 14” or 17” laptop wouldn’t work. Also it might be keyed to work only on the unit matching a unique identifier.


44 posted on 05/16/2014 3:47:14 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: GeronL
Gaming on Linux
45 posted on 05/16/2014 5:00:32 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

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46 posted on 05/16/2014 5:01:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I thought this was a very good article explaining the somewhat micro environment of bloody warfare created and now abandoned by MSFT.

MSFT is not my specialty as an investor. I am a biotech investor with macro interests outside BT.

That said, if MSFT is crumbling, this is good for QQQ.

But the question arises, is MSFT crumbling or simply shifting paradigms?

Satya Nadella is moving MSFT from one era to the next (Ballmer was a temporary overseer who brought nothing earthshaking).

Whatever MSFT was in the past is gone...it's over.

MSFT is now in a new period, with new management and new vision.

Investors must not live in the past.

Keep an eye on Nadella...he is going to reinvent MSFT.

47 posted on 05/16/2014 5:35:31 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: All
As a retired investment banker, I have (as you have) seen companies built by entrepreneurs rise to great heights and then crumble, to be then be rebuilt by turnaround experts and grow large and then over managed by professional "managers" and then fall into bankruptcy or nearby...and to be resuscitated by turnaround guys once again and then off to the races anew.

This is the end of an era for MSFT and for many in the computing industry.

Apparently the Cloud is going to change the world of computing. This is what Nadella is betting on.

In his short tenure, Nadella has already transformed MSFT...and this is just beginning.

I don't begin to offer my vision as correct...I am merely a watcher at this point (much too old to understand anything but the big picture).

But I suggest that investors might want to keep their eyes on the forest...but still study the trees.

This is one of those times in the history of business that is known as a pivot or paradigm shift.

It is in times like this that great fortunes are made and lost.

48 posted on 05/16/2014 5:47:29 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Excellence

I would love to have that phone. I didn’t know it was just AT&T. I am currently with Verizon and have the Lumina 822. It is good, but I would like a bigger screen (old eyes) and a higher resolution camera for panoramic pictures.


49 posted on 05/17/2014 5:07:53 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Excellence
Windows has made the decision to give the platform software away for all devices with a 10” or less screen

That is cool! That might be a game changer.

50 posted on 05/17/2014 5:09:55 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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