[sf-lug] For John S. What is happening inside Microsoft...

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 13:37:12 PDT 2012

Hi Bobbie,

Thanks for this really interesting read.  I find it amazing that the iPhone
generates more revenue than all of Microsoft's ware combined.  That is
difficult to fathom.

On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Bobbie Sellers <
bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com> wrote:

> At a recent meeting John Strazzarino asked a question about that ugly
> company and this is where
> I got the information to reply to him.
> It was originally a post on my Team Amiga Mailing List.
> Analyzing one of American corporate history’s greatest mysteries—the lost
> decade of Microsoft—two-time George Polk Award winner (and V.F.’s newest
> contributing editor) Kurt Eichenwald traces the “astonishingly foolish
> management decisions” at the company that “could serve as a business-school
> case study on the pitfalls of success.” Relying on dozens of interviews and
> internal corporate records—including e-mails between executives at the
> company’s highest ranks—Eichenwald offers an unprecedented view of life
> inside Microsoft during the reign of its current chief executive, Steve
> Ballmer, in the August issue. Today, a single Apple product—the
> iPhone—generates more revenue than all of Microsoft’s wares combined.
> http://www.vanityfair.com/**online/daily/2012/07/**
> microsoft-downfall-emails-**steve-ballmer<http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/07/microsoft-downfall-emails-steve-ballmer>
> I know this is a Linux mailing list but I think keeping up with the big
> ugly company
> is a healthy thing to do. By the way on the new Windows 8 they have made
> using
> the ugly blocky interface mandatory rather than letting it be bypassed by
> the user.
> <http://www.zdnet.com/**microsoft-said-to-block-**
> ability-to-boot-straight-to-**desktop-in-windows-8-**7000002219/<http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-said-to-block-ability-to-boot-straight-to-desktop-in-windows-8-7000002219/>>
> Reading up on the specs such as they are for the Surface I learned that
> they have the regular
> model with multicore ARM. This means that secure boot cannot be bypassed.
> That stricture on
> ARM appliances using Microsoft was already announced.
> The Surface Pro comes with much more RAM and a 4-core i5 processor so I
> guess it might
> be more susceptible to alternative FOSS operating systems. I have to
> wonder what sort of
> battery life that might afford. But so far no specs for the display or the
> battery life on any model.
> What they are showing about the Surface might as well be computer
> generated images.
> Bobbie Sellers
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